After some discussions with my brother, I have made changes to the game to cause your ship to automatically decelerate if you are not holding the accelerate button. I haven't put these changes up yet, because I'm not sure I like them. On the one hand, I can see it making the game easier for newbies, but I find it irritating to have to hold the W key down to continue accelerating as you are fighting. In addition, it makes it more difficult to travel at a speed that is lower than the maximum velocity of the space ship.
Is it worth hurting the game play for more experience players to make the controls easier for newbies?