Over 300 million people make billions of
decisions everyday during their quest for the “American Dream.” We have created an
entertaining yet realistic life simulation game which captures the excitement,
challenges, power and humor of daily life.
You don’t even need to live in the USA... We offer virtual green cards!
More than just a game...
MyAmericanGame is an original and innovative new social game that lets you live a lifetime worth of experiences in a fraction of the time. The game enables players, with their friends, in their quest for the American
Dream, to test the limits of their ambition and curiosity with thousands of
real world situations in a fun and challenging life simulation.
Start Beginning after high school graduation for Americans (or a
newly issued "Green Card" for foreigners), players must decide
between going to college or straight to work. Their choice of cities and
education level will impact their job opportunities in this reality-based
adventure. Dating, relationships, travel and even jail are all
possibilities as players advance through increasingly difficult
"stages" which results in a "report card" type progress
review as they compete for love, status and economic independence (aka
You Decide Every decision the player makes increases their emotional
connection to their character and shapes their future. Early on, players
realize that all decisions
matter, albeit some more than others. In fact, this game
mirrors the euphoric moments of watching the birth of your first child as well
as getting fired from your dream job during a "corporate
reorganization" which didn't include you.
Date or Play with Friends Social interaction with other players,
including unregistered friends, is thoughtfully woven throughout game play to
offer exchanges that make our lives more interesting like; inviting
friends to a party, asking them for advice about a sticky situation or just visiting
them in the hospital so they can heal faster (always within content). The interactions also are
drivers increasing a player’s "Status," which unlock many of the
exclusive opportunities that only
the rich and famous of our society enjoy!
Travel the World It
is one thing to date someone from Italy or Sweden but in our game you
can travel to those counties and experience their culture and social
As a social game that appeals to non-gamers and gamers of all ages, our players get to experience their possibilities navigating the matrix of life here, while global players are issued temporary “green cards” to live the American Dream without leaving their country. The game is free to play for all users but sells virtual goods which unlock
unique opportunities beyond the core experience for players.
Instead of calling it the Gamification of Life, we call it the Lification of Game. The goal of the game is the acquisition of the American Dream...however you choose to define it.
When did MyAmericanGame begin?
In 1999, American Dream 101 was created to design an interactive life simulation game to be played over the internet. It was text based because most people had
dial-up which was notoriously slow. The
game, although designed for the general public, became successful in high schools,
eventually being played for over a decade in some of the largest school districts
in the country. As the game expanded
with more content and new features, it slowly morphed into an education
product. Even so, the students
overwhelmingly enjoyed the game and consistently asked if we could create a
version with more social features they could play with all their friends.
So in 2010, Purple Herring was started to create
a commercial, worldwide version of AD101 called MyAmericanGame. With the addition of character status, levels,
ever-growing content, new college classes and many new social networking
features, the game is globally appealing for all ages, both in America and
internationally. Our core game mechanic, well written life situations, ten’s of thousands of them, complete the
unique experience which drives the game.
Purple Herring has a growing team of veteran programmers, writers,
editors and artists.
Sometimes life throws you a curve
ball. We have all, at one time or
another, worked hard, sacrificed, been resourceful yet still fell short of a
goal. The question is whether you gave
up or kept trying, despite the odds, of accomplishing your dream.
My dream for the last decade is to
leverage the unbelievable potential of the internet, virtual offices, cloud
computing and mobile devices to create an ambitious life simulation for
everyone, worldwide. Through the efforts
of many creative and committed staff members, interns, investors and player
feedback, we are almost finished.
order to really realize the full potential of our unique simulation, we need to make a
focused, intense, full-time push to release the game.
Considering many of our staff have full-time
employment beyond their work with us, we see this Kickstarter campaign as an
opportunity to get everyone together full-time+ to share our reality based game with the world…NOW!
Therefore, rather than continue at
our current pace of development (not fast enough), we are asking you for your
support so we can share MyAmericanGame with everyone. Obviously, the amount we are asking for will
still be highly leveraged to deliver the experience that we all envision, but
considering it will be an online social game, we can release additional
features over time (based on player demand) after the core simulation goes to
beta. So your participation is key to us developing a game, with your
support and feedback, that could start a new genre within the gaming industry.
Our approach to
rewards is a little different than other video game projects.
We believe that
sometimes the best reward in life is our ability to give, to really be part of
something meaningful and unique that you can share with others worldwide.
always be free to play for anyone that can get connected to the internet. So our backers are special because, depending
on the levels they give, they can share their legacy with the world. Whether it’s a favorite pet, restaurant,
travel story or college class, our rewards are about our staff working with you
to shape and share that “something special.”
Even at the
smallest level of support, you are telling the world (and game publishers too)
that this is the type of game worth investing in because sometimes in life we
all need a little practice! We believe
life is a journey, not a destination, so join us. If you have an idea for a
Reward we haven’t offered, please share it with us.
Where else do you
get to be “god” for a day (see the $10,000 reward) or enter your small business
(the backbone of America)
into a life simulation played by millions worldwide? So check out our rewards and make a decision to
support us now...
We're excited about this opportunity, and in our long quest to make this worldwide version a reality (which, truth be told, is my American Dream) we have learned that somethings in life are worth risking everything. We are proud of the many lives our game has already touched but our goal has always been to give everyone, worldwide a chance at the American Dream, and maybe in the process, learn a little bit more about ourselves. Keep in touch with us at twitter or write to us directly at Kickstarter@purpleherring.com.
And of course, a huge thanks to our talented staff, understanding families and friends who have supported us on this quest. We couldn't have done it without them.
TO OUR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS
We've gotten a number of emails already asking about international funding.
If you live in a country where you cannot donate directly to Kickstarter the current best option is to buy a prepaid amazon cash card and use that for your donation. You must add $1 more than the prize amount to make sure the donation goes through. This thread (a million thanks to Double Fine), offers the most comprehensive guide on how to do this.
In case you can't follow the above instructions, you can still use Paypal directly. Please include in the 'instructions to the seller' your choice of prizes, if any. We promise to honor your pledge and have your prizes configured and delivered just as if you had pledged on Kickstarter itself.
Click here to donate directly through Paypal
Please note that you cannot donate more than $500 through Paypal. If you are outside the US please add the extra cost of shipping as shown in the prize description.