Funny how much more balanced this article is than previous efforts, almost like it's been written by a different person!
12 posts • joined 7 Dec 2011
OK, fine. Have it your way. Let's have a look at the article:
"Those who scored ill-gotten loot can keep it"
Not true, those who have obviously deliberately exploited the bug are having the credits removed (SOURCE: https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=92233&p=1437939&viewfull=1#post1437939). Those who received the credits due to Frontier's error, of which there are less than 50 (SOURCE: https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=92883&p=1448005#post1448005), have been given the option of keeping the credits or having them removed. Frontier have taken the not unreasonable view that because it was their mistake, they should give the affected players the choice, as they haven't done anything wrong.
There are a horde of idiots who weren't given billions of credits by accident stomping around the forum making up theories about how those who got the credits actually did exploit so should have it taken away (SOURCE: https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=93404) or just coming straight out and saying what they actually want, which is "Waah I want Frontier to give me free money accidentally too" (SOURCE: https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=93930)
"But some of the players aren't happy with this arrangement, and have been in touch with The Reg to report billionaire player behaving antisocially in-game, safe in the knowledge that their bank balances can handle a few million credits of virtual fines. Others say the billionaire players are giving back their credit balances, but after doing so can retain assets they acquired with ill-gotten loot."
Given the tiny number of players affected, and the massive number of systems in the game (even if you just count the few thousand or so of inhabited ones), it is extremely unlikely you will ever bump into one. It appears to have been decided among the moaners that the only thing anyone could possibly do with 5bn credits is buy a big ship, upgrade everything and go and pirate other players. In the event anyone does, there will be no way whatsoever to tell if their ship is more powerful due to them fitting it out using proceeds from the bug or due to them just playing an awful lot.
There were players legitimately running round in the biggest ships and kicking in new players for their own amusement way before the bug hit, Even if all of the players affected chose to keep the credits and spend the rest of their time in the game griefing others, it's a TINY drop in the ocean. Can you maybe see where Frontier are coming from now?
OK, you got me, I'm still speculating, but the point is, SO IS EVERYONE ELSE. I just think mine might be a little more thought through. Maybe you agree, maybe not.
The problem with the credit situation overall is the perception that Elite: Dangerous is somehow a competitive multiplayer game. The only competitive element is the Race to Elite competition, which Frontier have already addressed. Realistically, the actions taken by Frontier on other peoples' accounts are actually nobody's business except Frontier's and the account holder's.
If you wanted to do something to actually help people stuck waiting for tickets to be answered, why not write a nice investigative piece about the actual root of the problem that is leading to the forum being stunk up with the same posts by the same posters every five minutes. Frontier haven't communicated very well (although throughout this issue it has been massively improved to compared to during Beta/Gamma), and they don't have enough support staff. Maybe see if someone from Frontier is willing to do an interview about it, talk through the issues they're facing and tell everyone what they're planning to do to fix it?
El Reg hack finds rich vein of bullshit to mine to make article quota for the week.
"But you're just reporting the wild speculation and opinions of a noisy minority of forum whiners with no basis in fact"
"But look at the reader engagement I'm driving!"
"Oh my, carry on"
Re: "...this one's got a way to run"
Of course as you've now been refunded and have no access to the game, you're by far the best placed person to comment on the server management and reliability.
It's almost like you're lovely chums with Simon, seeing as he's also the only person who gave any news coverage at all to your refund game as well (although well done for completing a game at last, 1022 Studios can only rise in stature from here), and has been as keen on giving Elite Dangerous a kicking as much as you have been since Offline mode was canned.
My favourite bit was the snark in the middle about people being on holiday from the writer posting a news story four days after the event because... I'm sure there was a great reason.
Re: No Profit
Minecraft has made boatloads of money ever since it was released, Mojang made £69m profit for 2013, I'd imagine most of it from Minecraft sales.
Re: Oh dear
Ah, but what if it's a plastic grenade made of plastic explosives?
BOOM! MIND BLOWN.
Populous can be found for around 4 quid from http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/populous
You can troll Apple all you like, but now you've gone TOO FAR
Davidson may have played keyboards on a tour with them or played on an album as a session musician, but he's most definitely not Neil Tennant or Chris Lowe, so isn't one of the Pet Shop Boys.
Username possibly related.
There is no hammer.
http://www.moonzoo.org has been going for quite a while now, maybe they should have run a quick search?
If you want to bring in Mario comparisons here's one for you: Bubble Bobble is the original Mario Bros game. Rainbow Islands is Super Mario 3.