Derek Smart and Freespace 3?

A speculative question from 3000 AD's Derek Smart on the Adrenaline Vault Forums (thanks Rake) polls interest in him acquiring the rights to Freespace 3, making the following statements in a pair of posts:
....Derek Smart, yeah, that would be me, got the license from my friends at Interplay (a publisher I had very good experiences with); would you buy Freespace 3 if I made it?

Discuss. Rave. Rant. Argue. But this is something I am seriously considering, given that it looks like Interplay has started off loading properties (starting with Fallout3). I mean, just think. Would you rather see this legacy license fall into the wrong hands?
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I have already contacted my Interplay contact about it btw.
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Smart or not Smart-That is the ????
Jul 16, 2004, 03:16
Smart or not Smart-That is the ???? Jul 16, 2004, 03:16
Jul 16, 2004, 03:16
 
I for one don't really care much about a developer. I guess I can draw a parallel to Hollywood-I may absolutely love a movie, for example,'Saving Private Ryan', but not give a rat's ass about the director or actors. Frankly, I don't even really like Tom Hanks as a person, but in the movie I was watching Capt. John Miller, not Hanks. And in UC, I never stop to think that I am playing a Derek Smart game. I am playing a Battlecruiser commander in a vast universe. The game has issues, which is only normal for a game of this scope. But really, it was not nearly as bad as many of you say. I personally liked it. I think what happens is that Smart runs his mouth, gets everyone stirred up, and the blood in the water mentality causes ridiculously long threads like this. Now, apparently, anyone claiming to be Smart can start an equally long thread. Honestly is any one developer worth all this bitching?

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Where was I?
Jul 16, 2004, 02:49
Flo
 
Where was I? Jul 16, 2004, 02:49
Jul 16, 2004, 02:49
 Flo
 
Damnit all the hell, where was I when this thread started...
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No subject
Jul 16, 2004, 02:45
No subject Jul 16, 2004, 02:45
Jul 16, 2004, 02:45
 
Good Grief. Pulling a review from a Game from YEARS ago that you all know was the publishers fault in the First place.. Lame...

I really wish most of you people would just grow the frick up.

Universal Combat and Battlecruise Millenium were and just are awesome games. I especially like UC. No other game on the market anywhere offers the completely unique experience that BC/UC does. Its Hard to learn but fun to play. Its not perfect but it is an origional and captivating experience.

Those of you posting one idiodic trash post after the next should do yourself a favor and play UC and actually stick it out, learn the game and find out all the things you can do.



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Fucking tards thats not DS
Jul 16, 2004, 02:44
Fucking tards thats not DS Jul 16, 2004, 02:44
Jul 16, 2004, 02:44
 
Amazing how you stupid fucks ignored the not one but TWO times it was pointed out you werent responding to the real DS. More proof most of you stupid fucks on blue's dont bother to read posts.

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Uhh...hello? A moment please
Jul 16, 2004, 02:31
Uhh...hello? A moment please Jul 16, 2004, 02:31
Jul 16, 2004, 02:31
 
That is not even Mr. Smart posting. So, take a moment, relax, and...SHUT UP.

For all the evilness of Mr. Smart, it is something else to fake his identitiy, make subsequently false statements to "prove" his evilness, and then have the group mindlessly attack in waves.

At least hate Mr. Smart for Mr. Smart, not some crazed, irrational fan boy.

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Answer...
Jul 16, 2004, 02:20
Answer... Jul 16, 2004, 02:20
Jul 16, 2004, 02:20
 
No
No
No
No way in hell if my testicles were on fire and the only way to put them out would be to have Derek Smart stomp on them.

No No No.

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Re: Freespace 3
Jul 16, 2004, 02:08
Re: Freespace 3 Jul 16, 2004, 02:08
Jul 16, 2004, 02:08
 
Old GameSpot review about Battlecruiser:

"Even if this weren't the buggiest and worst documented game in history (which it is), chances are it wouldn't have delivered on all its many promises. Smart promised too much, and went about fulfilling that promise in all the wrong ways. In the process, he forgot that the most important object of creating a game is making it fun."

To answer the almighty question: no thank you, i'd rather play Freespace 2 forever along all the awesome campaigns and mods made by the community and forget about a sequel if it was developed by 3000AD.

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No subject
Jul 16, 2004, 02:07
No subject Jul 16, 2004, 02:07
Jul 16, 2004, 02:07
 
Good show Holy Man, good show.

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Re: Freespace 3
Jul 16, 2004, 01:55
Re: Freespace 3 Jul 16, 2004, 01:55
Jul 16, 2004, 01:55
 
Real Name Derek Smart [3000AD]
Nickname None given.
Email Concealed by request.
ICQ 158435
Description None given.
Homepage http://www.3000ad.com
Signed On Jul 14 2004, 03:42
Total Posts 3 (Bearcub)


He posted here a few days ago as DSmart...why would he need a new name? (other than he forgot the login information - considering he's defending himself on 12,000 game sites currently)

Really doesn't matter though...deserves whatever comes his way. Maybe he hired one of his ignorant suckers fans to fight for his honor since he has his hands full elsewhere. (Elsewhere being his forum where he has a full time job in belittling customers)

Wondering if Ray has this sign off copywritten,

HG


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Re: Freespace 3
Jul 16, 2004, 01:52
Re: Freespace 3 Jul 16, 2004, 01:52
Jul 16, 2004, 01:52
 
"President/Lead Developer, 3000AD Inc"

I laugh every time I see that.

Gotta hand to DS, take a big man to admit something like that AND call himself a Doctor doing it. Go home troll.

Go read Derek's posts elswhere. Only a TRUE narcassist can sling the shit on the level of the REAL DS.

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Re: Freespace 3
Jul 16, 2004, 01:48
Re: Freespace 3 Jul 16, 2004, 01:48
Jul 16, 2004, 01:48
 
Mr. Smart,

Clearly in your haste you missed the part of my response where I stated that "if you developed Freespace 3, I almost certainly would not purchase the game." If that doesn't register with you as a "no" answer, allow me to state clearly, for the record, that if you produced Freespace 3, I would not purchase the game. I don't believe I can make myself much clearer than that.

Also, Mr. Smart, I regret to inform you that my mother and father died in a house fire 6 years ago while I was off at college. However, if they were still alive today I believe you are correct - my parents would most likely have advised against me spending 60 of my hard-earned dollars on a game produced by an individual such as yourself.

Thank you for your thoughtful correspondence,

-A gamer.

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Re: Freespace 3
Jul 16, 2004, 01:48
Re: Freespace 3 Jul 16, 2004, 01:48
Jul 16, 2004, 01:48
 
This isnt even the real Derek Smart people. The "real" ones Blues News forum name is "dsmart". Not to mention this imposters insults are nowhere near the absurd quality of the real dsmart.

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Re: Freespace 3
Jul 16, 2004, 01:38
Re: Freespace 3 Jul 16, 2004, 01:38
Jul 16, 2004, 01:38
 
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Re: Freespace 3
Jul 16, 2004, 01:37
Re: Freespace 3 Jul 16, 2004, 01:37
Jul 16, 2004, 01:37
 
Thank you for having the decency to respond to my post in an intelligent and thoughtful manner. Your contribution to this discussion is greatly appreciated.

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Re: No subject
Jul 16, 2004, 01:35
Re: No subject Jul 16, 2004, 01:35
Jul 16, 2004, 01:35
 
WWFD

ummm annoy us alot

No he'd pretend to be Derek Smart silly.


exactly

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Re: Freespace 3
Jul 16, 2004, 01:34
Re: Freespace 3 Jul 16, 2004, 01:34
Jul 16, 2004, 01:34
 
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Re: Freespace 3
Jul 16, 2004, 01:31
Re: Freespace 3 Jul 16, 2004, 01:31
Jul 16, 2004, 01:31
 
Dear Mr. Smart,

In response to your question, would I purchase Freespace 3? In a word: maybe. If it was produced by a competent, proven developer, on a reasonable timeframe, and respected the style and content of the Freespace universe, yes, I would purchase Freespace 3. However, if you developed Freespace 3, I almost certainly would not purchase the game. I have nothing personal against you; it is a simple matter of history.

Mr. Smart, your personal history in the games industry has consistently confirmed your complete lack of talent as a game developer. As a designer, you are unparalleled in your sense of grandeur and scale, but you have never, in your multi-decade career, proven that you have the capability to produce an even mediocre product. You have consistently produced inferior, incomplete products that are broken on multiple levels and have never garnered more than "merely adequate" ratings. You describe a potential Freespace 3 title as "totally BELOW my current skill levels and experience," but a quick glance at the overall reception of the Freespace Games by the gaming community ( http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/197099.asp?q=freespace ) ( http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/188670.asp?q=freespace ) will reveal that your own "talents" are actually far below the talents of the developers of the original Freespace games ( http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/561677.asp?q=universal%20combat ) ( http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/468719.asp?q=battlecruiser ) ( http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/196719.asp?q=battlecruiser ).

Despite your inability to actually produce anything near as grand as you concieve of, you are undeniably a dreamer, and in that regard you are an artist. I loved the concepts behind BC:3K, BC:M, and UC, but the horrendous problems that have plagued your entire developmental career are too many and too prolific to ignore. Speaking to you as a fellow artist (I'm an animator) I believe that your single greatest problem is that you absolutely lack the ability to accept criticism of your work, especially when it is well-founded, and this had led to the constant repitition of problems with every single game you have ever released. The same problems keep rearing their heads in every game you produce: awkward interfaces, broken and missing features, dated graphics, low production values in general, fatal bugs, and generally too much vision and too little realization.

Every time criticism is leveled at you, rather than acknowledge the criticism and adapt your product to it, you ignore, discredit, or belittle the individual criticising you. In fact, as recently as in your UC:EtE press release you seek to discredit your critics' understanding of "the way things work" with your statement: "A lot of people criticized the graphics engine in our previous game, not realizing that with a game of such size and scope, several sacrifices have to be made or the game would be unplayable." Rather than acknowledging that "yes, our graphics are dated, we're going to update them," you attempt to paint your critics as people who "don't get it."

This and your perchant for stretching the truth, your constant generation of excessive hype, your resorting to personal attacks on your critics, and your general lack of humility and acceptance of your limitations as a developer have made you a poor candidate to bear the Freespace torch.

Also, Mr. Smart, in reference to your comment:

"As for the mods, of course they HAVE NO RIGHT to exist and cut from the copyright holders profits. No business would succeed that way."

You are correct in one sense: the mods definately have no right to exist. However, the second half of your statement, the claim that "no buisness would succeed" if mods were widely created and distributed, and that mods "cut from the copyright holders profits" is a blatant falsehood. Given that mods can extend the life of a game far beyond its initial shelf-life and can, in some cases, make a great game far more successful than it ever deserved to be (for example, Desert Combat and Counterstrike). It has never - nor, I believe, will it ever be - proven that mods eat into the revenue of a game.

In summary, Mr. Smart, you are not the right developer for the Freespace franchise, and - based on your history in the industry that you tout so much experience in - any product you produce will be an ambitious but hopelessly flawed piece of garbage.

Respectfully,

-A gamer.

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Re: No subject
Jul 16, 2004, 01:25
Re: No subject Jul 16, 2004, 01:25
Jul 16, 2004, 01:25
 
WWFD

ummm annoy us alot

No he'd pretend to be Derek Smart silly.

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End of Days....
Jul 16, 2004, 01:20
End of Days.... Jul 16, 2004, 01:20
Jul 16, 2004, 01:20
 
I wouldn't buy water from Derek Smart if he had the last source on earth. That answer your question dumbass.

Hey Derek, a PhD from DeVry doesn't count.

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No subject
Jul 16, 2004, 01:14
No subject Jul 16, 2004, 01:14
Jul 16, 2004, 01:14
 
As for the mods, of course they HAVE NO RIGHT to exist and cut from the copyright holders profits. No business would succeed that way.


What is this guy on? There is not a single game developer in the world that would agree with that statement. Not a single one.

But, wait, of course, Derek Smart knows better than everyone else.

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