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Game On #69 | Interview: Derek Smart Speaks Out on Star Citizen: This week on Game On, Chris sits down with Derek Smart to talk about the troubling state of Star Citizen. Derek has worked on similar games for 20+ years and shares his unique perspective on why he thinks the game will never release the way it's being promised and, more importantly, why he's waging a war for accountability. This is an interview you won't want to miss. Music by Michael Gordon Shapiro.

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ceratop001 writes: Great interview Ford. This is probably your best work . Thu Jul 16 2015 2:01AM Report
JonBonJawa writes: excellent idea giving this persona a platform for writing hateful stuff anyone would be be banned for posting, if it were about GW2, or any other non-crowdfunded title Thu Jul 16 2015 4:19AM Report
Saviant writes:

Great interview, but Derek Smart is nothing but a washed up nobody. Everyone knows his games are just crap. His current one has no one playing it because it is horrible. Asking a simple question about a manual is enough to get you banned from the game. I brought 3000ad, and the following 2 and my god where those things junk.

There are issues with Star Citizen about pushed back delays and bugs but who is leaving or has left RSI is not our concern, the concern is that we get what has been donated for. And for the record you don't have to buy any ships they are put up for those that may want them, but noone is forcing you to buy them there is no threats or kittens getting hurt if you don't buy them.

Thu Jul 16 2015 5:59AM Report
badirontree writes:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Derek+Smart

:D

Thu Jul 16 2015 9:47AM Report
brihtwulf writes:

His most recent game, Line of Defense, has been pretty much considered garbage.  HOWEVER, he has always said that it's a work in progress.  It's something they've been continuing to develop, and they provided a playable (though inferior) game.  He may be a bit of a jerk, and his games aren't great, but at least he's honest.  The guy doesn't do AAA projects with tens of millions of dollars, but he does know how development works.

 

So while he's not the best developer, at least he's open and honest, and his opinion here is valid.  There are games that are 1/4 the scope of Star Citizen that have taken over double the money to create.  Look at Halo for example.  Those are insanely expensive games that took years to develop, even given their $100 million+ budget.  Then you can take Star Citizen and it's 4-year development cycle and investment, but they still have NO complete build of a game.  They essentially have a couple demos built as an attempt to assuage the people who have thrown tons of money at the project.  But there is NO game there to play.  No alpha, no beta, nothing...

 

They just sell "virtual goods" that mostly don't exist.  And for the ones that DO exist, it's only there in the little playable demo.  Making models is not that hard.  It takes less time than any other aspect of the development.  And the fact that they've sold tons of these ships, and that many of them aren't even available in the demo yet is pretty bad.  They could have at least finished the models before selling them, but they're just trying to get more and more money.  So either they're greedy and this scheme is out of control, or they're running out of money and scared that it's drying up and development will then halt because they can't pay people.

 

Either way, this is a clouded, shady project with very little being disclosed by the developers.  This thing failing could cause major ripples through the gaming world and crowd-funding if and when it blows up.  It could ruin things for a lot of legitimate projects.

Thu Jul 16 2015 10:20AM Report
Hariken writes: Great interview. I'M starting to like Derek more than before. I'M also starting to think the hate he gets is also because he's a black game developer in a white's only boys club. This guy has been getting hate for a decade for being out spoken and making some bad games. But a guy like Mark Kern who used to head up red5 studios gets caught stealing company money gets a week of crap from gamer's on these boards and is still in the game industry not being crapped on as much as Smart. I think its BS. Thu Jul 16 2015 12:10PM Report
AmunKhonsu writes: Derek is just one of many affected by the overzealous actions of a few cig employees. When I questioned Ben Lesnick about showing us progress and told him i was shocked over his trivializing open development on twittet, i was instabanned without warning. I have bee a regular at the forums since backing in Jan 2013 and put thousands into the project and now wrote my story on my clans blog telling ppl to think twice before backing this game. Here is my article detailing my recent experience: http://cocksclan.net/home/m/10921943/article/3387903 Thu Jul 16 2015 1:11PM Report
Ravensworth writes:

Derek Smart is claiming they cannot make the game and no one can. I disagree that it Cannot be made by Anyone. He is quite literally not looking at previous game designs and MMO's. SOE had a game where you could do all of what Roberts is promising just not well.

Roberts is not going to make the game but Smart is a small indie Developer and is obviously angry as am I. I think Chris Roberts is just spending money and not doing anything to finish the game. He promised once at GDC that the FPS game would be released in 3 weeks. Bottom line Roberts is a flat out not telling the truth about release dates.

 

Thu Jul 16 2015 5:17PM Report
Ravensworth writes:

Derek Smart is claiming they cannot make the game and no one can. I disagree that it Cannot be made by Anyone. He is quite literally not looking at previous game designs and MMO's. SOE had a game where you could do all of what Roberts is promising just not well.

Roberts is not going to make the game but Smart is a small indie Developer and is obviously angry as am I. I think Chris Roberts is just spending money and not doing anything to finish the game. He promised once at GDC that the FPS game would be released in 3 weeks. Bottom line Roberts is a flat out not telling the truth about release dates.

 

Thu Jul 16 2015 5:17PM Report
Dr.Nicktu writes:

As a backer of SC I am glad that Mr Smith is asking these questions. For the past year I have felt that RSI has been less then up front with the state of the game. I can count the number of times I have flown (the one flyable ship I own) on one hand and like others I have a few that I can only look at and yet they still add more ships..... sell more ships and most are just a pic you can look at. 

I like Mr Smith worry about what the long term effect will be on games if this all falls apart and I feel all other gamers need to think about this as well. I would love to see a game like SC but I really do not feel it can be done right now, because of tech problems and Mr Roberts needs to come out and tell the truth.

Mr Smith I am right there with you and thanks for putting yourself in the crosshairs......

Fri Jul 17 2015 9:06AM Report
Shanesan writes:

I'm listening to this, and at 6 minutes I can already tell that this Derek Smart guy doesn't have a clue what he's talking about.

"You can have a network of boxes." You mean modules? You mean how they plan on doing their network infrastructure? Hmm.

An engine will never do what they're supposed to do out of the box. R&D is required for all engines. He doesn't make any sense.

Fri Jul 17 2015 2:30PM Report
Enik writes: Oh man the SC fanboys and white knights are going to need to double their Asperger's meds in order to avoid melting down after those comments. Sat Jul 18 2015 10:16AM Report
Brorim writes: This guy has whining baby all over him .. Sat Jul 18 2015 10:24AM Report
ShrikeArghast writes: SC is a complete scam.  Sat Jul 18 2015 5:23PM Report
Maquiame writes: Bingo Hariken, let nobody tell you different. As someone who has worked in the industry you cannot be more correct.  Sun Jul 19 2015 12:32AM Report
karbonista writes:

Come on, guys.  Derek Smart is one of the most important people in gaming, and fulfills a very important role.

How *else* will you spot the money pit games that will never live up to hype?   If RSI had hired a half-way competent lead dev, you might have been fooled in to thinking SC had a future. 

But once they hire Dr. Smart, you know to just back away slowly.

Mon Jul 20 2015 12:33AM Report
kb4blu writes: I don't know or care if SC can be made.  However I wonder about this guys motive.   Mon Jul 20 2015 6:55AM Report
badirontree writes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJUhlRoBL8M Mon Jul 20 2015 1:12PM Report
SavageHorizon writes: Go on Derek give them hell.  Thu Jul 23 2015 6:47AM Report
MadDemon64 writes: My experience with Derek Smart and his games has always been a negative one.  He always came off as smug and arrogant, thinking that he knows more than he actually does and using that as an excuse to talk down to everyone, especially his critics.  He kinda came off as Diet Uwe Boll/Digitial Homicide.  Honestly, if I was in any way in charge of this site, I would have banned/blacklisted him a long time ago my experiences are so negative. Thu Jul 23 2015 8:12PM Report
Arpat writes:


didn't know who derek smart was. i still dont know him. in relation to the games he has been involved with i still dont know the man.. becasue these games arent' interesting enough for me. So. 20 years of experience? in what? making bad games?

he is honest? what? did he say "i make a bad game, pease buy it?"

if i read reviews on steam of the games: the word negative comes up. so users with 0-20 years of experience say: negative.

so why should i listen to derek smart? if he was David Braben the developer of Elite Dangerous i would read it.

but i am nobody. so far i never found a game i played longer then 2-3 months excpet for 10 years eve-online. and thats just becasuse there was nothing else i liked.

Sat Jul 25 2015 5:30AM Report
adamlotus75 writes: Interesting interview.  Good questions and interesting responses.   Sat Jul 25 2015 6:03AM Report
Starbuck1771 writes: Derek Smarts history speaks for itself. He wages war against Chris Roberts because Chris actually made good games where Derek has always failed. The other reason Derek is doing this is in an attempt to draw attention to his bad game. Sun Jul 26 2015 3:17PM Report
Katilla writes: why did they even bother feeding the troll?  This interview is full of ignorance.  It's like they are not actually looking at the website to see what is going on and making lots of assumptions and calling them facts. Mon Jul 27 2015 11:32AM Report
SteinarB writes: Bullshit interview with a bullshit artist. Thu Jul 30 2015 2:17PM Report

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