A short discussion on IRC with a friend of mine.
Note: I'm not bashing Smart here, this is just the opinion of an individual whom I am acquainted with.
DoesNotExist> ...so? Most probably, it's going to take the storyline in an entirely new direction, using only the surface elements of the original plotline.
DoesNotExist> I mean, new games tend to do that.
NekoUni> he can't take it in a new direction, Freespace 2 was like one big cliffhanger
DoesNotExist> Like hell it can't.
DoesNotExist> There've been greater travesties in the computer game market, man.
DoesNotExist> I mean, note the lack of Arcanum 2.
NekoUni> yeah but Freespace 2 is like, my favorite game of all time, I dun want to see it trashed
NekoUni> I think this guy might do alright
DoesNotExist> It isn't going to be trashed. Freespace 3 will just most probably add very little to it.
DoesNotExist> Not familiar with the name, though. Derek Smart - he big?
NekoUni> this is even if he gets the liscense though
NekoUni> he made some other space sims I never even heard of
DoesNotExist> Toss out a few names.
NekoUni> people seem to like him.. I think on HLP, Steak said he wasn't anything special
NekoUni> well, lemme google it
DoesNotExist> ...wait, he made "Battlecruiser"?
DoesNotExist> Uni, you're screwed.
NekoUni> he made UC
NekoUni> which I never played
NekoUni> well how long ago was battlecruiser?
NekoUni> I never heard of it
DoesNotExist> Battlecruiser was one of the crappiest, crappiest games ever made, ever.
DoesNotExist> PC Gamer gave it a 2% back when PC Gamer was actually reputable.
NekoUni> someone says it had a large learning curve
DoesNotExist> Ludicrously buggy.
DoesNotExist> Not really fun.
NekoUni> which battlecruiser did you play?
NekoUni> he says there were two generations
DoesNotExist> I believe that is Derek Smartese for "I released a ton of patches and put it out as a new game"
I then posted various parts of an interview with Mr Smart.
DoesNotExist> Let's just say this: "Something Awful" reviewed Universal Combat.
That was pretty much the end of the discussion right there..
NekoUni> but he's not exactly making a whole game from scratch here
NekoUni> he has limits
DoesNotExist> Yeah. Well, good luck.
NekoUni> we'll see
DoesNotExist> Derek Smart also threatened to sue a company who gave his games a bad review!
Okay, that's where the convo REALLY ended.
Also: I haven't read the full thread yet.. better get crackin.
Also also: It was Ice, not Steak who said that.