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Submitted by shepard2186 1105d ago | news

Hero-U Developers Reveal First Stretch Goal as Kickstarter Deadline Nears

Oprainfall writes: "When the Kickstarter campaign for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux role-playing adventure game Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption began, the game designers, Quest for Glory creators Lori and Corey Cole, mentioned stretch goals, but not what they were. Now, in their latest update, they’ve finally revealed the first one: at $500,000 (USD), the Hero-U team will 'add more art and content to the game' and give players a baby Meep companion. First seen in the original Quest for Glory, the Coles describe Meeps as creatures resembling 'Tribbles with legs, eyes, and very sharp teeth.'" (Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption, PC)

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Donnieboi  +   1105d ago
What happens if they don't make the game? Do u get your money back? Stupid people keep giving their money to these kickstarters yet there's no evidence that they really will make the game or honor their debts. Why don't they ask a bank instead? Because they know the bank can legally enforce payment, but a foolish civilian cannot.
CoreyCole  +   1104d ago
That's a valid question, but the answer is not as simple as you think. When you support a Kickstarter campaign, you are giving a vote of confidence to the developers. That's why you choose people you trust. Most of our supporters got value from our Quest for Glory and other games, and want to see us succeed.

Could we have gone to a bank for funding? The short answer is "No." Banks are extremely conservative; they will lend money to companies that are already successful and want to expand. They won't lend to a new, small company.

The second answer is that our Kickstarter project is not just for funding. It publicizes our game project and ensures us that there is interest. Most of the people supporting our project are committing $20. Lori and I are committing a year of our lives at a pay rate that is a fraction of what we would make working for a big company.

Who is stupid? The backers or us? By backing this project, they are getting our promise that we will make a game they will love, and that it will be a type of game they would not see any other way.

Is their faith in us less valid than the faith you put into a new game when you spend $50 to buy it, not knowing whether it will be a good game or not? I'd say the latter is a bigger leap of faith, knowing how many bad games have come out with a lot of hype, and knowing that *every* game Lori and I have ever made has been critically acclaimed.

Backing a Kickstarter project you believe in is a tiny expense and a big vote of belief in the integrity of the project's creators. If you think it's "stupid", well, I guess you're happy with accepting the choices made for you by the big game publishers. You don't want your own vote to count.

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