You can't beat STALKER. I've tried pretty much every game out there but, I've found none that put me where this game does. I start playing and get lost in a world that can be both beautiful and terrifying. I remember my first visit to the Yantar lab in SHOC. It was in the early hours of the morning, I was using headphones while sneaking around the lab. The atmosphere had me on the edge of my seat. Ten seconds later something totally unexpected happened and put my heart in my mouth. I paused the game, shaking like a little child and from that moment on for me it has been the stick by which all games are measured. And sadly they just don't measure up. STALKER is a thousand games in one. Set in a constantly changing, evolving world. The only time any two playthroughs are the same is when you hit that ENTER THE ZONE button at the start of the game.

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nashathedog
nashathedog Jul 22 2014, 2:17pm says:

This one's for you KS

I.imgur.com

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Vuud
Vuud Jul 22 2014, 2:37pm says:

I've always been super cynical about crowd funding and this just makes me more cynical.

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nashathedog
nashathedog Jul 22 2014, 5:39pm replied:

I like the idea of Kickstarter but I haven't had any experience of using it until this appeared so I don't know how often it suffers from being used dishonestly, This was my first experience of KS and it was interesting, The project was blatantly full of holes yet the amount of people that backed regardless was shocking.

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Atanna
Atanna Jul 22 2014, 5:45pm says:

Good. This came off as a scam from the very beginning and they did little to convince us otherwise since then.

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d4v33edz
d4v33edz Jul 23 2014, 1:23am says:

I think a lot was learnt with this.Any project needs to be honest, transparent and "realistic" (no pun intended). Areal failed at this and subsequently so did their project.

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TheLozza
TheLozza Jul 24 2014, 7:28am says:

Hey Dave, sorry I have no idea about the deal with kickstarter... but when people 'back' projects does the money go straight through to the project instantly, or is it when they reach 100% funded that everyone is demanded to fill in their payment details?

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nashathedog
nashathedog Jul 24 2014, 12:46pm replied:

On Kickstarter the pitch lasts a month and at the end of the month if they have have reached or passed there goal the money is then taken from backers accounts. Because this project was suspended the money is not taken.

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nashathedog
nashathedog Jul 29 2014, 4:14am says:

So, Who is to blame exactly?

Incgamers.com

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d4v33edz
d4v33edz Jul 29 2014, 1:54pm replied:

With this type of duplicity, they only have themselves to blame. They still try to play the victim card to anyone who will listen, but I imagine that audience is shrinking on a daily basis.

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So Kickstarter have finally pulled the plug on the Areal project from West games. Kickstarter sent the following message to it's backers:

A review of the project uncovered evidence that it broke Kickstarter's rules. We may suspend projects when they demonstrate one or more of the following:

A related party posing as an independent, supportive party in project comments or elsewhere
Misrepresenting support by pledging to your own project
Misrepresenting or failing to disclose relevant facts about the project or its creator
Providing inaccurate or incomplete user information to Kickstarter or one of our partners.

They finished by pointing out:

We take the integrity of the Kickstarter system very seriously. We only suspend projects when we find strong evidence that they are misrepresenting themselves or otherwise violating the letter or spirit of Kickstarter's rules. As a policy, we do not offer comment on project suspensions beyond what is stated in this message.

It is a sad ending but personally I do not feel they deserved the support that they could of got from the Stalker community, West games often made unfounded accusations against myself and others simply because we wanted our questions answered.

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