Shroud of the Avatar devs vow to drink, dance, and sing during next week’s telethon

    
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Shroud of the Avatar is planning a 10-hour streaming event it’s calling the Spring Festival of the Avatar Telethon next week. On May 2nd starting at 1 p.m. EDT, the developers will be fundraising live in an attempt to secure upgraded pledges, add-on items, towns, and vouchers from the game’s current and future players.

Last season’s telethon saw Portalarium boss Richard Garriott chop off a fifth of his famous rat tail. This round, the devs are promising to drink, dance, and sing on the stream for every $2500 spent. The studio is also handing out prizes to watchers present in the community’s IRC channel during the stream.

We spoke to SOTA’s Richard Garriott at last weekend’s PAX East, where he told us that the game is definitely launching this year.

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TJFrenchJr

A telethon is begging. The kickstarter was selling.

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mindshadow TJFrenchJr It’s not really begging anyway; it’s selling.

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sciencestick 
There’s absolutely an element of this for some gamers, for sure. No solution but their solution is sufficient, and their solution, when requested, too often amounts to, “Fuck off! Don’t question my rage!” 
Sadly, this sort of self-entitlement is not only restricted to the cliché basement-dwelling, man-children no-lifers. 
That disease of self-entitlement can be pretty contagious among the general gaming population. I’ve come down with it a couple of times myself, unfortunately.

While I think you’re bang-on in your assessment of a certain subsection of gamers who “can’t be pleased, and can’t be told”, there’s also the problem that every legitimate means of critique (such as your points, here) can get “weaponized” in the wrong hands.

Suddenly, anyone who complains in any fashion about any funding paradigm is accused of being the sort of gamer you reference, and told to “shut the fuck up, whiner” even though that’s never what they (or you) intended.

My point? I don’t think you’re wrong at all in pointing out the absurdities of a certain subset of gamer but, human nature being what it is, those with a vested interest in being self-entitled will find some way of subverting or co-opting all criticism, particularly when it’s accurate.

It doesn’t mean we should stop pointing out the bad behaviors, only that the struggle is an ongoing one.

Cheers,

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Can’t argue with you on your last point.

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What I see is that no matter how you fund your work there will always be unemployed 30 year olds living in their parents basements who will be pissed off about it.

Subscription? sucks
F2P? sucks
B2P? sucks
Cash shops suck
Kickstarted games suck
Wale supported games suck

This is the impossible narrative of people who don’t function in a real world, and have somehow developed the pitiably irrational view that the hard work of highly creative, artistic and talented people should be given to them for free.

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TJFrenchJr The company has always begged for more money — it’s an active crowd funding campaign.  That has never changed and has been that way for the past 3 years.  But I see how that can create a negative perception of the company when they have not effectively communicated their funding needs or goals.  In that regard, they have failed miserably.

And speaking ineffective communication, what you stated is exactly the problem.  No matter how loud they scream and beat their chests that July is not their release, there are public perceptions that July is their release.  This is not really going to go over well when their Steam rating goes to the tank in August and potentially causes them to pull the game.

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It’s not a day off or a sick day though is it? The company is begging around for more money. But for what? They are counting July as release also. End of the year is when the first story is going to release complete. It’s just sad. Everything you stated about the game I agree with. Even if we can’t agree on how to spend their time, we both see the issues. Garriot just isn’t delivering on his sold vision.

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Dance monkey! Dance! *throws cash at screen*

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TJFrenchJr I don’t disagree with you that the game still need tons of work.  Every major core system needs fixing and the performance is horrendous.

But they aren’t “releasing shortly”.  They’re still targeting end of the year, 8 months from now.  And they’ve never hit a release date in the last 4 times they’ve announced one.  I don’t see them releasing at the end of the year unless some miracle happens or they’ll release a turd.

If you’re referring to the final wipe as “release”, then sure, I feel sorry for anyone jumping on at the end of July thinking they’re going to play a completely polished game.  What they’ll see is a broken, buggy, incomplete, unpolished game.  There’s a lot of work to do, I agree.  But whining about a day off?  Heaven forbid they get sick and take a day off.  OMG the sky is falling!

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And releasing a game with shoddy combat, barebones story, and an elite real money night high society will hurt your new player retention. This is crunch time for a game that is releasing shortly. Not play time.
Have a great release, get some player praise, then do a telethon and drink and party and celebrate to raise money. What they are doing is backwards.