Elite: Dangerous

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by syberghost, Mar 5, 2014.

Elite: Dangerous

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by syberghost, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. syberghost

    syberghost Guild Admin Staff Member

    http://massively.joystiq.com/2014/03/05/hands-on-with-the-elite-dangerous-alpha/

  2. zenix

    zenix Veteran Member

    Here is a great video made by a user in the current Alpha that now has multiplayer.

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  3. Rhyus

    Rhyus Veteran Member

    That looks pretty cool.
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  4. syberghost

    syberghost Guild Admin Staff Member

  5. Rhyus

    Rhyus Veteran Member

    So, I take it, you have to pay to be in this beta?
  6. mynameismonkey

    mynameismonkey AoA Admin Emeritus

    Yes.
  7. Rhyus

    Rhyus Veteran Member

    :: sigh :: I remember when alphas and betas were something special, that most of the people actually had experience and a capability to test the game like the company wanted. Now, if you have a big enough wallet, they will let you test their game, even if you are a shitty tester. :(
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  8. Sudoshred

    Sudoshred Veteran Member

    IMO what's worse is the "Early Access" BS that's exploded recently. Pay me money to give you a game that's no where near ready and if it doesn't work it's a work in progress. So don't complain. I agree 100% with you though Rhyus.
  9. syberghost

    syberghost Guild Admin Staff Member

    I don't remember that. I remember when all you had to do was type your name into a forum post or CGI form, and the latter usually opted you in to a mailing list for every shitty product that company produced. Some of them would ask what testing experience you had, but they didn't really care, and they certainly didn't check your references. About the only thing that would prevent you from getting in was being late to the "fill out the form" party.

    Crowdfunding is why there are so many innovative games being produced right now, and premium betas at least only get people who have some emotional investment in the game, and are willing to tie their identity to their participation. The old free-for-all method got you the same crowd of anonymous trolls that flit from beta to beta and pollute your beta forums with the same arguments between the same people.
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  10. syberghost

    syberghost Guild Admin Staff Member

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    syberghost Guild Admin Staff Member

  12. stat

    stat Division Leader

    It looks nice, but i'm not going to pay $150 for a beta. I'll probably try it out, but I don't like some of the design decisions the game has made.
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  13. Arcfire

    Arcfire Guild Admin Staff Member

    Agreed. It's shiny, but not $150 shiny. From what I hear, there is currently more to do in ED than there is in SC, but they are a little further ahead in development cycle. They also have plenty of bugs to work through. When it gets a little further along and drops in price I will have a look at it. As it stands, I think their market strategy is doing them a disservice. Bar to entry is simply too high, but I guess if everyone could get in, they couldn't call it Elite, eh?
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  14. Fell

    Fell Guild Admin Staff Member

    I was checking this out before I left for vacation, just had to say no, I agree with stat on the game design.
  15. zenix

    zenix Veteran Member

    Bought myself a Thrustmaster 16000 Flight Stick last week and I have been playing the shit out of Elite this weekend. I am very excited to see Elite and Star Citizen both finally out and playing both will be fun. Elite had its first couple of patches for the beta last week being 1.03 that added 50 accessible systems to travel, trade and fight in.

    There are 8 ships available currently. Everyone starts with the wedge shaped Sidewinder and if you die in it there is no cost to relaunch in one. The more expensive ships have insurance to buy a replacement or go back to a Sidewinder for free. You can do trading to build up money to buy the more combat focused ships. Pirating, bounty hunting(hunting AI and players), trading, faction joinable combat areas are all fun things to do.

    If anyone has questions or wants to chat about it in TS just let me know here or on TS.
  16. zenix

    zenix Veteran Member

  17. zenix

    zenix Veteran Member

    My commander name is Zednix. Friend me or join my group Zednix. Groups are currently only named after players that create them.
  18. syberghost

    syberghost Guild Admin Staff Member

    Nice; if you preorder, they'll give you the 1984 original Elite for free:

    https://store.zaonce.net/elite-dangerous-cat/elite1984.html

    LOL, 5 minutes ago I was telling my wife "don't buy anything online until this shellshock business stabilizes, nobody really knows if they have been owned yet", and now I'm "honey, I'm preordering a game."
    --- Double Post Merged, Sep 27, 2014, Original Post Date: Sep 27, 2014 ---
    Update: no, you don't even have to preorder; it's just free on their site. Nice!
    --- Double Post Merged, Sep 27, 2014 ---
    Sweet; it contains a BBC Micro emulator, and a copy of that version of the game with a saved game of a "rich commander".

  19. zenix

    zenix Veteran Member

    Shellshock business?
  20. syberghost

    syberghost Guild Admin Staff Member

    This will surely derail the thread, but the IT world is currently dealing with a recently-discovered 22 year old bug that affects at least 500 million systems ranging from major websites (almost all of them) to traffic lights to hospital equipment to cable modems and firewalls, probably can't ever be fixed in at least ten percent of those (maybe a lot more) and is grade-school trivial to exploit for remotely running arbitrary commands. It's called Shellshock by the infosec media.

    It's the worst thing in IT ever. Heartbleed is like third.
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