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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy
69. Re: Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy Nov 20, 2014, 14:40 Flatline
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Nov 20, 2014, 14:14:
Well, so far throughout alpha and beta the game has always required an online connection. I think it would be extremely hypocritical of people to claim a refund for a game they have downloaded and possibly played for dozens or hundreds of hours only because it does not ship with an offline mode.
If they haven't had a problem with always online in alpha and beta then why would it all of a sudden turn into a deal breaker post-1.0?

I would, however, encourage FD to decide on a case by case basis like if someone has downloaded the game but played less than x hours (where x<= 10 or thereabouts) then still give them a refund, i.e. if online/game time has been tracked at all... I'm not sure about that. If not, then stick to the proposed policy. I think it's fair. You can never 100% cover everyone's individual fate but the way they are doing it seems generally right.

Oh it tracks your time in the stats option of the program.

And while I agree with you there that it's kind of hypocritical of users, offline mode is significant enough that promising it on your bullet list when you sell it is probably something that could be reasonable to ask a refund over.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy
53. Re: Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy Nov 20, 2014, 14:05 Flatline
 
While I find it kind of dirty pool to not allow refunds if you played in the alpha/beta I can sort of understand why.

I'd prefer and find it fair that if you bought into the alpha/beta you get the release price back, but the premium you put into A/B is non-refundable. That'd be fair.

Except.

How the F*ck do you do that with kickstarters? And to give kickstarters no refund while waiting and buying from their store gives you a refund would be bullshit.

So yeah, I can see why they went hardline and it sucks but I don't know how you'd do it without total refunds.

Edit: Note to kickstarters, do yourself a favor and outline a refund policy before launching a kickstarter. And share that with your backers.Don't wait until there's a shitstorm.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
14. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 19, 2014, 14:10 Flatline
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 18, 2014, 21:39:
And why would a vote even be required? They're walking all over the Constitution. This simply boggles the mind. Oh wait, America is a plutocracy now so it doesn't.

A vote is required because the court system has no problem with it somehow.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
13. Re: Op Ed Nov 19, 2014, 14:03 Flatline
 
Agrajag wrote on Nov 19, 2014, 06:27:
Prez wrote on Nov 19, 2014, 02:35:
So only 48 Senators are even aware that the 4th Amendment exists. Wonderful.

58... And, that's what I don't get: why did they need 60 votes to pass?? Is this another one of those threatened Republican filibusters they need a supermajority to overcome? I say call their fucking bluff: make them do a real, old-style, stand up and read from random books for days on end non-stop type filibuster! Make them piss and shit their goddamned pants at the podium if they want to filibuster! Screw this caving to threats crap...

Yes. Republican senators basically filibuster everything that goes through the Senate now as a matter of course.

I'm not sure if it happened here but usually nowadays Senators can even put a seal on their filibuster, so it's not public record who initiated it.

It's fucked up man.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
11. Re: Morning Interviews Nov 17, 2014, 15:34 Flatline
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Nov 17, 2014, 14:01:
CJ_Parker wrote on Nov 17, 2014, 12:49:
the "private server" will probably be a 4vs.4 deathmatch instance with one ship type and two maps.
Nahh man
RACING!!!!

Competitive virtual drinking from the liquor cabinet that you can buy right now for $29.95
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
10. Re: Morning Interviews Nov 17, 2014, 15:33 Flatline
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 17, 2014, 12:25:
Oh he'll deliver SQ42 alright, he's not that stupid to break a promise like that. However, it'll be an hour long campaign and that's it. After that, everything will be online and monetized up the ass.


Well he did say that SQ42 would be the "tutorial" for SC. So maybe you're right about that.
 
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News Comments > Game Sessions Steam Trials Add Ryse Son of Rome
13. Re: Game Sessions Steam Trials Add Ryse Son of Rome Nov 17, 2014, 14:53 Flatline
 
Snark aside I appreciate any effort to bring back demos.  
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News Comments > Game Sessions Steam Trials Add Ryse Son of Rome
4. Re: Game Sessions Steam Trials Add Ryse Son of Rome Nov 17, 2014, 11:51 Flatline
 
garrywong wrote on Nov 17, 2014, 11:44:
24 minutes? Wtf? That's like saying "Here's 1.30minutes of the movie opening, see if you like it"

This is no replacement for proper demos that the industry is trying so hard to bury and forget.

Well when you only have 5 hours of gameplay in a game 24 minutes is a substantial chunk.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
6. Re: Morning Interviews Nov 17, 2014, 11:28 Flatline
 
Modding means that they're still expecting to offer the server software. I have no clue what kind of nightmare specs you'd need to make that happen. Maybe offer a server bundle kit through AWS?  
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
214. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 17, 2014, 11:22 Flatline
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 17, 2014, 09:25:
Verno wrote on Nov 17, 2014, 08:40:
Games change and I can accept that but they should have been out in front of this in a better way. Devs need to acknowledge this sort of thing can affect future performance in crowdfunding though, be careful.

This is a terrible thread BTW, I feel sorry for any newcomer trying to parse this sort of shit.

The threaded structure really falls apart in this forum when there's this many posts ,)

But I gotta be honest, as others have said, the original KS was all about MP this and MP that, I skipped it and funded star-citizen instead.. so far best decision ever. And remember, This game has a TON more cash than star-citizen. They got many many millions IPO from investors after the KS, unlike Star Citizen which went the "we do this ourselves" route.

Also, the latest tweet by this Braben dude is hilarious, he quotes part of the KS FAQ, which if you read it completely actually means the opposite. (Related to refund rights)

I'm going to have to call for a citation that ED had more than 60 million in funding.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change "Any Time Soon"; DX10 Support Unlikely
51. Re: Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change Nov 15, 2014, 23:43 Flatline
 
Bundy wrote on Nov 15, 2014, 20:23:
Flatline wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 17:19:
InBlack wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 16:35:
SpectralMeat wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 12:57:
Creston wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 12:39:
Aw shit. Here. 256TB RAM, a core i19@5.3Ghz and a GTXMegaForceSupreme99990Ti.
Well the good news is you will not need specs like that to play the other space game that is due out in a month
and instead of a digital cigar or hair comb they are giving all beta testers an additional free ship (your choice of the 5 new ships) as a thank you for the support.
Oh yeah and there will be 5 more ships in the final game than what was promised in the kickstarter

Looking forward to it. Probably a day one buy. I didnt opt in the beta as Im still lacking a proper TrackIR (it's on the way yay!) but I will definitely purchase Elite Dangerous as soon as it goes 'live'. I realise the game is kind of barebones but it will be a nice change of pace from DCS which is what Ill be playing 'full time'.

Ah you already ordered it. I was going to tell you to google EDTracker. Assembled it's about 50 bucks, if you buy the pieces on their own, figure about 30 bucks plus some soldering. It basically uses similar bits to the Occulus Rift to do accellerometer based head tracking and works really well for X/Y plane tracking (Z plane isn't doable with the chipsets involved apparently).

If you don't have TrackIR it's a good option.

I thought about getting TrackIR for ED, but felt that it would be obsolete once I get Oculus.

I have no idea when Oculus will launch. I'm betting a year or more from now. For now, 40 bucks for a head tracker (an ugly one, in a tic tac box, taped to my headphones) works great for me.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change "Any Time Soon"; DX10 Support Unlikely
35. Re: Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change Nov 14, 2014, 17:19 Flatline
 
InBlack wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 16:35:
SpectralMeat wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 12:57:
Creston wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 12:39:
Aw shit. Here. 256TB RAM, a core i19@5.3Ghz and a GTXMegaForceSupreme99990Ti.
Well the good news is you will not need specs like that to play the other space game that is due out in a month
and instead of a digital cigar or hair comb they are giving all beta testers an additional free ship (your choice of the 5 new ships) as a thank you for the support.
Oh yeah and there will be 5 more ships in the final game than what was promised in the kickstarter

Looking forward to it. Probably a day one buy. I didnt opt in the beta as Im still lacking a proper TrackIR (it's on the way yay!) but I will definitely purchase Elite Dangerous as soon as it goes 'live'. I realise the game is kind of barebones but it will be a nice change of pace from DCS which is what Ill be playing 'full time'.

Ah you already ordered it. I was going to tell you to google EDTracker. Assembled it's about 50 bucks, if you buy the pieces on their own, figure about 30 bucks plus some soldering. It basically uses similar bits to the Occulus Rift to do accellerometer based head tracking and works really well for X/Y plane tracking (Z plane isn't doable with the chipsets involved apparently).

If you don't have TrackIR it's a good option.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change "Any Time Soon"; DX10 Support Unlikely
29. Re: Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change Nov 14, 2014, 14:27 Flatline
 
Wildone wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 13:59:
I guess if so many gamers are willing to spend $250 and up on a virtual ship...

Again finally being willing to ditch 32-bit as your native platform means that a whole shitload of memory becomes theoretically possible. We've been spoiled as shit for around a decade or two now of basically figuring "4 gigs and we're done" because everything was written for 32 bit. Even if you had more memory and a 64-bit system if you were a gamer you figured you'd never actually run more then 4 for games.

I remember when it seemed like you needed a goddamn memory upgrade every six months. I bet over the next... oh let's be fair and say 2 years we'll see the standard expectation of what a "gaming" machine should have in it from a memory standpoint hit 32-64 gigs easy not counting video card memory. I'd settle on 64 but that's 8 times the memory of the PS4 and XBone so for the most part you'll probably see 32 being the comfortable pausing point until the next console generation.

I suspect though that the next year or so we'll see game requirements to hover around 8 gigs. Right now available memory has exploded, either from a 32 to 64 bit jump of 4 gigs total to 8 or from the 512 of memory in the 360 & PS4 to the 8 gigs in the xbone/PS4.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change "Any Time Soon"; DX10 Support Unlikely
23. Re: Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change Nov 14, 2014, 13:33 Flatline
 
Acleacius wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 13:08:
Ridiculously stupid decision, much of the world is still experiencing recession.

They'll need some reason to blame shitty optimization on.

"Oh you don't have specs high enough to simulate the entire universe inside your PC. So sorry it chugs."

Edit: Ultimately this is a not very big deal. If you can't have the same amount of memory available to you as a modern day console then you probably should consider getting a console.

This comment was edited on Nov 14, 2014, 13:40.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change "Any Time Soon"; DX10 Support Unlikely
18. Re: Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change Nov 14, 2014, 12:56 Flatline
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 12:48:
Creston wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 12:39:
True, but I didn't feel like the effort to come up with futuristic sounding parts.

Aw shit. Here. 256TB RAM, a core i19@5.3Ghz and a GTXMegaForceSupreme99990Ti.

AKA: Minimum system reqs for Crysis 9
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change "Any Time Soon"; DX10 Support Unlikely
14. Re: Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change Nov 14, 2014, 12:36 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 12:30:
They'd be stupid to lower the RAM requirement, even if they could. The people who support this game aren't trying to run it on a 300 dollar Dell.

Make it 16GB, an i7 and a GTX970 as minimum. If people are willing to cough up this much money for virtual spaceships, I can't see they'd have much problem getting a beefy PC to play it on.

In 6 years when the thing is "feature complete" that will be a low end rig.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change "Any Time Soon"; DX10 Support Unlikely
9. Re: Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change Nov 14, 2014, 11:17 Flatline
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 10:14:
Wildone wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 09:50:
Idk maybe its just me but, focus on making the flight model FUN first
That is now finished, enjoy it!
Time to move on to the next feature on the 264 pages long list. Landing gear animations, than helmet HUD bad breath indicator, than the digital hair comb for the backers at 63mill

The 75 million dollar stretchmark needs to flat out purchase surgeon simulator and implement each individual finger in physics accurate real-time to implement "real injury engines" where each battle or FPS encounter can result in realistic wounds that require surgical attention to survive. Now the joy of doing field surgery under fire while the victim screams incoherently in your ear the entire time can be YOURS.

In-game earplugs will be offered on a limited time basis for $1200 USD.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Nov 13, 2014, 19:35 Flatline
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 19:06:
Game journalism...sounds so professional doesn't it? And all it is is paid advertising. Lulz.
Laugh2

And it's questionable how much bang for the buck publishers are getting.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $61M
22. Re: Star Citizen Passes $61M Nov 13, 2014, 14:36 Flatline
 
Gib007 wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 09:02:
I don't know why there is so much hate.

2 legit reasons:

1. The game has morphed severely out of what was originally promised, into something that many people don't want any more. Sure you can make the biggest burrito in the world, but it won't necessarily be the best burrito or even probably a good burrito because the scale of logistics is simply massive when all you wanted was a bean & cheese burrito.

2. Chris Roberts has a history of promising the world and delivering... well... significantly less. And even then, he wasn't the one who eventually delivered, he had to be fired to get the ego out of the way and push a product out the door.

So we've heard this song and dance before and last time it turned out to be less groundbreaking and more ho-hum.
 
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News Comments > Mount&Blade Free on GOG.com Fall Sale
12. Re: Mount&Blade Free on GOG.com Fall Sale Nov 13, 2014, 14:10 Flatline
 
TIL: Pillars of Eternity is charging 60 bucks for the game. Yeech. Looks like I'll be waiting for a sale for that.  
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