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From the developers of the cult hit S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, comes a new post apocalyptic video game called Areal. Read more

Las Vegas, NV Games
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Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter on July 22, 2014.

From the developers of the cult hit S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, comes a new post apocalyptic video game called Areal.

Las Vegas, NV Games
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Massive first Update

Addressing Vostok Games

     We're in our second day and already, we have more than 760 backers! Huge thanks to all of our current and future supporters. The video we promised is going to be posted in the next update, which should appear roughly on this Thursday morning/afternoon in the U.S.

     As we've mentioned before, a former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. modder and current creator of a similar post apocalyptic Kickstarter project has been flooding our comments with negativity and misinformation, and then using various accounts to promote his game, called Project Seed. This is what we in the industry call guerrilla  PR... We are taking appropriate measures to combat this.

     We hope that this negativity stops, and we want to be supportive as well as constructive towards our peers and colleagues. Stay tuned for the video update!

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    1. Creator Raul Strugar on July 20, 2014

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      PLEASE REPORT THIS PROJECT:
      1. Go on main page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1577656602/areal
      2. Click Report Project http://prntscr.com/44gmzy
      3. Tell Kickstarter that developers drops their own money, that they raised more than $12,000 with in 5 minutes!! Tell them that Developers spam in comments on purpose to hide important messages for new backers!
      4. Copy Paste this message here if you did it. Lets help people save money!
      5. Join our chat: http://www.e-chat.co/room/16662
      6. Share this online so people will know their faces: http://prntscr.com/44gdn6/

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      THIS MESSAGE IS A RESPONSE TO THE SPAM INITIATED BY WEST GAMES. OUR AIM IS TO RAISE AWARENESS AND ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO REMOVE THEIR PLEDGES. BE INFORMED, DON'T GET SCAMMED.
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      http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/06/26/areal-kickstarter-raises-huge-red-flags-backers-beware/ (to be updated with info about the $12k fake pledges)
      pp.vk.me/c620923/v620923693/d72c/T0-tsaBEOT0.jpg (difference between Unity and Teaser Video)
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      The more reports the better. REMEMBER! the pledges cannot be removed once there are less than 24 hours left!
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    2. Creator Ronald Clark on July 19, 2014

      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1577656602/areal/posts/919071
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      Thank you to all the news sites that have written about our new teaser, and a special thanks to (among many others) Polygon, Gamer's Hell, PC Games N, Load the Game and Geeky Gadgets for reporting objectively and without any personal bias. Even bigger thanks to the 1,000+ people who have backed us so far. We are so happy to see more than 780 results show up when we type in "Areal Kickstarter" on google's news section! We have raised roughly 76 percent of our base goal, so we really are in the home stretch now! We need you, our backers' help, to get us to at least a hundred percent -- all you need to do is talk about Areal with your friends and share us on social media sites. If everyone got just one friend to contribute, then we would go way beyond our base goal. We have made some mistakes over the course of this Kickstarter, but the fact is that we are trying our hardest, and we hope that you'll help us make Areal a reality.
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      http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/18/5915089/areal-stalker-prototype-trailer
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      http://www.gamershell.com/news_166627.html
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      http://www.pcgamesn.com/west-games-release-first-footage-controversial-stalker-successor-areal
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      http://www.loadthegame.com/2014/07/18/new-video-shows-early-footage-areal/
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      http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/areal-first-person-shooter-prototype-trailer-unveiled-by-west-games-18-07-2014/

    3. Creator Ronald Clark on July 19, 2014

      PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS!!!!!.

      In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

      Application of the term troll is subjective. Some readers may characterize a post as trolling, while others may regard the same post as a legitimate contribution to the discussion, even if controversial. Like any pejorative term, it can be used as an ad hominem attack, suggesting a negative motivation.

      As noted in an OS News article titled "Why People Troll and How to Stop Them" (January 25, 2012), "The traditional definition of trolling includes intent. That is, trolls purposely disrupt forums. This definition is too narrow. Whether someone intends to disrupt a thread or not, the results are the same if they do." Others have addressed the same issue, e.g., Claire Hardaker, in her Ph.D. thesis "Trolling in asynchronous computer-mediated communication: From user discussions to academic definitions", and Dr. Phil. Popular recognition of the existence (and prevalence) of non-deliberate, "accidental trolls", has been documented widely, in sources as diverse as the Urban Dictionary, Nicole Sullivan's keynote speech at the 2012 Fluent Conference, titled "Don't Feed the Trolls" Gizmodo, online opinions on the subject written by Silicon Valley executives and comics.

      Regardless of the circumstances, controversial posts may attract a particularly strong response from those unfamiliar with the robust dialogue found in some online, rather than physical, communities. Experienced participants in online forums know that the most effective way to discourage a troll is usually to ignore it, because responding tends to encourage trolls to continue disruptive posts – hence the often-seen warning: "Please do not feed the trolls".

      Early incidents of trolling were considered to be the same as flaming, but this has changed with modern usage by the news media to refer to the creation of any content that targets another person. The Internet dictionary NetLingo suggests there are four grades of trolling: playtime trolling, tactical trolling, strategic trolling, and domination trolling. The relationship between trolling and flaming was observed in open-access forums in California, on a series of modem-linked computers. CommuniTree was begun in 1978 but was closed in 1982 when accessed by high school teenagers, becoming a ground for trashing and abuse. Some psychologists have suggested that flaming would be caused by deindividuation or decreased self-evaluation: the anonymity of online postings would lead to disinhibition amongst individuals Others have suggested that although flaming and trolling is often unpleasant, it may be a form of normative behavior that expresses the social identity of a certain user group According to Tom Postmes, a professor of social and organisational psychology at the universities of Exeter, England, and Groningen, The Netherlands, and the author of Individuality and the Group, who has studied online behavior for 20 years, "Trolls aspire to violence, to the level of trouble they can cause in an environment. They want it to kick off. They want to promote antipathetic emotions of disgust and outrage, which morbidly gives them a sense of pleasure."

      In academic literature, the practice of trolling was first documented by Judith Donath (1999). Donath's paper outlines the ambiguity of identity in a disembodied "virtual community" such as Usenet:

      In the physical world there is an inherent unity to the self, for the body provides a compelling and convenient definition of identity. The norm is: one body, one identity ... The virtual world is different. It is composed of information rather than matter.

      Donath provides a concise overview of identity deception games which trade on the confusion between physical and epistemic community:

      Trolling is a game about identity deception, albeit one that is played without the consent of most of the players. The troll attempts to pass as a legitimate participant, sharing the group's common interests and concerns; the newsgroups members, if they are cognizant of trolls and other identity deceptions, attempt to both distinguish real from trolling postings, and upon judging a poster a troll, make the offending poster leave the group. Their success at the former depends on how well they – and the troll – understand identity cues; their success at the latter depends on whether the troll's enjoyment is sufficiently diminished or outweighed by the costs imposed by the group.

      Trolls can be costly in several ways. A troll can disrupt the discussion on a newsgroup, disseminate bad advice, and damage the feeling of trust in the newsgroup community. Furthermore, in a group that has become sensitized to trolling – where the rate of deception is high – many honestly naïve questions may be quickly rejected as trollings. This can be quite off-putting to the new user who upon venturing a first posting is immediately bombarded with angry accusations. Even if the accusation is unfounded, being branded a troll is quite damaging to one's online reputation.

      Susan Herring and colleagues in "Searching for Safety Online: Managing 'Trolling' in a Feminist Forum" point out the difficulty inherent in monitoring trolling and maintaining freedom of speech in online communities: "harassment often arises in spaces known for their freedom, lack of censure, and experimental nature". Free speech may lead to tolerance of trolling behavior, complicating the members' efforts to maintain an open, yet supportive discussion area, especially for sensitive topics such as race, gender, and sexuality.

    4. Creator ryuken devereaux on June 30, 2014

      Awesome news about that bullshit, whatever you did seemed to have worked. can't believe some people resorted to death threats, how pathetic. keep up the good work. I'm very excited to see what's shown next. bring it on!

    5. Creator Mike on June 26, 2014

      I look forward to the upcoming video. Back to playing some SOC..

    6. Creator Kyle Jovanis on June 26, 2014

      I want you guys to be legit, but we need to see the gameplay. Or anything really, even if you just show a few faces in the developer interview.

    7. Creator Tracey Craig on June 26, 2014

      Looking foward to see some actual Areal game footage.....you need to focus on winning our trust with concrete evidence :D never mind Misery Dev. Ltd....KS will be investigating him probably with a view of banning him from KS forever....what a prick!

    8. Creator Super Face Master on June 26, 2014

      The best way to combat negativity is to address it. The longer you leave it, the more updates you make like this with no information in them at all, the harder it will be to convince anyone you're legit.

    9. Creator DeafTard on June 26, 2014

      Good news to hear West Games and looking forward to seeing more proof/videos/etc come to light to combat all the allegations

    10. Creator Stephen "Stoibs" D on June 26, 2014

      He was promoting his game..? Huh That's news to me.
      All I saw was legitimate concerns and questions, pointing out discrepancies, false info etc.
      Not sure how I feel about a dev that is 'Taking action' to silence free speech of folk raising awareness of such issues....Seems like you have something to hide..

    11. Creator D Chad Webster on June 26, 2014

      Looking forward to the vid and don't let the hate get you down!

    12. Creator Brandon on June 26, 2014

      Good to hear, can't wait to see the video.