via reddit and lemmy's twitter.
Pz will still be developed as long as we're breathing tbo
When bad luck and stupidity come together.
Not stupidity. Incompetence. What happens if there's a fire? When your code's valuable (and unless it's a tiny personal script, your code is valuable), you prepare for this shit. Always always ALWAYS. There's a pattern here and it has very little to do with bad luck.
With stuff like Dropbox making backups absurdly easy these days, there's really no excuse whatsoever.
I heart Bitbucket so much. Tons of storage, including unlimited private repos now. I push nearly everything I create to them, excepting the Super-Important-Super-Secret-Work-Stuff.
It just baffles me that any programmer these days doesn't exploit all the goodies that DVCS offers.
When I was 11 I emailed myself my homework because my physical media (floppy disks, print outs) was volatile.
Child me had that crap DOWN LIKE A DUCK.
Oh dear... it's hard to have sympathy for them this time. I know that people like to write it up like a series of unfortunate events but come on, basic backups is something that EVERYBODY should know how to do. And lemmy101's Twitter responses are... well, ridiculous as of the last few minutes.
I'd hope this is some kind of weird joke though. If it isn't though... I guess it's a cautionary tale about investing into indie games. They don't always succeed. Glad I didn't pre-order in that case!
EDIT: Guess it isn't. But the blog post is a lot more optimistic than anything from Lemmy's twitter account.
Last edited by soldant; 16-10-2011 at 02:58 AM.
A cautionary tale for sure. Daily online backups and then anything you don't trust online or want to keep closer on an encrypted flash drive that never leaves your person. It can be single stroke batched every time you turn the pc on or off even. Even more secure, make your flash drive a Bios level locker so it can't be booted without it.
But maybe the effect isn't entirely bad. Maybe customers asking questions is a good thing. I think transparency is the solution. Developers can explain what they're doing, even talk about the technical setup. "Look, I actually kinda know what I'm doing." Being able to follow the development in detail is a nice bonus.
You can definitely still fail even if you're totally competent, but it's one big variable out of the equation.
This is absolutely awful news and my condolences go out to Lemmy but no off-site backups or even a copy of the code copied onto a portable harddrive once a week or so and kept in a drawer somewhere?
Seriously folks, if you are taking other people's money then you have an obligation to at least make some effort to protect the code.
I wonder if everyone who donated wnow have their financial details in the hands of criminals now.
Last edited by BobsLawnService; 16-10-2011 at 07:09 AM.
If I lost all my important data because of my lack of foresight I'd have only myself to blame and wouldn't get any sympathy. These guys don't deserve any more just because they're indie devs and had a run-in with PayPal. They're developing a game, they should know better. And then Lemmy mouthed off and they had to put up a blog post to calm everybody down. Losing the laptop to theft deserves sympathy. Losing the code and the data however does not!
If we don't get refunds then they'll get reported.
Personally they'd get a bit of sympathy from me if they didn't have backups except for the fact that they are already accepting money for the game. The moment you start accepting money from people you get held to a higher standard by me. You have an obligation to protect someone elses financial investment.
It's ironic that's that what Paypal was trying to protect (itself) from. When the project fails people will come to Paypal for their refunds.Personally they'd get a bit of sympathy from me if they didn't have backups except for the fact that they are already accepting money for the game. The moment you start accepting money from people you get held to a higher standard by me. You have an obligation to protect someone elses financial investment.
If they deserve sympathy for anything then it's for the amount of internet scum they have to put up with atm, especially Lemmy.
My condolences to them, they had their personal space violated and must be feeling extremely vulnerable right now. Usually the act itself is more grating than the cost of the items taken.
This business about not having a backup though is unbelievably amateurish. It’s a necessity for game development, but more than that, it’s common sense. Even saying out loud feels comparable to ‘don’t touch a hot stove.’ The fact that it was overlooked even when gamers were paying them in good faith reflects very badly on their professionalism.
It is bad that they were robbed, but I've got to agree with many of the above posters. The level of professionalism shown by that Lemmy bloke is absolutely appalling, as is the lack of any sort of fail-safe. They should have been prepared for this, even if it was just a fire-proof safe that they locked the laptops in when not being used.
If they don't collapse or disband, then I think they seriously need to get a proper plan in place.
To put things in perspective: They lost a couple of months progress. Not all progress, ever.
I think you can feel sorry for them while still admitting that this shouldn't have happened. I certainly do.