There are many perspectives to come from, and the cost side of things this was one of the reason I jumped to C4D over Maya before it went purely rental. As it turns I would have been out the upgrade cycle for Maya long ago which reinforces my belief that C4D was a good investment.
Now just because C4D lines up well in this comparison price point it dont mean its cheap, the fact is non of them are, they are all over priced because studios will pay for it. The freelancer things get a bit tighter, then the hobbyist in due course they will get pushed out altogether as the price creeps up, and up, but as Iv noticed many dont even own a legit licence who come over to the cafe.
Where I think Maxon is really missing out is old users. 3 versions without a upgrade and your out. These users should not be put on the band wagon as a competitive cross grade they should be given a much better offer as in the end it gets these users back on the MSA. Not forgetting Cinevercity, it has much value in which some of the scripts.plugins could be sold as plugins alone. The forum is very helpful, and the depth of knowledge even via older videos are still very valid, iv learnt heaps from Brett Bays.
Scott there has been some big additions to C4D since v12, it just depends on if the additions are of benifit to you which I can understand if some are not. I do hope r20 is a substantial upgrade in general in which all users benefit from, but I have to except that I will not benifit as much as others as I have external apps dealing with other dedicated areas in which C4D cant be expected to compete with so for me “a minority” to gain from r20 it would have to be in the modelling department, and character animation improvements, and overall speed. If they have the stats in front of them showing how many users they that left with older versions, they would do well to give them a substantial discount to r20 to get them back on board.