Up until this point I had given Star Citizen a pass regarding the selling of new ships. It wasn’t too many in the beginning and I assumed that the ships were actually available to play with in Arena Commander.
My one week there, and talks with friends who had bought several of said ships, swiftly told me that this was not the case. Then I started to feel sick when I thought about the Star Citizen project. Finally I saw how much was being charged for these ships and I was utterly disgusted.
I came to realize one simple truth. Star Citizen was a scam. It was nothing more than a huge ponzi scheme with multitudes of unsuspecting people roped into it. Here we have Roberts Space Industries promising a grand game, if only you would give him a meager $2 million.
Every deadline has been missed, or had some piddly consolation prize released in its stead.
I call it a scam, and a ponzi scheme, even without the fiasco that is the selling of new ships. You are charging hundreds of dollars for a ship. These ships don’t even exists in the game at the time that you post concept art.
The game itself does not even exist for people to play and yet you are selling non-existent pieces of digital content for $400.. even upwards of $900+? What the ever loving fuck?! Are you bloody kidding me? You seriously must be joking right? Nope, you are dead serious.
I’m not sure what’s worse, the fact that you actually have the gall to do this or the fact that there people dumb enough to give you money for those ships. These are ships won’t see the light of days for a number of years. These are ships that are taking away time from doing what you initially promised.
What was that promise, I forget at this point (which it appears Chris Roberts has too)? Oh yeah, that’s right, delivering a complete game!
Chris Roberts, stop it. Just bloody stop selling MORE promises to be delivered upon in the future and focus on ONE thing.
Create Star Citizen.
Stop expanding it because you got more money. Stop fleecing people out of more money for a fucking ship that they won’t see for a long time to come unless you pull developers away from the game you already promised.
All of these ship sales for higher and higher prices reeks of you running out of money and needing desperate influxes of cash to keep things afloat. You need them to continue developing on what you already promised.
Oooo, see what I did there? That’s right, on my own accord, from my own personal insight that I’ve trumpeted to any who would listen, which was usually viewers on a Gaming Talk Show I help with, I’ve formed opinions very similar to Derek Smart and all of this was before the first bits of news broke out about the soon to be fiery feud between RSI and Derek Smart.
I am sorry Chris, but Derek has a point. Yes, he’s quite the asshole, but that does not mean that everything he says is patently false or without base. Also, the insinuation that every negative article that happens to agree with Derek Smart is fueled by him and nothing but his mouthpiece is patently false (Yup, that’s right, Mr. Roberts, I can use the same words too!)
Mr. Roberts, you can scream until you are blue in the face that you are not running a scam, but it does not make it true. Just because you vehemently proclaim something it does not give it credibility simply because the words left your own lips.
Is a scam artist going to admit that he is running a scam? Of course not! That would defeat the very purpose of running the scam as it would mean that everyone knows and will then turn on the one running it. It would mean a loss of funds and even worse.
At this point, your reactions remind me of someone that is starting to get scared. It’s like you have been backed into a corner and are looking for the escape route.
You do have reason to fear. First people are starting to wake up to what is happening and starting to ask questions. Not only that, but you have been beaten to market. By the time you release, Elite: Dangerous will have pretty much implemented the bulk of what you set forth to do, and they will have already had a game in the player’s hands for two years.
A bit of advice, if you want to alleviate some of the accusations about the project, then actually provide some concrete proof. At this point words will not do anything to refute the claims and growing influx of negative press.
Truthfully, the forensic accounting suggestion might go a fair way to help. Granted, if you take Smart up on his offer to pay for the investigation, people could say that he influenced it. If you pay for it, people could say you influenced it. So, my solution? You both get together and jointly select an investigator that you can agree upon and you both put forth equal funding. At that point neither side could say that the investigators were bribed.
I will admit, my opinion on the Star Citizen project, RSI, and Chris Roberts is quite harsh.The entire thing could end up surprising me. I hope I am proven wrong.
Please Mr. Roberts, finish this game, deliver on everything you’ve sold so far, and prove me wrong. I don’t care if the game is a steaming pile of dung, if you can even manage to get the game out the door with all of these ships you have sold people for hundreds of dollars each I will happily admit I was wrong, offer an apology, and even happily buy the game. That said I would hope that it delivers on all that the community has been hoping and praying for.
Again I restate, please deliver on the Star Citizen project. If this fails it is going to go down as the worst failure in gaming history.
The risk to the Kickstarter culture that aides so many Indie developers with actually being able to bring their projects to fruition is great. As it is, the few horror stories we already have of Kickstarters that have taken the money and bolted or failed utterly to deliver on what was promised have already started taking their toll.
Please for the love of god, do not drop the ball on this.
Prove everyone wrong.
I beg you.