Thing is with the Cutter's inability to change vector in much less than a parsec they need those shields to avoid planets etcSerious answer: because this is what the community likes. Long time ago Sandro proposed a very mild change and people went nuts.
"I worked for Godshields, you have no right to take them from me!"
"You are just helping evil griefers kill me!"
"You should respect my time!!!!"
Blabla etc. A core part of the community are people with zero skills yet a deep desire to pretend to be Captain Awesome. Godshields are essential.
you do realize the cutter has enough manuveribility to orbit and fight a thargoid farily well. The only thing it really has a problem with is stopping, which can be mitigated by turning around and thrusting in the other direction.Thing is with the Cutter's inability to change vector in much less than a parsec they need those shields to avoid planets etc