Games to Get Excited About: No Man’s Sky

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Guest Post By: Michael Wells

Happy April and welcome to this month’s edition of Games to Get Excited About! This month we’re taking a look at No Man’s Sky.


No Man’s Sky is a game you may have been hearing about for a while. The game is the brainchild of Sean Murray, formerly of the Burnout series, and was unveiled by developer Hello Games and publisher Sony back at E3 2014. The game generated a lot of buzz for its popping visual style and promise of seamless gameplay. A particular standout for me was the part near the end of the trailer where the player hops in their spaceship on the surface of one world, then flies into space and down towards the surface of a neighboring planet with nary a loading screen in sight. With a heavy emphasis on freedom and exploration the game made a positive first…

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Star Citizen : the whipping post

Feb 16 2016

So Star Citizen as of Feb 2016 still continues to be the whipping post for haters, as well as those people that just need something to hate in life. Maybe they are jealous?  Maybe they got picked up by aliens as a child and mind zapped. Or maybe life is so bad they have to generate hate towards successful things?   $135,000,000 reasons for hatred? (correction $110,000,000 as I was corrected, but really not the point, whether 1 mill or one billion.)

I find Star Citizen and Elder Scrolls Online to be very similar in customer relations, A+, A1, and honorable companies, both get unduly bashed by haters yet continually go out of their way to communicate and treat customers with total respect. Something that does not occur much in today’s world.

ESO gave me a full refund at launch, and sent a nice letter hoping I would give the game a chance again some day. They could have been jerks, or ignored me, but at a time when their customer service center was under do stress they took time to send a personalized note. That gets an A+ in my book, and I will be returning at some point.

I often test the limits of companies by buying products, then returning them to see what reaction or service I get. Then report it on my blogs. It is one of the best ways to find out how honorable a company is. I worked for many years as a customer service rep for various companies and would not work for companies I did not believe in, no matter what the pay. I have also hired myself out as a mystery shopper many times, it is a great way to be a part of consumer protection and make a few bucks. It is amazing how people will act when the boss is not around.

So i have a great amount of experience in 3+ decades of work in many different settings from retail, mechanical, and packaging companies. I can tell pretty fast if a company is honorable or not.

What I find is laughable that people will bash SC for it’s lack of consumer grace, yet those same people have an agenda to prop up the ”other” current space game hit. That ”other” space game (not star trek or eve either) has possibly the WORST customer service of any game I’ve ever bought. Even after announcing on their web page a year or so ago that they were going to give refunds, they DID NOT. Hundred’s of people denied refunds even after they posted on their front page an admirable  notice offer to refunds. So not only dishonorable but conniving to look like a honorable company yet actions show differently.



”Bashing Club”

The Star Citizen bashing is more like a club now, mob of stupid people that gets bigger as it roll’s down hill. Stupid is a strong word I agree.. per hap’s even distasteful for gentlemanly chaps. But I think the shoe fits in this case. Most of the people I have come across have no clue on the facts and just rage to rage, most likely because that can’t afford or are jealous of people spending a lot of money on the game.   Or simply just blindly listen to derpy buddies who also got the story of lies and accusations 3rd hand.. so it all must be true.


Amazes me how many mis truths spread continuously about Star Citizen. SC could not be more fair with the things they have been doing to appease the customer. Really a sad thing how many people feel they need to bash a company that has gone out of it is way to be accessible to the public, and fair about pricing practices (for me if don’t like prices don’t support).

Last night I was watching ”live game talk show” on twitch and mods started bashing SC, in a unfair way, almost slanderous. Its one thing if you want to pick apart any games graphics or mechanics. But to make stuff up that just is not accurate about peoples honor or moral fiber to me is lame.  I don’t want to name the ”show”. I’m banned from their chat because I stated my feelings about it in a non tirade clean gentleman way. Not posting channel name because I don’t want to give them any more free advertisement, previously I had promoted the channel and they gained about 10 regular viewers because of my promotion. I regret that now. I like the host but just feel the bashing of SC for the wrong reasons is a rampant thing out side the walls of the fandom. Usually this kind of stuff does not bother me.. it is the unfair slander that puts a thorn in my side.  So If your a negative Nancy when it comes to SC … GOOD NEWS, plenty of haters out there you can still ban together and enjoy continued proactive cluelessness.

Honorable Companies


Captains Log: MMO furniture Wars

Warning: Satire may be hazardous to all involved, readers should be cautioned about the risk of smiling, chuckling, sneering  associated with this article.

Author Captain Kirk
Star Date: Operation Furniture
Captains Log: MMO furniture Wars
Written for my friend at


Buckle up! I know alot about mmo’s, I was a spokes man for the first mmo World of Warcraft.
MMO furniture wars. It’s 2015, we killed each other enough, killed enough Murlocs
Quagen, Wolf’s, Worms, Centaurs, Orcs, Gnomes and other various creators.

I’ts just not any fun killing stuff anymore. So I told all the devs of various games, lets just all
make furniture, for our virtual houses. Devs said hey that might be a great Idea Jim,
we can sell all those houses and make millions. Instead of making games we can just be like Ikea but virtual furniture outlets.

I’t all started that way. I,  Captain Kirk came up with the idea. Now like 5 of the top mmo’s in development are selling make believe ships, cars, houses and furniture for millions of dollars.
Even better and more peaceful, you don’t even get to use them just look at pictures of those items,
this way making it more echo friendly. You can look at pictures of the stuff you bought then log off saving tons of money on the electric bill. You can brag to your neighbors about the $457 dollars you spent for a virtual castle and how by doing that your lessening your personal echo foot print
and helping stop global warming . They will think you are a hero rather then the weirdo down the street that never comes out of the house and has daily delivery’s from dominoes, larry’s sub shop and Piggly Wiggly.  Does not matter your lawn is 2 feet long, and garbage not put out in a decade. They all will know now you Sir are an environmentalist.

I as a spokesman for gaming think everyone should buy at least $100 worth of virtual home goods a month. It will kick start the economy. Especially with the success of Ikea and home goods, and more and more women playing, and guys that like pink fluffy stuff, why not, I can see a full blown industrial boom of virtual furniture, billion people buying virtual furniture saves on waste, saves trees, energy, and will greatly reduce the worlds carbon foot print.

Grand Parents just died? Hit the lottery? came into huge wealth. Blow it all on your favorite game..


Spend a few thousand pounds here… just a few examples…

Intro to Firefall experience and Red 5 STUDIOS


When I first saw a clip about Firefall I immediately wanted to know the company name which turned out to be Red5 Studios. Cool name and I am not sure where name came from but I will try and get that info.

Once I found out the name I looked up or tried to get info on the devs. When I read the name Mark Kern bells went off, I knew this company could be a player in the mmo market. I did some research and found out they had a huge backer.  I knew this company would be a company I would have to watch I immediately told people in the guild i’m in.. …  as usual they ignored me as they probably think I am some schmuck that is clueless. 

There most likely thinking what does this old guy know about games LOL. What i am sure is they never realize is the average age of a developer is around 40 years old not 20. Also the older the dev the most success he or she most likely will have from experience of failures that can be used in future work.

Anyway back to my topic…  the CEO of Red 5 Studios here is his minimized resume….

Mark E. Kern is best known for being Team lead on the Massively Multiplayer Online game World of Warcraft and a founder of Red 5 Studios.
  • World of Warcraft (2004), Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
  • Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (2003), Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
  • Diablo II (2000), Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
  • Diablo II (Collector’s Edition) (2000), Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
  • StarCraft 64 (2000), Nintendo of America Inc.
  • StarCraft (1998), Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
  • StarCraft: Brood War (1998), Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
  • Star Reach (1994), Interplay Entertainment Corp.
Yeah, holy crap I said to myself, and he is putting together an impressive staff for a FREE TO PLAY   SHOOTER mmo called firefall. Sounds like win.