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News Comments > Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance
94. Re: Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance Jun 23, 2013, 19:25 Dev
 
Prez wrote on Jun 23, 2013, 16:44:
Well, I guess you missed my point - skepticism is NOT griping. You are clueless if you think my reservations are based on forking out money. My Steam catalog alone is up to almost 2000 games and dlc packs, and I own over half of the GOG catalog, so spending money on gaming isn't a problem for me. If you have been around modern gaming for long enough you've only been screwed about a hundred times - that tends to breed a very healthy skepticism about these kinds of too-good-to-be-true projects. You mention his pedigree - need I go into how many developers with amazing pedigrees have completely lost their touch or just gone off the rails? Molyneux, Will Wright, John Carmack, Cliff Blezinski, Warren Spector, etc, etc, etc? Does Roberts still have his mojo after al this time? Who knows. Nothing really can be "safely assumed" in this day and age, and most people have learned that the hard way.

The point is, despite how negative this sounds, I am rooting for Roberts to do what you are saying he will with this release. I really am. But I guess I am just too jaded to get all excited anymore about these wonderful sounding projects. Talk to me again when the game ships and we can put it through its paces. If it turns out as great as you expect, I'll be the first to admit my fears were unfounded.
I agree completely. Of course my steam catalog is "only" about 800 games.
And I've already pledged in the KS for this game.
I'm also rooting for Roberts to succeed, I just have my doubts (in large part, based on info thats already been released by him about this project, such as the massive private funding it has).

I'm much more optimistic about Wasteland 2, and every video they've released of it just gets me more optimistic
 
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Jun 23, 2013, 17:43 Dev
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2013, 17:18:
Anyone ever play Pharaoh + Cleopatra or Children of the Nile? Were they good?
I enjoyed the children of the nile games.

Keep in mind they are older games now. It was a different take on a sim city kinda game, with some settlers style materials/people management built in. Some missions your goal was to build a monument (its Egyptian pharaohs after all) so there was trading quarrying and stuff to get the materials needed to build it. Often one had to build up an economy to get certain kinds of materials (again think settlers). So like for bricks, you'd need something like clay and straw. There was also a rudimentary combat kinda thing tacked on (usually for if some county was wanting to raid you and you needed to defend yourself), although I personally preferred the building missions.

I recommend skipping around these two videos (no need to watch the whole thing to get a taste for what the game is about):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFRTLcNkr_o
Shows what you start off like

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCP-09XJEjo
Shows a fully established city building one of the great monuments in one of the later missions.

If the videos interest you and you like city management kinda games (sim city, anno 2070, settlers), then you'll likely enjoy this. If you are turned off by older graphics or city building games, then you probably won't like it.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance
86. Re: Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance Jun 23, 2013, 15:25 Dev
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jun 23, 2013, 14:48:
Slashman wrote on Jun 23, 2013, 13:56:
What kind of investor would want that kind of potential risk to their revenue stream? Do they even understand what Roberts is planning?

Those that don't worry about revenue streams, aka Kickstarters. Those that invested outside of that, I hope they weren't lead to believe revenue streams were A#1.
Yeah, but in this case, seems like outside private money is the majority of what went into this project. Pretty sure it was something like $10m outside investing.
I'm thinking thats why the project is getting all this F2P, P2W, and MMO elements, because of the project behind beholden to that private investing and that being very hot for private investing right now.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance
80. Re: Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance Jun 23, 2013, 13:27 Dev
 
Flatline wrote on Jun 23, 2013, 13:23:
And here's another thing- if what someone else in thread said is true and that they're only offering to sell all these ships until the Alpha, that's kind of f*cked up.
My understanding is its just lifetime insurance on these ships thats being limited. They will NOT stop selling ships, thats going to be a major part of the games microtransactions.

I also I don't think lifetime insurance as a whole is going away, my guess is that after release, they will release new ships every few months in the game and offer lifetime insurance during a limited period, to encourage people to buy them while at their full initial price.
 
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News Comments > Surgeon Simulator 2013 Adds TF2 Characters
7. Re: Surgeon Simulator 2013 Adds TF2 Characters Jun 23, 2013, 12:33 Dev
 
Jivaro wrote on Jun 22, 2013, 01:55:
They will sell copies by the bucket load if they add gynecology DLC.


While a certain segment of people would be into surgery on that part of the body, that wouldn't be me.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance
77. Re: Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance Jun 23, 2013, 11:56 Dev
 
Overon wrote on Jun 23, 2013, 01:51:
I have to agree with Flatline there is way too much speculation and blind trust in Roberts Space Industries.
I agree.

I'm also hesitant to trust everything they say given how they've weasel worded everything.

"its not an mmo" but technically it really is

"its not a P2W" but technically it really is

"never have subscriptions" but they do (and yes I know that they so far aren't required to play so that technically meets what they said, but that could change).

But man, I sure hope the game turns out well! If its handled well, it could turn out to be the best and most epic space sim ever. If its handled poorly, I would be very sad
kanniballl wrote on Jun 23, 2013, 11:50:
So far doesn't look PayToWin. The fighter-class of the 300-series isn't the best one out there supposedly. Others are talking about better ones in the gaming forums. These are just better starting-ships. Look at the specs: low-tier weapon mounts and no turrets. Chances are you'll want to upgrade to a Hornet or something.
Its technically P2W. Doesn't matter if its end ships or early ships that you buy. Doesn't matter if you can still get them with in game currency or not. Thats just a matter of how extreme the P2W is. Its looking like its not that extreme so far, but its still P2W.

Also, better ships were and ARE still avail on the pledges if you pledge enough. Like the $250 level constellation with turret(s) (the description reads both ways, 1 turret or 2 turrets, so who knows what it actually has) and a fighter. Or the pirate cutlass (as I recall that was a $100+ add on) with 2 turrets.

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News Comments > Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance
45. Re: Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance Jun 22, 2013, 23:09 Dev
 
ItBurn wrote on Jun 22, 2013, 23:04:
Edit. I just saw the subscription stuff. It's kinda weird and like you said, it's unclear how that'll play out. But it's fully optional.
Its fully optional NOW anyway. Or they may end up offering something like "subscribe and you get all these ships" or pay a one time fee for them. Or they might keep it like it is and give out mostly news.

Anyway, for anyone else looking, subscriptions are on the main purchase page:
http://robertsspaceindustries.com/star-citizen/
Its on the right, above any of the game packages.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance
43. Re: Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance Jun 22, 2013, 22:44 Dev
 
ItBurn wrote on Jun 22, 2013, 22:33:
Right. It's not F2P, not P2W, not MMO(depending on your definition) and has no subscription though :p
They have subscriptions available right now (despite the claims they never would offer any). They are supposed to be mostly news at the moment, but they don't actually say if you even get the game with them. Who knows how subscriptions will play out by the time its released.

Its P2W by definition if you are buying ships and not cosmetic stuff, even if its something you can earn in game. It might not be as extreme as things where the good stuff is ONLY avail if you pay money, but its there. Similar to EVE in that way, you can earn everything starting at the bottom, or just throw money in and start much higher up.

As for F2P, he's mentioned before that he wants EVERYONE to be able to play it, I guess its F2P more in the sense of guild wars rather than WoW. And who knows, it could change by the time the game is released. He may decide that everyone who has bought into it is only getting the ships/insurance and that its actually going to be free to everyone at release, then that would give a broader install base for microtransaction purchases. One of the big key things with F2P is to try and push microtransactions as hard as possible, and thats what I see happening. The same stuff I see when I play casual F2P games, I see happening with ships and insurance, etc here.

As for MMO, despite the denials of it being one, it has all the hallmarks. A large number of players. A permanent, persistent world on company servers (yes they are supposed to let people run their own servers, we'll see how much they do with that, especially since that would discourage microtransaction purchases). Etc.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance
39. Re: Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance Jun 22, 2013, 22:30 Dev
 
ItBurn wrote on Jun 22, 2013, 22:26:
They just passed 10m
No, they passed that LONG ago with the private funding. The private funding along was something like $10m as I recall. So really they are more like $20m.
Its the private funding that he's beholden to that I think is driving the whole F2P/P2W/MMO/subscription mix of weirdness. Like he's throwing everything in thats "hot" right now.

Anyway, like I said, I hope my doubts are false and everyone else is correct. Because I'd love for my KS pledge to work out just great and I'd love to have a game even half as good as Privateer or Wing Commander.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance
37. Re: Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance Jun 22, 2013, 22:25 Dev
 
Also, there is NOTHING stylish about origin or EA  
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News Comments > Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance
36. Re: Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance Jun 22, 2013, 22:25 Dev
 
Flatline wrote on Jun 22, 2013, 22:18:
At the moment I'm feeling like a chump getting hit up for a few bucks over and over and over again.
Yeah, thats what I keep seeing too. Thats why I only got in when one of the limited low price KS slots opened up. I only paid an extra $5 for the limited aurora (which I already had the base ship with my KS package). I didn't spend a pile for a citizen badge, and I'm NOT going to shell out another $75 for this new ship.

I think my total so far is $35. Very unlikely to do more than that until I see how the game turns out and how the F2P/P2W/MMO/subscriptions mix all turns out.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance
33. Re: Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance Jun 22, 2013, 22:11 Dev
 
I'm really hoping that this turns out good. I'm just afraid that with the subscription stuff, the F2P stuff, the P2W stuff, the MMO stuff, and the private majority funding he's beholden to, it won't (a LOT of private funding is really hot about the F2P kinda thing right now).

I got in the KS btw. I think this is the first time I watched this trailer (an overview of the game, with first couple mins being a game trailer):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M995Mqr67E
So I'm going to keep hoping. Privateer and wing commander were some of my favorite games.
 
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Legal Tangle
23. Re: Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Legal Tangle Jun 20, 2013, 19:05 Dev
 
Quinn wrote on Jun 20, 2013, 13:25:
Shite! I didn't know this enhanced edition was for the iPad? Now that.. I would've wanted.
They released for ipad and PC, and I think they were planning for android as well. More than likely this will get fixed and they will continue selling it.
 
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News Comments > Valve Rumor Bonanza
14. Re: Valve Rumor Bonanza Jun 20, 2013, 00:03 Dev
 
Sounds legit to me. Of course, this leak will mean a year+ delay in HL3 now. Presuming they ever bother to finish it.

Edit: 790+ discussion groups/projects. Sounds reasonable for valve, especially since people move their wheeled desks around as they like and start a new project whenever they want.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Jun 19, 2013, 08:37 Dev
 
Thanks for fixing it!  
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News Comments > EA's Frostbite 3 Engine and AMD
44. Re: EA's Frostbite 3 Engine and AMD Jun 19, 2013, 08:35 Dev
 
DangerDog wrote on Jun 19, 2013, 03:22:
I haven't been keeping up with the graphics card wars but isn't AMD generally a better buy over Nvidia right now?
They go back and forth. Usually whenever one company releases its next gen card, they take the title for a few months. Then the other company releases its next gen card, and they take the title.

This is actually a good thing, keeps them competing with each other.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Jun 19, 2013, 00:38 Dev
 
Movie box office numbers are much closer to complete than PC game numbers  
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News Comments > GOG.com No DRM Sale Includes Free Torchlight
27. Re: GOG.com No DRM Sale Includes Free Torchlight Jun 19, 2013, 00:34 Dev
 
I dunno why we are discussing the internals of steam on a GOG thread, but anyway, how much integration steam has with a game is entirely up to the game's publisher. Some games on steam run without requiring steam at all (i.e. you can run the .exe directly from the folder and it won't require steam client to be started). Its rare, but they exist.
When running the .exe without having steam running, other games give errors, other games say they will run, but won't have the social integration (like leaderboards), etc.
I ran an experiment a while back and tried a bunch of steam games that way. I wrote up the details at the time I did it.
 
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News Comments > Gunpoint Sales Figures
5. Re: Gunpoint Sales Figures Jun 18, 2013, 23:31 Dev
 
ItBurn wrote on Jun 18, 2013, 23:05:
I'm jealous
Release a popular game, you can be in the same position
 
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News Comments > EA's Frostbite 3 Engine and AMD
26. Re: EA's Frostbite 3 Engine and AMD Jun 18, 2013, 23:30 Dev
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Jun 18, 2013, 20:18:
There's a simple solution for this. Don't buy the games if you own Nvidia.
Fixed that for you
 
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