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We listed over a dozen reasons for trolls to hate Star Citizen in a discussions thread on Massively Opinionated once but I don't remember all of those reasons from the top of my head ATM.
However, IMO it's the sum of them which makes some people go overboard. Most people are used to shallow one-genre games with a clear end objective, which is reachable within a couple of hours, played on their console ... Star Citizen is none of that. And that pisses people off - "Who do you think you are, telling me I'm playing shallow games on an inferior platform?" Of course, no-one are telling them that, but they get the feeling that's what many people think.
So, basically, Star Citizen is so different from everything else they know from before and have played earlier that they get into a defensive position in a trench.
But you're right, there are probably some competitors trolling too.
I've also backed both and it's the other way around for me.
Star Citizen still lacks of good Flight Model,
Joystick / Hotas Support, and TrackIR Support.
But they are having the Arena Commander since almost two years now.
Graphics are impressive, as all the details they add is
and the overall development of it. But im still unsure if i will ever really enjoy it.
From the 1000 Hours i spend in Elite Dangerous i mostly had a lot of fun and it is keeping getting better.
It now feels very populated and alive with the NPC Pictures, Voices Added by the Engineers Update and the different Stations interiors and further refinement is toping that in the new one.
As for the Bugs: Yeah, its Annoying.
I whish they fix more of them before releasing new updates. But they want to bundle this. A lot of things were refined in the 2.2 Beta now. They definitely working on the game and not just on the new features.
All in all boath games aren't this different.
Both are not really finished and have still a lot to do.
But Elite i can play now with my actual Commander,
(And yes its more expensive to keep up with the seasons while i do it. But i could also wait the same amount of time as it takes SC to be released and would have paid way less.)
Star Citizen is still only an Alpha without a progress.
I guess we only can judge the games when they are finished / not developed on anymore.
I would guess at this point they will be not this much different.
(Although technically SC will be a good amount ahead of ED, because they just have way more money developing.)
Sorry but I think there is one other game that should have been included on the list above all else. It does not have the flashiest graphics, the coolest weapons nor the fastest pace but it IS the grand dad of them all and it IS still running and it is still fun to play... Ultima Online.