This past Saturday I finally purchased Star Citizen after being in awe of the promises made since 2013. My purchase was inspired by an article my friend Jon wrote about the game, talking about the value of the game and whether or not it should be purchased by new players.
In the end, Jon advised against people purchasing the game, but my curiosity got the best of me and prompted me to purchase anyways. What followed was a wild adventure…
After some rigorous troubleshooting, I was able to finally get the installer to… install, and then proceed to install the actual game. At this point being a twitch and youtube streamer, I decided to prepare a stream to present my first time playthrough of the game. It was both a disaster and a major success. To elaborate on that statement, it was a disaster because I played like such a noob, I could not even figure out how to open doors, but a major success because I was luckily featured on both twitch and youtube and topped the charts during my 7 hours as the top streamer playing the game. On twitch I was hosted by a popular SC streamer that goes by the name of SGT_Gamble, and on Youtube the algorithm detected my stream as high quality for the subject of SC and began recommending me on peoples youtube front pages. For both of these things to happen simultaneously is outrageously lucky, and I could not write this article without briefly focusing on that fact.
During my first moments in the universe, a player named Freltzo announced publicly in the chat that he is hanging out for a while to help any new players that have any questions. “If you have any questions just throw them up in the chat and I will help”, he says, multiple times. I decided to bite, as I was stuck in a room and could not figure out how to get out. “I’m stuck in a room, how do I get out”. In seconds a player named Freltzo opens the door where I am stuck and lets me out. I stumble around a dirty space city for about a half hour, slowly figuring out my buttons and how to engage the world, when suddenly a player named Freltzo appears in my Discord after a public invitation to all viewers to join and be a part of the stream. The first thing he says “Oh thank god you are in Discord. I can’t watch you stumble around any longer!”.
7 hours pass, and my streams picked up 1000s of viewers, hundreds of subscribers and followers, and my Discord has a full crew of Star Citizen enthusiasts all having a blast in the buggy universe that is Star Citizen. It’s 3 am and I reluctantly shut the show down for the night and say my farewells to many new friends. After a days work I fire the game and stream back up, and sure enough, another feature by youtube and many new viewers join the show, many being invited to the Discord to chat on stream. One individual named Raydon even gave me temporary access to his account with $5,000 worth of ships to check out. Unbelievable!
What I found during my first playthrough of Star Citizen was that the game is a bit convoluted, difficult to navigate, extremely buggy and lacking of stuff to do. However, I also found that this alpha state of a game, holds one of the most friendly and wonderful gaming communities I have ever seen in my 20+ years of internet use. Everyone is super helpful to new players, and many of the community know each other well and play nightly. True dedicated believers of the game and what it strives to be. What I found in Star Citizen, was an unfinished, buggy and ambitious game, with an army of very friendly and supportive players who bring a very warm welcome to the community. What I found is a place that I want to return to. I found a place to be.