Star Citizen addresses crashes as testers recap the player-run Daymar Rally

    
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Star Citizen’s alpha has been plagued with stability issues in its latest build, and you might be tempted to think, duh, it’s an alpha, it’s not meant to be stable. It turns out that some of the crashes are intentional. As CIG told players on Spectrum this weekend,

“We do this for two reasons, one is that rather than leave game servers in a state where no one could connect to them, the game client causing the disconnection error gets removed. At the same time, that crash dump can sometimes give us an idea as to what needs to be fixed. So in that situation it’s actually better to have it crash. We have similar situations for the game server as well where we will have put an intentional crash into the game code if a specific kind of circumstance happens so that we can get better debug info on how to fix what’s going wrong.”

In community news, Star Citizen backers held the massive Daymar Rally this past weekend. Yes, huge player-run events in an alpha! Dozens of players participated in the buggy race, with security forces on hand, commentators, and even commercials. It doesn’t sound like it was entirely without problems – apparently, crashes and disorganization were bigger issues than griefing – but it was still a huge achievement for a title that isn’t even launched yet. Expect more footage as folks compile it, but here’s a bit now:

Commercial from Daymar Rally – Altama Energy HydrogenPlus (by Hasgaha, UthoRiley and DamnShame) from starcitizen

Source: Spectrum. Thanks, DK and Natalyia!
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BDJ

I bought in early. I have some questions if someone would be kind enough to answer. I honestly hate space sims.

Can I play this game as a passenger?
What can I do with the Aurora?
About how much do I need to spend RIGHT NOW to enjoy what the game has to offer (mining, etc).

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Alberto

1) Can play as a passenger Yes..Just talk in chat and Say Anybody need crew or Willing to give me a ride?
2)You could do some delivery missions that about it as it doesn’t have a lot of room for cargo right now. ( its supposed to have a Cargo Box for years now that still hasn’t been addressed)
3)If you want to Mine you need a Prospector, that is currently Not for Sale..but you can Grind up the credits to rent one Until the Next WIPE which will be in march. If you really want to enjoy most of what the game has to offer without grinding up Put in another 20 Bucks and upgrade that Aurora to a Avenger Titan..just so much better in every way and then you can haul decent amounts of cargo and is good in a Dogfight.
4) I would just wait until at least the next Patch in March as that adds a decent amount of new things including a new flight model also give you more time to enjoy what you earn before the next Patch in like June.

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MurderHobo

The recent patches were fun. Nice stuff, but for me it’s time to tuck Star Citizen away again for a while, while they grope along. Alert me when they get the females in for really-real. That seems like a good metric for checking back in, since I’m heartily sick of the lack of female representation in the game.

No, really. I’m kinda sick of everybody being a generic male model.

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Godnaz

Haven’t been playing as of late but when you’ve got a driven news source and fan like Bored Gamer creating videos about how frequent the crashes are, it must be serious.

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Tobasco da Gama

Here, let me save some of our other frequent SC commenters some time:

Tech demo! Fake news! Imaginary spaceships!

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Bruno Brito

I have a better one:

The game my grandchildren will betatest.

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Ironwu

Nice spin. Sounds like unhandled exceptions to me. Not an uncommon problem, but there are more elegant ways to handle it and still get all the information. Without having the software crash to desktop.

The real danger is that once they stop happening regularly, developers tend to forget about putting in a ‘final’ exception handler and then later, maybe much later: BOOM!