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  • Curiosity ..

    sgel said:
    Babuinix said:

    Most reasonable people realized this, but there are some who don't understand what funding a game entails. They seem to expect money in product out.

    If it wasn't already clear before this should help.

    You are making a PLEDGE

    Click to confirm your ORDER

    Items PURCHASED using store credits

    (TLDR courtesy of SA)

    CIG is so full of shit :)

    As long as the "pledge" contains a digital asset it is a sale.
    If it wouldn't be regulated this way it would be a cheap way to avoid taxes.
    "I give you this car for free if you pledge me $30k"

    The fact that they insist on the "pledging" is a bit worrying because it blurs out the intention of this for-profit company.
  • Curiosity ..

    MaxBacon said:
    There is no 14 days Law for released digital products in the EU. Don't spread fake news please.
    The EU’s Directive on Consumer Rights;

    Section 19 states, “… For such contracts [referring to digital content not supplied on tangible mediums], the consumer should have a right of withdrawal unless he has consented to the beginning of the performance of the contract during the withdrawal period and has acknowledged that he will consequently lose the right to withdraw from the contract.”

    And this what Steam does, you legally waive your right to withdraw (refund) from the moment of the purchase, from that moment you have no right to refund, what Steam does is put their own policy in place because legally you don't have that right anymore, that is a very smart loophole Valve found.

    For all it applies here, in digital products, everyone seems to play by the 14 days (digital products must be covered by the withdrawn period by law so something must be there about it), but that EU directive still rules.
    ermh this is just a amendment the actual law says:

    Directive 2011/83/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on consumer rights, amending Council Directive 93/13/EEC and Directive 1999/44/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Council Directive 85/577/EEC and Directive 97/7/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council Text with EEA relevance
    (which includes your amendment BTW)

    Updated : 31/01/2018

    14 days to cancel and return purchases made outside shops (online, by phone or mail order)

    In the EU you have the right to return these purchases within 14 days for a full refund. You can do so for any reason – even if you simply changed your mind.

    The 14-day "cooling off" period does not apply to all purchases. Some of the exemptions are:

    • plane and train tickets, as well as concert tickets, hotel bookings, car rental reservations and catering services for specific dates
    • goods and drinks delivered to you by regular delivery – for example delivery by a milkman.
    • goods made to order or clearly personalised – such as a tailor-made suit
    • sealed audio, video or computer software, such as DVDs, which you have unsealed upon receipt.
    • online digital content, if you have already started downloading or streaming it
    • goods bought from a private individual rather than a company
    • urgent repairs and maintenance contracts – if you call a plumber to repair a leaking shower, you can't cancel the work once you have agreed on the price of the service.
  • New Ship - Introductory Price of $850

    SEANMCAD said:
    I have a picture of a bridge to sell you. It isn't fully built yet, and we have nowhere to put it, but we promise we'll deliver. That's SC's business model in a nutshell. Pretty hilarious actually. 

    1. its not a purchase its a donation.
    2. frankly unless there is explicitly clear false information in the sales, then its up to the person to not buy it. you dont have to buy it and those consumers are not looking for you to be a justice projector 
    To hide a sale of digital assets behind a donation (and charge full end product VAT) is illegal and would be tax fraud. Its like saying you get this car for $1 and donate 20k to my funding.
    This would bring the IRS faster to your office than you like.

    CIG is not doing that they are advertising it as a sale, the interface is called shop and there is no sign that you donate anything anywhere. If you can provide me a link where they say that it is a donation then I will write a letter to get my VAT back until then its a digital sale in a pre-order online shop and under full customer protection.
  • 3.0 Spoilers From An Evocati

    DKLond said:
    DKLond said:
    Can anybody of the experts explain to me please what this "Debug Mode" that is eating away many FPS is doing? And why is it only in the build of the first evocati test group but not in the other Alpha test groups?

    anything that can be done in a singleplayer game can be done in an MMO, in a visual sense.
    While this is true though higher visuals will have an impact on network performance if the client is lagging (Video Lag)
    Not at all. The client performance will never impact network performance for other players. At most, it will mean delays in syncing that particular client's animations and position.
    Well if you say so, seems like I have to call my old SOE team to tell them we were wrong back in the days.
    Well, that - or you can use your brain just a little. If client performance could possibly affect network performance for other players - then it would mean you could simply log on to the game with piece of shit hardware and break the gameplay for everyone. Not exactly a likely state of affairs. If your brain can't understand this, then just play any stable MMO in existence and notice how your latency doesn't wildly jump on and down - which it would certainly do if client performance was a relevant factor in network performance. What you will see, instead, is players not always moving perfectly along their path - and sometimes they seem to "jump" ahead or make rubberband movements. This is what happens when client and server isn't in perfect sync - and that's the only thing that will affect you in terms of other players.
    Exactly, Game Server syncs at 30FPS on slow paced and 60FPS on fast paced games. this has nothing to do with your video FPS. If your Video FPS is faster than the UDP sync rate (Assuming here that you have a good connection) then UDP is fine and happy.
    If your Video FPS drops to far away from the sync rate then Rubberbanding and shadowing happens. this also affect other players because they will experience your shadow character and maybe wonder why you are unkillable. The Server protocol has to interpolate the missing data, basically UDP is guessing what may happen next. if you know how to force this you can do funny things like walk through walls (in SC you can bug into ship hulls) just by blocking a simple UDP port for a few ms.

    If you have a game where every other player is rubberbanding, shadowing and bugging around the game experience for the players will be subpar. To avoid this online games tend to use graphics 1 or 2 generations below the actual Single player experience. In a MMO you can not forsee all situations that will lead to lag (like places where 50 players loiter around because there is something interesting).

    The more complex a game is the more funny things will hapen due to this effect.
  • Star Citizen - Development Updates

    Underwater flight modell in the works with underwater flora and fauna #nofeaturecreep