How irrational Star Citizen White Knights handle criticism
1. AMAZINGLY BAD ANALOGY
Example: I can check out my ship and dogfight any time I wish. Therefore, Star Citizen has immersion.
2. FAULTY CAUSE AND EFFECT
Example: Based on YouTube videos, Arena Commander is the best game.
3. I AM THE WORLD
Example: I don’t listen to the critics. Therefore, Star Citizen is perfect in every way.
4. IGNORING ALL AVAILABLE EVIDENCE
Example: People choose to back Star Citizen because they prefer more depth and immersion in their games.
5. THE FEW ARE THE SAME AS THE WHOLE
Example: Some Backers have received refunds. Some Backers are very critical of Star Citizen. Therefore, all of these Backers are assholes and trolls.
6. GENERALIZING FROM SELF
Example: I’m a Backer. Therefore, I don’t believe what you’re saying.
7. ARGUMENT BY BIZARRE DEFINITION
Example: Chris Roberts isn't a liar. He just says things that are open to YOUR interpretation.
8. TOTAL LOGICAL DISCONNECT
Example: I enjoy spaghetti because my Hornet can go very fast.
9. JUDGING THINGS WITHOUT COMPARISON TO ALTERNATIVES
Example: Star Citizen is the first AAA-rated crowdfunded game. I mean look at Grand Theft Auto V.
10. ANYTHING YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IS EASY TO DO
Example: If you have the right tools how hard could it be to create a MMO persistent universe filled with hundreds of high fidelity space ships fighting each other with no lag and no subscription fees?
11. IGNORANCE OF STATISTICS
Example: I’m backing Star Citizen because Chris Roberts has a history of delivery on his promises.
12. IGNORING THE DOWNSIDE RISK
Example: I know that Star Citizen is not a game, but it's the best 45 hours of my life!
13. SUBSTITUTING FAMOUS QUOTES FOR COMMON SENSE
Example: Remember, “All things come to those who wait.” So don’t bother doubting.
14. IRRELEVANT COMPARISONS
Example: $250 is a great price for a virtual spaceship; compared to buying a Ferrari.
15. CIRCULAR REASONING
Example: I’m correct because I backed a lot more than you. And I must be smarter than you because I’m correct.
16. INCOMPLETENESS AS PROOF OF DEFECT
Example: Your theories on Star Citizen don't address the question of why there are no unicorns; so it must be wrong.
17. IGNORING THE ADVICE OF EXPERTS WITHOUT A GOOD REASON
Example: Sure, the experts think you should use caution before backing Star Citizen in the face of so many dishonest statements and missed deadlines, but I have more ships to buy.
18. FOLLOWING THE ADVICE OF KNOWN CHARLATANS
Example: Chris Roberts says Star Citizen will be finished by 2016. That’s good enough for me!
19. REACHING BIZARRE CONCLUSIONS WITHOUT ANY INFORMATION
Example: The social module is broken. Thanks Derek Smart!
20. FAULTY PATTERN RECOGNITION
Example: Every module has missed its target date. I hope the final game coming out in 2016 will be awesome.
21. FAILURE TO RECOGNIZE WHAT’S IMPORTANT
Example: Star Citizen is broken! Quick, create another concept sale with LTI!
22. UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT OF SUNK COSTS
Example: We’ve spent millions developing the FPS module. We can’t stop investing now or it will all be wasted.
23. NONSENSICAL APPLICATION OF OCCAM’S RAZOR (WHICH SAYS THE SIMPLEST EXPLANATION IS USUALLY RIGHT)
Example: The simplest explanation for Star Citizen’s crowdfunding success is that EVERYONE wants to play the BDSSE.
24. IGNORING ALL ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE
Example: I always get hyped immediately after watching a Star Citizen presentation. But without any reliable release date my hype is probably wrong. So I will continue to buy concept ships since I can’t tell when they’re releasing the game.
25. INABILITY TO UNDERSTAND THAT SOME THINGS HAVE MULTIPLE CAUSES
Example: You requested a Star Citizen refund for one reason only: Derek Smart.
26. JUDGING THE WHOLE BY ONE OF ITS CHARACTERISTICS
Example: Derek Smart is making a competing game. Therefore, the planet would be better off without Derek Smart.
27. BLINDING FLASHES OF THE OBVIOUS
Example: If everyone had more money, we could properly fund Star Citizen to completion and make it the BDSSE.
28. BLAMING THE TOOL
Example: They're using CryEngine3 to power Star Citizen, but each of the three modules released to date, are still very much broken. CryEngine3 must be defective and that's why RSI engineers are fixing it.
29. HALLUCINATIONS OF REALITY
Example: I got my facts from a talking tree.
30. TAKING THINGS TO THEIR ILLOGICAL CONCLUSION
Example: If you listen to the evidence, the next thing you know you’ll become a Black Knight!
31. FAILURE TO UNDERSTAND WHY RULES DON’T HAVE EXCEPTIONS
Example: It should be legal to crowd-fund as long as you don’t spend too much on frivolous items like pixel ships for a game that doesn't yet exist.
32. PROOF BY LACK OF EVIDENCE
Example: Derek, I’ve never seen you deliver a quality game, so you must be one of the worst game developers.
33. ILLOGICAL FANATICISM
Example: Even after four years, over 500+ people, $90m funded to date, and what looks like three more years of work left to do, I believe Chris Roberts when he says he will deliver the BDSSE by the end of 2016.
34. THE 'AMA WALK RIGHT OFF A CLIFF' LOGIC
Example: RSI is financially secure because Chris Roberts, who has lied so many times we've lost track, says they have enough reserves to complete the game if funding halted. So I just bought a $280 Vanguard ship to help them out.
Updated and reproduced with permission from @kxmode, Black Knight and former backer lucky enough to get a refund!