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Update 21 (small update):

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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.

     To those who missed it, here is the teaser again. Please note that the following video is early prototype footage that's not representative of Areal's final quality:

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    3. Ronald Clark on

      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1577656602/areal/posts/919071
      :
      "
      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.
      «

      http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/18/5915089/areal-stalker-prototype-trailer
      !
      http://www.gamershell.com/news_166627.html
      !
      http://www.pcgamesn.com/west-games-release-first-footage-controversial-stalker-successor-areal
      !
      http://www.loadthegame.com/2014/07/18/new-video-shows-early-footage-areal/
      !
      http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/areal-first-person-shooter-prototype-trailer-unveiled-by-west-games-18-07-2014/

    4. Ronald Clark on

      Take your first look at the Areal prototype from former STALKER devs

      http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/18/5915089/areal-stalker-prototype-trailer

      The first prototype video for first-person shooter Areal, currently in development from former STALKER developers at West Games, was released by the studio on its official YouTube page.

      The video is described on the game's Kickstarter page as "early prototype footage that's not representative of Areal's final quality." In it we see a man trekking through the dark woods amidst a backdrop of cricket chirping and what sounds like Morse code. Later on we see the heat signature of predatory animals before a poison gas sweeps across the forest causing the man to choke.

      Areal was first announced in June with the release of its $50,000 Kickstarter campaign. The open-world title, which is in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Linux, Mac and Windows PC, depicts a post-apocalyptic world deteriorating because of a mysterious mineral called Metamorphite. The result of a meteor strike, it "eventually spreads, corrupts and infects the whole world," Areal's Kickstarter description reads.

      So far the Kickstarter campaign is still shy of its funding goal. As of press time, the campaign has reached $37,195 with six days to go.

    5. Ronald Clark on

      West Games release first footage of controversial STALKER successor Areal
      http://www.pcgamesn.com/west-games-release-first-footage-controversial-stalker-successor-areal

      The Ukrainian developers behind the most troubled Kickstarter project in yonks have released the first footage of their intended STALKER successor, Areal. The “early prototype” video is a bid to pull the campaign by its shoulders over the finish line - but is unlikely to sway would-be backers one way or the other.

      West Games say the footage is “not representative of Areal’s final quality”.

      Some of the right elements are there, though: a flashlight, a forest, and an anomalous crash site. And throughout, the comforting, ever-present blip of something like a geiger counter.

      But then there’s that stiff-looking character model. And did anybody manage to identify the bright orange mammal?

      It’s entirely possible that Areal will make it. West Games have garnered $37,091 of their $50,000 goal so far, and have six days to go yet. High-profile Kickstarter campaigns typically suffer a lull in the middle, and enjoy a rush towards the end. But then, this has not been a typical Kickstarter campaign.

      Since its inception, Areal’s campaign has been dogged by claims that its developers weren’t the STALKER veterans they said they were. But last week, GSC Game World and Vostok alumnus Alexey Sytyanov joined Areal as producer.

      Are you one of the thousand who’ve taken a punt on Areal already?

    6. Ronald Clark on

      http://www.loadthegame.com/2014/07/18/new-video-shows-early-footage-areal/

      West Games has finally released prototype footage of their post-apocalyptic title Areal. It shows a man moving through not-so-friendly forest accompanied by an eerie soundtrack. It is the first time the developer has shown footage of the game, previous videos had only featured basic Unity assets along with video taken from previous S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games. As you might expect from a game that is still looking for funding, the Areal reveal trailer released is described as being “early prototype footage that’s not representative of Areal’s final quality.” The video was reportedly made in just two weeks and the development team has stated that they hope it will quell some of the fears that people had about the project.

      The video might well help to get more people interested in Areal, after what was a disastrous Kickstarter launch. Almost immediately after the developers launched their crowdfunding campaign they were accused of stealing assetsfrom other games while others attacked the claim that they had previously worked on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. Other concerns were raised over the fact that the team was only looking to raise $50,000, a figure that would in no way fund such a massive project. Most of these concerns have since been acknowledged and refuted by West Games in a series of updates on their Kickstarter page. The news that a leading designer from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. had also joined the team as a producer also calmed fears that Areal was a scam.

      Areal was first announced in June and was described as a spiritual successor to the cult series S.T.A.L.K.E.R. that would incorporate many elements of the first-person shooter. The developers are basing the plat on a book of the same name by author Sergey Tarmashev. They have so far managed to raise $37,340 of their $50,000 goal with just six days of the campaign remaining.

    7. Ronald Clark on

      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.

    8. Judicator on

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    9. Julia Kravec on

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      Martin Raun Dragsbæk
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      Artyom Andreev
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      Eugene Kim (not from WG)
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      !
      !
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      Alex
      http://i.imgur.com/pzhwubp.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1471462809
      Ahmad Khan:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/118853235
      Matthew Farmery:
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      Nick Evans:
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      Philomelle
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      TimoH
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      Sander Goetzee Serrano:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/undeadguru
      Martin Raun Dragsbæk
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/364031039
      Microsoft Sam
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/442661676
      Artyom Andreev
      http://i.imgur.com/X6kydpo.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/992653368
      Eugene Kim (not from WG)
      http://i.imgur.com/y0UFgmX.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/681414583!Beware these trolls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      !
      !
      !
      Alex
      http://i.imgur.com/pzhwubp.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1471462809
      Ahmad Khan:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/118853235
      Matthew Farmery:
      http://i.imgur.com/epq0iK1.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1048485536
      Nick Evans:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1154449346
      Philomelle
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/2118415740
      TimoH
      http://i.imgur.com/l2mslJt.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1503167304
      Sander Goetzee Serrano:
      http://take.ms/88ym6
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/undeadguru
      Martin Raun Dragsbæk
      http://i.imgur.com/8kGBkIA.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/364031039
      Microsoft Sam
      http://i.imgur.com/JrGPcUc.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/442661676
      Artyom Andreev
      http://i.imgur.com/X6kydpo.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/992653368
      Eugene Kim (not from WG)
      http://i.imgur.com/y0UFgmX.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/681414583!Beware these trolls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      !
      !
      !
      Alex
      http://i.imgur.com/pzhwubp.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1471462809
      Ahmad Khan:
      http://i.imgur.com/29wVmwP.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/118853235
      Matthew Farmery:
      http://i.imgur.com/epq0iK1.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1048485536
      Nick Evans:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1154449346
      Philomelle
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/2118415740
      TimoH
      http://i.imgur.com/l2mslJt.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1503167304
      Sander Goetzee Serrano:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/undeadguru
      Martin Raun Dragsbæk
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/364031039
      Microsoft Sam
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/442661676
      Artyom Andreev
      http://i.imgur.com/X6kydpo.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/992653368
      Eugene Kim (not from WG)
      http://i.imgur.com/y0UFgmX.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/681414583!Beware these trolls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      !
      !
      !
      Alex
      http://i.imgur.com/pzhwubp.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1471462809
      Ahmad Khan:
      http://i.imgur.com/29wVmwP.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/118853235
      Matthew Farmery:
      http://i.imgur.com/epq0iK1.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1048485536
      Nick Evans:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1154449346
      Philomelle
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/2118415740
      TimoH
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1503167304
      Sander Goetzee Serrano:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/undeadguru
      Martin Raun Dragsbæk
      http://i.imgur.com/8kGBkIA.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/364031039
      Microsoft Sam
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/442661676
      Artyom Andreev
      http://i.imgur.com/X6kydpo.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/992653368
      Eugene Kim (not from WG)
      http://i.imgur.com/y0UFgmX.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/681414583!Beware these trolls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      !
      !
      !
      Alex
      http://i.imgur.com/pzhwubp.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1471462809
      Ahmad Khan:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/118853235
      Matthew Farmery:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1048485536
      Nick Evans:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1154449346
      Philomelle
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/2118415740
      TimoH
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1503167304
      Sander Goetzee Serrano:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/undeadguru
      Martin Raun Dragsbæk
      http://i.imgur.com/8kGBkIA.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/364031039
      Microsoft Sam
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/442661676
      Artyom Andreev
      http://i.imgur.com/X6kydpo.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/992653368
      Eugene Kim (not from WG)
      http://i.imgur.com/y0UFgmX.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/681414583!Beware these trolls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      !
      !
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      Alex
      http://i.imgur.com/pzhwubp.jpg
      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1471462809
      Ahmad Khan:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/118853235
      Matthew Farmery:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1048485536
      Nick Evans:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1154449346
      Philomelle
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/2118415740
      TimoH
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1503167304
      Sander Goetzee Serrano:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/undeadguru
      Martin Raun Dragsbæk
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/364031039
      Microsoft Sam
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/442661676
      Artyom Andreev
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/992653368
      Eugene Kim (not from WG)
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      !
      !
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      Alex
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1471462809
      Ahmad Khan:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/118853235
      Matthew Farmery:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1048485536
      Nick Evans:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1154449346
      Philomelle
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      TimoH
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1503167304
      Sander Goetzee Serrano:
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/undeadguru
      Martin Raun Dragsbæk
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      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/364031039
      Microsoft Sam
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      Artyom Andreev
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    10. Ronald Clark on

      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.

    11. Ronald Clark on

      $37,340 -> 50K
      YESSSSS!!!
      THANK YOU!!!!!!

    12. Ronald Clark on

      Take your first look at the Areal prototype from former STALKER devs

      http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/18/5915089/areal-stalker-prototype-trailer

      The first prototype video for first-person shooter Areal, currently in development from former STALKER developers at West Games, was released by the studio on its official YouTube page.

      The video is described on the game's Kickstarter page as "early prototype footage that's not representative of Areal's final quality." In it we see a man trekking through the dark woods amidst a backdrop of cricket chirping and what sounds like Morse code. Later on we see the heat signature of predatory animals before a poison gas sweeps across the forest causing the man to choke.

      Areal was first announced in June with the release of its $50,000 Kickstarter campaign. The open-world title, which is in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Linux, Mac and Windows PC, depicts a post-apocalyptic world deteriorating because of a mysterious mineral called Metamorphite. The result of a meteor strike, it "eventually spreads, corrupts and infects the whole world," Areal's Kickstarter description reads.

      So far the Kickstarter campaign is still shy of its funding goal. As of press time, the campaign has reached $37,195 with six days to go.

    13. Ronald Clark on

      West Games release first footage of controversial STALKER successor Areal
      http://www.pcgamesn.com/west-games-release-first-footage-controversial-stalker-successor-areal

      The Ukrainian developers behind the most troubled Kickstarter project in yonks have released the first footage of their intended STALKER successor, Areal. The “early prototype” video is a bid to pull the campaign by its shoulders over the finish line - but is unlikely to sway would-be backers one way or the other.

      West Games say the footage is “not representative of Areal’s final quality”.

      Some of the right elements are there, though: a flashlight, a forest, and an anomalous crash site. And throughout, the comforting, ever-present blip of something like a geiger counter.

      But then there’s that stiff-looking character model. And did anybody manage to identify the bright orange mammal?

      It’s entirely possible that Areal will make it. West Games have garnered $37,091 of their $50,000 goal so far, and have six days to go yet. High-profile Kickstarter campaigns typically suffer a lull in the middle, and enjoy a rush towards the end. But then, this has not been a typical Kickstarter campaign.

      Since its inception, Areal’s campaign has been dogged by claims that its developers weren’t the STALKER veterans they said they were. But last week, GSC Game World and Vostok alumnus Alexey Sytyanov joined Areal as producer.

      Are you one of the thousand who’ve taken a punt on Areal already?

    14. Ronald Clark on

      http://www.loadthegame.com/2014/07/18/new-video-shows-early-footage-areal/

      West Games has finally released prototype footage of their post-apocalyptic title Areal. It shows a man moving through not-so-friendly forest accompanied by an eerie soundtrack. It is the first time the developer has shown footage of the game, previous videos had only featured basic Unity assets along with video taken from previous S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games. As you might expect from a game that is still looking for funding, the Areal reveal trailer released is described as being “early prototype footage that’s not representative of Areal’s final quality.” The video was reportedly made in just two weeks and the development team has stated that they hope it will quell some of the fears that people had about the project.

      The video might well help to get more people interested in Areal, after what was a disastrous Kickstarter launch. Almost immediately after the developers launched their crowdfunding campaign they were accused of stealing assetsfrom other games while others attacked the claim that they had previously worked on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. Other concerns were raised over the fact that the team was only looking to raise $50,000, a figure that would in no way fund such a massive project. Most of these concerns have since been acknowledged and refuted by West Games in a series of updates on their Kickstarter page. The news that a leading designer from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. had also joined the team as a producer also calmed fears that Areal was a scam.

      Areal was first announced in June and was described as a spiritual successor to the cult series S.T.A.L.K.E.R. that would incorporate many elements of the first-person shooter. The developers are basing the plat on a book of the same name by author Sergey Tarmashev. They have so far managed to raise $37,340 of their $50,000 goal with just six days of the campaign remaining.

    15. Ronald Clark on

      Areal First Person Shooter Prototype Trailer Unveiled By West Games (video)
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1577656602/areal/widget/video.html

      A quick teaser trailer has been released for the new first-person shooter (FPS) video game called Areal that is currently under development by the game studio responsible for the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, West Games.

      West Games are currently running a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign to help fund the development of a new Areal game. Check out the early prototype footage which is not representative of Areal’s final quality after the jump.

      West Games explain : “Areal is a new video game that’s being made by senior ex-S.T.A.L.K.E.R. developers. It features a massive and intricately detailed open world environment that is extremely varied and colorful, even though it’s set in a post-apocalyptic setting.

      Areal depicts a future where civilization has fallen apart due to an unearthly material called Metamorphite, which eventually spreads, corrupts and infects the whole world. The source of Metamorphite comes from a meteor that impacted the earth long ago, and it is the site of constant conflict and bloodshed.

      Areal’s story is not linear – players can choose how their characters act and speak – everything from how you talk to who you kill changes the storyline of Areal. There is no morality system in Areal, so you are free to make choices that you think are best in any given situation, without being blinded and limited by a standard good/evil system.

      Ultimately, Areal is the culmination of everything that we want to see from a post apocalyptic game, and it’s something that we can realize with full creative freedom because of the unique platform that is Kickstarter. All we need is your support!”

      For more information on the new Areal game for West Games jump over to the Kickstarter website for details and to help with its development.

    16. Ronald Clark on

      Chat for trolls?
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      THIS IS CYBER WAR!!!!!!
      WITH CYBER TERRORISTS!
      I'M CYBER TERRORISTS HUNTER!!!!

    17. Alex on

      If someone wonder how West Games team look like: http://prntscr.com/44gdn6

    18. Alex on

      ***************CONTACT KICKSTARTER********************
      Join chat if you want discuss this horrible behavior:
      http://www.e-chat.co/room/16662
      So fucking obvious, developers just dropped $10,000 to their campaign. So freaking stupid, come on guys stop this shit!

    19. Ronald Clark on

      yes!!! nice update 22!
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      http://i.imgur.com/WXUhpyk.jpg
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    20. Alex on

      ********************WARNING NEW AND CURRENT BACKERS**********************************
      EVERYONE, Please go report this campaign. West Games Spam Their Campaign. It was proved multiple times that they create fake accounts to pledge their own campaign and they spam comments section like crazy in order to hide negative comments about their shady campaign. Multiple times we proved that developers used copyrighted materials and assets that belongs to others. There is multiple screenshots was upload that revealing that their campaign is copy past of someones else work. PLEASE REPORT, ask your friends to come here and help us fight with this Dirty behavior. Kickstarter doesn't give a $hit about us lets scream louder. COME ON GUYS TIME TO ACT. 4 days left and they keep adding their own money, fight back right now is time to act aggressively!!!

    21. PegasusOrgans-AGL 589 on

      ...You guys destroyed the comments section. It doesn't belong to you, it belongs to West Games. So god damn entitled.

    22. Alex on

      Guys, this is F**cking redicilous, why Kickstarter doesn't give a $hit about projects that they allow here. look at what developers doing, comment section is just destroyed. Please contact anyone who you can we need to stop this disaster, it just ridiculous how everything is so unprofessional and Kickstarter just don't care at all. COME ON GUYS LETS HELP PEOPLE to save their money! And stop this unprofessional, BS behavior.

    23. Philomelle on

      @ Russel
      I'm aware of that. However, everything about this update indicates that they're intentionally ignoring the situation with their comment page, which does contribute to the list of mistakes they have made so far.

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      ryuken devereaux on

      Love the video guys amazing job can't wait to see what the finished product looks like!! Hopefully this will shut some peoples stupid facings right!? Good luck going all the way. I'd give more if I could.

    25. Russell Deitch on

      " refusing to clear the comment section of trolls and spammers"
      @Philomelle, they can't. Only KS support can edit / remove a comment once it's been made. For them to do so, they will need a ticket.

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      DraxQuin on

      You can open a support ticket.

    27. TimoH on

      @DraxQuin: How? There is no mail to Kickstarter and they do not react on Facebook comments.

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      DraxQuin on

      Has anyone informed/e-mail Kickstarter about this comment spamming. West Games are trying to submerge any criticism.

    29. Philomelle on

      http://rhialto.com/AREAL/

      An old fan of STALKER series asked me to post this link here. This is a message to West Games as a developers. Read through it and hopefully you'll learn something from it.

    30. TimoH on

      Please, people, inform Kickstarter about this spamming. On Facebook and elsewhere. This clearly is the works of West Games devs or friends and it is washing the warning comments down very quickly.

    31. Ahmad Khan on

      To discuss this mess of a project without getting spammed,visit this chat channel some of us concered backers have created:
      http://www.e-chat.co/room/16662

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      Brent Taylor on

      Documents Show How Russia’s Troll Army Hit America The adventures of Russian agents like The Ghost of Marius the Giraffe, Gay Turtle, and Ass — exposed for the first time. posted on June 2, 2014, at 10:48 a.m. Max Seddon BuzzFeed Staff Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed Russia’s campaign to shape international opinion around its invasion of Ukraine has extended to recruiting and training a new cadre of online trolls that have been deployed to spread the Kremlin’s message on the comments section of top American websites. Plans attached to emails leaked by a mysterious Russian hacker collective show IT managers reporting on a new ideological front against the West in the comments sections of Fox News, Huffington Post, The Blaze, Politico, and WorldNetDaily. The bizarre hive of social media activity appears to be part of a two-pronged Kremlin campaign to claim control over the internet, launching a million-dollar army of trolls to mold American public opinion as it cracks down on internet freedom at home. “Foreign media are currently actively forming a negative image of the Russian Federation in the eyes of the global community,” one of the project’s team members, Svetlana Boiko, wrote in a strategy document. “Additionally, the discussions formed by comments to those articles are also negative in tone. “Like any brand formed by popular opinion, Russia has its supporters (‘brand advocates’) and its opponents. The main problem is that in the foreign internet community, the ratio of supporters and opponents of Russia is about 20/80 respectively.” The documents show instructions provided to the commenters that detail the workload expected of them. On an average working day, the Russians are to post on news articles 50 times. Each blogger is to maintain six Facebook accounts publishing at least three posts a day and discussing the news in groups at least twice a day. By the end of the first month, they are expected to have won 500 subscribers and get at least five posts on each item a day. On Twitter, the bloggers are expected to manage 10 accounts with up to 2,000 followers and tweet 50 times a day. They are to post messages along themes called “American Dream” and “I Love Russia.” The archetypes for the accounts are called Handkerchief, Gay Turtle, The Ghost of Marius the Giraffe, Left Breast, Black Breast, and Ass, for reasons that are not immediately clear. According to the documents, which are attached to several hundred emails sent to the project’s leader, Igor Osadchy, the effort was launched in April and is led by a firm called the Internet Research Agency. It’s based in a Saint Petersburg suburb, and the documents say it employs hundreds of people across Russia who promote Putin in comments on Russian blogs. Osadchy told BuzzFeed he had never worked for the Internet Research Agency and that the extensive documents — including apparent budgeting for his $35,000 salary — were an “unsuccessful provocation.” He declined to comment on the content of the leaks. The Kremlin declined to comment. The Internet Research Agency has not commented on the leak. Definitively proving the authenticity of the documents and their authors’ ties to the Kremlin is, by the nature of the subject, not easy. The project’s cost, scale, and awkward implementation have led many observers in Russia to doubt, however, that it could have come about in any other way. “What, you think crazy Russians all learned English en masse and went off to comment on articles?” said Leonid Bershidsky, a media executive and Bloomberg View columnist. “If it looks like Kremlin shit, smells like Kremlin shit, and tastes like Kremlin shit too — then it’s Kremlin shit.” Despite efforts to hire English teachers for the trolls, most of the comments are written in barely coherent English. “I think the whole world is realizing what will be with Ukraine, and only U.S. keep on fuck around because of their great plans are doomed to failure,” reads one post from an unnamed forum, used as an example in the leaked documents. The trolls appear to have taken pains to learn the sites’ different commenting systems. A report on initial efforts to post comments discusses the types of profanity and abuse that are allowed on some sites, but not others. “Direct offense of Americans as a race are not published (‘Your nation is a nation of complete idiots’),” the author wrote of fringe conspiracy site WorldNetDaily, “nor are vulgar reactions to the political work of Barack Obama (‘Obama did shit his pants while talking about foreign affairs, how you can feel yourself psychologically comfortable with pants full of shit?’).” Another suggested creating “up to 100” fake accounts on the Huffington Post to master the site’s complicated commenting system. WorldNetDaily told BuzzFeed it had no ability to monitor whether it had been besieged by an army of Russian trolls in recent weeks. The other outlets did not respond to BuzzFeed’s queries. Some of the leaked documents also detail what appear to be extensive efforts led by hundreds of freelance bloggers to comment on Russian-language sites. The bloggers hail from cities throughout Russia; their managers give them ratings based on the efficiency and “authenticity,” as well as the number of domains they post from. Novaya Gazeta, Russia’s only independent investigative newspaper, infiltrated its “troll farm” of commenters on Russian blogs last September. Russia’s “troll army” is just one part of a massive propaganda campaign the Kremlin has unleashed since the Ukrainian crisis exploded in February. Russian state TV endlessly asserts that Kiev’s interim government is under the thumb of “fascists” and “neo-Nazis” intent on oppressing Russian-speaking Ukrainians and exerts a mesmerizing hold on many in the country’s southeast, where the channels are popular. Ukraine has responded by banning all Russian state channels, barring entry to most Russian journalists, and treats some of the more obviously pro-rebel Russian reporters as enemy combatants. The trolling project’s finances are appropriately lavish for its considerable scale. A budget for April 2014, its first month, lists costs for 25 employees and expenses that together total over $75,000. The Internet Research Agency itself, founded last summer, now employs over 600 people and, if spending levels from December 2013 to April continue, is set to budget for over $10 million in 2014, according to the documents. Half of its budget is earmarked to be paid in cash. Two Russian media reports partly based on other selections from the documents attest that the campaign is directly orchestrated by the Kremlin. Business newspaper Vedomosti, citing sources close to Putin’s presidential administration, said last week that the campaign was directly orchestrated by the government and included expatriate Russian bloggers in Germany, India, and Thailand. Novaya Gazeta claimed this week that the campaign is run by Evgeny Prigozhin, a restaurateur who catered Putin’s re-inauguration in 2012. Prigozhin has reportedly orchestrated several other elaborate Kremlin-funded campaigns against opposition members and the independent media. Emails from the hacked trove show an accountant for the Internet Research Agency approving numerous payments with an accountant from Prigozhin’s catering holding, Concord. Several people who follow the Russian internet closely told BuzzFeed the Internet Research Energy is only one of several firms believed to be employing pro-Kremlin comment trolls. That has long been suspected based on the comments under articles about Russia on many other sites, such as Kremlin propaganda network RT’s wildly successful YouTube channel. The editor of The Guardian’s opinion page recently claimed that the site was the victim of an “orchestrated campaign.” Russian-language social networks are awash with accounts that lack the signs of real users, such as pictures, regular posting, or personal statements. These “dead souls,” as Vasily Gatov, a prominent Russian media analyst who blogs at Postjournalist, calls them, often surface to attack opposition figures or journalists who write articles critical of Putin’s government. The puerility of many of the comments recalls the pioneering trolling of now-defunct Kremlin youth group Nashi, whose leaders extensively discussed commenting on Russian opposition websites in emails leaked by hackers in 2012. Analysts say Timur Prokopenko, former head of rival pro-Putin youth group Young Guard, now runs internet projects in the presidential administration. “These docs are written in the same style and keep the same quality level,” said Alexei Sidorenko, a Poland-based Russian developer and net freedom activist. “They’re sketchy, incomplete, done really fast, have tables, copy-pastes — it’s the standard of a regular student’s work from Russian university.” The group that hacked the emails, which were shared with BuzzFeed last week and later uploaded online, is a new collective that ca

    33. Ahmad Khan on

      To discuss this mess of a project without getting spammed,visit this chat channel some of us concered backers have created:
      http://www.e-chat.co/room/16662

    34. d4v33edz on

      "We have raised roughly 76 percent of our base goal, so we really are in the home stretch now! "
      If Update 20 had been posted around Update 5 and then followed on with relevant updates, as requested by your backers, if you had been transparent and honest from from the start and if you the dev team had been active on the KS you created then the above quote would be irrelevant. You wouldn't be limping to the finish line, you wouldn't have lost control of your own KS comments page and you probably wouldn't have split the Stalker community.
      You said you were relying on help from the Stalker community to fund this, you said you wanted to see Areal modded in the future, to help give it longevity (like Stalker).
      Your approach has probably failed, and you now that is kind of sad.
      Most of the people offering their views here are part of the Stalker community and some from known mod dev teams. You have only alienated them, you have turned potentially good allies into people who don't think your project is worth backing or supporting.

      You have rested on your laurels from your Stalker days, yes we know you worked on Stalker, fine, now show us your work on this. Most of the "negative" views posted here mainly down to your own mistakes, so don't play the victim.

      If this had been launched two days ago with your last 2 updates, you would be able to show a lot more positive press coverage then you can today. You would have probably have got your funding within a week. You would have a lively and interesting main comments page, you would have look professional with investors knocking on your door.

    35. Avalanche on

      The reason the sites you listed are reporting the way they are reporting, isn't because they are being objective or unbiased. It's because they are just relaying some basic information. A lot of the stuff written there is pretty much regurgitating the basics from the Kickstarter front page, a video came out, a brief description of what's happening in the video (dark, man walking, flashlight) and the total raised so far. They offer no opinion or analysis at all.

      It's only when sites like the ones listed by Philomelle look at things and actually offer *any* opinion or analysis, that they come down with the negative comments that they do. Like some of us. They are not being negative, they are just analysing the situation and giving their honest opinion. Do you have any websites that offer a *positive* analysis?

      Read the comments from the sites listed by Philomelle. The ones you've listed have almost no comments at all.

    36. Alex on

      They don't have balls. They only can spam on their own comment section. They made multiple fake accounts and throwing money on their own campaign. Please everyone be aware!!!

    37. Misery Dev. Ltd. on

      Standard AMA definition =
      Ask Me Anything and you have your answer

      West Games AMA definition =
      Ask Me Anything and you never get an answer

    38. Avalanche on

      Sooooo... are you using Unity there in the video, West Games? You still haven't said.

    39. Philomelle on

      To any backers who wish to discuss this project in a more real-time environment, we have set up an online chatroom. Seeing as West Games are intentionally refusing to clear the comment section of spam because that would allow people to read investigation into their project that was conducted by various backer, you can peruse this instead.

      http://www.e-chat.co/room/16662

    40. Alex on

      And here is how their teaser was made:

      http://i.imgur.com/FCIkm0e.jpg

    41. Philomelle on

      "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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      By refusing to address any questions or doubts raised in your last update, refusing to clear the comment section of trolls and spammers, as well as refusing to acknowledge numerous news outlets that expressed doubt in your project, you have made even more mistakes.
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      http://www.incgamers.com/2014/07/areal-ama-at-reddit-does-little-to-reassure-s-t-a-l-k-e-r-fans
      http://www.vg247.com/2014/07/18/areal-video-stalker-doesnt-do-it-any-favours/
      http://www.incgamers.com/2014/07/areal-releases-prototype-footage-to-more-accusations
      http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/07/18/areal-kickstarter-finally-gets-some-gameplay-footage/
      http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-07-18-finally-theres-areal-prototype-game-footage