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News Comments > No SC Retraction from The Escapist
65. Re: No SC Retraction from The Escapist Oct 6, 2015, 15:48 Kosumo
 
I don't think this is about protecting his employees, I think this is about protecting his wife (that he only recently confirmed).  
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News Comments > CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit
182. Re: CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit Oct 6, 2015, 01:47 Kosumo
 
So The Escapist has gone all Tom Petty and wont back down, gonna stand their ground.

I look forward to CIG suing them and we can then get to the bottom of this in court. (or will CIG not sue them and just lose more of their creditability).

Anyway, the popcorn sellers are in for a bumper time.
 
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News Comments > CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit
144. Re: CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit Oct 5, 2015, 18:13 Kosumo
 
Interesting article on the legal letter from CIG

In space, no one can hear you threaten lawsuits

Wall Deal
 
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News Comments > CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit
138. Re: CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit Oct 5, 2015, 17:40 Kosumo
 
Star Citizen is a bad joke.

Selling in game internet space ships (and just concepts of) for hundreds of dollars for a game that is at best years away is a bad joke.

Calling yourself "The Chairman" and giving your wife the title/job of "Vice-President of Marketing" and using your backers money to pay you both (most likely large amounts)is another unfunny joke.

Working on a project for over 4 years and still not having a plan is a joke as well.

Telling people you are going to release modules in a month or two then not doing so and saying nothing about it for months is abit of a joke too.

Taking peoples money in return for in game items and calling it donations is a scummy joke.

Responding to Derek Smart - well we all know that's a joke!

Treating a lawsuit on a media company and not following though with it is also a silly joke. (They are not going to follow though with this lawsuit)
 
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News Comments > CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit
75. Re: CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit Oct 5, 2015, 13:27 Kosumo
 
Chris Roberts has a Sandi vigina. Shocked  
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Oct 5, 2015, 02:02 Kosumo
 
I'm thinking of buy myself a Larry Laffter type Leisure Suit next year for my birthday. I'll be 40 (but not a virgin unless that will get me laid Beatnik )  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Employee Article Follow-up
56. Re: Star Citizen Employee Article Follow-up Oct 2, 2015, 16:16 Kosumo
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 2, 2015, 16:08:
Desalus wrote on Oct 2, 2015, 12:04:
harlock wrote on Oct 2, 2015, 11:28:
if the environment was truly healthy there would be no slander, and there would be no rebuttal even if there was an attempt - the whole thing would smell different

this reeks of desperation

To the white knights this whole thing is one big conspiracy theory orchestrated by Derek Smart. I just don't understand how you cannot see that something is amiss at CIG. After four years of development they have so very little to show for it. No efficiently run team takes that long to produce so little. Doesn't that just scream mismanagement?

Exactly, we don't need DS to tell us something is wrong. The numbers are just not adding up. Three years spent, and a few demos to show for it.

And with no real showing of solid defined gameplay, you know the thing that makes games.

This FPS that is 'out before the end of this year' was ment to be out like about 5 months ago and has just been delayed, delayed, delayed. Now they are talking about dropping the 'jukes' system out of it and not having any zero g stuff when it first gets released. But wtf? their gamescon multiplayer ship 'demo' had them in zero g entering the abondond ship no?

They did not demo a large scale map, they ran a demo showing a small part of that large scale map in a 'scripted' run thought.

Smoke and Mirrors = fanboi money
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Employees "Speak Out"
125. Re: Star Citizen Employees Oct 2, 2015, 14:58 Kosumo
 
descender wrote on Oct 2, 2015, 13:15:
Under her watch CIG has crowdfunded $90mil on nothing but promises and someone is questioning her marketing credentials? Rolleyes2

Bernie Maddof ran a multi billion dollar investment company. Anxious
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen's $900 Ship
187. Re: Star Citizen's $900 Ship Oct 1, 2015, 18:12 Kosumo
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Oct 1, 2015, 10:40:
At the moment CIG has around 250 staff - even if you assume an average salary of $80,000 (the industry average) that's only $1.7m a month. It also has around 100 contractors, who will be paid a fraction of that (even if you assume $50,000 that's $0.4m).

Why do you think contractors will only be paid a fraction of that? Your totally wrong. If you where right they would do the whole game with nothing but contractors.

Plus your basic maths is very bad, 100 contractors @ $50,000 is .5 million not .4 - which is wrong anyway due to your numbers being wrong (plus the contractors may not work for the whole year.

Also you say they scale down if the money slows - if they do, the amount of content slows or the level of 'fidelity' lessen - otherwise they would have never scaled up.

Scaling down would put them in a death spiral and Chris Roberts knows that which is why he is trying to scale up (but not in the US, because I think he is using tax credits in UK and Germany)

Also the $90 million has had to have tax paid on it so is not $90 million any more.

Just my thoughts.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Employees "Speak Out"
1. Re: Star Citizen Employees Oct 1, 2015, 17:37 Kosumo
 
Bang  
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News Comments > Star Citizen's $900 Ship
131. Re: Star Citizen's $900 Ship Sep 30, 2015, 21:32 Kosumo
 
Looks like they have made about $330k form this internet space ship concept so far and about $1.4 million for last month.

Pressure is on for CitizenCon to deliver some big kick to the funding (3 million plus next month) or I'm calling this game over.

Chris needs the money to make up for him spend backers money on Hollywood talent so that he could feel like a real director (his true dream)
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen's $900 Ship
115. Re: Star Citizen's $900 Ship Sep 30, 2015, 17:35 Kosumo
 
Zor wrote on Sep 30, 2015, 17:09:
Sad to see a post this disingenuous here... of course it would be posted in the most sensational, anti-CIG, anti-SC way possible. *sigh*

Please, feel free to use this comment section to set the record straight, what is it that you found disingenuous about it?
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Departures?
122. Re: Star Citizen Departures? Sep 28, 2015, 18:45 Kosumo
 
I don't think he backed it for any amount, I think he just has a beef with Derek, which is fair enough, but it in its self does not make the issuies with Star Cultizen, and its funding model (my big beef) go away.

While Derek can stink, Chris Roberts and his taking money (hundreds of dollars) for CONcepts of internet ships to a game that is far from finished totally reacks of dirtiness.

Christ Roberts dream is built on a PR blitz to his Cultizens.

More scummy to me than Derek just trying (and failing*) to make games with his own money.

*he made them, there are for sale or even free! Just most don't like them - some people do. Credit to him for not deciving people about his games. - Chris Roberts and snake oil go together like Obama and hope. - zing
 
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News Comments > Cloud Imperium Games Layoff Report Follow-up
7. Re: Cloud Imperium Games Layoff Report Follow-up Sep 25, 2015, 21:47 Kosumo
 
... we have been reviewing how to optimize our development process

Translation - "We still have no idea what we are doing, how we are doing it, where we will be doing it or when it will be done. But don't worry, it's going to be the Best Dam Space Sim Ever" .... /Chris, are we still saying that?, ok, ok. .... "also there has never been a better time to buy a reasonable price concept internet pew pew space ship for just $400+ dollars, Get in fast in case we run out! "
Deal Hole
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Departures?
93. Re: Star Citizen Departures? Sep 25, 2015, 19:36 Kosumo
 
Also, there are dozens of other expense that CIG would have had to pay for other than just video game artist wages.

They had illfonc on contract for about a year - that must have been a few million at lest. They have to pay for all of the data from the downloads - which seemed to be another 32gigs for each client each patch cos they are clowns who could not patch software with any level of efficentcy. They hired Andy Sheriks mothion capture studio for 6 weeks so Chris Roberts could pretend to be a big shot director although they had rasied money form their backers to build their own one!!! - plus what ever they paid for the actors/preformers. (And food and addcommation for those who need it during this fantastic shoot) How much have they spend on props and set dressing for all of their shows they produce? Travel expenses for Chris to pop form studio to studio (cos it's a greet idea to have studios all over the world). The cost for the Crytek engine itself - I doubt it was given to them for free. How much for Chris Roberts fantastic cult leader outfit he wore at one of there 'cons'. The cost of all those 'cons' (although the did ripoff charge people for tickets). Free food for Ben. The many other contractors they have used. TAX out of that 90 million. Kool-Aid despensers for all the Kool-Aid. So many other cost too.

What they have saved money on is toilet paper because there are plenty of fanbois lining up for that job. Coughing
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Departures?
92. Re: Star Citizen Departures? Sep 25, 2015, 19:15 Kosumo
 
Vall Forran wrote on Sep 25, 2015, 18:15:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 25, 2015, 16:04:
CJ_Parker wrote on Sep 25, 2015, 15:17:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 25, 2015, 14:03:
Yeesh, burning through $3.5M a month? That sounds high for a company of 250 people. Assume an average salary of $80K, then another $1000 per person per month for office space, equipment, travel, etc., that's only about $2M ($7700/month/person).

For one I believe $80K is too low. Don't ask me where but I read somewhere (a reputable source) a couple years ago that game producers usually calculate with approximately $120K/employee total cost so that includes your $1K/month for other stuff.
Also, in SC's case, well, who knows what the "Chairman's" monthly salary is? Maybe that's your missing million right there! Wink
Yeah, this article surveyed industry professionals and came up with an average salary of $83K. I tacked on $1000 per month to that per person, but maybe that's low. Let's assume $120K per person per year, everything included. That's $2.5M per month, still far short of $3.5M. The difference is at $2.5M per month they can work for 3 years. At $3.5M only two. I hope Chris has some outside investors lined up.

That's hilarious you think every video game artist gets $120k/year. The $83k/year actually sounds about right. But, you know, feel free to introduce more randomness into this mess of a thread.

What is even more hilarious is that you don't understand they he is not saying that a or every video game artist gets paid $120k/year, what he is agreeing to is that it cost (on average) a company $120k/year to employ someone as a video game artist.

You seem to agree that a video game artist could get $83k/year but do you not understand that it cost a company money to pay for the many other things that it take for that employee to do their job?

i.e. tools, power, rent, maybe health care, materials, ect.

It's often just as much again than what an employee is paid to support them in their job.

Hilarious indeed.

But not as hilarious than Chris Robert's cult of Star Citizen - please try again.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Departures?
54. Re: Star Citizen Departures? Sep 25, 2015, 14:52 Kosumo
 
harlocks post 59 on this page has most of the letter for those interested that missed it.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
116. Re: Op Ed Sep 25, 2015, 04:40 Kosumo
 
Well, I'll follow that up InBlack with a ....

Re: Roberts: We Won't Sell Star Citizen Apr 1, 2014, 15:54 Kosumo

"Iíve been down the big company acquisition route twice before and thereís a reason I am making Star Citizen totally independently!"

Which is what?

a)No publisher want anything to do with him.

b)So he can dream all he likes without ever making it happen.

c)Cos his new Church of Christ Roberts answers only to God (Him).

d)He's made so many AAA games in the last ten years, he knows how it's done.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
109. Re: Op Ed Sep 24, 2015, 22:45 Kosumo
 
dsmart wrote on Sep 24, 2015, 22:21:
Well, some sad news to report

Don't fear, I'm sure The Chairman and his Dancing Pal will tell us all about it.

I'm sure its just to improve the fidelity.

Buy a ship.

300+ post in less than a hour
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
105. Re: Op Ed Sep 24, 2015, 21:55 Kosumo
 
The way that CIG is sell concept ships for such large amounts of money make me suspect that the group funding it will only get smaller not larger due to those new to the project looking at those who have already 'brought in' and being put off by the size of their investments - most have what they call 'fleets' of ships.

So although you could buy in at just $35, when you see those who are hardcore saying how $400+ for a ship is a good price would you really want to get invovled?

Maybe if the game was out, in a playable form, and was truly really really good, but the catch there is that its not yet close to that (if ever) and will need a lot more money to have a chance to even get near there. But to me - those willing the fork out the money are getting smaller and smaller.

With the problems and delays CIG has had just to get to this point (which anit very much) I can't see the rest of the pieces falling into place with a lot more problems.

The point of interest now is Squadran 42, When will it ship? What state will in be in? Surly if they don't get it out within the next 9-12 months it's game over man, game over. (when it does come out, it needs to deliver from the get go, none of this 'it's still alpha, pre-alpha even' shit that the fanbois roll out about the current efforts. - It needs to be bug free and optimized)
 
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