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Downloading the game got a tech author temporarily blacklisted from his office internet:
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Apparently, my single machine went from using largely nothing to choking out all of the bandwidth for Allure Media within seconds. It's a company that operates several sites viewed by millions of Australians every month. Having reliable internet is Kind Of Important
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Crytek wants its lawsuit against CIG dismissed without prejudice until later in the year, since their lawsuit revolves around a game actually being released.
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Old 01-06-2020, 02:27 PM
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CIG’s financials are not in great shape. Despite bringing in record income of $49 million for 2018, the company still generated a $7 million loss. A staggering $9 million alone was spent on marketing...

Remember, according to the current TOS, they don't have to tell anyone what they're doing with all that money.
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Old 01-06-2020, 02:40 PM
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Per the financial report released a couple of weeks ago, CIG hasn't turned a profit since 2014.
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Crytek wants its lawsuit against CIG dismissed without prejudice until later in the year, since their lawsuit revolves around a game actually being released.
Beautiful. As long as they never release a game they’re safe. CIG will be fine forever.
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I bet Chris Roberts's paychecks are being cashed though.

Who invested $46 million in the company in 2018?
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Old 01-07-2020, 10:24 AM
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Who invested $46 million in the company in 2018?
These guys, in exchange for 10% of CIG.
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Humble has some game called Headsnatchers for free. Local/Online party game where you, uh, snatch the other people's heads?

https://www.humblebundle.com/store/h...eckout-section
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Old 01-09-2020, 12:48 PM
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Humble has some game called Headsnatchers for free. Local/Online party game where you, uh, snatch the other people's heads?

https://www.humblebundle.com/store/h...eckout-section
Is that what CIG releases instead of Star Citizen?
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LOL, that was supposed to go into the free games thread. I was in a hurry and did a word search for "Free" and posted without checking. Oh well, something to play when you've spent all your money on vaporware space freighters
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...just watched this video based on the experiences of a gamer playing the Alpha:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhzU806jxnY

The game looks like a nightmare. As in, a literal nightmare. Like the sort of nightmare you wake up from screaming. Best quote: "With each void consumption giving me a surreal peek behind the curtain at just how much this world is held together with tape."

The game looks so fundamentally broken.
They still haven't decided to help players who find themselves trapped in the environment!
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Here’s an attempt to translate your link to English.
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Old 01-17-2020, 04:45 PM
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Sorry, I'm on Chrome and it translates automatically.
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Old 01-24-2020, 11:51 AM
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Crytek wants its lawsuit against CIG dismissed without prejudice until later in the year, since their lawsuit revolves around a game actually being released.
CIG wants a $500K security bond released as part of the proposed dismissal. I wonder how long that would last 'em.
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Oh, look: they announced another game mode a few days ago, also with no scheduled release date.
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It seems that, yes, there's sort of a bare-bones world you can wander, but there aren't really any systems to interact with. You can shoot other players, but there just isn't any kind of economy, let alone a way to progress. Exploration seems to be functionally nonexistent and there are huge tracts of real estate in the game that have no purpose whatsoever
I suggested to some probable donors that Elite had done all that years ago and they weren't happy.
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Crytek and CIG have settled their lawsuit.
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Old 03-16-2020, 03:34 PM
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Star Citizen: now more like Second Life in space rather than EVE Online.
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Star Citizen has received 46 million dollars in venture capital in exchange for a 10% stake in the studio.
These guys just bought another 17 million dollars worth of shares. The game has raised 550 million altogether.

I wonder if they'll hit a billion dollars before it's all said and done.

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One month after PC Gamer reports on disgruntled players, Roberts announces yet another round of free play. Is somebody getting desperate for fresh meat?
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These guys just bought another 17 million dollars worth of shares. The game has raised 550 million altogether.

I wonder if they'll hit a billion dollars before it's all said and done.
This has got to be some kind of money laundering scheme.
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I'm still guessing Ponzi scheme. Kind of. Ponzi and his copiers paid actual money to the first investors from the money of the next investors; Roberts is running more of a standard confidence scam where he uses the money to give people... hope, I guess.
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I dunno. The small investors, sure, but the big ones? I think someone should check to see whether all of the subcontractors and employees supposedly on Roberts' payroll actually exist. I see a company where huge amounts of money go in and huge amounts of money go out. Who's to say that the money isn't going right back to the hands of the people who "invested" it?
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From my recollection, one of the great hallmarks or a confidence scam is that it relies on our inherent weakness to the sunk-cost fallacy. That's what Roberts is doing here - he's got people who have invested years of their life and hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars in the idea of THE GREATEST GAME OF ALL TIME BY THE GREATEST GENIUS OF ALL TIME. If they pull out now, they lose all that invested time and money and they might never get to play THE GREATEST GAME OF ALL TIME.
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I dunno. The small investors, sure, but the big ones? I think someone should check to see whether all of the subcontractors and employees supposedly on Roberts' payroll actually exist. I see a company where huge amounts of money go in and huge amounts of money go out. Who's to say that the money isn't going right back to the hands of the people who "invested" it?
Of course they exist. They are his friends and family.
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Does the game have those features? Boarding parties? You're writing in the present tense, as if people can do those things now.

I mean, I don't actually believe thing things will happen, do you?
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