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News Comments > Star Citizen Hangar Module Released
68. Re: Star Citizen Hangar Module Released Aug 31, 2013, 19:05 CJ_Parker
Tom wrote on Aug 30, 2013, 22:30:
Hey now. Is there really a sound basis for such pessimism?


The Hangar module is hardly representative of all they've accomplished so far. They've already shown videos of ships flying in space firing pretty lazers.
Thrusters rotating and firing in sophisticated ways according to a simulation.

A demo for mere visualization purposes != actual gameplay. Anyone with decent skills in Adobe Flash can create a video like that in a matter of days.
Besides the demo was created by Chris Roberts and a couple other guys before the campaign started in 2012. The team making the game was assembled starting in January 2013. Barely anyone on the current team has (had) any experience with the CryEngine and if you would have watched the roundtable videos from the last 24h live stream you would have seen how just about every department from coding to art admitted that the CryEngine is an extremely complex beast with a very steep learning curve. On the plus side it is also a very powerful tool once you know how but right now they are still in the figure-shit-out stages.

And keep in mind, before there can be visible progress, there's a great deal of work to be done in building infrastructure. On many levels. This is the nature of production. Sure, it could take forever, but I think it's way too early to give up hope of them coming anywhere near hitting the timeframes they've been aiming for.

We know from comments that they had to go into crunch mode for a couple of weeks just to get the hangar "done" (a term we have to use very loosely for the state it is in). I really don't see how they are going to have a working dogfighting alpha in just four months from now unless it's going to be super-rudimentary with just a black vacuum for space and then mono colored lasers only (no projectile weapons), no chat and lacking lots of other game and multiplayer features.
It took them over six months just for the hangar. Sure, might be due to the above mentioned CryEngine 3 learning curve and maybe stuff is going to accelerate like crazy now that they have learned the ropes but I have serious doubts that they are going to have a real working multiplayer dogfighting module finished by the end of the year. If they release anything in that direction this year it will probably be very barebone.

And it is more than anyone's guess when they will actually have "finished" the game as defined by Chris Roberts, the design team and including all of the campaign's stretch goals.
Over 100 star systems, a complex economy, lots of meaningful content (not just quest automats), an intricate bounty system, a universe with a working timeline and historical record keeping, a fair and balanced PvP system including the boarding feature, EVA, repair systems, clan/squadron features, a resource and mining system, pirating/salvaging, ship upgrades galore, overclockability of ship components, player-run capital ships and all of the stuff that has been promised to be in the game one day.
Going by the rate and the state at which the hangar was released we are into the 2020s before the above will materialize in a fun and working fashion. And I wish I was kidding.

If there's one thing to fear though, it's the lack of a publisher to crack the whip and force things to happen in a certain amount of time.
As a creator, the lack of constraints seems like the best gift you could ever have. But in truth it will destroy you. Can the backer community serve as an acceptable substitute for a publisher to drive progress in a reasonable amount of time? That's a really big question in this great experiment.

Rabid fanbois >>> publisher

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News Comments > Star Citizen Credit Sales
18. Re: Star Citizen Credit Sales Aug 31, 2013, 18:18 CJ_Parker
They are almost guaranteed to nail the single player (squadron 42). Chris Roberts and quite a few of the current team have been there and done that. They will be bringing back the space soap opera in style. No doubt about it.

The doubts begin as soon as the actual Star Citizen multiplayer persistent universe comes into play. Chris Roberts has zero MMO experience and except for a handful of specialists on the team who do have prior experience (though some of it dating back as far as UO) the team has very little experience as well. And they have never worked together as a team on a project of this scope. That leaves plenty of reason for concern even if the rabid fanboys for whom CR is an infallible God want us to believe otherwise.

This shop opening is a very good display of just how inexperienced CR & co are in the online games space. He/they are very obviously lacking a "feel" for the market.
Oh well. It's only going to bite them very gently in the ass at this point because of the ridiculous development budget.
In fact they can screw around with ideas like this to their heart's content. At this stage they have nothing to lose but their reputation.
No one can force them to invest the entire budget and even if you would hold them accountable there are many creative ways to hide away enough of the budget behind smoke & mirrors that CR could still stow away enough cash for an insta-retirement backup plan.

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News Comments > Star Citizen Credit Sales
10. Re: Star Citizen Credit Sales Aug 31, 2013, 16:17 CJ_Parker
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 31, 2013, 15:12:
I really hope the sad, strange little cult of followers here are beginning to realize how blatantly they're being exploited...

Dude, the "sad, strange little cult of followers" is at 237K disciples and counting so... Sad? Maybe. Strange? Definitely! Little? Fuck off!

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News Comments > Watch_Dogs PC Features Planned
12. Re: Watch_Dogs PC Features Planned Aug 27, 2013, 17:11 CJ_Parker
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
17. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 26, 2013, 20:11 CJ_Parker
NKD wrote on Aug 26, 2013, 19:27:
CJ_Parker wrote on Aug 26, 2013, 17:30:
WTF was the caregiver thinking when she was doing going to work unarmed???? Darwin award candidate got what she deserved LOOOLZZZ

She wasn't unarmed, it was her gun. That's what makes it all the more stupid. It's not like she was unaware there was a loaded gun in the house. Of course being that she was like 90 years old maybe she was.

Really? Still a dumb bitch. Should of had an assault rifle for backup purposes in case someone turned her gun on her!!!

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
14. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 26, 2013, 17:30 CJ_Parker
WTF was the caregiver thinking when she was going to work unarmed???? Darwin award candidate got what she deserved LOOOLZZZ

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News Comments > Shadow of the Eternals Kickstarter Fails
2. Re: Shadow of the Eternals Kickstarter Fails Aug 24, 2013, 10:18 CJ_Parker
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
6. Re: Evening Interviews Aug 24, 2013, 10:09 CJ_Parker
No more Old Republic and Clone Wars bullshit, please. Old Republic is really getting, yes, ... old. Same old Sith vs. Jedi all the time. Win some, lose some. Each side gains the upper hand for a week or two and then the other side strikes back, ad nauseam, ad infinitum, ad mega-yawneum .

I do believe that EA could deliver. Some of their games might not be everyone's cup of tea but their games are nearly all technically flawless, high quality productions so they might be able to nail it.
It's also nice to know that the OT is still on the table. We haven't seen any OT material in waaaay too long and if Battlefront is getting Hoth and speeders and AT-ATs then that is a massive step in the right direction. The escape from Hoth is one of those settings that can (almost) not be revisited enough times.

As for a Jedi Knight, I would love to see either something in the Order 66 era (between Episodes III and IV like Force Unleashed but executed much better and with Vader, Palps, Obi, Yoda and maybe a young Princess Leia towards the later parts of a new JK series) or some New Jedi Order stuff which we will probably get from 2015 on anyway when the new flicks come out.

RPG-wise, as I said I'm more than done with the Old Republic setting and I never thought that the original games were that great anyway. KotOR sucked with its lame story, cliche characters, tiny levels (Xbox restriction) and limited inventory (guess what... Xbox restriction again). Would love to see something more along the lines of The Witcher. Mature audience. Strong focus on one hero/heroine with followers. That sort of thing.

Well, and of course it'd be more than awesome if they returned to space but my hopes of that are zero. I bet they'll do some arcade crap (tablets/mobiles) as soon as the new movies are out but a "serious" space sim with a campaign will probably never happen again unless it is a fan project for another game (here's to hoping that Star Wars modders will be all over Star Citizen's editor the minute that comes out).
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News Comments > Steve Ballmer to Retire
40. Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 18:32 CJ_Parker
Good. Now get a CEO that shuts down the entire fucking Xbox travesty and bring back the PC to pre-Shitbox strength. kthx.  
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News Comments > Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Expansion Announced
33. Re: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Expansion Announced Aug 21, 2013, 12:25 CJ_Parker
Saying that Diablo ever was a "horror" experience makes me laugh real hard. How old were y'all back then? Four years old? Because that's just about the max age at which Diablo might provoke minor emotions of "horror".
Just like Warcraft Humans & Orcs and every single other Blizzard game in the history of that company it's always been very cartoony and light-hearted.
And don't give me The Butcher. The name of that guy alone ("Da Butchaaaahhh") is so ridiculous and obviously meant in a satirical way that you can't seriously claim that that guy evoked any "horror".
Or if he did I'd make sure you get an appointment with an urologist and let them check where your balls went or if you're one of those people who just has male sexual organs but is genetically a pussy.

Seriously, guys. Anyone out of elementary school would have to be a very strange critter to consider anything Blizzard EVER did as even remotely adult, let alone "horror".
And now don't gimme the stupid 'M' rating. It only got an 'M' because of the succubus half-nekkidness. Can't have any titties in puritan America, of course.
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News Comments > Thief in February
28. Re: Thief in February Aug 16, 2013, 20:19 CJ_Parker
At least the cinematics are purty... but they are going to have to show us some gameplay to really raise some interest.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
3. Re: Morning Interviews Aug 16, 2013, 20:05 CJ_Parker
Cutter wrote on Aug 16, 2013, 11:43:
Also it'll depend on their sales as well. Let's say they do make a fantastic game and it goes on to sell like gangbusters. Well, if they can finance it themselves I won't be inclined to back them either. Same reason as I never even considered giving dime one to guys like Gariott, Molyneux, et al.

Fully agree. They are really going to have to be very open about why they need to raise money from the community again. It will be interesting to see how many of these KS devs will be honest and forthcoming when the second round is up.
After all it is Kick-starter . It's supposed to help them get off the ground, kick things off and get started. It's not really meant to be a perpetual source of income.
In regular old school economics: Your earnings drive the investment in future growth so the KS devs should have to become self-sustaining if their projects are successful.

How many of these studios will be able to sustain themselves just from the initial KS and the following sales success?
Actually, I would almost go as far as saying that any studio that fails to be self-sustaining needs to shut down because then the business model is terminally flawed.

It will be interesting to see what is going to happen with regard to follow-up projects but I'm sure that many of us will be way more hesitant to donate if we know that the devs are bathing in money.
The only way I would consider a contribution in such cases is if the dev is as open and forthcoming as e.g. Larian Studios who raised money for Divinity Original Sin saying that they won't need the funds to finish the game but that they want to put the KS funds towards extra polishing and the marketing budget to make the game a success.
They laid down a clear plan and it was easy to support them on these grounds.
Let's hope other devs will be equally smart so KS doesn't get tarnished in the fallout of greedy second helpings.

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News Comments > NVIDIA Unleaks GTA5 PC Comment - New Trailers Released
28. Re: NVIDIA Unleaks GTA5 PC Comment - New Trailers Released Aug 14, 2013, 19:28 CJ_Parker
nin wrote on Aug 14, 2013, 19:00:
Considering the PC and both "next gen" consoles have very similar hardware, they'd be crazy to leave that money on the table...

Depends... if the fucking assholes from Microsoft are offering them millions for a console exclusive to undermine PC gaming even further then Rockstar/Take 2 would certainly not hesitate one second to help fuck the PC in the ass even deeper.
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News Comments > The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Cinematic Trailer
9. Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Cinematic Trailer Aug 14, 2013, 19:14 CJ_Parker
No offense, Creston, but assuming that you are from the US and a regular TV/movies consumer: What exactly makes this trailer scene different from just about any rape or domestic or random violence scene against women?

I have seen many, many, many much worse scenes of violence and I'm from a bleeding heart country where violent stuff gets edited out and where we get cut versions of movies and games.

This is completely harmless in comparison with just hints of violence. It's not even bordering on sexual violence (probably because CDP wanted to avoid bans of the trailer in the US/Australia where sexual rape themes are insta-ban territory if too explicit).

Honestly, I really don't see an issue here. If anything the deaths of the Nilfgaard guys are fairly gruesome (though I don't feel any sympathy for them, of course... they got what they deserved).

The Witcher, especially with part 2, has always aimed at portraying a fairly realistic medieval setting. You know, no colorful, fairy tale Disney medieval crap but the way that the middle ages actually were. Which was zero fun. From terminal diseases like the black plague to dying from a simple flu or giving birth to rape to witch hunts to selling of indulgences to just about any random violence of the strong vs. the weak... the middle ages were the dark ages with absolutely no place for the romanticism that is often portrayed in books and movies.

And that's why I love the Witcher. Because it's not fucking Grimm's fairytale world but the real deal (OK, except for the presence of "real" monsters maybe ).
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News Comments > StarCraft Universe Kickstarter
4. Re: StarCraft Universe Kickstarter Aug 14, 2013, 07:02 CJ_Parker
"Full" support, eh? Then why doesn't Actiblizz take some of their WoW billions from their treasure chest and truly show some "full support" for these guys?
Definitely not even beginning to consider spending a single cent on this crap.

There's also the issue that these guys are making it sound like "meh going back to work sucked so please throw some money our way so we can quit our jobs and go back to being lazy game modders". And the line about motivation through money sounds cheesy as hell, too. You either do this because you have the passion and dedication required or you don't.
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 Countdown
2. Re: The Witcher 3 Countdown Aug 13, 2013, 10:32 CJ_Parker
With the stupid 'killing monsters' tag line it's probably a browser game tie-in or something like that.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 12, 2013, 18:51 CJ_Parker
Ummm... excusez moi but just because some dude creatively named 'Flying Penguin' posts about supposedly having driver issues to some random forum this stuff gets posted on Blue's as if it were gospel? WTF? So if I go and make a random post about how my iPhone just blew up when I was talking to my girlfriend can I get a post about how female voices make the iPhone go kaboom, please? kthx!

Seriously, does anyone know how much this has been researched except this Penguin dude having a hunch about a common pattern? Has nVidia acknowledged the issue and are they working on a fix?

Man, this fact-ification of random shit that gets posted on blogs really needs to DIAF. Yesterday.
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News Comments > Wasteland Re-release Plans
36. Re: Wasteland Re-release Plans Aug 11, 2013, 20:48 CJ_Parker
Redmask wrote on Aug 11, 2013, 11:48:
Pacific Strike was really underrated but I tried replaying it recently and there are some games you just can't go back to anymore.

Yep. Same goes for Strike Commander. I grabbed Strike as soon as it popped up on GOG even though I still have my boxed copy (I actually bought the Privateer/Strike Commander bundle that EA was selling some time after both games were released).
I didn't even make it to the first waypoint. It was impossible to identify anything in that pixel soup. Seriously. I tried hard but no way. It was unplayable. At least on my 2560x1440 screen. Maybe if someone owns a fairly old 15" or 17" LCD with max 1280x1024 or 1024x768 resolution it might be a different story but on big screens it is literally mission impossible.
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News Comments > Wasteland Re-release Plans
31. Re: Wasteland Re-release Plans Aug 11, 2013, 07:23 CJ_Parker
Creston wrote on Aug 11, 2013, 01:47:
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 10, 2013, 23:59:
The 1 game I loved, and still own the manual for, was Strike Commander. Now *that* was a manual worth keeping. Although the copy prompts were infuriating. My English in my early school/gaming days was no good so I was often just guessing what they meant.

Strike Commander was awesome. Good flight sim, great story (being betrayed by the chick really stunned me), cool wingmen.

Pacific Strike was even cooler. Your ginger wingman buddy from the start (forgot his name) was the best with his one liners. "Hot DAWG I'm going to shoot me a Jap Zero!"

And then he'd always get gunned down because he sucked as a pilot. But at least he was funny.

Ah, finally someone else with at least an equal love for Pacific Strike! A lot of people seem to always mention Strike Commander but Pacific Strike rarely gets any love though it was easily just as awesome.
I l-o-v-e-d doing torpedo bombing runs. Dive bombing was fun, too, but it didn't hold a candle to dropping torpedoes.
Unfortunately, I don't really seem to remember Pacific Strike's wingmen. I do remember the Strike Commander chick though and the old guy (squadron leader) that was shot down a few missions into the game when you had to take over as commander. And I remember Tex. He was funny, too, when he ejected he always went "Cya all later folks, I'm punching out." ... and he ejected a lot because he wasn't really all that good either .
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News Comments > Wasteland Re-release Plans
22. Re: Wasteland Re-release Plans Aug 10, 2013, 21:18 CJ_Parker
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 10, 2013, 18:28:
A game where you need a physical manual to get ANYWHERE is not a good game, 25 years ago or now. Good games are intuitive and explain what's needed. And yeah, I was alive back then, although I played PC games only starting 92 .. if you know what east Germany is, you know why. ^^

HAHA so you are an Ossi huh?

Um, anyway, many PC games back in the day were way too complex to not require a manual. A lot of flight sims absolutely required a manual. The technology back then wasn't at the point yet where you could include tutorials on disk or the game that already shipped on eight floppy disks all of a sudden would have required a dozen+ disks.
Or if you look at RPGs like the (awesome) Realms of Arkania series, that required a manual, too, just to explain the rule set and provide the background info that was needed to really get into the games. It would have been impossible at that time to include all of that in the game.
Remember: We are talking DOS days here. Games back then did not even have the most basic functionality like e.g. right-clicking on stuff for an explanation since a lot of games did not even have mouse support. Most games were played with a keyboard and maybe a joystick and that was it.

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