Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?

The Areal Kickstarter is officially funded, and currently has collected pledges for over $62K of the $50K goal for the first-person shooter. Meanwhile, a Kickstarter update from West Games has an unusual story, even in the context of Areal, which is saying something, considering all the S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-related controversy embroiling the upcoming shooter. They describe receiving an email of support from Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying they initially were as skeptical about this as any of us would be, before outlining how they've managed to convince themselves that this may be legitimate. Since things are so quiet in Russia right now, Vlad apparently wants to do a little gaming, as part of the translation of the letter reads: "If you give me the chance to play the alpha version of the game, when it is ready, then I invite you in advance to the Kremlin, to meet personally, be ready to play a little bit and talk about the interests of young people, the gamers of our country." Thanks Rhialto.
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 12:09
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer? Jul 20, 2014, 12:09
Jul 20, 2014, 12:09
 nin
 
Yeah, they gained something like 24% (12K) in a couple of hours. Nothing fishy going on there!

Also, people have been spamming the fuck out of the comments since Friday afternoon (notice the spike in comments, above) and apparently even when reported, KS support doesn't work weekends.

Nothing like cheating to win...

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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 12:34
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer? Jul 20, 2014, 12:34
Jul 20, 2014, 12:34
 
Uh... it looks like it was ONE pledge... in the 10k or more bracket.

It was either one of them or one of their friends.... they'll get their money back plus the scammers get to split the 35k or so (minus kickstarter's take)

Get your games from GOG DAMMIT!
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 12:40
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Jul 20, 2014, 12:40
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That letter is a riot!
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 12:47
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Jul 20, 2014, 12:47
 Darks
 
wtf_man wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 12:34:
Uh... it looks like it was ONE pledge... in the 10k or more bracket.

It was either one of them or one of their friends.... they'll get their money back plus the scammers get to split the 35k or so (minus kickstarter's take)


I doubt they will get anything, people are just waiting till the last day to pull their funding. And as for their so called President funding this game. Yea right, the Russians have way more to be concerned about right now then funding a game especially after its now coming out that the Russian's may have had something to do with the civilian airliner being shot down. Wars coming, and the Russians know they fucked up.

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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 12:58
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer? Jul 20, 2014, 12:58
Jul 20, 2014, 12:58
 
I doubt Putin endorsed this.
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 13:03
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer? Jul 20, 2014, 13:03
Jul 20, 2014, 13:03
 
How is this project still allowed to continue on Kickstarter?
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 13:28
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer? Jul 20, 2014, 13:28
Jul 20, 2014, 13:28
 
It is so crazy, isn't? Like if Putin would do such a thing... c'mon!

Then there are a few folks there who really have no life to fill in the Comments so badly. Sadly, KS doing nothing but I heard they sometimes take action the last day.

Yesterday I created this page dedicated to WG in hope they could stop current campaign (it's not too late even if they reached their goal) and work on something to start over stronger later.

Anyway, we will see what happens this thursday.
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 13:41
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer? Jul 20, 2014, 13:41
Jul 20, 2014, 13:41
 
I'm sure Putin didn't use his own money. It probably came from the credit cards stolen off of the bodies of the passengers of flight MH17...
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 14:32
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer? Jul 20, 2014, 14:32
Jul 20, 2014, 14:32
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 13:41:
I'm sure Putin didn't use his own money. It probably came from the credit cards stolen off of the bodies of the passengers of flight MH17...

Man, that would just be something else.
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 14:38
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer? Jul 20, 2014, 14:38
Jul 20, 2014, 14:38
 Cutter
 
What a shit show. This sort of shit is precisely why I'm done with KS. KS doesn't care and won't take any responsibility because they want their cut. They're like pimps and no one should support pimps.
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 14:56
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Jul 20, 2014, 14:56
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Darks wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 12:47:
I doubt they will get anything, people are just waiting till the last day to pull their funding.

I sure hope you're right. It's so frustrating watching these guys lie and be total assholes, yet (so far) seemingly get away with it, and be rewarded.

I reported two of the spammers on Friday, before the support hours of KS cutoff, and they're still going today. One of them made over 500 posts in a single day, just cutting and pasting huge walls to text, so no one else can have a conversation.

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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 15:06
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Jul 20, 2014, 15:06
 
I can't believe the developers fell for the troll who is trying to mock them.
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 15:29
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Jul 20, 2014, 15:29
 
Love you Ukrainians! We play game, I laugh, I shoot you in face, I laugh more! And don't worry. You don even have to come to Russia, since Russia will be coming to you.

PS - Fly on plane lately? That also fun to shoot.

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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 16:30
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Eirikrautha wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 13:41:
I'm sure Putin didn't use his own money. It probably came from the credit cards stolen off of the bodies of the passengers of flight MH17...

Wow, more Russia bashing, nice. The kind of trash talk I'd expect from people that don't think on the basis of "Cui Bono?"

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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 16:32
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Jul 20, 2014, 16:32
 
Task wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 16:30:
Wow, more Russia bashing, nice.

Not like they aren't giving the world plenty of ammo these days.
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 16:53
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer? Jul 20, 2014, 16:53
Jul 20, 2014, 16:53
 
Redmask wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 16:32:
Task wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 16:30:
Wow, more Russia bashing, nice.

Not like they aren't giving the world plenty of ammo these days.

Oh come on, what's an airliner with 300 people on board amongst friends?

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Anyway, the idea that Putin reached out to them, this shitty little two-man scam band, and invited them to the kremlin etc, holy shit these guys are fucking delusional.

I sure hope people will pull their money out before the timer expires, otherwise these guys will get 35K of undeserved money.
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 16:55
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Jul 20, 2014, 16:55
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 14:38:
What a shit show. This sort of shit is precisely why I'm done with KS. KS doesn't care and won't take any responsibility because they want their cut. They're like pimps and no one should support pimps.

You could just avoid shady Kickstarters and support the ones worth supporting. For every Areal, there's ten Kickstarters that turn out well.
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 17:07
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Jul 20, 2014, 17:07
 
Of all the IPs a group of idiots had to break our hearts about via a clusterfuck of a Kickstarter scam... they had to choose STALKER

Fuck these guys

Double fuck these guys
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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 17:35
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Creston wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 16:53:
Redmask wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 16:32:
Task wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 16:30:
Wow, more Russia bashing, nice.

Not like they aren't giving the world plenty of ammo these days.

Oh come on, what's an airliner with 300 people on board amongst friends?

...


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Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
Jul 20, 2014, 18:03
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Jul 20, 2014, 18:03
 
Assuming that the pledges remain above $50k for the remainder of the campaign, I do admit to wanting to see how everything plays out. There's obviously no way they can deliver what they've promised for the money they're asking. I suspect they'll eventually admit that the funding was simply for a prototype that they can pitch to publishers. Or they'll start another Kickstarter for "bonus polish and features." Or they'll "postpone" the game and start a Kickstarter for another game entirely. Or they'll just cancel the game and apologize to backers (without any refunds, of course).
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