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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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  • EvE? Really? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by A bsd fool ( 2667567 ) on Saturday November 17, 2012 @01:49PM (#42012991)

    As someone who's been playing eve since 2006 and only quit a few months ago, I'm hopeful that SC can properly tackle some of the issues that have been slowly eating away at the... eveiverse? I don't know the "right" solutions to the problems, and absolutely love the sandbox, but there are serious issues, especially WRT new players and corps. As Douglas Adams put it, space is BIG, yet due to the mechanics of gates and the politics of nullsec and lolsec, it feels very cramped.

    If SC (or even eve) could just fix that issue, somehow, I'd be back in a heartbeat. I know it's technically extremely difficult, but here's what I'm saying in simple terms: Direct flight from any star system to any other, without jump gates. No more gate camps. No more clusters of dozens of empty systems locked up behind some alliance "firewall." No more "front lines."

    Just some thoughts from a retired eve player who really wants to like the game today as much as he did for so many years.

  • I wonder... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Razgorov Prikazka ( 1699498 ) on Saturday November 17, 2012 @02:04PM (#42013099)
    Why there are so many 'crowdfunding' stories here on /.
    Exactly why is it so interesting how a company raises money? It was interesting the first couple of times, but now? Meh... not so much.
    By the way, its about time for a bitcoin / RaspberryPi story ;-)
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 17, 2012 @02:15PM (#42013185)

    > However, space sims are really hard to do well.

    Wing Commander. Privateer. X-wing. Tie Fighter.

    The head on this project was even behind two of those.

    Space sims probably fell out of favor because people stopped buying joysticks.

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