Perhaps. Largely irrelevant though since I doubt Paradox will let them release it anywhere, especially now.
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You're asking us to cover our eyes and plug our ears when I hear that a failed developer is suing my prefered provider of entertainment for insisting on standards. Why need I be silent under such circumstances?
Incidentally, you may find it easier to persuade people if you were to put forth an argument explaining why you feel our actions to be rude and inappropriate. This dancing about, hinting that we're all horrible people for engaging in open (albeit occasionally harsh) discussion, wins you few converts. I might also mention that the discussion here has been far, far more polite towards the team in general, and Ubik in particular, than some other places I've seen.
I'm also not much of a fan of the "We don't know everything, therefore we shouldn't say anything" arguments, either. Though we may not be in possession of ALL the facts of the situation, we're certainly in possession of a great many, and from those facts we can either engage interesting, evidence-based speculation or else draw rational conclusions from the facts that are available.
Just for example, the last page or so of this thread has resulted in an informative discussion that helped to clear up our picture of the likely legal situation, and Ubik's likely position within it. Against that, the only reason I can see for silence is, in effect, to spare Ubik's feelings. Given his actions thus far, I can't say that goal is particularly high on my list on priorities right now, and I can't say it's liable to get much higher. But perhaps those with unconditional trust and faith in Ubik can explain why we should shift that priority higher?
I don't think we should be sparing his feelings too much- after all, it is he who has started this legal case in the first place, and if it comes back to bite him, he has no one else to blame but himself.
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How long do you guys think it'll take before UV files legal proceedings? We'll have a better idea of how things will turn out once that happens. Personally, it sounds to me as though UV can't afford to drag on the issue without resolution for too long. less than 6 months perhaps?
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Attributing any kind of "maliciousness" to Ubik/UV for suing is frankly dumb.
Businesses sue each other all the time for reasons like this.
That being said, I firmly believe that UV is in the wrong in this case (it failed to deliver), but if you want to assign morality to business decisions you better start doing so with all business decisions, even for companies you support... because I'll guarantee you that most of them have done as bad or worse.
If Paradox indeed insists on full repayment of their investment i dont think ubik/his company has much other choice than to try and avert this by any means or at least salvage as much as he can.
And dont believe for a minute that this wouldnt include knowingly selling a completely broken game to people, also.
You guys have a whole lot of time in your hands.
Why not go play some other game you like and check back when (if) there are news from this case?
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So either UV has an investor to pay the costs of litigation, UV has somehow stacked money it got from PI and uses that, or Ubik (or some people close to him such as family members) give personal sureties for a loan.
Putting up a limited liability company is not enough, you have to convince someone to give you money before you can get yourself off the hook.
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