NO. I neither misunderstand nor am twisting what you're saying. Neither does my use of partial quotes do that, especialy where it allows me to zero in on what's wrong with your arguments.
First of all, you gave that statement, that example. You said:
If you see an ICE that you can't break or that will kill you, you gotta jack out… but by doing so before it is rezzed by the Corp, you prevent them from spending credits.
There's already a recognition on your part that not jacking out will hurt the Runner or even cause him to lose- and yet you're still whining about how Snitch preventing defeat didn't get the Corp to spend cash. Killing the Runner will automatically win the game for the Corp.
There is no getting around what you posted. There is no getting around that conditions for winning and losing. There is no change of meaning involved. You're explicitly saying that Snitch falls short in your standards because it doesn't get the Corp to spend on rezzing ICE even when Snitch just saved the Runner from losing.
Second, in regards to:
I never run just for the sake of it, never test my luck on a protected server.
For the sake of it, which in this case would be (and correct me if I'm wrong, since I ain't am not a native speaker after all) "running for the sake of running" as in "running just to run", for no particular reason.
I meant to say, and I thought it was clear (so please forgive me if it wasn't), that I usually run with a purpose.
Thus, I judge by the amount of credits left for the Corp, the number of ICE on a server, the ICE he already rezzed, the influence I know he spent on other cards… stuff like that. And if it seems to me I can make it, I run, Archer or not.
To begin with, only those intentionally trying to lose or who are not taking the game seriously run for the sheer heck of it. Serious players run for the purpose of doing something meaningful and useful in the game, whether grabbing agenda or sabotaging Corp resources, even if they do it without the level or preparation you practice.
However, what you describe here is a situation wherein the you are still going in blind, nevermind how prepared you are for it. That can be catastrophic from the position of the Runner where the guess was wrong and you are in truth unable to deal with the ICE that you encounter.
In a game of the last tournament, my opponent had 4 agenda points and I had less (don't remember, 2 or 3, I stole an Agenda from R&D).
He had a server with 2 layers of ICE and an Agenda installed (I knew, because he installed it over an Asset).
I knew it could be the end of the game, and I had to run there… but I also knew he could have some very bad ICE. What could be the worst ICE for me? Archer.
So I gathered credits to reach 8 and run. He decided to rezz the first ICE and it was, infact, Archer. But he had to forfeit an Agenda (and he only had 2 AstroScript) for it. I paid 8 credits to break the 2 Trash subroutines, and ended the run.
That move made me win the game, because he did score that Agenda, but it only brought him back to 4 and the last agenda he did, for 1 point, wasn't enough to make him win.
Snitch would have helped me in that situation? I honestly don't think so.
This is a straw man argument.
Snitch's worth is in how it can save you from a hazardous encounter with ICE. What you've posited here is how you made a mistake assessing the threat of Archer while stumbling on how to turn its rezzing to your advantage to win your game. You closed it by questioning how Snitch could have made things better in order to question's Snitch's worth when you didn't need to be saved from Archer to begin with.
The very fact that you turned the rezzing of Archer into a game-winning move shows it's not actually the worst ICE for you in that situation. Perhaps it was even the best ICE you could have faced then and there.
Furthermore, if you read my second reply to you in this thread, you'll find that I covered how Snitch can enable such tactics.
That's why I said "I'm not really excited about Snitch".
And for all the wrong reasons.
Does it looks like I said I am never wrong, to you?
So, you have indeed made mistakes in your guesswork that led you to encounter ICE stronger, tougher and more dangerous than you can handle? You've already shown a wrong assessment of Archer earlier.