Ugh... it nearly makes me cry reading those stories. It gotta be really hard to work for so long in something you love so much, then see someone else making money with it and not see one dime of it. It's really absurd what some people do because of the fucking money. It really piss me off.
I have only played a HOI demo in a The One's Coverdisk, and I really enjoy playing it. I remember it was a very long level, I even thought it was actually a full game!
I also remember it was extremely hard, but very enjoyable.
Clockwiser is a game I really love. Since the first time I saw the intro of that game I instantly fell in love.