Disgruntled Star Citizen players blockade a space station in protest over Arena Commander

    
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Cloud Imperium has dropped a couple of new tidbits for Star Citizen fans to dig into this week with a new lore post and the latest installment of the studio’s weekly Around the Verse development videos. On the development end of the spectrum, the latest Around the Verse is all about the recently released patch 3.2 and the currently-in-testing patch 3.2.1. In it, Director Chris Roberts and VP of Marketing Sandi Gardiner recap the newly implemented mining system and improvements to the game’s quantum linking gameplay. The video also features a few short previews of what players can expect to find in patch 3.2.1, currently in testing on the PTU; the studio covers upcoming sound-design improvements, the upcoming “99% complete” touring module, and a sneak-peek into the process of designing the upcoming utilitarian habilitation environments, plus there’s a segment on player-led bug-fixing efforts.

Not everyone is happy with the current state of the game. According to Star Citizen player and prolific MOP tipster DK, the pause on Arena Commander has plenty of players riled up; a group of players were last night blockading the Cry Astro refuel/repair station, shooting at everyone who came near it in “protest” over the halt in AC development. “They blew up my 600i,” he tweeted. Reddit has characterized it as a “pirate takeover” and is warning players to avoid the area and the protest even while welcoming it as the “start of the emergent gameplay of Star Citizen.”

The lore piece digs into the history of the Imperial Cartography Center, whose efforts make interstellar travel in the Star Citizen universe possible through its work to map the known universe and scan the unknown reaches of space for new systems to explore. The lore post covers the organization’s background, spanning from its beginnings as the Government Cartography Agency to its vital role in the modern world of Star Citizen, and it’s sure to be full of tasty tidbits for lore-hungry fans.

Source: Star Citizen official site, Around the Verse, Reddit. With big thanks to DK!
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Santiago Draco

Who’d have thought. More examples of children (literally and figuratively) playing at being bullies because in real life they would be road kill if they tried. Let’s all give them a clap.

As for SC this is an example of the kind of allowable gameplay that will kill the playerbase pretty quickly… other than the Eve Online players that decide to “give it a try”. Blizzard got it right with Warmode…. PvP is great…. if you want to play it…but not if you don’t. These guys are like kids throwing rocks off a bridge into passing cars below. it’s the only way they can have sense of power because they know in reality they are cowards.

Power on armchair warriors!

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Denice J. Cook

WoW Warmode has huge phasing problems, lots of exploits and issues, and the BfA pre-patch in general is probably the worst example you could have used in this case, lol.

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Chad

“Emergent gameplay” has quickly become one of those buzz words that i wish i could throw in my sink and grind up in my garburator.

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Kevin McCaughey

I tried not to look, I really did. For once there was not much to look at. We’ve said it all before. I don’t think there is more to be said about SC. We are all entrenched now.

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NeoWolf

So people in the PVP area decided to band together and show their disappointment by shooting other players?….in the pvp area?….

Anyone else not find this as a form of protest for pvp’ers incredibly ironic and amusing? :)

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Ken from Chicago

After what gamers have done in the past few days and years, yeah, this seems rather quaint.

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Godnaz

The blockade motives in this case are commonly entitled and naive. Teenagers who use a disgruntled excuse to exploit an unfinished game to gank others.

Some ‘cringe worthy’ material for sure:
https://clips.twitch.tv/PrettiestStormyBillKreygasm
https://clips.twitch.tv/TardyNaiveDadSpicyBoy

But hey, we all learn and grow. These kids are just doing what any immature kid who’s got tantrum issues would do.

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deekay_plus

that’s some good shit right there lol.

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John Kennedy

Hah… He even says “cuck”. Comedy gold.

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deekay_plus

swings and roundabouts!

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xanadox

How many players are needed to blockade a space station?

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Gene Elder

Good, I approve any attempt to protest Chris’ mismanagement of this hot mess.
My biggest issue is the fact that not only is it not feature locked yet, but with every other concept sale, Chris adds tons of features to further expand development. Example: the Vulture adds 2-3 additional gameplay features on top of the basic salvage gameplay design. So far, out of the two dozen promised non-combat gameplay mechanics, you can do two, and not very well. I dont even mind them working on those promised features. I DO mind them adding more and more features. Chris has been accused of feature creep from the very beginning, and it obvious except to the most diehard (delusional) apologists that he just cant stop! At this point, I can only conclude that he is milking the development for cash. He has no intent of ever completing the project. And since Squadron 42 requires a lot of the tech they are working on for the PU, I dont see that coming out anytime soon either. I give it 5 years or more for a SQ42 release.

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Tee Parsley

It’s not so much a direct scam as it is that Roberts is delusional. He pretty much believes everything he says, regardless of its relationship to reality.

He knows he’s a genius. He deserves all the time and money in the world. Now, start forking it over!

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deekay_plus

what does any of that have to do with this protest tho?

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Joe Blobers

Gene, alleged CR mismanagement is in your head and based out of thin air :)

You keep missing the meaning of crowdfunding based on ship sale, all optionnal.

As usual you know a lot about SC right? Name the two dozen promised non-combat gameplay mechanics…. good luck :)

You are now giving CR 5 years from now… This is a huge progress as no later than 4 days ago you said: “I predict roughly 2024-2026.. or 2030-2035, somewhere in there, if not, definitely 2050

You realize that jumping left and right with non sense ETA from day to day does depict you exactly like the delusional individual you talk about? :)

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koolthulu

“emergent gameplay”

Every time I see this phrase it always seems to be in conjunction with people being assholes.

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mysecretid

Indeed.

It used to mean “cool things coming out of players playing a game that no one predicted”. Now it just means, “Oh, look, more assholery on display!” Sad.

Be well,

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deekay_plus

i feel like i need to double down on focusing on beacon play. the beacon truckers are amongst teh most chill and calm dudes you will ever meet. take you anywhere in crusader even with a gun to their head or payout not guaranteedd.

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mysecretid

Good point, deekay. I should clarify:

I was lamenting how the term “emergent gameplay” itself has been hijacked to the extent that to many gamers now seem to think it means “shooting losers in the face 4 lulz” rather than something like the beacon pilots you mention.

Somewhere along the line, the advocates for bad behavior online seem to have appropriated the term, and have convinced too many that their definition is what the term actually means.

Hope this is clearer,

Cheers,

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Your Honor

This is a bit strange. I always thought that Arena Commander was only there to sort of hold people up until PU is out.

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Ardra Ventax

lurker but this is worth posting over. I see now that my dreams of a space RPG/MMO in Star Citizen are broken on the rocks below. It’s going to be EVE with better graphics, and just as ruthless and PvP-ish. A shame. Maybe some day we’ll have a real space MMO for RP players/PVE players. One without ganking. I guess we still have STO… and its hundred-year-old graphics.

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deekay_plus

i wouldn’t jump to any conclusions about future of stuff like safer areas and such or the lack there of just yet.

the current map of the game in the lore is a more lawless area of the galaxy i believe which is a good spot to test early pvp system iterations.

i think they said something about other parts of the larger solar system being more lawful? how much weight that ends up having i wouldn’t put any money on but we do know that systems within the core of the UEE territories will be very safe for non pvp players supposedly someday in the future perhaps once those star systems exist. lol

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Bree Royce

Yeah, I mean people have been warning that Roberts is naive/clueless on the topic of MMO griefing PvP for years and years. But with everything being SO unfinished, I wouldn’t panic yet. Even large chunks of EVE are basically carebearland. :P

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Schmidt.Capela

Even large chunks of EVE are basically carebearland. :P

Assuming you as a customer like being treated as an undesirable.

I mean, EVE is always trying to come up with new ways to convince PvE players to engage in PvP — though CCP at least have the good sense to know they would kill the game if they pushed hard enough that the PvE players decided to leave instead.

Something similar seems to be the case in SC. Chris Roberts seems to think players that don’t accept PvP don’t deserve to play his game online, as seen by his refusal to ever provide a way to completely avoid PvP. And no, safe regions aren’t the answer, because the current plan is to tie NPC difficulty to PvP chance — which means anyone that likes challenging NPCs but don’t want PvP is being effectively, and perhaps intentionally, chased away.

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Armsman

I wouldn’t say that because the features that will mitigate stuff like this aren’t in the Alpha as yet. In non-Empire controlled areas, I’m sure stuff like this will be possible, make no mistake; but ultimately, in Empire controlled space, you will see NPCs enforcing/maintaining ‘order’.

I actually think the situation is great for the developers as they get to see what these type of PvP players do in the game, and can come up with better ways to curb or prevent stuff like this is areas where they don’t want it to be possible.

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steel_reign

Isn’t what you want basically Elite Dangerous?