dsmart

The oldest living #indiedev fossil. was indie before it was a thing. science & sci-fi aficionado, gamer, writer, entrepreneur, the Battlecruiser guy

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  • Chris Roberts Responds to Recent Allegations | Star Citizen | MMORPG.com

    First thing David says, it's not about me. All Chris talks about, is me.
    1) Chris Roberts' Response (you won’t believe it) https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link/transmission/14979-Chairmans-Response-To-The-Escapist 2) Nobody "doxed" Chris Roberts. It’s FALSE: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1snimul 3) He data mined our social media feeds and grabbed stuff out of context to attack myself, the researcher, and the author of the article. This is the Harper issue he completely skewed. http://dereksmart3000ad.tumblr.com/post/130103960759/social-media-discourse 4) This is how it came to this http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sniofq
  • New allegations of art plagiarism and plans to disable the tutorial.

    PSA: You need to continue reporting people who are baiting, harassing, attacking, taking threads off-topic etc. They ARE being banned; but if you don't report it, there won't be any consequences.

    They continue to attack, harass, deflect, post unfounded allegations, lies, take unflattering threads off-topic in order to get them locked, which then ends the unflattering discussion.

    Just do it. It's only two clicks.
  • Chris Roberts and Star Citizen will not be at E3 this year.

    Elidien said:
    I find it odd his schedule will not allow but this now after agreeing to attend months ago. If that part is true, then something major came up. If he and others had planned to attend, hotels would have been booked, travel plans filed, etc.... and all of this a while ago. Assuming they were canceled, something had to have come up. What could have come up on his schedule that would take place of a planned trip such as E3?

    As someone who travels to events like E3, there is planning to be done. Since he told them months ago he would and now weeks ago he cannot, is something else that they foresee coming.

    I think there are two possibilities. A major milestone with the game is occurring around the same time. Or simply, E3 is not what it use to be and developers no longer are interested.

    The third possibility is the one many will jump to and I personally do not see this as a negative right now. Things change, but the reason for the change is what interests me.
    This is simple. Ignore ALL the noise.

    They don't need a booth. That's not what the show is about.

    He did it last year. And promised to go this year.

    Last year he had stuff to show. That was June 2015

    This year, they have nothing - nothing - to show at all. In fact, they were already working on an SQ42 trailer for the show, according to my sources. But given the pedigree of AAA games that are coming out and which will be paraded, it is obvious that SQ42 just pales in comparison. For one thing, they never anticipated COD:IW, though they were well aware that ME:A was in the pipeline.

    SQ42 can't compete. I mean, seriously, this is what it looked like in Dec 2015. And sources tell me that it still looks EXACTLY like that - TODAY.



    I have stated repeatedly in the past months that sources are 100% certain that SQ42 will never release in 2016 and that, at best, it was a mid-to-late 2017 - if CIG survives (they won't if whales stop funding it). Internally, Star Citizen is regarded as FUBAR and right now the focus is to continue using that to continue raising money (JPEG concept ships, shops, aUEC which will become UEC).




  • Rob Irving (Former Lead Designer of Star Citizen) interview - admits Escapists article is true

    Talonsin said:
    DKLond said:
    Talonsin said:

    I dont know if you saw the video but Chris has a hard time even PLAYING his own game.  Chris is the "idea" guy.  I dont know if you understand what CEO's do but the CEO of a hospital does not contribute a "significant" amount of time to the patients.  In fact, he doesnt devote any time to actual patients.
    The core of the physics engine/flight model, for one.

    I also think you are wrong about this.  According to Star Citizen videos, Pete Mackay is the flight model game designer and John Pritchett is the physics programmer.  If as you say Chris did all this significant work then why have these two guys on staff and doing the video when we all know Chris loves to be in the videos.

    Source: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link/transmission/15031-Star-Citizen-Alpha-20-Flight-Model-Changeshttp://

    Bottom line is you have NO proof or evidence to support your claim that Chris has done a "significant" part of the coding.  You just have your opinion that you so desperately want to be right.  Its actually kind of sad how you struggle against the facts and revert to name calling.
    I know for a fact that this is false. From what I know - from people who were there and still there - Chris's "contributions" in terms of gamedev, is like comparing a script kiddie to the guy who writes the operating system.

    NOTE: Anyone who watched his impromptu attempt to play his own game, have all the answers they need to this question.

    Just ignore him. It's their usual I-want-to-believe revisionist bullshit.
  • Rob Irving (Former Lead Designer of Star Citizen) interview - admits Escapists article is true

    Realizer said:

    dsmart said:
    Talonsin said:
    DKLond said:
    Talonsin said:

    I dont know if you saw the video but Chris has a hard time even PLAYING his own game.  Chris is the "idea" guy.  I dont know if you understand what CEO's do but the CEO of a hospital does not contribute a "significant" amount of time to the patients.  In fact, he doesnt devote any time to actual patients.
    The core of the physics engine/flight model, for one.

    I also think you are wrong about this.  According to Star Citizen videos, Pete Mackay is the flight model game designer and John Pritchett is the physics programmer.  If as you say Chris did all this significant work then why have these two guys on staff and doing the video when we all know Chris loves to be in the videos.

    Source: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link/transmission/15031-Star-Citizen-Alpha-20-Flight-Model-Changeshttp://

    Bottom line is you have NO proof or evidence to support your claim that Chris has done a "significant" part of the coding.  You just have your opinion that you so desperately want to be right.  Its actually kind of sad how you struggle against the facts and revert to name calling.
    I know for a fact that this is false. From what I know - from people who were there and still there - Chris's "contributions" in terms of gamedev, is like comparing a script kiddie to the guy who writes the operating system.

    NOTE: Anyone who watched his impromptu attempt to play his own game, have all the answers they need to this question.

    Just ignore him. It's their usual I-want-to-believe revisionist bullshit.
     I'm definitely not going to say Roberts had any part of writing actual code for SC, but "inside information" doesn't mean much from the guy who said that "super computers" were being used for SC onstage demos, and who also said that CryEngine could somehow utilize "16" cpu cores. 

     By the way Derek, when is LOD official launch? You said the game was done back in October. Also, would you mind letting us know who the next "target for truth" is going to be after Roberts? I want to start doing my homework now. 
    You know I have a quick question. Derek Smart whom many of the SC anti-fans champion, has an unfinished, and much maligned game on Steam Early Access right now. In another thread many of you same posters joined in to crucify Adrian Banniga for accepting kickstarter [sorry brainfart] Steam Early Access money for what became an unfinished and much maligned game. While I know Smart founded the game on private investment money, now that the game is on sale on Steam Early Access, I fail to see a difference between either games as both people are accepting money for unfinished products that are in a pretty rough state. If one is considered fraud and theft, why not the other.

    And keep in mind I don't consider what either is doing to be fraud or theft as no one is holding a gun to anybodies head and making them buy into either game. I'm just confused at the disparity why one developer is championed while the other is demonized.

    Thoughts?
    1) You don't know jack shit about my business.

    2) I have never - ever - taken "private investment money" at my company, for any game. LOD is no different. I own my company and my games 100%, and continue to fund them 100% by me and from sales of prior works. That's what being in business for almost THREE DECADES gets you.

    3) The "much maligned" game you're talking about, is more of a game NOW than Star Shitizen will ever be. Plus, like ALL my games, it WILL be finished and DELIVERED exactly as promised; regardless of who likes it or doesn't.

    4) The game being in Early Access is not about money or it would be cheaper to get in. Get your facts right. And nobody asked anyone to buy it. And I'm certainly not selling JPEG of ships (which may or may not end up as designed and paid for by backers).

    5) Comparing the current state of LOD to SC is more obnoxious thing that I keep reading. This despite the fact that while SC is still a tech demo, LOD currently has over 90% of it's features completed; and working. But since YOU guys brought it up, enjoy. This is LOD as it is TODAY, RIGHT NOW.

    http://lodmmo.com/galleries/16-03-15/





    It always warms my heart when you say Star Citizen, cultists lose their collective minds and say "Derek Smart" or "Line Of Defense". As if comparing an indie effort to a $110M "game", built by a team that was over 500 at one point, is somehow worthy of discussion.
  • I wish I could afford to do this!

    dsmart said:

    Yup. This despite the fact that Chris has repeatedly said that the money would go into the game, not PR, marketing or the like. 
    Does that include offices to work in, seats to sit on, computers to work on, internet connections to communicate with, software to design with, lighting to see by, doors to maintain privacy, kitchens to cook food in, security to protect staff and equipment, insurance to cover accidents....

    For someone with so many years in the business you sure don't seem to understand what is takes to make that game. 

    Ignorant, stupid or malicious I don't care but please shut up. 
    ...said the guy comparing a MURAL ON THE WALL to items needed in an office space. Go figure.
  • New character models are here!!


    Originally posted by MadDemon64

    I honestly think we have gotten a little too sidetracked.  Anyone who plays Alganon, I request that you please take screenshots of your characters new models (especially if you play a human female or kujix), or take screenshots of the new character creation screen, or even make a movie.  I think that will solve the biggest concern mentioned in this thread: lack of screenshots and coverage in general.

    *sigh* well, if it really means that much to you, I'll have the guys take some shots and I'll do new blog post about it and post the link here. How does that sound?

  • CIG - The Challenges Of Making Game Demos

    botrytis said:
    https://www.quora.com/Why-is-Star-Citizen-not-considered-a-scam


    http://www.dereksmart.org/2016/06/star-citizen-fidelity-of-failure/


    As I said, 'Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.' I can't see why people aren't thinking this way. SC has raised more money than any other game out there and has produced, nothing. I think it is about time to call the company on this.

    I know people will say, well it is an ambitious game. Well, maybe they need to trim back and get to reality. There are people that want this game. I would like to see it myself but I can't play a game built star dust. If this goes on any longer, this will be a non-game. It is getting close.

    The problem with all the crowdfunding is they don't have to produce ANYTHING. They get the money, they can keep it. Even Kickstarter is that way. All they have to say is: "We cannot produce anything with this flawed game engine." Done and they keep the money. The Sex Pistols had put out a great LP about this....


    I have been trying hard to keep out of this; but since Max Bacon and his band of merry men keep evoking me, here it goes:

    People are entitled to their opinions. You don't have to like them. Therein lies the rub.

    Saying that "I invite it",  "I provoke" etc, just because I happened to write a series of blogs about a project that's evolved into a full blown scam, is the height of hypocrisy. And these guys do it to everyone. Including media, ALL forums etc. Right now - as I type this - they have TWO threads going on in /r/DS complaining that we're "saying bad stuff about Star Citizen" on the ED forums. I mean, seriously. Just because when they go there, they start their nonsense - then get promptly banned - they're salty because we get to talk about the game without insulting and/or attacking others there. That's the thing with bullies; they're always the first to cry foul.

    And they simply can't move an inch into the fray without bringing me into it. Yet they wonder how it is that since July 2015 when I wrote that first blog, they've inexplicably tied me to Star Citizen forever. They claim I'm not important, inconsequential, a failed gamedev, I'm jealous etc - but yet still, wherever you go, they keep bringing me up, accusing others of being my alts etc. The irony is as hilarious as it is eye-opening.

    Then, they have an entire hate-Red dedicated to harassing one single person, yet they wonder why others look at them funny, call them crazy harassers, stalkers etc. Because you know, all that's perfectly normal. Imagine if there was a Chris Roberts sub-Reddit which was of the same vein.

    Here's the thing, this is all noise. My opinions remain as they were originally written. As I said in my latest blog from last week, Shattered Dreams, the project has evolved into a scam. There's no getting around that. And I describe (at the end) precisely what I mean by that. That's MY personal opinion and belief; and there is no changing it.

    Finally, anyone who watched that "Road To CitizenCon" video and thought "yeah, this is great and these guys are really capable of shipping the games promised", should continue to fund them. Who are we to judge what people do with their money?

    I come here once in awhile, to read, and leave. When GoogleAlerts pops up and the Usual Suspects are - again - trying to resolve their angst in my name, posts like this happen. Stop it.

    That is all.

    - DS