Shrug, the word definitions are based on people's definitions, which can change over time. They aren't etched in granite, brought down from Mount Olympus. It's not restricted to the gaming industry, how long was gmail in beta?Some companies can decided to do what they want, but that doesn't change the basic industry definitions. I know much of what you speak of when it comes to games. Especially those that keep the "beta" tag on their product for years although it is a fully released product. Why they decide to call it beta makes no sense to me, but they do. I certainly don't call such products beta anymore.
Agreed on all points, and speaking as a backer. I sometimes do wish they would just 'make a f'ing space game already', but I'm sure the game will be good once it's finished, assuming it gets finished. At minimum they're going to have on hell of an engine to license after the fact, and the entire start -> finish will be studied a fair bit by some college undergrads for years to come.My only issue with the title "Alpha" is how some people deal with criticisms. I've mentioned this a few times in this thread. Outside of that, I don't see any reason to care what they call it. I'm not sure why some people are getting hung up on the title of it, this game has so many issues with it why go after something so minor. To me it takes away from the valid points that this game has.
As for the evolving product.. well.. yeah. That's part of the issue, they kickstarted with something and then 'evolved' it into the mess it is now. While it may become a much better game (I say may because until it's out in it's completed form it's all vaper) it didn't start so massive. I probably wouldn't have too much of an issue if they were honest about what they could do and the timeframe for it. I don't agree with them expanding on the scope and features when it derails the progress of release. I'm told there was a vote on it, and everyone voted to delay the release to expand the scope but I don't konw when that was or who voted. I didn't see it after I put in for the kickstart.