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Feb032016

Ant Simulator: The Other Side of the Story

Well as you know there are always multiple sides to the story and it turns out that the pair that have been accused of misappropriation of funds want to talk about their version of the real story. 

So it turns out that they did use some of the money in the business account for meals at restaurants, but according to them it was at very reasonable costs. They also stated that the accusation of them stealing or misusing all the money is complete, 100% Bullshit.

Apparently from their point of view what happened occurred around Thanksgiving when the complaintant decided to take all of the company money and put it in HIS personally account to finance the game from here on out. It was he would cut everyone else out of the picture. To broaden this picture it was also revealed that there were contractors of all shapes and sizes working along with this game and the were getting paid through that joint company account.

The partners believe that because of the fame and attention that the game was getting that the other decided to cut everyone else out to get all the credit, and then came up with a sob story to further heighten his name in the gaming community.

Now of course there hasn't been a rebuttal to this yet, but one has to wonder how big this treacherous web is going to end up being. Who is in the right, is there anyone in the right? The partners have stated that their financial books are open for anyone to look over to see the legitimacy of their side of the story, but just to play devil's advocate would you really add the actions that would put you in the bad light in your books? If you did wouldn't you perhaps label it as some other expense, probably one more contractor that so happens to have disappeared and people vaguely remember working with but not sure what that person did?

Anyways it apparently boils down to what happened at the last GDC where the group met with Sony, put the down payment for what was needed to get the game on the PS4, and what happened was the demo that was needed never materialized and then all of this shitstorm started happening. 

Oh and one more thing the partners are looking to sue this guy for defamation of character as well as theft of company funds. This is going to be something to behold.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

IndieBox: Unboxing 02/02/2016

Wednesday
Feb032016

Ant Simulator Canceled Because of Mismanagement of Funds

There's always unseen pitfalls along one's path to creating something that they are truly passionate about. Sometimes it comes in the form of a lack of ability, or knowledge, and sometimes it comes in unseen actions. This is the tale of unseen actions. A group of like-minded individuals came together and started the process of creating a game called Ant Simulator. They had all been friends for over 10 years. 

Doesn't this sound like the perfect situation? You get to make something your passionate about, and you get to do it with your friends? Well it turns out that only one of the group actually wanted to see this game created, the other two decided that since they had the extra cash either through KickStarter (which was for a series of videos) or investment funds, that they would live it up. 

They sure lived it up too, they used the money for restaurants, booze, strippers and more. When the individual who actually have a rat's ass about the game found out he immediately cut ties, but there was a catch. Since they jointly formed the company upon his departure from the company he would have to give up all rights, code, and anything else attached to Ant Simulator.

I wish I could say you need to choose your friends wisely, but the truth is that we are most blind to those closest to us. It really is a terrible thing that the programmer lost all that time, the code, the right to make this game exist, and the ability to showcase it on potential job applications. I just hope that he finds his way on another project that has stability and he can use that experience to catapult him to the heights he's looking for.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Xaviant is Still Alive and They Have a New Game

Well I have to say that I'm a bit surprised that Xaviant is coming out with a game. First off I thought they were dead, I mean seriously I thought I heard that they closed their doors and that the workforce was laid off, so where exactly is this game coming from? 

So here's the deal they have a game that is coming to Steam Early Access (my FAVORITE) called The Culling. It features 16 contestants in a free-for-all kill everyone battle royale. You will get to craft weapons, traps, find weapons, and kill everyone on the island. Isn't this the game Man-Hunt but on a tropical island?

One thing that I can tell from the video is that they are using the engine that the crafted for Lichdom, which was a game too big for the company. Look I'm not trying to be an ass about this, I'm just very concerned for those working at Xaviant. I wish them the best, but I don't know how this is going to turn out. I hope it does awesome, but in my honest opinion they have just gone to the opposite side of the spectrum and if I had to guess they're going to be right back where they were with Lichdom.

 

*** UPDATE ***

I stand corrected they didn't shut their doors completely they just severely downsized, so I guess we will see what happens next.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Counter-Strike Player Finds Way to Ban Cheaters

It's always a sunny day when someone gets nailed for explicitly cheating. Well it turns out that there's a certain Counter-Strike player who has had enough and decided to play a perfect and very deceitful trick. He created a series of "assisting aps" that when loaded into Counter-Strike allowed for infinite ammo, health, and the ability to have view angles not possible in the game.

Now what did those add-ons actually do? Well it turns out that it almost immediately triggers the anti-cheat bots on Valve's system. Players were flagged as untrustworthy and most were then banned. The funny thing is that after the players got the flag or got banned they started to complain about it, saying how it was unfair that the Valve system had it out for them. Which of course was further evidence that they were indeed trying to cheat.

This of course hasn't cleaned up all of the cheating, but I think with about 5000 accounts now banned because of this, I would not be surprised if the ingenious player goes back for another round of digital justice.

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