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106  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Can I use a different coding platform under the UQM2 Name on: July 16, 2018, 04:40:28 am
You mentioned a point of courtesy, yet it's been over two decades and there is still no UQM2. People clearly want the game and what I don't like seeing is a dedicated fan base that is perpetually disappointed by a large company hindering creative freedom, and I myself am also disappointed that p6014 never came to fruition because that could have been developed into SC3.

I have several skill sets and the potential to assemble a team myself and I'm tired of their plans going nowhere slowly, so I have no problem blowing past both of them while they waste time arguing. P&F's blessing would count more towards the storyline, so there are plenty of assets I can create regardless of the storyline, such as models of the ships, planets, aliens and communication animations. If Stardock gets it, they will have the resources to make a larger game, but if P&F get it, they will make a higher quality but likely smaller game, unless they can come to a collaborative agreement.

If P&F know they have the support of contributors like myself and others to fall back on they will be less inclined to lose out to Stardock, or on the other hand, the mere sight of a third party attempt might bring both of them to collaborate. If the ownership itself is being disputed, then I don't see how anyone could be sued by the "owner."

Is there any ETA for when this dispute would be settled? If it will be settled soon then it wouldn't be safe to start any kind of project like this, but if it would take them years to overcome it, then both could be pressured to settle.
107  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase CafĂ© / Re: Why we should not strive for complete economic equality on: July 16, 2018, 04:04:43 am
The before-mentioned effect of the value of a dollar decreasing with economic success can simply be referred to as inflation. It is often regarded as a result of basic supply and demand interactions. When the entire population has more money, they start buying more products and producers raise the prices of products as a result to maintain economic equilibrium that prevents shortages. Once inflation happens, it's usually there to stay.

I also don't see an actual argument in favor of the title of the OP, just a graph with nothing more. An example that contradicts that statement is the psychology classroom example. If 15 students are given an option to give each student of the class a 10% grade boost, or, to themselves a 90% grade boost, the net surplus is in favor of the 10% to each student since the total surplus would be 150% for the classroom versus 90% for the classroom. It was found that students more often chose the 90%, more likely due to the evolution of humans who traditionally organized into small bands of a single family.
EDIT: I now see the yellow link at the very bottom.

However, this point is only relevant if the classroom is large enough to support the equity distribution. It illustrates that denser populations are more well supported by equity distribution (not necessarily "equality") versus smaller populations that would benefit from a clear flat bonus to an individual. Unsurprisingly, you can see that countries with very dense populations tend to be communist, like China or Vietnam, and countries with smaller populations tend to be capitalist like Luxenbourg while those with moderate populations tend to be in-between and progressive like the U.S., which forms a gradient corresponding to the OP's graph.
108  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: My take on Stardock on: July 16, 2018, 03:56:30 am
If you want to boycott it more effectively, get players to leave negative reviews on all platforms it might be released on and on game blogs (which will require researching them) while mentioning how Star Control 2 / UQM was the best of the series in order to garner reputation to P&F.

But, the timing needs to be somewhat staggered so that it doesn't appear intentional, which it likely wouldn't be anyway since it takes time to contact and beseech many people. This is also why it's important that only "players" give it negative reviews instead of random people since the strategy would be able to fall back on the credibility of the fact that people who actually played the game are just expressing their lack of enjoyment for it. It would also be important to maintain that credibility in the instance that the negative reviews were used as evidence in a legal dispute.

I think the point of a boycott is that you encourage people not to buy a product because of the actions of its maker, regardless of whether its a good product or not.  I would hope that any reviews people leave of SC:O are honest, even if they ask people not to buy the game due to Stardock's legal aggression.

Negative reviews encourage people *not* to buy a product, which seems to be the goal that was stated, that people want, and maybe I can help in that or maybe not. It wouldn't be dishonest just to ask people who had a negative experience with it to report that experience in the form of a review, and game blogs will make their own assessment and weigh it with other reviews which would help snowball the effect. One could also mention in the reviews themselves not to buy the game due to the dispute since FP have lost money from that anyway as a result of Stardock's negative marketing towards them. All of this however is contingent upon SCO actually being released in some form before the dispute is settled. Otherwise, you can't boycott something that can't be bought.
109  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Technical Issues / Re: A mobile version of this forum? on: July 16, 2018, 03:00:52 am
It seems like this website could be revamped with just a wordpress theme which are often responsive for mobile devices. I don't see any special features here outside of a customized banner which could be uploaded into any decent theme one way or another. The location of the buttons might change somewhat though.
110  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: My take on Stardock on: July 16, 2018, 02:43:32 am

 I would say 'boycott Star Control: Origins' would be the best way to ruin that strategy, but at this point people either don't know it exists or seem to despise it, so I'm not sure it's even strictly necessary.

Not a problem for me, I was already disappointed at the preview for it, and I haven't even heard of it outside directly searching for it which is partly due to Stardock's subpar marketing. If you want to boycott it more effectively, get players to leave negative reviews on all platforms it might be released on and on game blogs (which will require researching them) while mentioning how Star Control 2 / UQM was the best of the series in order to garner reputation to P&F. If p6014 was completed, it would have helped with this, making a contemporary version that looks less pixelated would be more likely to attract millennial support.

But, the timing needs to be somewhat staggered so that it doesn't appear intentional, which it likely wouldn't be anyway since it takes time to contact and beseech many people. This is also why it's important that only "players" give it negative reviews instead of random people since the strategy would be able to fall back on the credibility of the fact that people who actually played the game are just expressing their lack of enjoyment for it. It would also be important to maintain that credibility in the instance that the negative reviews were used as evidence in a legal dispute.
111  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Can I use a different coding platform under the UQM2 Name on: July 16, 2018, 02:32:34 am
I'm interested in making a UQM2 myself. I see that part of the reason the P6014 failed, as I found out after finding these after seeing what became of the project after the Stordock game, is that it used a very outdated platform. This not only made it less efficient to create a desired feature and also provided less resources in terms of potential contributors and assets and ultimately would have made it harder attract people to it. Under the GNU license UQM is released under, can I use the name UQM2 without keeping the original coding? If not, then can I loophole it by including an insignificant or significant part of the coding, or perhaps just the title itself, and then include in the new coding?

If the answer is still no, who would I contact about obtaining authorization to use the name?
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