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Star Citizen Takes the Crowdfunding Crown, Raising More Than $4M 123

Zocalo writes "Star Citizen, Chris Roberts' attempt to reboot the Space Sim genre, hit a major funding milestone earlier today, exceeding the previous record of $4,163,208 secured by the game Project Eternity and more than doubling the initial funding target set by the producer of the Wing Commander series. With Stretch Goals now being passed every few hours bringing new features to the planned game, and David Braben announcing a new installment of the classic Elite using a similar funding model at Kickstarter could this be a wake-up call for the big game publishers to take another look at the genre? There are still two days left for Star Citizen funding as well, so if you feel like taking part, you can chip in either at the main RSI site or on Kickstarter."
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Star Citizen Takes the Crowdfunding Crown, Raising More Than $4M

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  • by vell0cet ( 1055494 ) on Saturday November 17, 2012 @01:58PM (#42013059)
    EVE is not really a space sim. To me, space sim means real time flying and dog fighting... specifically things like having to lead your target.

    I've always found that the X series wasn't very accessible. The controls seem really complicated (instead of complex yet simple).

    But the biggest thing I miss from the old space sim days is the story. In Wing Commander, X-Wing, TIE Fighter, etc. you really felt like you were a pilot who's accomplishments on missions really made a difference in the larger picture. Something sorely missing from either of the titles that you mentioned.
  • by blahplusplus ( 757119 ) on Saturday November 17, 2012 @02:10PM (#42013151)

    "With Eve Online and X3 available, is there real need for rebooting the space sim genre? "

    They both suck compared to freespace 1 + 2, xwing and the old wing commander series. Eve has no action oriented gameplay it's fully automated and slow as molasses. X3 is just too simmy and poorly made compared to freespace. Fans want something like this, see here: []

  • by Hatta ( 162192 ) on Saturday November 17, 2012 @03:16PM (#42013647) Journal

    Larry got his funding, why not contribute to another classic Sierra team trying to put out a new game? Lori and Corey Cole, the couple behind Quest for Glory, have a kickstarter ending in THREE DAYS. They have $311K out of $400. That's nearly 80% of the way there. This can happen if you pitch in.

    Please contribute to the Quest for Glory reboot: Hero-U [].

  • by Baloroth ( 2370816 ) on Saturday November 17, 2012 @04:11PM (#42014065)

    Pretty sure you're wrong about that. So are 62,000 other people who spent an average of nearly $70 each to help crowd-fund the game. And thats with all the doubt around whether he will be able to pull it off (I still have my doubts, and nevertheless am thinking of raising my pledge... because even the possibility he could deliver 1/2 of what he promises is worth it to me).

Receiving a million dollars tax free will make you feel better than being flat broke and having a stomach ache. -- Dolph Sharp, "I'm O.K., You're Not So Hot"