Discussion in 'Gaming' started by FPAlpha, Aug 13, 2015.
Well, there's no way that will backfire.
Nothing like some good ol' fashioned astroturfing.
Even after Roberts' views were incorporated into the article, it does not look good. Chris Roberts is defensive and comes across as a pompous ass. Well, I hope the game comes out at some point, but if it doesn't, well, I made my peace with that possibility a long time ago. Oh well, at least I have Elite to satiate my exploratory streak.
'Star Citizen' Developer Threatens Lawsuit Against The Escapist, Demands Apology And Retraction
Good luck with that!
Hi, Chris Roberts. Fuck you.
I've read the articles. I've watched the damn videos, to the point where I even summarize the 104TC ones so other people don't have to. I met you, Chris Roberts, sir, visited Santa Monica and had wonderful chats with both the community and development staff, and have had more than a few arguments with Ben Lesnick about the ways thing go on your shitstorm of a forum. I have followed development, at the source, since the Kickstarter. And you know what? CIG's progress is a fucking joke. We are nearing two years since the original timeline said the Dogfight Module would be out, when CIG first delayed things in the name of polish. We are 15 months past when Arena Commander was first released and the core gameplay experience remains a buggy, un-fun, poorly balanced mess missing massive portions of the mechanics that you continue to promise are right around the corner. We are 18 months past the original release date of the FPS (March 2014), six months past the second release date (March 2015), and the THIRD release date (end of September) has come and gone with still no FPS. This is in spite of an entire studio, with extensive CryEngine experience, being dedicated to developing two fucking maps.
Star Citizen has been in development for over four years. You are two million dollars away from receiving four times the originally requested amount of $23 million. For that we have a shitty spaceflight tech demo, a glorified lobby full of guys ripped off from Call of Duty: Future War Porn, and a company that can't go Two Weeks without yet another bullshit controversy. The scope of this game, which was never terribly concrete to begin with, is utterly incomprehensible and yet continues to expand. There is no timeline, no accountability, and everything CIG has done in response to every controversy and criticism leveled at them has only damaged their standing. Anyone giving your company more money at this stage is either delusional or literally mentally handicapped, and should not be considered mentally competent to handle their own finances.
Have they hired Curt Schilling as replacement CEO yet?
Eh, with Derek Smart, gators, and The Escapist involved I'm hesitant to buy any of this shit for now.
The letter they got from CIG in reply doesn't seem so outrageous to me given the allegations.
Hm. Oddly familiar...
Yeah, it's basically a combination of Tolwyn's speech to the Assembly at the beginning of Wing Commander IV and the Sky Marshal's "we can ill afford another Klendathu" from Starship Troopers.
From the data-dump leak a few months ago, apparently the story is:
Spoiler: Squadron 42 plot
The Vanduul discover a secret jump point to Earth and the UEE must marshal everything they have to save the planet, so Roberts really is just recycling shit, including the WC movie.
I'll say this for it, it looks good! It's still mostly vaporware as far as I'm concerned, but it does look shiny.
It would look shiny if there were actually, you know, the semblance of a game.
Like, they've backpedaled so hard from Star Marine being released this year to now saying that it's been "integrated" into the next release of Arena Commander.
Since I have no interest in watching hours of presentation footage to find out, have they shown actual video of the main game loop yet?
The main thing they showed was a ten-minute forced walkthrough of your ship.
They literally spent more time talking about Squadron 42, the movie, than Squadron 42, the game.
The total FPS portion of the entire presentation lasted forty seconds and featured not a single person visibly being hit or killed. Everything about CitCon, from Sandi Gardiner's insane speech in the beginning to the "Tier 0" cast being wasted on shitty cut scenes to the slobbered cake at the end, screams of an outright scam where the creators have no intention whatsoever on delivering anything close to what was promised and have no respect whatsoever for the people who continue to send them hundreds of thousands of dollars every week.
When Chris Roberts refused to give even a ballpark release date, the crowd cheered him for it. (The real reason they've stopped giving dates is that they make the refund process easier and rumors continue to persist that CIG is running out of money.)
So... it's been about a month since that article from The Escapist said that CIG was out of money, and that they were sexist, ageist, racist and embezzlers. Yet there have been no massive layoffs (in fact, they are still increasing their staff). And there haven't been any lawsuits against them. And progress continues to be made as evident from their weekly update videos. Does that mean that that article was complete bullshit then?
They've gone from a height of roughly 500 staffers and contractors to 270-ish staff, and they've been facing a number of walkouts, particularly on the design and modeling side.
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