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Description Creator of the Neverwnter Nights Eye of the Beholder Series of Mods.
Homepage http://www.moddb.com/mods/eye-of-the-beholder-ii-ledgend-of-darkmoon
Signed On Apr 1, 2004, 16:54
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News Comments > Star Citizen Examined
54. Re: Star Citizen Examined Sep 23, 2016, 17:34 Darks
 
descender wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 16:33:
Anyone who donates any money to any Kickstarter or publicly funded project is that same fool. You guys are just drawing squiggly lines around the projects that have worked out for you and the ones that didn't. It's all the same mistake.

I still don't understand why they don't just refund all the KS money and call that project dead. Can someone explain why they wouldn't do that? It's only like $3mil and completely irrelevant to the completion of the project at this point. It would seem that would save them a ridiculous amount of PR battle, most of you would have nothing left to complain about.

Is that how you clarify it? I've funded several projects, all of which until now has been completed. Roberts is supposed to be a very reputable person, but hes gone to great lengths to pretty much destroy that trust he had with most of the community.

And the reason they cant do that is because it would draw them into a legal battle they would not win.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Examined
51. Re: Star Citizen Examined Sep 23, 2016, 16:07 Darks
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 16:02:
ItBurn wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 15:11:
You're delusional if you think that Kickstarter dates are absolutes.

No one ever said they were but it's already 2 years late with no foreseeable ACTUAL delivery date in sight. It's not rocket surgery at this point.

Thank you Cutter! My point exactly. Only a fool follows blindly, so now we know who the real fools are here.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Examined
45. Re: Star Citizen Examined Sep 23, 2016, 15:08 Darks
 
ItBurn wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 15:04:
Darks wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 14:51:
ItBurn wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 13:54:
Darks wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 11:52:
This game was supposed to be delivered on around Nov of 2014 2 years after it was successfully funded on Nov 2012.

That's absolutely false. I don't remember there being a release date when I backed it, but it was pretty clear that this would be a looong time in the making.

You better go and check the Kick starter page again son. It clearly states the game was to be deliver around Nov 2014.

All I can see is that the pledges would be delivered in 2014. If you thought that this would mean the final game, I think the only person you should be mad at here is yourself. Everyone knew it would take a much longer time to make the game. What did you do, back it without even looking at it? If you didn't back it, why are you complaining? I don't need you to give me investment advice. I made it 4 years ago and it's raising in value.

You are so delusional, that date is not just for the pledges, its also for the delivery of the game. Do yourself a favor and go away, if you cant see the reality of this game and whats its become then your a lost cause.

And not once did I ever tell you to not support the game, I only merely pointed out the facts, something you seem to be in denial about.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Examined
42. Re: Star Citizen Examined Sep 23, 2016, 15:00 Darks
 
ShadyPete wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 12:52:
"At that point, Roberts says he “didn’t want to keep doing stretch goals, because you're just making stuff up that isn't core to what you want.” It wasn’t just Roberts who wanted the stretch goals to stop, as Paul Jones (the art director at CIG’s UK studio) told me. “There was one point when the money was going up so fast and the company was continuing with its policy of stretch goals"

going to call bullshit on this. roberts stated himself that this was his chance to build freelancer the way he wanted it. also roberts YOU are the policy maker. you could have stopped at any time but you didnt. they make it sound like "the company" is some sort of AI making decisions out of their control...

"What we're doing with Star Citizen is not that different from what I pitched for Freelancer in terms of the ambition, the scope, and the living universe. It just never got done [back then].”

and we all know why it didnt get done..


Just to add to what you are saying. Heres the main problem with this game and Roberts. The guy doesn't know when to quit. As the game grew in terms of money it was taking in, Roberts ambitions also grew out of proportion to the scope that he first envisioned for the game.

The guy envisioned making a great game and Im not going to fault him for that. But the problem was he just didn't know where to draw the line on when to stop feature creeping and when to stop on trying to implement all of the new Tech that kept changing over the course of this games development.

This is what has been dooming the game and delaying it from getting released. The guys needs to make a stance and stop with all the extra bullshit and get the game released.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Examined
40. Re: Star Citizen Examined Sep 23, 2016, 14:51 Darks
 
ItBurn wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 13:54:
Darks wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 11:52:
This game was supposed to be delivered on around Nov of 2014 2 years after it was successfully funded on Nov 2012.

That's absolutely false. I don't remember there being a release date when I backed it, but it was pretty clear that this would be a looong time in the making.

You better go and check the Kick starter page again son. It clearly states the game was to be deliver around Nov 2014.

Hers the page if you dont believe me.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cig/star-citizen/description

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News Comments > Star Citizen Examined
14. Re: Star Citizen Examined Sep 23, 2016, 11:52 Darks
 
ItBurn wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 11:37:
I was there at the start, I understood his vision, and I was down with it. Now they consistently give us playable releases with amazing tech and you see it taking shape. Every day things are looking even better than I imagined and I'm still glad I backed. The guy is successfully making the best space game ever, in gameplay and in technology, and people act like it should have been released years ago. Just go play Elite and leave the devs alone.

Here you go, itBurn, you are exactly what I was pointing out obout the blind followers.

Seriously dude, you need a reality check. Let me give you some facts.

This game was supposed to be delivered on around Nov of 2014 2 years after it was successfully funded on Nov 2012.

Chris Roberts has continually lied to the public and to those of us who originally backed this game. He makes all kinds of promises but has failed to deliver one of them.

The game is now well over 5 years into development and we still dont have the game to play. Why? again Chris Roberts and his never ending quest to fuck the game up even more with feature creep because hes never satisfied with Art Assets, Textures assets and game play and not listening to the public who backed this game and his development team.

This list goes on and on. So try and dispute it all you want, but your on a sinking ship.

And you want to cut him some slack and tell people to leave them alone? Seriously you need to wake the fuck up.

I for one wont be cutting him any slack. He deserves all that negative attention hes brought upon himself.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Examined
13. Re: Star Citizen Examined Sep 23, 2016, 11:40 Darks
 
Mordhaus wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 11:21:
The article could have been summed up in two words: feature creep.

The problem with SC is the same problem that destroyed other games and other developers, there was never a set design to follow. Initially it was supposed to be a dogfighting in space game with some decent MMO functionality and a single player component. That morphed into the beast we have today.

This is anything but unusual. When you have developers that find themselves with much more money than they anticipated and a hot IP, if there is no one to put a scope on the project and give it a defined end goal, the project can tank badly. I direct you to Duke Nukem Forever, before that Daikatana, later Spore (and to be fair, none of the Fable games ever matched the promised goals), and even Chris Robert's old game, Freelancer.

I admit that I bought into CR's hype, it had been a long time since the release of Freelancer and I had forgotten the clusterfuck he had with that game. Fortunately I got out with most of my money via refund when I realized that Star Citizen was headed in the direction of becoming Freelancer 2. CR is a great, visionary game maker. What he is not is a great project manager. Time and again he has shown this and we simply forgot. Freelancer went through IDENTICAL problems and suffered feature creep. It forced Digital Anvil out of business, hidden by the sale to Microsoft. It never lived up to the hype and promises, forced CR out of making games until Star Citizen, brought about the horrible movie Wing Commander, pretty much killed space flight sims, and will probably lead to our extermination someday when aliens discover we made it.

Was Freelancer a good game? It was fun, sort of ok, but it was the No Man's Sky of it's time. Star Citizen is going to make NMS look like a AAA game by the time it is finally released in whatever semi-complete form it ends up in. I can almost guarantee it will be sold to another game publisher before it is complete and they will force an early release to recoup their money. Am I happy about that? Not really, because I wish that the game could be everything that it was promised to be. If I am wrong about the end result, I will give CR my money and eat crow, but I have a pretty fair feeling my crow cravings are going to go unmet.

I think it actually goes much deeper then just that. Another two Words. Chris Roberts! The guys unwillingness to compromise and listen to his development team has been detrimental to this games development. The guy is his own worst enemy to this game and the project.

Also, there are far to many ass kissers out there yielding and bending to Chris every time he shows them a new video or feature for the game. Its unbelievable the amounts of blind followers on this game.

 
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News Comments > Fractured Space Launches
4. Re: Fractured Space Launches Sep 23, 2016, 10:43 Darks
 
VaranDragon wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 02:36:
Linksil wrote on Sep 22, 2016, 19:22:
The F2P wasn't that far behind P2W players either so it wasn't like some games that totally cock blocked the free person.

I'm gonna assume this sentence is pure sarcasm.

Not likely, there is no such thing as free to play.

Plus I wouldn't give this game one second of my time, looks great and all, but PVP only can kiss my ass.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 20, 2016, 12:03 Darks
 
This guy has hi priorities set straight. He knows that Piracy is at times a good thing. especially when he talked about how they monitored sites to see what shows were being downloaded. Sometimes ass-hat programmers cancel shows that are really better then they think. They use an outdated system with the nelsons and that is not an entirely accurate system to Gage whats shows really are most popular.  
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News Comments > Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom Trailer
1. Re: Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom Trailer Sep 20, 2016, 11:58 Darks
 
Love the art style and look of the game, but the combat just isn't working for me. To much of Batman style combat in this game.  
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News Comments > Gears of War 4 NVIDIA Bundles
1. Re: Gears of War 4 NVIDIA Bundles Sep 20, 2016, 11:54 Darks
 
Figures, I just bought a card no more then 3 weeks ago. Bastards! they should allow anyone with in a months time frame to take advantage of this.  
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News Comments > Digital Homicide Sues Steam Users; Gets Dropped by Valve
29. Re: Digital Homicide Sues Steam Users; Gets Dropped by Valve Sep 17, 2016, 17:01 Darks
 
So much for the 5th Amendment, and our rights to express ourselves. this should never even go to court. Any Judge stupid enough to allow this should be disbarred forever. And if the developer cant take the heat then get the fuck out of the kitchen. Good for Valve too for dumping these asshats. Once Valve dumped them, they pretty much committed digital suicide.  
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News Comments > Steam VAC Ban Surge
14. Re: Steam VAC Ban Surge Sep 16, 2016, 10:54 Darks
 
Nope, they have no control over the VAC system. And now the company is defunct. So no one can do anything and no one gives a shit about the game since its pretty much gone.

Like I said, the only thing Ash was able to do was give me a new CD key. And he modified my chars with Gold and items.

Ash told me that many of the team at nSpace did not like VAC being in place and wanted it removed. They said they too saw no reason for VAC being in this game, but this was Digital Extremes that controlled it and wanted it in place. They funded the game. So thats how that all went down.
 
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News Comments > Steam VAC Ban Surge
12. Re: Steam VAC Ban Surge Sep 16, 2016, 08:29 Darks
 
Zanthar wrote on Sep 15, 2016, 23:56:
Darks wrote on Sep 15, 2016, 22:56:
Let me just say I have a real hate for this system. I know it’s in place for a reason, but the system is broken at the same time.

For instance. I was playing Sword Coast Legends by myself, got about 6 hours into the game, ran into a part where a quest asked me if I wanted to pay for information, it would cost me 1000 gold. I had the around 5K of Gold, so I say yes. Next thing I know the game took all of my gold.

Could not complete the quest because I was now broke. So I used Cheat Engine and gave myself some gold. Next thing I know a few days later I get a VAC ban. I argued and argued, but Valve and their bull shit policies would not hear of it nor will they overturn the ban. Even the developer Ash, who I know personally tried to get this over turned and they would not.

So Ash gave me a new CD key, but I have to use the game if I want to play it MP on my Alt account.

They need to institute a warning system and allow you to at least get warned if you do it again. Just out right banning someone is bullshit. So Valve can fuck themselves when it comes to VAC.

Don't cheat in multiplayer games. I don't care what the reason is. Report the bug. You should have known that they would look for so blatantly obvious like Cheat Engine

Dude, myself and many other had no idea VAC was even in this game. in fact it has no fricking place in the game. VAC is mainly there for competitive games to keep people from cheating in MP games. this game has no pvp so why the fuck is in this game??

And yes, the VAC ban is for life on that game. Another fucking reason VAC is bullshit and not balanced. And BTW, your comment to report the bug was reported by many. Guess what? the bug is still there and hasn't been fixed, nor will it ever be fixed. You your logic is flawed, and I never count of Developers to fix things. And this is a perfect example of why.
 
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News Comments > Steam VAC Ban Surge
6. Re: Steam VAC Ban Surge Sep 15, 2016, 22:56 Darks
 
Let me just say I have a real hate for this system. I know it’s in place for a reason, but the system is broken at the same time.

For instance. I was playing Sword Coast Legends by myself, got about 6 hours into the game, ran into a part where a quest asked me if I wanted to pay for information, it would cost me 1000 gold. I had the around 5K of Gold, so I say yes. Next thing I know the game took all of my gold.

Could not complete the quest because I was now broke. So I used Cheat Engine and gave myself some gold. Next thing I know a few days later I get a VAC ban. I argued and argued, but Valve and their bull shit policies would not hear of it nor will they overturn the ban. Even the developer Ash, who I know personally tried to get this over turned and they would not.

So Ash gave me a new CD key, but I have to use the game if I want to play it MP on my Alt account.

They need to institute a warning system and allow you to at least get warned if you do it again. Just out right banning someone is bullshit. So Valve can fuck themselves when it comes to VAC.
 
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News Comments > EVERSPACE Early Access
5. Re: EVERSPACE Early Access Sep 15, 2016, 13:21 Darks
 
HoSpanky wrote on Sep 15, 2016, 13:07:
this is likely going to be *THE* VR space sim game for me. Elite Dangerous is...overly complex, and Star Citizen seems to be trying to put even MORE shit between the player and the action.

Unfortunately, they aren't putting any UI into VR until the base game's UI is finalized, so that keep me from buying EA.

Yep, this game defiantly looks pretty nice. I like how it seems simplified. I cant stand flight sims or space sims that have an ungodly amount of controls to figure out. It just takes the wind out of the game and the fun factor.
 
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News Comments > Steam Review Changes to Fight Fraud
45. Re: Steam Review Changes to Fight Fraud Sep 13, 2016, 22:07 Darks
 
Snabel wrote on Sep 13, 2016, 20:54:
Darks wrote on Sep 13, 2016, 13:08:
The thing that bothers me is that someone can buy a game try it out for .40 hours and then bash the game. I mean come on, you have to at least played the damn game for at least an hour or two to at least have some kind of relevance to rate the game to justify your bashing of it.

Playing a game for 15 mins does not cut it. This is where Steam and many other sites should put a stop to users abusing this system by making it so you can review a game unless you have at least 2 hours invested in the game.

"I tried every tip posted online, every suggestion from forums and friends, but I couldn't even once get the came to run for more than 30 seconds without crashing. Thumbs Down. Do not buy."

So, just because it didn't work on your pc that means its the game right>? Sorry, but that would be bullshit. Im IT and I cant even begin to tell you how many times Ive seen a pc be the cause of issues. Ill bet anything that your pc was the problem.
 
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News Comments > Steam Review Changes to Fight Fraud
39. Re: Steam Review Changes to Fight Fraud Sep 13, 2016, 19:33 Darks
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 13, 2016, 16:01:
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 13, 2016, 14:55:
UttiniDaKilrJawa wrote on Sep 13, 2016, 14:47:
Darks wrote on Sep 13, 2016, 13:08:
The thing that bothers me is that someone can buy a game try it out for .40 hours and then bash the game. I mean come on, you have to at least played the damn game for at least an hour or two to at least have some kind of relevance to rate the game to justify your bashing of it.

Playing a game for 15 mins does not cut it. This is where Steam and many other sites should put a stop to users abusing this system by making it so you can review a game unless you have at least 2 hours invested in the game.

Or maybe a weighted system for the review score based on the amount of time played. Play an 80 hour game 80 hr or more, the review is weighted 100 percent of normal. Play a 20 hour game 1 hour and the review is weighted as 5% of normal.

Although this doesn't address the keys for good reviews problem. Still, I think it would be handy to provide a slightly better accuracy for overall review scores.

That's actually a pretty good idea, except for 1 thing, running the game and let it sit at a menu for X amount of time.
I think Prez did this with Snuggle Truck.

The other thing is the idiots who play for 500 hours, then end up giving the game a negative review.

Also, how to handle games with short playtimes?

funny, you say that. this actually happened. Some guy after Sword Coast Legends was released played the game for 86 hours. then complained about the game and wanted a refund. Needles to say, he did not get one and the joke on the forums was 86 hours. Fricking people!!!
 
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News Comments > Steam Review Changes to Fight Fraud
21. Re: Steam Review Changes to Fight Fraud Sep 13, 2016, 13:08 Darks
 
The thing that bothers me is that someone can buy a game try it out for .40 hours and then bash the game. I mean come on, you have to at least played the damn game for at least an hour or two to at least have some kind of relevance to rate the game to justify your bashing of it.

Playing a game for 15 mins does not cut it. This is where Steam and many other sites should put a stop to users abusing this system by making it so you can review a game unless you have at least 2 hours invested in the game.
 
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News Comments > Otherland Launches
1. Re: Otherland Launches Sep 9, 2016, 14:14 Darks
 
Free to pay is more like it. There is nothing free about MMOs that claim free to play. Too many strings attached to enjoy games like this.  
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