Divergence Online has fully returned to Steam

    
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Day six of the Divergence Online saga: The game has officially and fully returned to Steam.

Stained Glass Llama’s Ethan Casner told us last night that the DMCA complaint in question had been lifted, and as of this morning, the store page is indeed back up.

We first reported on the story last Friday when the game’s store page on Steam (but not the game itself) went offline. Over the course of the weekend, explanations and accusations over the cause of that outage flew back and forth between Casner and an individual who accused him of stealing assets and bloggers who alleged that Casner was lying. Yesterday, we chronicled the timeline of the dispute and the DMCA takedown filing.

However, Casner has suggested that just because the site is restored doesn’t mean the issue is in the past as it remains to be seen whether Steam will address the original harassment problem he says he’s suffered over the last few weeks.

While the store page was down, work on the actual game — yes, folks, there’s a game here — continued; testing of defense turrets and water and ocean system were among the weekend’s highlights.

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Tizmah1
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Rozyn Well, the fact that he has “Fuck Off” on the official site for Divergence says a lot about the guy.  I mean even if you are justified in telling someone that, you don’t just slap it on the front page.

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Rozyn ManastuUtakata 
That doesn’t matter. The bottom line is that if offence is committed, it should never be excused. Thus dealing with a dev’s asshat maneuvering should be dealt with on the high ground. They are many appreciable ways to deal with Derek Smart for example, harassing him, illegally or otherwise, should never be one of them. Nor excusing and/or condoning any such behaviors from others.
Edit: For slight qualification.

Rozyn
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ManastuUtakata Rozyn Well, then if it’s victim blaming to say “Maybe don’t play football with a hornets nest lest you get stung’ then you can call it that. There are consequences to peoples’ actions, behaviors, and troll baiting.

Serrenity
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Detton Then there’s those other people like me who for whatever reason, feel compelled to try and educate the absolutist mentality that other options exist.  At least not a whole lot gets to me :-)

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Fliksan Serrenity  “I still don’t understand why it shouldn’t bother you that a guy in 3 years, has managed to build what he has…”
Because making games is hard — mindbogglingly hard.  It’s also insanely expensive.  Did you know that a huge number (68%) of software projects fail, developed by a full-time team of professionals who do this for their career?  The fact that Casner got anything to a playable state even with the short-cuts is amazing.  
We seem to have this misconception that we can just shit out games like that and it’s so easy–and that’s mostly due to ignorance about the complexity of the software being developed and the SDLC.  Games, especially MMOs, are very complicated, convoluted and difficult to develop for.
That’s why it doesn’t bother me.  I KNOW how hard this something like this is, and how unlikely anything he did was ever going to see the light of day. He took some short cuts, but he’s still more successful to 68% of the projects out there.

MrEllis
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Someone should sue someone for what they did to REM.

Fliksan
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Serrenity Fliksan Quite the opposite, I’d love for you to go experience this game, so you can actually understand, instead of defending something you don’t understand. If you want to support that type of crap, be my guest.

I still don’t understand why it shouldn’t bother you that a guy in 3 years, has managed to build what he has (pretty much nothing). Has very little, if any of his own assets, uses unity personal edition, uses Wix for web hosting, uses BLOGGER for his blog page, despite no mention of it on the steam storepage locks races behind paywalls pledge levels on his website, also once again despite no mention of it on the storepage locks perks behind a monthly subscription.

Honestly if you have no problem with any of those things, then you honestly should buy that game, because you and the 15 concurrent players he has would get along great.

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Rozyn ManastuUtakata 
You know, I am not a really big fan of this Casner and his antics either. I am pretty sure most developers would keep their drama to the back channels and boardrooms, instead of airing their plight on 3rd party websites such as this one. So granted, I’ll give you that a level of professionalism needs to be adhered to. As having one Derek Smart or Smed antics is bad enough….the industry doesn’t really need more.
That said, and with all due respect, but your position does appear to tantamount to victim blaming IMO. A term I do not use lightly. And one I find abhorrent. As it still comes down to the fact, that however unprofessional the behaviors the developers are, this in no way excuses the bad behaviors, illegally, abusively or otherwise committed against them. People doing the crime, should do the time, regardless. Even if they’re claimed to be trolled too. Keep in mind, it’s not the wayward developers who are committing the illicit offences here.

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ManastuUtakata Rozyn It’d be great to keep script kiddies and trolls off the Internet, but it’s a lot easier to just keep your cool if you’re the lead on a project and not bait them into doing something stupid. … Professionalism. Considering the fact that Casner doesn’t even know how to take constructive criticism, I doubt he’ll ever learn how to avoid being a walking drama bomb. This is aside from all the “stolen” assets stuff because I think that it’s tacky at worst, I’m commenting on his extremely childish behavior in his own game’s Steam forums and reviews.

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Rozyn 
We wouldn’t want to stir up all those internet vigilantes who’ll shut them down in because they may disagree…
…come to think of it, it’s not only the people in charge who shouldn’t be allowed near an Internet connection, for the good of humanity. Just saying.