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Desc:Look at what 500 million built.
Category:Video Games
Tags:Star Citizen, charlie and the chocolate factory
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Date:04/04/18
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Robin Kestrel
Solid.
Mr. Purple Cat Esq.
Chris Roberts and star citizen is reminiscent of George Lucas and the star wars prequels. Everyone assumed he was this extremely capable writer/director cus his name was associated with such good stuff in the past. When given full control over a project however, the result afforded us the horrifying realization that he in fact couldnt write/direct his way out of a paper bag.

Star citizen is even more extreme though. The prequels at least were technically innovative in terms of editing and CGI and whatnot.
Mr. Purple Cat Esq.
I guess in film a huge team of professionals can polish any turd to an impeccable shine, in terms of pure production values..

With software not so much, if you have a lot of people contributing and your codebase is a mess you'll reach this point where X amount of work fixing bugs produces more bugs which will take X*Y time to fix (where Y is greater than 1) So it becomes truly Sisyphean.

I suppose for that reason film is a more reliable medium if you want to soulessly 'brute force' create entertainment products.
Though I suppose with games u can release literally the same game with a new number on it every year (madden, fifa) or re-skinned (ubisoft games) Still, why bother with entertainment media products at all, if you have X money and want X*Y money (where Y is greater than 1) just go into finance.

Scrotum H. Vainglorious
The writing was on the wall with the ewoks in ROTJ and all doubt was removed with Howard the Duck.

Old_Zircon
The high finance industry is pretty much a direct hiring pipeline out of college sports (especially football), so if you're not good at sports you have to go with nerd sports (computer science).

garcet71283
I detect more than a small amount of Derek Smart behind the wheel here.

Space Odin
I was on board with this entire thread until someone had to come in and disrespect Howard the Duck like that.

Meerkat
Looks like a certain Derek Smart is gonna need to start putting ketchup on his crows because he's gonna be eatin' his words or something.
fedex
hah

dairyqueenlatifah
More like look what $5,000 built. The rest of it bought mansions, yachts, and transglobal vacations.
Mr. Purple Cat Esq.
Afaik there was no embezzlement..
Its just software, with current tech you cant just throw money at it and expect it to work.
Its like.. Im going to spend millions to mushroom up a huge discoordinated team to write the worlds greatest poem.

Mr. Purple Cat Esq.
Also I havent written a poem in years and actualyl can barely string a sentence together thsee days but I will be directing everyones work on the great poem.

Bisekrankas
As I understand it they was not prepared at all for how much cash they would get.

They basically thew lots of cash at lots of distributed teams across the globe and hoped it wold work out, and syncing teams like that is insanely hard.

And also there were lots of changes and additions to the basic features mid development every time Chris saw something cool he wanted.

SolRo
This is what 500 million built when given to a creator with ADHD that cant finish one thing before adding something new to the increasingly disfigured monstrosity.
fedex
Putting the "Pig" in Pygmalion!...or something...

SolRo
I don’t think it’s malicious.

It’s like an autistic kid asking for more and more legos as the behemoth creation he’s building starts to take over his room. You can’t tell what it’s supposed to be, but it is ‘not done yet’. Will it’s final form strike you speechless at its beauty? Or will it’s beauty only be visible through his eyes?

Old_Zircon
SolRo the one problem with your analogy is that the autistic kid in it is awesome and should have all the legos they want.

Old_Zircon
So long as they aren't getting so many legos that it has an impact on the lego supply and impacts other kids' ability to get the legos they need.

Old_Zircon
What I'm saying is that an autistic kid with legos is more compelling than most of the output of the AAA games industry, and also we need federally mandated corporate wage caps.

Callamon
Zircon :)

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