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    1. deusx_ophc about 15 hours ago

      just a quick reminder what else this #doomed company aka FDEV is working on. a fan flic of a little something built in planet coaster alpha. vaguely space related ^^
      https://www.youtube.com/watch…

    2. Theta Sigma 1 day ago

      ...with a Scottish accent %^]

      @Oldschool Shadowrunner

      It is not "the only thing increasing"

      How about the frequency of your posts on here as we approach the inevitable endpoint of this increasingly tedious and futile "discussion" ?

    3. deusx_ophc 1 day ago

      @dave woods
      now i have that image of @os in my head - thanks ^^

    4. Theta Sigma 1 day ago

      @Oldschool Shadowrunner

      Are you trying to say this game is #doomed? %^]

    5. Oldschool Shadowrunner 2 days ago

      Steam Charts shows ED player numbers fall for fourth month in a row. https://archive.is/rLLgx

      The only thing increasing is the rate at which player number are decreasing - highest for last three months.

    6. Theta Sigma 2 days ago

      'Blast From The Past' #001

      Two years and two days ago...

      Kerrash on April 30, 2014
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      "Wow people still hangout there? :P
      Hey Tim, why don't you stop by and say hi on the the live stream?
      twitch.tv/kerrashlanding
      "
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…

    7. Theta Sigma 2 days ago

      @Oldschool Shadowrunner

      Go tell it the ombudsman and do keep us appraised of your findings.

    8. Oldschool Shadowrunner 2 days ago

      Theta Sigma, Frontier's PR man, wrote "Precisely nothing has happened on the matter."
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      Nothing? Nothing? You;'re not paying attention.
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      What happened was Braben issued a retraction of the company's false claim to have bought the Elite franchise rights. Perhaps you didn't see that. Perhaps missed Mr Braben's memo on that. Or perhaps Mr Braben decided not to send a memo on that one.
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      Here's that retraction again. https://www.frontier.co.uk/investor_relations/aimrule26/annual_report/ .
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      Don't miss that bit where Elite franchise rights are struck out.
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      And don't miss that bit about "£5.15 million through the allotment and issue to PPA, credited as fully paid, of 2,001,573 new ordinary 0.5 pence shares.".
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      £5.15 million of shares straight into the mysterious tiny tax software company that claims Mr Braben was helping it out with "incorporate the ease of use of computer games with the practical software used in offices". The tiny tax software company for which the filed accounts show no substantial assets at all. Including the magic disappearing Elite franchise rights. The rights by which means Mr Braben transported £millions from Frontier shareholders into his own pocket. http://www.stockopedia.com/share-prices/frontier-developments-LON:FDEV/directors-dealings/

    9. Theta Sigma 2 days ago

      @Wyzak, Hi there - it's been a while.

      A few things:

      Wyzak on 10th March, 2016
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      "But you know that and that's why you sold your shares Theta Sigma."
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…
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      You seem quite confused and can't seem to make your mind up on this?
      Apparently, according to you, I _both_ hold shares - and do not hold shares.
      Like I said last time, what exactly do you think the 'S' in FTSE stands for? 'Schrödinger'? %^]
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      Wyzak on 3rd May 2016
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      "Only a shareholder would put 60+ corrections on the same level as one correction (second filing)."
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…
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      Hmmm, or perhaps only people with a more objective assessment of the situation, oh, and the financial regulators themselves who have perhaps deemed the corrections to be legitimate?
      You are clearly suggesting that it is the number of corrections that implies some kind of deliberate wrongdoing.

      Do you have any evidence of this outside of your own head?

      Can you explain why, for instance, a year hence from this piece of sleuthing absolutely zilch has transpired?
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      Like I said to OS:

      "Precisely nothing has happened on the matter.
      Now, just why do you think that is?
      Could it possibly be because you are looking at everything through the red mist of offline mode and are creating loony tunes conspiracies where there are none?"

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      Wyzak 2 days ago

      Only a shareholder would put 60+ corrections on the same level as one correction (second filing).

    11. Theta Sigma 5 days ago

      @Oldschool Shadowrunner

      And yet:

      - Despite Jörn Huxhorn's, Wyzak's and your sensational "scoop" of this a year ago...

      - Despite my suggestion that you alert the financial authorities to this "deliberate" false accounting...

      Precisely nothing has happened on the matter.

      Now, just why do you think that is?

      Could it possibly be because you are looking at everything through the red mist of offline mode and are creating loony tunes conspiracies where there are none?

      Or, let me guess, the financial regulators are all in the pocket of this small, independent games producer?

      PS Tell us about how the median works again.

    12. Oldschool Shadowrunner 5 days ago

      Theta Sigma a.k.a. Frontier PR man wrote:
      "your confusion over the legitimate practice of companies issuing more shares"
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      I'm not confused over the legitimate practice of companies issuing more shares.

      And I'm not confused over the illegitimate practice of issuing millions more shares, for the personal benefit of the company CEO, and then concealing the fact in dozens of false share capital statements filed at Companies House.
      .
      Which is precisely what David Braben / Frontier Developments has done.
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      The proof is now available for all to see on public record https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…
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      And that's before you consider that it Frontier's claim to have obtained the Elite rights for which those shares were payment now turns out also to have been false. http://www.frontier.co.uk/investor_relations/aimrule26/annual_report/

    13. Theta Sigma 5 days ago

      @Oldschool Shadowrunner

      Do you remember, a week ago, when you were confidently explaining that the Steamspy chart with the column 'Playtime (median)' is sorted by the second value (median)

      ...when in fact it is sorted by the first value Playtime?

      Do you remember how you became abusive? Do you remember how certain you were that you were correct?

      Do you remember that you were completely incorrect?

      That's the level of mathematical reasoning and debate that you're bringing to this discussion - and it's deeply unimpressive.

      Given your confusion over the term median, your confusion over the legitimate practice of companies issuing more shares, your confusion assessing whether a company is performing well based on its long-term performance, cash reserves, use of credit facilities and regular official reports to the stockmarket and broker ratings I have zero confidence that you actually understand the realities of the stock market.

      Oldschool Shadowrunner on 23 April 2016
      "Of course I didn't sort by playtime. That would be stupid. ED appears in the top #25 by playtime (median) ONLY because it has so few players. That's the way the math of median works, as any dummy knows."

    14. Oldschool Shadowrunner 6 days ago

      Theta Sigma, a.k.a Frontier PR man wrote:
      "posting SH01 Second Filings is an entirely legitimate practice "
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      Yes posting SH01 Second Filings to correct false first filings is completely legitimate practice. No-one is suggesting otherwise.
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      The point is that posting those false first filings was definitely NOT legitimate practice.
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      "many examples of other UK companies who had also posted SH01 Second Filings."
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      How many corrections did they file?? Dozens and dozens?? As in Braben's case?
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      Where those corrections for millions of shares that the company concealed from Companies House? And in Braben's case?

      Were those shares claimed to be in payment for rights that the company then confessed it had not bought at all? As in Braben's case?
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      Did those shares end up in the pocket of the guy running the company? As in Braben's case?
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      Did that guy then sell those shares for a £millons in cash just before releasing a product so bad that the company share price nose-dived, wiping millions of the value on every other investor's holding? As in Braben's case?
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      And was this the guy who had already deceived shareholders at the time of the company floatation with a claim to own intellectual property rights that didn't own at all? As in Braben's case?
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      I doubt it very much. There's no-one in business quite like David Braben.

    15. Theta Sigma 6 days ago

      @Oldschool Shadowrunner

      Your clear (and previously stated) implication with the word "false" is that these were _deliberately_ incorrect filings.

      You should realise however:

      incorrect !=> deliberately incorrect

      Back in January it was clearly explained to you that:

      - posting SH01 Second Filings is an entirely legitimate practice
      - along with many examples of other UK companies who had also posted SH01 Second Filings.

      A less loaded phrase to use in this instance would be "incorrect filings" - unless of course you have evidence that the Second Filings were due to deliberately incorrect primary filings?

      Send that evidence to the ombudsman, if you have it - that would surely vindicate your posts.

      As it stands, however, you're simply - repeatedly - posting potentially libellous statements based on your opinion.

      But once again, you're going round in circles and repeating yourself on the subject of these Second Filings:
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      Theta Sigma on 22 Jan 2016:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…
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      "...Companies that have also recently posted SH01 Second Filings
      See also:

      FUTURAGENE LIMITED
      SHAZAM ENTERTAINMENT LIMITED
      ATOM BANK PLC
      ENGAGE SOFTWARE LTD
      TESCO PLC
      THE CREATION FILM LTD
      CARPETRIGHT PLC
      OSBORNE & LITTLE GROUP LTD
      ALCHEMY PHARMATECH LIMITED
      B.P.B. (HOLDINGS) LIMITED

      If posting SH01 Second Filings is a tacit admission of guilt and underhand practice, why not report these companies (along with FDEV) to the ombudsman? Perhaps you have discovered a genius way for the ombudsman to check on fraud?

      - - - - - - - - -

      Dear Ombudsman,

      Top Tip:
      Save time on weeding out corrupt organisations:

      - Simply investigate all companies that report SH01 Second Filings
      - They are probably guilty of something or other and are just reporting their fraudulent activities in plain-sight in order to avoid your detection!

      Signed,

      Oldschool Shadowrunner, Wyzak and Jörn Huxhorn

      - - - - - - - - -

      It is interesting though: I wonder why the ombudsman hasn't thought before of such a dastardly plot by these companies? (...could it be because SH01 Second Filings are a completely legitimate and often necessary action for a company to take? Hmmm...)
      Wyzak, you seem to suspect FDEV of fraud due to SH01 Second Filings - which doess seem a little harsh:

      I mean, I don't immediately suspect everything you post is erroneous simply because you've been wrong so many times before - I just take each of your posts on its own merits (the fact that more often than not your posts turn out to be erroneous or misleading is probably just coincidence, right?)

      Further reading from these comments' archives:
      24th June, 2015
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…

      "

    16. Oldschool Shadowrunner 7 days ago

      Theta Sigma a.k.a Frontier PR man wrote: "If you'd made representations to the ombudsman back in June 2015 they'd now have had an entire TEN months to investigate your claims."
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      You really think that was needed? Why would Braben have confessed to the false filings and rights claims UNLESS he'd been investigated?
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      "Did these alleged "FALSE" filings..."
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      You can drop the "alleged" there. There are self-evidently false filings. Some filings say 31m shares and other say 33m for the same date. They can't both be true, now can they?

    17. Theta Sigma 7 days ago

      @Oldschool Shadowrunner
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      Theta Sigma on 22Jan 2016

      "@Oldschool Shadowrunner Did these alleged "FALSE" filings also conceal the purchase of shares in Bacofoil? As I suggested back in June, why not post your concerns to the ombudsman? If you've done so back then they'd have had an entire seven months to investigate, and, if your allegations were true as you strenuously assert then you'd be able to post comments in here which completely corroborate your allegations, backed up by the ombudsman's report..."
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…
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      Theta Sigma on 24 Jun 2015

      "Jörn Huxhorn has previously suggested that the fact there were second-filings/corrections/amendments is some kind of proxy for "obviously guilty of deliberately posting false figures previously"
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…
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      UPDATE: If you'd made representations to the ombudsman back in June 2015 they'd now have had an entire TEN months to investigate your claims.
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      There are really only two possibilities here, os.

      Either:
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      1. You did _not_ make such representations
      - if not, why not? ...as you clearly have an absolutely unshakeable faith in your beliefs, looking at the sheer frequency of posts you have made on this particular subject
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      2. You _did_ make such representations and the ombudsman found no suggestion of impropriety
      - and perhaps you just forgot to inform us of these findings?

    18. Philip Coutts 7 days ago

      @deusx_ophc Still lurking my friend, always lurking. I pop in here now and then to read about how Frontier are doomed and Elite Dangerous is doomed, always raises a chuckle. Not sure why anyone who has received a refund, dislikes the game and dislikes Frontier would still be posting when no-one but KS backers read these comments and even then there are about 5 people and a dog who still pop in past, but there you go, each to their own.

    19. Oldschool Shadowrunner 7 days ago

      I wonder when the stock market regulators are going to catch up with Mr Braben for concealing the issue of millions of shares behind false filings to Companies House? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…

      Many of which coincidentally ended up in Mr Braben's personal account. And which he then sold just before releasing the dire Horizons expansion which crashed the share price and wiped £millions off his investors' holdings. http://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/news/market-news/market-news-detail/FDEV/12597742.html

      Or maybe the regulators have already caught up with him. For why else would he have retracted his false claim to have bought the Elite sequel rights that were paid for using those very same concealed shares? http://www.frontier.co.uk/investor_relations/aimrule26/annual_report/

    20. deusx_ophc 7 days ago

      well "thousands" in terms of shares traded dtd is technically correct but also comically shows how you try to spin FDEVs apparent demise.
      but you as experienced trader will fully understand the ramifications of that 6,500 individual shares traded
      @os have you yet crossed the bridge of khazad-dûm ?!

    21. Oldschool Shadowrunner on April 28

      Theta Sigma, Frontier's increasingly desperate PR man, wrote:
      "According to the publicly available trading data, a grand total of 100 FDEV shares were sold yesterday."
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      Yeah, and its pretty sad that no FDEV buyer wanted to pick up such a small quantity except at a lowered price.

      Today, thousands of FDEV shares have been traded. Price down again. Wiping nearly £4million from the company valuation. http://i.imgur.com/M4A3C7S.png

    22. deusx_ophc on April 28

      @Philip Coutts wowzer - long time no see ^^
      thanks for posting that trading update. a timely reminder of how well FDEV are doing, and yet another revolving credit line has been ended.

      strong position indeed.

      @os you go girl ^^

    23. Theta Sigma on April 28

      @Oldschool Shadowrunner

      According to the publicly available trading data, a grand total of 100 FDEV shares were sold yesterday.

      I guess that doesn't really fit the narrative you're trying to push.

    24. Oldschool Shadowrunner on April 27

      Philip Coutts wrote: "Hmmm looks like Frontiers results are pretty positive to me..."
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      Then I guess you're not that experienced in reading such reports. Hint: the share price dropped on the news.

    25. Theta Sigma on April 27

      'On This Day in Kickstarter History' #010

      Theta Sigma on April 27, 2015

      "Comments (125,125)"
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      April 27, 2016

      Comments (128,015)

      Woah. This comments section is _still_ expanding at the rate of 2,890 comments / year
      .
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      - Elite: Dangerous _still_ continues
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      - Frontier Developments _still_ haven't gone bust

    26. Theta Sigma on April 27

      @Philip Coutts

      You're not reading it correctly.

      Did you miss the following?

      "Important Note
      The information contained in this announcement about the sales of Elite: Dangerous and Planet Coaster does not constitute a profit estimate or profit forecast in respect of the Group or any guidance as to the likely profits of the Group."

      This is a clear hiding-in-plain-sight indication that the contents of the so-called 'Trading Update' are utterly fictitious and can therefore be safely ignored.

      ...or something %^]

    27. Oldschool Shadowrunner on April 26

      Frontier attempts a simple code update to fix the horribly bugged Xbox version. of ED. What could possibly go wrong?

      "
      Today, 11:49 AM #1
      Niels83 Niels83 is online now
      Average
      Unhappy XBOX UPdate gone wrong?
      Today we just got the new update, and it has done something horrible to my account. I can't start the game any more.
      i get in to the game, see the new elite Logo, i press A to start, then i get an error/ warning.
      "THE PERSON WHO BOUGHT THIS NEEDS TO SIGN IN. Sign in with the profile used for purchase, or buy a copy at the xbox. "
      I can't cause i have the game already. Plus i dont feel like buying the game again with another account when i already own the game....
      So what now. Is my game lost in space and does that mean i lost that anaconda i have been grinding from the start and FINALLY got early this morning.
      "

      "
      Today, 12:17 PM Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread. #2
      QA-Mitch QA-Mitch is online now
      Frontier QA Team
      Frontier Employee
      QA-Mitch's Avatar
      *Edit: 18:00 Tuesday 26/04/16*

      Hello everyone,

      Thank you for your patience, we are aware of this issue and it is out top priority at the moment to get this issue resolved for you all.
      "
      https://archive.is/FbkNA

    28. Theta Sigma on April 26

      'On This Day in Kickstarter History' #009

      Oldschool Shadowrunner on April 26, 2015

      "@Theta Sigma: Are you really telling me to seek help after being told three times that our conversation is over? You are a hoot dude!

      @Avalanche: WB brother... how are you keeping?"
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      A
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      %^]

    29. Oldschool Shadowrunner on April 26

      "Today, 5:45 PM Doolittle
      Might as well call this game Elite: Bugs-r-us. I think the ground based missions are just as bad as the space ones. It's a egg hunt and nothing more, with broken eggs.
      "
      https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php…

    30. Theta Sigma on April 26

      @Oldschool Shadowrunner
      .
      ...and your view and appraisal of the situation has absolutely nothing to do with offline mode, right?
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      You received your full refund a full 445 days ago, on 6th February 2015
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…
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      Ever since that date you have posted - on average - more than once per day over that entire 15 month period, and almost exclusively regarding the supposed imminent demise of Elite: Dangerous and Frontier Developments
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      Surely it would be reasonable for anyone reading such claims to question quite when this demise might actually occur?
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      .
      Let's summarise:
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      - You originally had to wait 49 days before Frontier Developments confirmed your refund request
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      - Now, as an ex-backer, you have been posting for a period approaching _ten_times_longer_ than the period you initially had to wait until your refund request was addressed

    31. Oldschool Shadowrunner on April 26

      @Brendan @oldschool are you seriously telling me all of this whining is over the lack of offline mode?
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      No, the one saying all of this this whining is over offline mode is Theta Sigma, the Frontier PR man.
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      "The studio has a long term strategy and is doing a pretty decent job of making a go at it."
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      Sales down the pan (currently almost zero showing on Steam, even during a massive price cut).
      Players numbers down the pan (lowest since records began).
      User review scores down the pan (65% on Steam, 64% on metacritic).
      Profit down the pan (a £1.7m loss in the last six months)
      Earnings down the pan (warning to investors of lower than expected this period).
      Development schedule down the pan (next pre-paid expansion delayed by up to seven months with still no release date given)
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      That's what you call a pretty decent job?

    32. Brendan on April 26

      @oldschool are you seriously telling me all of this whining is over the lack of offline mode?

      Honestly the salty angst here is hilarious. And quite bad. The studio has a long term strategy and is doing a pretty decent job of making a go at it.

      The game isn't perfect, but acting as though Frontier will fall over next week and cease building the game (it hasn't delivered, apparently - weird since I've been playing since August last year!) is the sort of "sky is falling; look at it fall!" false flag crap I'd expect from angsty teenagers bagging the game on steam, as some kind of "punishment" for their exact desire not being available yet.

      Honestly, this comment train is just basically a dumb argument on the Internet. Meanwhile, frontier is gearing up for yet another huge update; 1.6 and 2.1. So go ahead and keep arguing about what the horse should be like, after its left the stable. Go crazy.

      But understand - it looks like a silly argument from children who haven't quite got the toy they imagined they would get.

    33. deusx_ophc on April 26

      3 years ago ^^ and yeah obviously @Brendan has hit the right notes. everyone comes out to explain how he is wrong and that they are, of course, right

      funny old game innit

    34. Theta Sigma on April 26

      'On This Day in Kickstarter History' #008

      3 Years Ago...
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      Creator Frontier Developments on April 26, 2013
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      "New progress video update:

      http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/posts/464795

      Michael"
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      ...and in the ensuing comments:
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      Peter Scott on April 26, 2013
      "This sounds like feature creep and none essential. Are you running this as a shareholder r as a vanity project?"
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      Chris Handley on April 26, 2013

      "I'm glad to see they are NOT adding every feature under the sun, just because someone asked for it, and instead are sticking to David's focused vision of what Elite Dangerous should be :-)
      Also very glad to hear the cockpits will be 3D, because as he says it adds SO much to the feel of realism."
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      Salopp on May 10, 2013

      "Regarding the Oculus Rift - David Braben has mentioned that support is "a possibility". Have you ordered a Rift yet? Do you have a dev unit to try some stuff? I hear the experience is very immersive."

    35. Oldschool Shadowrunner on April 25

      Brendan wrote "are you folks seriously arguing about a highly successful game ".
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      No Brendan, we're seriously arguing about Elite Dangerous!
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      The game that just drove its developer Frontier Developments into a £1.7m loss for the last financial period, issuing a warning to the stock market about revenues for the current period. That's while Frontier is still burning £1m a month on salaries alone and all visible sales figures show its game income is nowhere near enough to pay the bill.
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      The only person for whom ED has been a huge success is David Braben, who has so far personally walked away with £5.8m of investors' money, since the date he reneged on delivering the ED game he promised to his Kickstarter backers.

    36. Theta Sigma on April 25

      @Avalanche

      There is no doubt that Frontier Developments could and should have handled the offline issue far better than they did. I have stated so many times before, to the extent that I sympathise with those aggrieved by what happened.

      What I continually object to, however, is the way that many of those so aggrieved have taken that issue and expanded it to attempt to naysay, detract, rubbish, rumour-monger and doom-monger about anything and everything related to Elite: Dangerous, Frontier Developments, David Braben.

      The evidence of the history of this comments section proves, through the steady passage of time, that virtually every negative prediction regarding E:D and FDEV has failed to transpire.

      Leaving us with the fact that, yes, Frontier could/should have handled offline better, but that in no way means that everything Frontier has done is inherently bad.

      Feel free to check for veracity and accuracy (now with added hindsight) and you will find that I have reported a far more objective version of events regarding the progress of Elite: Dangerous than those who are seemingly unable to see through the red mist of offline mode.

    37. Avalanche on April 25

      @ Brendan [ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments… ]

      Surely it could be questioned as to why, after so much time, you would want to post amongst such stupidity. But I would also say that your sandpit analogy in no way represents what has happened over the years.

      I think some people, so long ago now, tried to defend Frontier Developments' appalling behaviour to such an extent, that the situation became very polarised, while Frontier Developments just kept out of it. I'm very much on one side, but I think there's an understandable mix of resentment and bitterness towards Frontier Developments, now partially directed towards those who once tried (and still try) to defend the indefensible, who successfully moved the arguments away from Frontier Developments' original behaviour to the areas we are in now, exacerbated by Frontier Developments forever refusing to get involved.

      On top of that, the game itself is very polarising, even outside of the offline issue, but that's a discussion that unfortunately rarely happens. To me Frontier Developments, and in particular David Braben, are the root cause. This comments section is just the aftermath of their decisions and absence.

      I think most of the people who posted and still post against Elite Dangerous were big fans of the original game who wanted, and were promised, so much more. It's just that now, it might not look that way to many. It's why I think your sandpit/sandcastle comparison is unfair.

    38. Theta Sigma on April 25

      'On This Day in Kickstarter History' #007
      2 Years Ago...

      Tim L [Paden on ED Forums] on April 25, 2014

      "First time I've been on here in absolutely ages. Can't believe there is still some negativity about the project. You tube vids of Alpha look great. Good to see some familiar names still on here. Hiya @Eric, @Deus, @Styggron, @Matt Dobson, @Geordie Marv, @Jonty, @Kerrash, @Philip Coutts. Hope you're all well. So who's been having a good go on the Alpha?
      Looking forward to the standard Beta... just need a machine to play it on now. Thinking about a Thrustmaster HOTAS too..."
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…
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      deusx_ophc on April 25, 2014

      "hi tim, good to see you sir !
      alpha has been a blast since the first day. the last few weeks with sunny spring and easter have meant i have been outdoors :o a lot.
      still, the last alpha build is very stable for me now and the game loop works a treat, great dog fighing going on, beautiful space to marvel at and coriolis docking like whoa!
      obviously it is limited and that has kept me from playing recently, as the different scenarios are known for a long time. i put in a few reports and hope to have done the testers job half decently
      very very keen to see alpha 4.0 roll out and for the premium beta to hit so many more backers (and purchasers).
      overall the feeling (and head) says that this new elite is shaping up to be just as glorious an experience as we all hoped for =)
      right on commander!!
      ps. drop by the forum at http://forums.frontier.co.uk/ - even eric has finally turned up!!"
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…

      "First time I've been on here in absolutely ages. Can't believe there is still some negativity about the project."

      Absolutely, Tim.

    39. Theta Sigma on April 25

      Hi Brendan, the thing is: they believed it was their exclusive sandcastle, and they are aggrieved because they were forced to share the sandpit.

      Cue: inevitable suggestions that the sandpit is "...a mile wide, an inch deep - and almost entirely devoid of sand"

    40. Brendan on April 25

      .. are you folks seriously arguing about a highly successful game like school ground kids defending their bit of the sandpit because admitting you might have been wrong about someone else's sandcastle, is impossible?

      Do you folks have any understanding of how stupid this entire argument looks? Because it looks very, very stupid.

    41. Theta Sigma on April 24

      'On This Day in Kickstarter History' #006

      Fabio Capela on April 24, 2015

      "@Theta Sigma
      Apart from extraordinary moments, every game follows a similar 7 days pattern. Or, rather, every single entertainment venue; TV, movie theater attendance, patrons in pubs, etc.
      What we need to see is how soon the game will start falling (seems like it started a bit over a week after launch, worse than many MMOs but better than most games), how steep the game's initial fall will be (doesn't seem to be too steep up to now, it's decaying a bit slower than I predicted earlier, but this is just the second week of the fall so it's kinda hard to tell for sure), and how long the fall will last before the game more or less stabilizes. Barring some highly unusual behavior (like Dark Souls 2 peaking when the Scholar of the First Sin was released), the tendency is for ED to just fall from here, similar to almost every game.
      Food for thought: the moment when a large part of the potential player base forms their opinion about the game is when they first learn about its release. Which means that, for the dozens of millions of Steam users, that moment was when it was released on Steam — back when Frontier were flat out refusing to release any information about Power Play. If they truly expect Power Play to drive the interest in the game, the Steam release seems to have been very poorly planned: no advertisement, no Steam features, irked a reasonable number of players by not giving Steam keys to those that purchased earlier, and happened before what the team expects to be one of the main draws towards multiplayer was revealed. One more thing that makes me wonder if the Steam release was rushed for whichever reason."
      .

      Hi Fabio, how are you doing these days?

      "...the tendency is for ED to just fall from here, similar to almost every game."

      "...every game follows a similar 7 days pattern."

      I agree - so for that reason - comparing 'Peak Concurrent Players Online' on the nearest Friday to Friday an _entire _year_ apart:

      E:D
      Friday 24th April 2015 - 5195
      Friday 22rd April 2016 - 3928 (-24%)
      .
      DSII:SOTFS
      Friday 24th April 2015 - 5905
      Friday 22rd April 2016 - 3607 (-39%)
      .
      GTAV
      Friday 24th April 2015 - 245,193
      Friday 22rd April 2016 - 47,897 (-80%)
      .
      The reasonable conclusions therefore, Fabio - based upon your own reasoning - are that Elite: Dangerous

      - is _not_ similar to almost every game
      - has bucked the trend of almost every game
      - has _not_ fallen nearly as far as almost every game that was launched on Steam within the same two week window back in April 2015

      source:
      https://steamdb.info/graph/…

      (Elite: Dangerous is the graph in #evergreen :)

    42. Theta Sigma on April 23

      @Oldschool Shadowrunner

      Wow.

      "stupid", "dummy", "hard of understanding" (seriously? ouch!)
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…

      Seems like you're getting way too defensive/offensive and lashing out because E:D is still, after more than year:

      - in the Top100 by 'Total Time Spent'
      - in the Top25 by 'Playtime'

      Please accept my apologies for not being clear enough in my post on the matter, but given that my previous references to this particular chart (over a period of 6 months) have referred to 'Playtime' I thought you'd realise. Clearly you did not.

      Also, when you realised the default sort by 'Total Time Spent' didn't show E:D #23, did you not perhaps think to check that I was referring to the 'Playtime' sort?

      Of course, it's no surprise that your first reaction is to (try to) attack the person making the post rather than making any attempt to understand the post. It's your clearly demonstrated modus operandi since the offline decision.

      For reference:

      "E:D still #23 in 'Top 100 Games in the last 2 weeks by total time spent' "

      https://i.imgur.com/QYiVqpu.png

      Please see my previous posts on this matter in which I clearly state: http://steamspy.com/ Top Games > Playtime
      .
      Theta Sigma on 5 December, 2015

      "http://steamspy.com/ Top Games > Playtime"
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…
      .
      Theta Sigma on 28 November, 2015

      "http://steamspy.com/ Top Games > Playtime"
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…
      .
      Theta Sigma on 24 November, 2015

      "http://steamspy.com/ Top Games > Playtime"
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…
      .
      Finally, the (median) (in parentheses) refers to the median. Yes.

      But you'll note that the column for 'Playtime' is, in fact, sorted by the first number 'Playtime' _not_ the (median)
      You'll note in the image I posted above, the column is listed in descending order of the first number 'Playtime'
      ...and _not_ by descending order of the (median) which vary up and down the list...

      And where does this value of 'Playtime' - not in parentheses - originate?
      Well, it's from Steamspy and refers to the 'Playtime' (average)

      Playtime in the last 2 weeks: 13:56 (average) 02:12 (median)
      http://steamspy.com/app/359320

      average != median

      ...as anyone with a modicum of math(s) knowledge is (usually) fully aware

      Respectful and considerate suggestion:

      Try to address the figures rather than using words like "stupid", "dummy" and "hard of understanding"

      Thank You.

    43. Oldschool Shadowrunner on April 23

      Theta Sigma, Frontier PR man, wrote: "Question: Did you sort the chart by 'Playtime'"
      .
      Of course I didn't sort by playtime. That would be stupid. ED appears in the top #25 by playtime (median) ONLY because it has so few players. That's the way the math of median works, as any dummy knows.
      .
      Far more meaningful is to consider the number of players, which (obviously) you can see by sorting the top #100 on Players. Predictably, Elite Dangerous is right at the bottom. That's #100, for the hard of understanding.
      .
      "(y'know, the criterion I clearly referred to) ?".

      No, you didn't refer to it at all. Anyone can see this here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…
      .
      What you did was falsely claim "E:D still #23 in 'Top 100 Games in the last 2 weeks by total time spent'".

    44. Theta Sigma on April 23

      [awaiting Wall-o-Text™ copypasta]

    45. Theta Sigma on April 23

      ...aaaand sorted by the default 'Total Time Spent'

      E:D still #90 in 'Top 100 Games in the last 2 weeks by total time spent'

      http://steamspy.com

      Still in the Top100 after more than a year on Steam.

      #doomed

    46. Theta Sigma on April 23

      @Oldschool Wishfulthinker

      Question: Did you sort the chart by 'Playtime' (y'know, the criterion I clearly referred to) ?

      Answer: No. You did not.

      You then made an absolute statement which is absolutely incorrect.

      This follows the pattern of your general #pigeon chess style.

    47. Oldschool Shadowrunner on April 23

      Theta Sigma, Frontier PR man wrote
      "E:D still #23 in 'Top 100 Games in the last 2 weeks by total time spent'"
      .
      Complete fabrication. ED is nowhere to be seen in the top 25 of that chart. http://s31.postimg.org/vx9auskcr/SSTBTS.png.

    48. Theta Sigma on April 23

      'On This Day in Kickstarter History' #005

      Random Element on April 23, 2015

      "I see the one man pointless crusade is still going strong in the defence of those borderline fraudsters @FDEV. Nice.
      As of 9pm on 22/4/15 E:D peaked at just 4987. Impressive, to say the least.
      Just glad I got my £150 back from Fraudulent Developments PLC.
      Thanks for keeping this place alive and kicking!
      Carry on crusading!"
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments…

      ...aaaand as of 9pm on 22/4/16 E:D peaked at 3,928

      So, that's a drop of ~1000 (-21%) peak concurrent online players over the course of a year - pretty good figures considering more than 4 months have now elapsed since the last major releases 1.5 and 2.0 dropped.

      Hmmm... I wonder how the imminent 1.6 and 2.1 will affect those figures?
      .
      .
      Also, E:D still #23 in 'Top 100 Games in the last 2 weeks by total time spent'

      http://steamspy.com

      Random Element? ...you still there?

      #please_tell_us_all_about_the_doom

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