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News Comments > Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained
19. Re: Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained Jun 19, 2014, 12:57 Tumbler
 
Frijoles wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 09:58:
As much as I can appreciate them going for realism-ish controls, I couldn't fly worth a damn. Hope it can be changed in single-player at least. Or maybe I'll just be Crew Member #5 on board the big ships.

That is normal with extreme manuevering, the thrusters are fighting to get the ship moving in the right direction while also trying to point you where you want to be. Using smaller inputs will minimize this effect which is what the IFCS should be doing automatically for everyone. I think they were just too ambitious with how little assistance they thought players would need.

It's setup how a sim jockey would want it where you're going to naturally expect to use smaller movements by default and almost never go to extremes. Bone headed decision in my opinion, the flight computer on default should be designed with a [-moron noob at the stick. Those WW2 fighters we're trying to mimic would stall even at high speed if you yanked the stick back, small inputs were the way to fly. But you put someone on a Extreme 3d Pro and they are going to push that thing full left when they want to turn left, no one uses tiny controlled inputs when they first start. It's a learned skill.

What makes this even more hilarious, they IFCS is setup for hardcore simmers, is the default left right on the stick is Roll, not yaw. In space combat you need to have yaw there, roll is close to worthless...no idea why they thought people would be using roll. Maybe they thought the simmers would want to get blown up a lot and take FOREVER to get kills.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained
5. Re: Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained Jun 19, 2014, 10:18 Tumbler
 
TL:DR
There may be no problem with the flight model itself, the problem is likely the flight controls, aka the flight computer that is supposed to be assisting you.

They simulate empty space physics. I think all the fuss over how difficult the ships are to control has nothing to do with the flight engine / model. It's the controls that need addressing.

The IFCS in particular, the flight computer that moves the ship based on your inputs, is way too aggressive in how it turns when you have all the safeties on. I think when people have full computer assist on they want the ship to respond something like a plane does in normal flight. Instead the spaceship slides all over space and jukes and jerks when you make hard turns as it tries to correct your direction. With full safeties the IFCS should be limiting your inputs so you don't slide more than a little bit. That means when the player pushes hard right the ifcs may only try and turn you at 20% max rate. As you drop power it will turn your faster as it takes less energy to redirect you.

There is a safety called Comstab and if you turn that off then you should slide around just like everyone does right now. That feature is supposed to minimize your sliding but it does a pretty shitty job right now.

GSafe is the other safety which to me is useless unless they make the gsafe turning much slower than it is now. I don't notice any major difference in my turning when it on or off. With it off I start getting red outs and black outs so I just leave it on. I hope they will limit gsafe turning significantly so there is a reason to use this feature.

Coupled / Decoupled mode is the other major IFCS feature but it's just a glide mode toggle. The way they set the system up so you can only straff when in glide mode I think will be fixed eventually because I know everyone wants to be able to use thrusters to slide around in normal flight and right now you can only do that in glide mode. Currently I don't think many use the straff features in combat because they aren't mapped in a useful way. On a gamepad for example you pilot the ship with the left stick and you move your head around with the right stick. (you don't use the right stick very often) When you want to slide you press the left stick. (glide mode) When you want to straff you hold down the left trigger (in glide mode) and use the left stick...but that takes away your ability to pilot the ship!? It goes something like this, you are going head on with your target, you throw your nose off center, tap left stick to enter glide mode, use left stick to stay on target, fire with the right trigger, then you're supposed to hold the left trigger to straff around using the left stick while using the right stick to keep your guns on target?! Who the fuck thought of that?! It's a lot more practical to just keep your nose pointed at the enemy because they move a lot. In pvp this might change but for now I think straffing is useless unless we can map it differently. (right stick for controllers) Holding left trigger should give me head tracking in that case.

They need to let us config all the controls. It's hard to say if the flight model has issues when we can't even use all the functions on our ship is an efficient way.

I've been trying to wait it out but I'm about to go build an xml files for my CH Fighterstick because I'm sick of waiting for them to let me do it in game.

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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Jun 18, 2014, 14:01 Tumbler
 
Ugh, how many parts are in this series? And how are we back at part 1?

I think these are all the parts:

Damsel in Distress: Part 1 - Tropes vs Women in Video Games
Damsel in Distress: Part 2 - Tropes vs Women in Video Games
Damsel in Distress: Part 3 - Tropes vs Women in Video Games
The Legend of the Last Princess - Hypothetical game concept
Ms. Male Character - Tropes vs Women in Video Games
Women as Background Decoration: Part 1 - Tropes vs Women in Vide...

And I think there are two other video's in production:
"The Fighting Fuck Toy" and "Women as Reward"

This is like a meeting that won't end. I'm impressed her video's end up with a million hits each so I guess it's smart to keep making them financially...but holy crap. How have we not reached the end of this series?!

Googling how much money you get for a million views....and I have not idea. Could be a few thousand each video so if so that seems like a good enough reason to keep making them. Good for her on that front. Creating youtube videos seems like a fun job. As for the content, not my thing.
 
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News Comments > BF Early Access Possible
5. Re: BF Early Access Possible Jun 13, 2014, 10:32 Tumbler
 
You already release games in early access so naming them such is a step in the right direction...

All I can hope for is that preorders for hard-line are brutal and post launch, assuming the is any good, then sales start picking up.

Normally I'd jump on a beta for anything Battlefield but Fuck these guys. Fuck them until post launch half off sales.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $46M; May End Stretch Goals
34. Re: Star Citizen Hits $46M; May End Stretch Goals Jun 13, 2014, 09:16 Tumbler
 
It would be crazy to stop offering stretch goals. The goals are currently in game items like a scanner kit and engine tuner. Things I would assume cost very little credits and take almost no time to make internally.  
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News Comments > Dreadnought Announced
12. Re: Dreadnought Announced Jun 10, 2014, 16:51 Tumbler
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jun 10, 2014, 15:39:
Looked like MechWarrior Online in space ships

I keep meaning to watch some Mechwarrior Online in it's current form since it seems to something a lot of people dislike...but someone is playing it. So...firing up twitch.tv.

Hunh, seems fine. With all the chatter about 3rd person mode and how it ruined the game I assumed players would be playing in 3rd person but the guy on twitch I saw stuck with first person. Can't get past the look of it, seems dated but maybe the twitch stream is not a good representation. No interest in playing it. Coming from WoT and War Thunder it just doesn't look good enough.

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News Comments > Dreadnought Announced
9. Re: Dreadnought Announced Jun 10, 2014, 14:08 Tumbler
 
Woohoo!!! Spaceship!!!!  
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News Comments > Battlefield Hardline Closed Beta Instant Access Now
6. Re: Battlefield Hardline Closed Beta Instant Access Now Jun 9, 2014, 16:43 Tumbler
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jun 9, 2014, 16:14:
PCGamer preview with some video if anyone interested.
It looks like a re skinned BF4

I watched "gameplay" of a guy walking around an empty map and it looked like a mod for BF4. It might be fun but I thought BF4 might be fun too... So I'm ok with waiting until after launch on this one. If it comes out at the end of Oct then it should be on clearance on black friday as each game has been for the past 3 iterations.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $45M
15. Re: Star Citizen Hits $45M Jun 8, 2014, 15:55 Tumbler
 
verybad1 wrote on Jun 8, 2014, 14:36:
Not gonna buy early. But SC does have a lot of cool videos.

I think you'll have to eat those words by the end of the year! (I'm assuming the dfm will be v2 by then, support buying a small selection of parts to use in mp and there will be a way to earn ships in game and there will be about a dozen ships playable!)
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $45M
4. Re: Star Citizen Hits $45M Jun 8, 2014, 14:24 Tumbler
 
Task wrote on Jun 8, 2014, 14:00:
for all these flight or space sims coming out I can't decide which joystick to get:

Either an X-55 or a Warthog. I've had terrible luck with Saitek's joysticks, i think I had to replace an X-52 like 2 or 3 times, it was ridiculous.

The Warthog seems to have no complaints. The X55 and X52 both have some hit or miss stuff. (production related stuff, cheaper materials, some work great, some don't, etc) The X65 seems solid but is out of production I believe plus the stuck is a pressure sensitive which might not be what some want.

I think right now I'd go for the X52 if you don't want to spend more than $150 or so, it's had longer to work out issues. The X52 pro is hard to find but I think most people love that one. The X55 seems like it needs to work out it's manufactoring issues. Amazon Reviews
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $45M
1. Re: Star Citizen Hits $45M Jun 8, 2014, 13:24 Tumbler
 
They've really hit this week out of the park in my book. The DFM launch wasn't too great but the addition of new ships into our hangars is pretty awesome if only temporary. (The TNGS finalists were in our hangars for us to explore around in game) Then the freelancer variants plus brochure and in engine ships if you want to buy them.

As more console commands come out that allow us to tweak the controls a bit the DFM is becoming a lot more fun. For now I'm working with a controller but I expect they'll have some very detailed joystick files available inside a week. We're already seeing the more popular stuff like the Warthog, X52 and X55. Hopefully the CH Fighterstick and eventually full customization support inside the game.

Really great end to a troubled week. Plus avenger is coming in the very near future to DFM! (Hopefully, it was mentioned in the manual)
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Patched
11. Re: Star Citizen Patched Jun 7, 2014, 14:04 Tumbler
 
Frijoles wrote on Jun 7, 2014, 13:00:
ItBurn wrote on Jun 7, 2014, 11:58:
Moving and aiming takes some getting used to. It could be more responsive.

I couldn't fly worth shit. Broke out the joystick that I haven't touched in five years (surprised it still works), but every time I try to aim, I overshoot the target. Switched to mouse/keyboard and it was worse. The game needs a "I see you can't fly" option. Just didn't feel good. I did enjoy the graphics though.

This has been my experience as well. I'm getting better with a Gamepad but using my joystick or Kb/m is useless. One of the devs said this same thing so I'm confident they are working on it.

It's really hard to control. A bit like trying to ride a bathtub down a snowy moutain just by leaning from side to side.

When you're able to keep things under control combat can be pretty amazing see the damage you take and parts of the other ships come off. I can't wait to shoot at other hornets/300i/Aurora's because the scythe ships are too small. Seems hard to make out the damage done to them but I can sure see the damage done to my ship! I feel like most of the damage I take come from collisions....
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 5, 2014, 13:41 Tumbler
 
And fuck the NCAA. Those assholes make out like bandits on the backs of all those kids. They should be reversing that. There's zero reason those kids shouldn't be getting paid given the fortune they bring in.

Something else to back up this claim is that College coaches are the top paid "public" employee's in almost all 50 states. If the coaches are going to make that kind of money it's insane that the players aren't making a salary of some sort. You could say the college education is a payment of some sort but I doubt anyone would agree that it's fair compensation.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander Released
80. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander Released Jun 4, 2014, 16:23 Tumbler
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 14:49:
Aw, Tumbler, you really could have had some fun there.

Heh, yes, some have chosen to spend obscene amounts on this. Credit cards man, fucking crazy people in my book. I'm glad some are putting so much money into the game, that is what it takes to make games, but FFS, how do you spend that kind of money and not want to throw up when you see that bill?

I spent 20k on a credit card for my wedding and refi'd my house later but maybe someone who is single can spend that kind of money on toys and hobbies. Wouldn't surprise me but even when I was single and had money to burn I didn't spend that much on internet spaceships. I've heard some crazy numbers about spending in EVE so I guess some people just like to spend money on that stuff.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander Released
51. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander Released Jun 4, 2014, 12:45 Tumbler
 
Update on the pricing.

$35 is the lowest price you can pay for a game package. (You need at least one "Ship Package". This package does not have Alpha or Beta access. (alpha is now called Arena Commander) If you buy this package and the Arena commander pass ($5) then you will be able to play Arena Commander today with an Aurora for $40 total.

However if you spend $45 ($40 for Aurora MR+ Package and $5 for Arena Commander Pass) you'll also get Beta access which might save you some money in the future. It's likely they'll still offer a Beta Pass for $5 just like they offer it now for Arena Commander but if you know you want to play the beta when it arrives then you might consider paying $45 to get in instead of $40.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander Released
18. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander Released Jun 4, 2014, 10:19 Tumbler
 
Blahman wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 10:08:
So not having backed this yet, how much does one have to pay to play this?

I believe it is $40. 35 for base aurora ship package and $5 for arena commander pass.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 "Netcode" Patch
11. Re: Battlefield 4 Jun 3, 2014, 21:19 Tumbler
 
Whoopee.  
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News Comments > Watch Dogs Claims Sales Record
16. Re: Watch Dogs Claims Sales Record Jun 3, 2014, 16:32 Tumbler
 
The sales of Watch Dogs is surprising. On so many levels it does things that normally get a lot of scorn from gamers. The difference in the e3 2012 video and the final product, the uplay issues, the last minute delay.

It seems to me that people looked past all that and like the game. Seems odd. It doesn't even look all that great to me. The e3 video looked great but this doesn't hit that same note for me.

I wonder if it's just a perfect time to release it because gamers are craving something to play?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
14. Re: Saturday Interviews May 31, 2014, 15:58 Tumbler
 
An early example is the classic 1986 Nintendo game Metroid. The better a player does, the less clothing the female protagonist is wearing at the end.

Hunh? Metroid hides the fact that you're a girl until the very end...right? What is she talking about? I thought you wore that whole suit of armor the whole time. Am I missing something?

Edit: I never knew that, there are multiple endings where she takes off the helmet, the whole suit and has clothes on, then it looks like one where she's in a bathing suit or maybe just underwear?

Still seems like an odd game to point at since the character is a girl and that is ultimately what I remember about the endings.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Premium Beta Begins
8. Re: Elite: Dangerous Premium Beta Begins May 30, 2014, 09:44 Tumbler
 
I'm excited to try Elite but the prices to play in these various stages of development are simply too much. I think there is a stage at $60 eventually which i might go in on.  
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