Put a quick poll up on this one because I am curious.
Game is Vendetta Online
and I hadn't heard of it until a post on Penny Arcade giving away some month-long passes.
Apparently it has been around for 10 years.
It is a space sim, with realistic physics and actual combat, trading, pirating, mining. The graphics are adequate, nothing special, but it seems like the gameplay is quite well fleshed out and balanced. Three 'nations' in game you can play (two of them at war with each other, and one neutral nation). PvP is encouraged and the game is setup so player death isn't too big of a deal (you lose your ship and cargo). I have about 10 hours in and actually quite like it. So far have mostly been doing trading and mining, with some bot (AI) destroying.
Anyway, it seems like their problem is low user subscription, as they are currently only able to fund a small dev team (4 people I think).
I just wanted to put up this poll because I was honestly surprised that I haven't even heard of the game before, and also, doing a search here, there aren't any threads on it. I am wondering if they do some work to spread the word a bit more that it might help grow some interest. I know it is competing with the monster that is EVE (which I haven't played), but it seems to be different enough to be worth a look.