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

To Whom it May Concern:

The entity known as “Star Citizen,” and all souls associated with it, are not welcome within my domain.So don’t even bother asking.

Signed,

Satan

So today is the 5 year anniversary of The July Blog

Derek Smart Was Right

Your game, your miracle :)

What’s going on with SQ42? There was no video update released and no public of Chris Roberts or Sandi for months.

Here is a post from today from Reddit. I still contend they should release this soon and collect money from it and then push on SC. That, however, assumes there is a large market for a game of this type in 2020 (beyond the fans that already ‘own’ the game)

SQ42 has been MIA since March when the last roadmap was released. Safe to say something is amiss with that.

As for SC, the tribe are up in arms over the rapidly disappearing roadmap tasks. At this rate, SC will be released next month - fully completed. :)

The comments are pure comedy Gold

I love that people are so jazzed about a WIP bartender NPC.

Which literally doesn’t work. Like at all. Start this video around 2:51:00 to 2:60 Streamer tries to order a drink, it forces him to order from someone on the other side of the bar, who proceeds to pour his beer, look at ingredients for a bit (with his beer in hand), and then place the still-full glass in the dishwasher.

Then there’s this…

This is all with the latest build that’s on PTU btw

lol @ the menu swaying with the NPC movements

Right? UX nightmare right there.

It’s wonderful!

Imagine a launch screen that depicts a warm sunlit pastoral valley, in the distance a quaint village with welcoming tendrils of smoke rising from little chimneys and in the foreground tall stalks of wheat swaying in the wind.

Now attach all the menu items to that wheat: whack-a-mole new game, settings, multiplayer etc.

Ahahaha, the worlds most annoying UI innovation! Love it.

Of course it doesn’t work at all, the bartender has only been in development for three years.

So many novel gameplay loops!

You call it love, I call it disturbing.

When we getting Johnny Cab?

This thread about the bartender is absolutely hilarious. Even the diehards are trolling CIG now.

This one is comedy Gold. I like how it’s always a “CTO” that makes these nonsensical posts on Reddit. This one is a 3yr old Reddit account claiming 20 yr dev experience. But yet, in 2015, he backed a project he saw was an on-going disaster.

Software development “experts” in the SC community of “believers” are dime a dozen. You can’t swing a dead Squadron 42 without hitting a thousand of those.

I’m a software developer with over 20 years of experience who’s currently a CTO (in reality, I’m the main developer in a team of two, but still). For real. When SC was announced, knowing quite a bit of the history of Chris Roberts, I chose to wait and watch. And not long after that I saw enough red flags to confirm that was the right decision, though I never anticipated the project would take this long and get this bad.

SC is right now a textbook example of MANY problems, that go beyond software development into the broader concept of a software project. Overscoping, misguided technical choices, mismanagement, lack of oversight and accountability, little concern for delivering value, nebulous definitions of key/core concepts, lack of proper abstractions, focus on (mostly) irrelevant details, “looks” over functionality, technical debt - it’s all there. Some of it comes from their business model and feeds back into it, I suppose.

I just hope that SC, when it inevitably blows up, doesn’t take the recent space sim genre renaissance with it. That would be a shame.

That post is terrible. Not because he’s wrong about there being a massive technical debt, but because he’s effectively blaming the programmers for Star Citizen’s current state.

The real problem, as pointed out many times in this thread, is Chris Roberts and his utter lack of project management competence.

Hmmm. I think I agree.

So, what could this become with proper project management?