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Tremulous Switching To Xbox Live, Exclusively

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the console-yourself dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Darklegion Development and Microsoft have apparently been working on a new version of Tremulous for the Xbox 360. Timbor, project founder and a main developer of Tremulous, said this in a recent announcement: 'What does this mean for you? You will now be able to play Tremulous on Xbox Live with thousands of other gamers, earning achievements and showing off your gaming skill. In the best interest of maintaining a steady and secure Tremulous playerbase, Tremulous is going to be exclusively available for Xbox Live. Existing infrastructure will no longer receive official support. Players who have already been playing for at least three months can apply for a €5/$7 coupon as a show of our appreciation of your enthusiasm so far! What does this mean for the community? Hopefully nothing! While the production of Tremulous switches from its current open source development to a closed source environment handled by the very capable and experienced Microsoft engineers, the efforts of the community will still be valued. In this collaboration we have made it very clear that the Tremulous community is very important to the game, and Microsoft agrees with us on this point. We are confident that this move will not stifle the creative output of the community.'"

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Letdown (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31702274)

Tremulous is one of those games that should be cool by all aspects: setting, look, features, etc. They're all awesome. But the game just lacks a fun factor for some reason.

I'd be for this, even if it was real, as long as it made the game fun.

Re:Letdown (1)

DavidSev (1108917) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702464)

There's now the Game Play Preview release, which is basically a beta version of the game-play changes that will be in the next version.
It's a lot more fun, there have been lots of changes around reducing camping and stalemates, so it's well worth taking a look.

http://tremulous.net/files/ [tremulous.net] <-- download link.

Re:Letdown (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702710)

You should realize by the date, the content in the summery and the fact that there hasn't been a real post on slashdot all day ... that this is yet another April Fools joke.

Re:Letdown (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31703274)

You shud relaize he DRESSED dat there aspect in duh second pargraph.

Hyuk!

Disagree (1)

turing_m (1030530) | more than 4 years ago | (#31704178)

Tremulous is one of those games that should be cool by all aspects: setting, look, features, etc. They're all awesome. But the game just lacks a fun factor for some reason.

I find it fun, and very addictive. Have you played it long enough to start getting good at it? There's something satisfying about sneaking up sneaking up on some poor human from behind and dretching the back of their head. Or successfully pouncing a human with a goon. Sniping their armory or telenodes as an ad goon. Absorbing a full luci hit as a rant and then taking the human out, along with the thousand odd credits it took to get to that stage. Leveling to stage 2 as a human and pulsing dretches. Finding the alien base empty, sawing every egg in the alien base, and finally their overmind. Taking the time to position each build point in either race so that you maximize the time the base can survive before being overwhelmed by the enemy. Spamming eggs on transit so as to avoid a human win. I love the teamwork aspect to the game.

There is a steep learning curve to the game though, some things require a lot of practice (e.g. goon pounce), require a bit of setup (e.g. assigning keys), or maybe even a knack (e.g. basilisk skills). Keeping your kill/death ratio low is also key, but hard, since most everyone but noobs avoids death like the plague.

Meh.. (1)

Zoidbot (1194453) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702280)

Who cares. Xbox platform is dying, as is the console. Most gamers are switching to PSN, where there are no subscription costs, better exclusives and less jerks.

XNA (1, Flamebait)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702496)

Most gamers are switching to PSN, where there are no subscription costs, better exclusives and less jerks.

And no indie games. Nintendo requires a stable business with a dedicated office and prior commercial titles [warioworld.com] ; I haven't read anything stating otherwise for Sony. So if a team of developers that work from home want their game on a console, the only way is through Microsoft's XNA environment, and if this were real, I'd bet XNA is why the developers would have chosen Xbox 360. In fact, one of the drawbacks of XNA [pineight.com] can be turned into a positive: it forces a rewrite that solves the issue of copyright on a forked work.

Re:XNA (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702774)

How do you figure it requires a rewrite? Unless its written in something other than C++ ... (I have no clue, haven't bothered to look, just can't imagine any game worth its salt not written in C)

Re:XNA (2, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31703090)

How do you figure it requires a rewrite? Unless its written in something other than C++

There are a lot of things missing from the /clr:safe version of C++/CLI, such as the entire std namespace. This means no STL, no iostreams, no C standard library, etc.

Re:XNA (1)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 4 years ago | (#31703284)

Yeah but a PS3 dev kit costs a fucking arm and a leg.

So indies are excluded on price alone. Most people can easily afford a 1-2k dev kit if they want one.

But a 10-20k dev kit? It's out of indie territory.

Do I Smell a Fork? (1)

Fieryphoenix (1161565) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702286)

All I ever wanted was a spoon.

Re:Do I Smell a Fork? (1)

Stephen Samuel (106962) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702544)

I think it's more like a barbecue spatula.

For my part, I'm heading down to termulous headquarters to infect the team leaders.

Re:Do I Smell a Fork? (0, Offtopic)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#31703332)

Quick off-topic trollish overrated question:

The Xbox I bought off Ebay was modded (and banned from Xbox Live). Will it still be able to play legal copies of games like this new Tremulous or Final Fantasy 13?

 

Re:Do I Smell a Fork? (1)

Stephen Samuel (106962) | more than 4 years ago | (#31712676)

  1. That's what you get for buying a Microsoft product.
  2. As long as you don't have to connect to Xbox life to play it, you're probably OK...

... Just my thoughts.

April fools? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31702292)

Possibly an April fools?

Re:April fools? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31702356)

Possibly an April fools?

You're not the brightest, are you?

What the hell. It's April Fool's. How about a white joke? What's long, hard, and massive on a white man? Absolutely nothing.

Let's see if people scream "racism" when one insults the white race.

Re:April fools? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31702472)

It will happen. They will scream racist. They will say that it is racism against the blacks. Because by making fun of the whites you are therefore pointing out the stereotype put upon the poor black man. Never underestimate the power of a fucking whiners ability to scream racism.

Re:April fools? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31702552)

lol, where do sad thick bastards like you come from?

seriously now - what kind of disease ridden hillbilly pricks did you drop off?

*YAWN* (1, Insightful)

Yuioup (452151) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702296)

This April's fools shit is really getting tedious. I'm really sick of it.

Re:*YAWN* (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702306)

Perhaps....but perhaps not. The Tremulous site has the same story. Maybe they are in on the joke together?

Re:*YAWN* (1)

Stradenko (160417) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702310)

The joke's on you. I know @BillGates personally and he told me about this weeks ago in a DM.

Re:*YAWN* (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702322)

I know @BillGates personally and he told me about this weeks ago in a DM.Eww. How exactly did you both get inside the DM?

Was it like slicing open and crawling into a Tauntaun to keep from freezing? It probably stunk just as bad.

Re:*YAWN* (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#31703328)

That would be funny if you had used your (quote)(/quote) tags properly.

ibeciles shouldn't post

til they

learn proper (404 error)

Re:*YAWN* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31702450)

does anyone have a peanut?

Re:*YAWN* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31702478)

Then go away for a day. No one will miss you.

Wait... (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702352)

Is Miguel de Icaza involved with this project?

Sooo Booooring. (0, Offtopic)

RightSaidFred99 (874576) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702510)

God this shit is incredibly boring. They really should randomize the day of the year that April Fools lands on and not tell anyone. Yes, I mean exactly what I just said.

Guess I'll have to actually work as all you see on news or social sites is god damn zany shit. Seriously, it's like St. Patrick's day. Does anyone seriously think it's fun to run around and pinch each other over green clothing? How about we leave that "fun" to the 9 year olds, eh?

Re:Sooo Booooring. (1)

Anarki2004 (1652007) | more than 4 years ago | (#31703582)

Clearly, you are not Irish.

Re:Sooo Booooring. (1)

Anarki2004 (1652007) | more than 4 years ago | (#31703600)

I just realized that you typed "pinch" while I interpreted it as "punch". I think I would prefer the latter.

Re:Sooo Booooring. (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 4 years ago | (#31705028)

I just realized that you typed "pinch" while I interpreted it as "punch". I think I would prefer the latter.

In my experience, so would most of the Irish, including the ones in my family. ;)

Too easy (1)

inkrypted (1579407) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702526)

Come on at least try to fool us a little. Now if you had said the Nintendo DS.......

Flash Crashed! (1)

kainewynd2 (821530) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702856)

Flash crashed in Chrome, no less. Oh, the ... [wired.com]

FYI... I just grabbed a random link. No idea what will happen if you follow that.

Obvious. (1)

dandart (1274360) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702984)

A bit obvious. Anyone who knows the contents of the GPL can see right through this. Additionally, "very capable and experienced Microsoft engineers"? Give me a break.

Re:Obvious. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31703024)

A bit obvious. Anyone who knows the contents of the GPL can see right through this.

Tell that to the Nexuiz/Xonotic guys? :)

Re:Obvious. (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31703394)

Anyone who knows the contents of the GPL can see right through this.

As I mentioned in my other post [slashdot.org] , a game ported from Linux to XNA is pretty much a rewrite, and I don't see how the GPL applies to complete rewrites.

types up a rant... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31703078)

... types up an angry rant about how the XBOX is destroying all of my favorite games like Deus Ex, Thief, and now this....

then realizes what day it is...

Re:types up a rant... (1)

turing_m (1030530) | more than 4 years ago | (#31704108)

You'll need 5 evos for a rant.

Re:types up a rant... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31704500)

I dearly wish i had some mod points...

np (1)

turing_m (1030530) | more than 4 years ago | (#31704954)

I dearly wish i had some mod points...

~

/donate 3 nony

April Fools! (1)

cliath (978599) | more than 4 years ago | (#31703420)

Unfortunately, the joke is on the Tremulous developers for thinking anyone cares about their project...

smells... (1)

shentino (1139071) | more than 4 years ago | (#31703910)

Is this an AF prank?

I can't imagine an open source project so openly collaborating with Microsoft here...

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31704370)

God damn it.

They backpedaled (1)

JThundley (631154) | more than 4 years ago | (#31712354)

From their site:

Dear Tremulous Community,

This is the second time in such a short amount of time that we have a monumentous announcement to make. The overwhelming concern of the Tremulous players has been staggering, we never dreamed that our fans were so loyal to our cause. It brings a tear to my eye remembering the thousands of e-mails we received from players around the world, expressing concern over the future of their beloved game.

We, Darklegion Development, have decided to break off the partnership with Microsoft and continue to pursue our own interests in the direction of Tremulous. It may not be the financially best choice to make in these troubling times, but this is a decision reached with our hearts not with our wallets.

Once again, we are extremely grateful for your trust in open source and Tremulous; we highly value each and every one of our loyal fans!

3 Darklegion Development

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