@Caduryn They did not want people to buy the game in alpha and stop playing the game cause of bugs and never touch it again so it would be better to let these people who cannot deal with bugs to wait for steam release where most of the bugs will be fixed and the price will be lowerd.
The benefit of having a higher price during this early in alpha would be you would only get the people that truly believe in the game to help out testing and reporting of bugs.
The downside is you get a bunch of people who cannot afford 40 bucks to buy the game a few months earlyer then the steam release where they did hint at a price tag at around 20bucks.
So... if you cannot afford 40bucks to play an alpha version of the game or dont want to deal with this many bugs that are currently in the game... wait for steam release.
It's so simple.
However the is no pleasing some people.
If the game instead would not be open alpha people would complain about it not been released... kind of jumping up and down in the backseat going "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? what's taking so long?".
If the game would be let's say 5bucks ( let's go over cheap since we are dealing with people that do not think supporting indie devs is a good thing but they would probobly buy a AAA game for 60 bucks or more ) we would get alot of people buying the game... but... we would also get a large % of those people going "uuuugh... buggs..." and uninstall the game to NEVER touch it again not even when all those bugs are fixed with the main resoning "i tryed it during the alpha... i did not like it... it was too buggy".
And it could be something realy silly like in 5.3 the block placement was realy wonky wich they fixed in 5.4 but if someone made ther mind up that they did not like the block placement they would NEVER bother to revisit the game or check "did they change this?" unless someone took a black magic marker and wrote it on ther screen.
So... 40bucks too much... dont want to support indie devs so they can put more hours into the game before release... dont like bugs... wait for steam release.
Point2 Well it's somewhat steady pace but they did find a balance between the game not fealing too grindy while it is kinda grindy ( refering to digging for materials such as stone or minirals one... at... a.. time... ).
All you need to do to progress fast is to get your nutritional value balanced for maximum skillpoints per day.
The first few days of gametime will be the slowest and it will increase from there once you start getting your cooking in order but during that time you are so new to the game so just exploring and picking plants and enjoying the scenery makes time fly by faster to compensate for that.
In general i would think ECO would be therapeutic experience in general i would even allow children play this game without fearing they would have nightmares or such.
But... game is still in alpha so you have to keep in mind that there will be bugs and wierdness until the devs plow thru and fix the bugs and polish everything up :)
Seems i found some bug with the forum... let me split my reply up in more then one post to see if that allows me to post.
Point 1 10 ECO is extreamly relaxing no hostile mobs or fear of death with 4 exeptions.
Exeption1 the metior you need to beat in 30 days by default can have an element of stress but you can turn this metior off if you dont want that challange/stress in the game.
Exeption2 Polution... you gotta take care of your planet and not abuse it too much... this is not realy a problem if you keep this in mind and not run your machines that does CO2 too hard and let nature regenerate.
Exeption3 Bugs... the cart bugs can drive you nuts at times so just remember the game is still in alpha and i'm sure they will fix them... eventualy.
Exeption4 I be hunting Wabbits!
Well... the rabbits are currently way too alert to be fun hunting...
After you tryed to hunt rabbits with a bow and no crossair it wont take long until you start cussing alot like Yosemite Sam from loony toons.
Ther notice you way faster then you see them and ther fast lil buggest too and only reson why you would want to hunt them is for a research needs them.