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Spunky Munkee

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Re: Star Citizen Dev Progress Watch
« Reply #120 on: July 31, 2018, 05:33:38 PM »
It's partially due to the frequent changes from a "Project Manager" who acts like a chipmunk on crack who also has ADD. Additional problems arise from an ever expanding scope, an engine that in no way was meant to support this game , and that the level of detail, scope, numbers of players simply cannot be supported by the (for lack of a better more correct terminology) proper infastructure. The Internet and these servers cannot handle this many details on this scale, with a grid size this large, with the promised number of players, missions, NPCs, items flying through space, particles blown off ships. missiles flying through the air, orbits to maintain. It's not feasable and will never be as long as they keep trying to make do with the current architechture and dont scale down their ambitions.

The fact that they have an out of date unemployable buffoon from several decades ago running a project that he is grossly unprepared for lacking both the skillset for managing people, or current game creation, nor the self contol to say"enough is enough, we are going with this" is a recipie for disaster.

I'm sure that the SC backers will keep tossing money into the dumpster fire for years to come and will wind up with some half baked piece of crap, that is if CR doesnt toss in the towel first from a lack of funds while employing 1000 people to keep up with all his whims and scope changes. Certainly it will be a crapfest no matter what.

We will need a deadpool to bet on how many whales jump off buildings. I hear you can bet on almost anything in Vegas.

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Re: Star Citizen Dev Progress Watch
« Reply #121 on: August 02, 2018, 01:56:10 PM »
I'm new, so apologize if this has been addressed many times.

I'm a coder. What I see with SC is a "depth-first" approach, which seems horribly counterproductive. That is, going into extreme detail on a small number of features, rather than a "breadth-first" approach where you get the basics working with basic textures, little detail, basic animations, etc. and then once you have a functional overall structure you go down a level and polish and add cool features, then go down another level and so on.

So many of the small number of things that are actually implemented are so precise and detailed, but every time you make any kind of structural change, you're going to break half of that stuff. You're going to spend so much time on these things, getting them just right, and then that will all be rendered moot every time some kind of architecture piece has to be replaced or an approach is changed.

It would be crazy to try to develop like that. It's like the architecture is just a support system for some specific features, rather than a proper architecture that allows for various features to be implemented. It must be incredibly frustrating and stressful to work on SC. I feel like every other month your last month's entire work would get thrown out the airlock because someone decided to switch to Lumberyard or replace the networking layer or whatever the latest thing is.

I definitely see why you don't think it's ever coming out. I don't think anyone could deliver any software that way. It's like spending all your time in the "slapping together a prototype" phase.

Thanks for sharing your missile model approach, that was very interesting. Straightforward, understandable systems that have predictable outputs -- what a concept!

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Re: Star Citizen Dev Progress Watch
« Reply #122 on: August 02, 2018, 02:55:50 PM »
Yeah, what he said.

But CIG have taken it one step further - they're still altering the core game engine after 6+ yaars of development.

Chris's fundamental problem is that he doesn't see a computer game as smoke and mirrors trickery. He wants everything to be rendered in the game world diagetically with no draw distance limit. Their new problem is that 64 bit positioning might not be big enough for an ENTIRE solar system - hence the issue about where to put Hurston. This can be done fairly simply using a loading screen for the travel time but this would be an admission that their fancy (and pointless) 64 bit vector engine was worthless.

Popcorn at the ready - can't wait to see what they do !

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Re: Star Citizen Dev Progress Watch
« Reply #123 on: August 03, 2018, 05:54:50 AM »
I definitely see why you don't think it's ever coming out. I don't think anyone could deliver any software that way. It's like spending all your time in the "slapping together a prototype" phase.

Incompetence and inexperience are a primary factor. It doesn't matter what engine or tools you have on hand, either one of those two are enough to doom any project. Star Citizen has not only incompetence and inexperience, but they took it one step further and decided to create a game for which they they neither had the tools nor the tech. What is happening now, as an experienced gamedev, I saw coming a mile away when they changed direction with the project.

There is never - ever - going to be a final product. It will continue to plod on and just slowly wither away until the end rolls around. Pretty much what has been happening since Dec 2017 when the 3.0 Jesus Patch failed to meet expectations.
Star Citizen isn't a game. It's a TV show about a bunch of characters making a game. It's basically "This is Spinal Tap" - except people think the band is real.

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Re: Star Citizen Dev Progress Watch
« Reply #124 on: Today at 03:08:43 AM »
LOL !



Once again CIG have moved (or re-moved) the goalposts. All the new gameplay promised for this year has been replaced with improvements to current systems. The salvage mechanic has survived but been moved into a single feature for next year. Repair and refuel has been reduced in scope to just "manual repair" and "ship to ship refuel" for next year. All other gameplay (and to be honest there wasn't much to get excited about) has been CULLED.

Just to remind you of the original gameplay promises for 3.2:



I'm fully expecting all the core tech improvements to be kicked into the long grass as well.

I can't wait to see where they put Hurston in the PU - my guess will be that it's effectively behind a loading screen and on a different server.
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Re: Star Citizen Dev Progress Watch
« Reply #125 on: Today at 05:10:09 AM »
LOL !

Once again CIG have moved (or re-moved) the goalposts. All the new gameplay promised for this year has been replaced with improvements to current systems. The salvage mechanic has survived but been moved into a single feature for next year. Repair and refuel has been reduced in scope to just "manual repair" and "ship to ship refuel" for next year. All other gameplay (and to be honest there wasn't much to get excited about) has been CULLED.

Just to remind you of the original gameplay promises for 3.2:

I'm fully expecting all the core tech improvements to be kicked into the long grass as well.

I can't wait to see where they put Hurston in the PU - my guess will be that it's effectively behind a loading screen and on a different server.

I am so shocked, that I need to go buy more JPEGs to calm my nerves. :emot-lol:
Star Citizen isn't a game. It's a TV show about a bunch of characters making a game. It's basically "This is Spinal Tap" - except people think the band is real.

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Re: Star Citizen Dev Progress Watch
« Reply #126 on: Today at 05:23:52 AM »
LOL !

Once again CIG have moved (or re-moved) the goalposts. All the new gameplay promised for this year has been replaced with improvements to current systems. The salvage mechanic has survived but been moved into a single feature for next year. Repair and refuel has been reduced in scope to just "manual repair" and "ship to ship refuel" for next year. All other gameplay (and to be honest there wasn't much to get excited about) has been CULLED.



And the carrot moved further again...well lets see if the donkey(zealots) notices!!

Though this is how game development works... :laugh: :laugh:

3.7.0??? :laugh: :laugh:

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