Star Citizen - Chris Roberts, lots of spaceship porn, lots of promises


#7382

Cures/treats common colds. Ordered to remove in that claim in 1977. Although it may have been cancer and lord knows what in the 19th century, too.

Yep!

It strikes me as fascinating that two TV sitcoms that pulled very young audiences in the 1970s – Happy Days and The Brady Bunch – felt the need to do “Let the buyer beware” episodes about lemon cars, mostly because of the way US law protects sellers against legal/civil action for basically lying.


#7383

This is a point that most of us keep bringing up from time to time. The whole project is about perception and flair. So it makes sense that they spend time on that with the newsletters (I still get those on my alt account), as well as the JPEG concept ship sales.

The metrics for those “playing” the game are so bad, that we won’t even track them anymore. And I have an entire forum section dedicated to that. Just take a look at the most recent metrics which we ran. It’s abysmal.


#7384

The devs made some startling comments ahead of the latest dev schedule. My latest article covers that and the recent lawsuit filing.


#7385

Yeah ,you’re right. Dunno where I got the cancer thing in my head. They also claimed it cured chronic dandruff and stuff like that.


#7386

In case you didn’t want to watch an hour of rubbish, someone wrote up a breakdown of the video (below) that’s the topic of the latest furor, and a subject in my latest article (previous post above). The fun starts around 10:15 mark.


#7387

“This means that currently, every single frame, every single flag and counter and variable and absolutely any field whatsoever having to do with players is sent over the wire.”

In other words, they still don’t have a network model and only a vague notion of what they need, which also keeps increasing and adding to the technical debt.

“they want to develop a motorcycle, so they start out with a car, then they try hacking apart the frame, engine, and suspension while it’s running into something vaguely motorcycle-shaped.”

Surprisingly, it sounds about right, assuming you’re correct; I don’t care enough to watch the video.


#7388

I’m a very little guy who has no experience with huge projects like this, but even I know you don’t start anything of this scope without knowing if you have the right tools for the job! I mean, geez louise! All those people and money, and they couldn’t get that right?

For the above example, starting out with a motorcycle (or motorcycle-related vehicle) is the smartest thing if a fancier motorcycle is what you want to end up with as the final product. Trying to shoehorn a cycle engine into a car and wondering why it doesn’t work right is exactly what you never want to do, if you actually intend on finishing a product and having it be what you want.


#7389

Fail fast, technical risk, blah blah blah. Just sell more JPEGs of spaceships and it’ll be fine.


#7390

Meh. I don’t subscribe to his ‘two sides of a spectrum’ argument, mainly because I don’t think there’s equal footing between those searching for the truth and those attempting to obscure it.

To me the situation more resembles a nucleus of hardcore defenders and apologists surrounded by an Oort cloud of critics with varying angles, momenta, and eccentricities.


#7391

Derek, you need to get an agent and a book deal.


#7392

For the sake of the planet it better be an eBook.


#7393

This story is not over yet.


#7394

Then get a multi-million dollar advance, work on it forever and charge ridiculous amounts for preview pages.


#7395

I have both, and a publisher. The book was finished months ago, and I just keep updating the manuscript. I have refrained from publishing it because I want it to have an ending. But whale backers keep denying me that. So I’m holding fast. You guys know me by now, I have the patience of a mule, and the tenacity of a shark. So I’m going to wait them out. :)


#7396

That never crossed my mind. At least not last night when I updated that plan :)


#7397

That’s what sequels are for!


#7398

Are you going to sell readers JPEGs of the cover art while they’re waiting for you to finish and release it?


#7399

If you really want to go meta with this, start selling photos of the finished manuscript.

Dammit, Mike beat me!


#7400

Why not release the manuscript as is, and also sell JPEGSs of notes for future chapters.


#7401

Yes, I totally am. And each cover will be different and unique.