Neal Stephenson clangs around on Kickstarter

#1 Edited by FengShuiGod (1492 posts) -

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/260688528/clang

Yes, yes, yet another Kickstarter (hopefully not another thread on this particular KS). This one looks a little different though. Crowd funding around a relatively small concept in order to retain creative control seems like a pretty good idea to me. I'd rather see more KickStarters based on small, focused, innovative projects like this instead of, "Hey, we wanna make a game." Also, there is a pretty good Gabe Newell cameo in the pitch video.

It at least looks like it'll be funded, because Neal Stephenson.

I hope this isn't the eleventy-first thread on this. I didn't see anything, but if it is, sorry.

#2 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

All i can say that video is awesome. That alone deserves at least a 10$ donation.

#3 Edited by Akyho (1693 posts) -

I would donate if I could. There is also the lacking of what the actual Motion controller is.

It states in Rewards $10 download the game (no motion controller hardware included).

So I presume that they wont make their own one. If so that mad props. Otherwise are we talking Wii? Move? Kinect?! or some other brand of motion control for the pc?

#4 Edited by FengShuiGod (1492 posts) -

@Akyho said:

I would donate if I could. There is also the lacking of what the actual Motion controller is.

It states in Rewards $10 download the game (no motion controller hardware included).

So I presume that they wont made their own one. If so that mad props. Otherwise are we talking Wii? Move? Kinect?! or some other brand of motion control for the pc?

"Low-latency, high-precision motion controller: Critical to a satisfying sword fight is fast, accurate response. This is especially important for CLANG given the depth and complexity of moves that are used in real sword arts. Initially, CLANG will make use of a commercial, third-party, off-the-shelf controller that anyone can buy today"

It looks like maybe they are using the Hydra, but all I can really say is it looks like a nondescript black controller.

#5 Posted by NegativeCero (3026 posts) -

That dude looks like he'd be into sword fighting with that beard. I like the idea but have no money at the moment.

#6 Edited by Akyho (1693 posts) -

@FengShuiGod said:

@Akyho said:

I would donate if I could. There is also the lacking of what the actual Motion controller is.

It states in Rewards $10 download the game (no motion controller hardware included).

So I presume that they wont made their own one. If so that mad props. Otherwise are we talking Wii? Move? Kinect?! or some other brand of motion control for the pc?

"Low-latency, high-precision motion controller: Critical to a satisfying sword fight is fast, accurate response. This is especially important for CLANG given the depth and complexity of moves that are used in real sword arts. Initially, CLANG will make use of a commercial, third-party, off-the-shelf controller that anyone can buy today"

It looks like maybe they are using the Hydra, but all I can really say is it looks like a nondescript black controller.

"Initially" granted this all changes once they are properly backed. If they make enough that "Initially" could turn into "We will just make our own."

They must be confident enough with the hardware they are using right now, to promote themselves like this. However I am on the lower string of income personally and probably on the higher string of enthusiasm to own it. If the hardware is Track IR price brackets I could never justify buy it. Hell my £20 est $40 Joystick was hard to justify until I used it for over 40 hours.

However I would still love to promote the success of the idea.

#7 Posted by illegalnull (112 posts) -

Great video! I wish more promo videos were like this, some good comedy!

#8 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@TheDudeOfGaming said:

All i can say that video is awesome. That alone deserves at least a 10$ donation.

Neal Stephenson is one interesting-ass motherfucker and he's got my $10. Did you catch the Gabe Newell appearance toward the end of the vid, as well?

#9 Posted by Cyrus_Saren (539 posts) -

That video was fantastic.

#10 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

@TheDudeOfGaming said:

All i can say that video is awesome. That alone deserves at least a 10$ donation.

Neal Stephenson is one interesting-ass motherfucker and he's got my $10. Did you catch the Gabe Newell appearance toward the end of the vid, as well?

I was blinded by the awesomeness of Mr. Stephenson's baldness + goatee combo, so i missed Gabe.

#11 Posted by Voxus (347 posts) -

GABEN

#12 Posted by sBlacksmith (77 posts) -

That motion sensor controller is a razer hydra, but it's an early model they showed (2010) and I don't think they ever launched. The retail hydra design is very different.

I wonder, are they just using footage from some random tech demo by razer or they actually own that controller and use it today? Or perhaps the gameplay thing they show in the video is from 2010?

All kinds of mysteries in that video..

Ps. Gaben appears at 3:03, during 3 seconds, hammering 3 times and talking about how it takes time to forge a crowbar.

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