Star Citizen fan says he spent $31,000 on the game following a near-death experience

'Star Citizen is my therapy'

    
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Gather round, Star Citizen skeptics and superfans, because it’s story time over on the game’s subreddit.

Redditor ILMsux has posted a gripping story about a television shoot he was conducting when everything went horribly wrong. I do mean gripping; it’s detailed and scary, and if it’s not true – if it’s not some sort of elaborate troll – then ILMsux should consider a second career in written storytelling and not just directing. Apparently, he and his crew were scouting for a location to shoot from when they hit some rapids and everyone was tossed out into the frigid water and nearly died, complete with “life flashing before my eyes” kinda stuff. Fortunately, everyone made it.

So what does it have to do with Star Citizen? Well, that near-death experience, ILMsux says, caused him to internalize his mortality in unhealthy ways – like obsessing about everything he suddenly realized he wouldn’t ever be able to experience in his lifetime. And that led a friend to point him toward the far-flung space MMO, where he could drop his hard-earned money on something he could do.

“My father was an astronomy enthusiast and I spent many nights as a child looking at the stars, pouring over star charts, watching Cosmos, etc. I was flip-flopping between being infuriated and depressed that I won’t live long enough to experience true space travel. Then, a friend mentions something called Star Citizen to me. I latch on like no tomorrow. I read every article, watch every video, start watching streams. This is what I need. Citizens … I’m all in guys. I have to see this project through. It’s as close as I’m going to get. Star Citizen is my therapy. My career keeps me very busy but when I have free time, I’m in the stars. I’m in a really buttoned-up Org (Shout out Synchronizers!) of like minded (kinda!) enthusiasts. It might be the closest thing I’ll experience to space travel. For me and my sanity … it’s the best money I ever spent.”

How much money? $31,000. I suppose some people do a lot more damage in far more harmful ways, right? Regardless, his goal was apparently to make people realize that the people backing the game aren’t all just rich weirdos with an addiction to pixel ships.

“I think many people following this project … the true believers, the casual player, the mildly interested from afar, the gamers who think this level of crowdfunding is for the unintelligent, even to those who think this whole thing is a sham … might want a more well rounded perspective on all the different people who are making SQ42/SC possible and their motivations,” he writes. “Plus, writing things like this is therapeutic for managing the PTSD I suffer with after the accident. Trust me … it’s not about pixel ships for everyone.”

If you’ve got the time, the whole thread is worth a skim as other backers are popping up to relate their own harrowing brushes with death and how they’ve come together to support the game.

In all seriousness, we wish ILMsux well and hope he feels he’s getting what he’s paid for!

Source: Reddit. Thanks, TheChiefTurtle!
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wow, read the full post and if that’s what floats his boat then its his money to waste, I can think of more full filling ways to blow 31k like helping the homeless, the disabled, water for villages in Africa, education for under privileged kids, lots to choose from but each to there own.

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Ardra Ventax

A shame they didn’t tell him about Elite. It sounds like what he was actually looking for

Narficus
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Narficus

Okay, this confirms it: Chris Roberts is related to Oral Roberts

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sudopudge

To quote Crazy9000 from Reddit: Guy falls off boat, becomes whale.

Mewmew
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Mewmew

tl;dr version of my comment below this:

Man has a near-death experience, learns true value of life, and that value is to spend $31k on Star Citizen and totally involve his entire life in and around it. I call horse manure.

If this is real, this person learned nothing about the value of life.

While I didn’t suggest this in the long post below, a conspiracy theorist might think that someone involved in Star Citizen made this stuff up.

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Joe Blobers

Quote:”a conspiracy theorist might think that someone involved in Star Citizen

Yes because hater/troll won’t never think about any elaborated attempt to create bad PR like fake 17k refund with video or misleading comments here and there during the past 7 years.. no it is not possible at all :)

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Mewmew

“Regardless, his goal was apparently to make people realize that the people backing the game aren’t all just rich weirdos with an addiction to pixel ships.”

Uh, he spent 31k on it and he’s not a rich weirdo? I think not. He very much is a rich weirdo, and definitely has an instant addiction to pixel ships from what he said too.

Besides, hearing that he jumped in and spent $31k immediately doesn’t make me feel good about playing at all. How is someone like me going to fare who is trying to get control over game spending and wants to try and not spend much money? How would I fare spending only a small amount in this universe of space whales?

Personally when I had a near death experience, it made me care about games all the less. I barely touched them for a while after, they just seemed so trivial and pointless. Life matters, video games are a nice way to experience stories and pass the time but don’t really matter. Spending time with almost anything else outside of them matters more. People you care about, pets, anything living that has true value.

It sounds like he was looking for something he could have more control over and to hide from real life experiences that could cause death. It doesn’t sound healthy at all.

He also sounds like someone that thinks he is going to be able to take his experiences with him when he dies so he has to experience these games immediately or he may die and not be able to take them along. We all have different beliefs, so I guess I won’t try to poopoo on his.

To me it doesn’t matter if I don’t do something before I die, because I’m going to die and *not* take it with me. I won’t know the difference. I still want to enjoy myself while alive, and make things go well for the people and animals around me that are living, but I’m not worried about missing out.

If there is life after death, what would matter would be treating those around you well while living or having some real contributions to life and society, not having played certain video games. Adopting a homeless animal from an animal shelter and giving it a good life is far more important and worthy than having played any number of video games. Yes, you can do both, but taking care of living things that could use help is so much more worthy and important and something that would be much more honorable to “take with you” at death.

It’s his money, and he should be able to be selfish with it, but imagine the help that $31k could have done for the homeless and people suffering. To spend it all at once in a single video game is his right and his choice, but it’s just really a big waste and does nothing of true value.

And again it is his choice, I just have issue with him making out like he learned the true value of life from a near-death experience, and then this is what he did after. To me, he learned nothing. He quickly jumped into a videogame and blew $31k on it. That’s not the true value of life, unless he learned that the true value of life was being selfish and turning into a gaming hermit-whale. I’m sure the Star Citizen Devs are very happy for him though and hope everybody can follow suit.

Maybe that’s just a drop in the bucket for him and he does give a lot of money to charities and things though, I don’t really know. Either way I still don’t feel he learned the value or life from his experience and take issue with him feeling that this is what really matters after almost dying.

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Witches

Traumatized rich man joins cult…

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Joe Blobers

And there are massively more none rich men and women joining the project for 10’s or hundred’s $ over years because they have been traumatized by Publishers and their total lake of ambition.

EA managed to have to re-work from ground Anthem (delivered as polished and playable) together with re-skinned sequels of past games…while making 4 times what CIG did in 7 years… every single quarters since the same time lapse…

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Alberto

I mean..Ok not exactly sure how “healthy” this is but if it makes him happy and doesn’t hurt anyone..there are worse vices..

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Dementropy

“Doesn’t hurt anyone” is the key phrase. Impacting household finances, day-to-day healing, etc.

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Bruno Brito

Yeah, i’m thinking now, this man is either well off, so good for him, and he’s just another whale, or he’s clearly in the deep end, and we should be worried for him.

What i don’t, for the life of me, get, is: How does someone goes on the same story from “my wife and child” to “i’ll spend 31k on something that gives me nor my family, any tangible rewards that can be useful down the road” ?

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Joe Blobers

Quote :” How does someone goes on the same story from “my wife and child” to “i’ll spend 31k on something that gives me nor my family, any tangible rewards
A family is not reward by cash but for the shared journey. You missed the point of the guy being financially healthy, in others words 31K$ doesn’t not matter and don’t impact his family.

As much rewards @Bruno than a 31k$ car that will lose 80% of its value over 7 years. In both case you participate to pay salaries to employees making the final product.

If you think entertainment and passion don’t give you any rewards down the road… you are missing more than the guy story context.

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Bruno Brito

As much rewards @Bruno than a 31k$ car that will lose 80% of its value over 7 years.

My mom saved lives with her “lost value car”.

SC doesn’t.

It’s that simple.

If you think entertainment and passion don’t give you any rewards down the road…

It doesn’t give you 31k worth of it. He isn’t happy, he’s obsessed.

You defending this is exactly what i expected of you, who are desperate for this game to be funded more and more. Fuck off, Blobbers.

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Joe Blobers

Quote: “It doesn’t give you 31k worth of it

As per your own value of xxK @Bruno. It’s all relative to your percentage of revenue versus xxK.
Pledge 1K over 7 years that represent 90% of your cash disposal is probably not sane, but not an issue if it is 3% and you have already everything imaginable to live you and yours relatives above average citizen (house(s), car(s), health insurance, charity…)

I don’t defend it, I do provide another vision and agreed, putting things in context and even approved Bree’s answer, adding that cap(s) and or warning should be a legal and mandatory features for allonline games.

Note: 31K and 3% is roughly equal to 1.050.000 $ of disposal cash cumulated over 7 years… I promise you don’t need to be from Bloomberg’s family to make it.

Have a good day to0 @bruno :)

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Mordyjuice

I will say this, this article made it easier to justify spending $60 in the ESO Crown Store to my wife today lol, I was like but honey at least I didn’t spend 31k on stuff that’s only a concept.

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Utakata

Back at you Mr. Schlag…

…warning: In non 8 bit format! o.O