Vancouver developers of homeless game go iBegging for $15,000 in donations
Earlier this week, we told you about a mobile game in the works that will see gamers play a Vancouver homeless person. Last Pick Productions had announced the development of iBeg during Homelessness Action Week, which ends on Saturday (October 13), to minor controversy.
When we wrote about iBeg on Wednesday (October 10), the press kit for the iOS and Android game stated players would be able to "Customize and improve your homeless person's home base - build up from a cardboard box to a mansion!" Well, that line has been scrubbed from the press kit. The studio has also deleted the word fun from the following feature description: "Earn money from a variety of fun activities, including panhandling, busking, collecting cans, and doing odd jobs."
That's probably a good idea, because Last Pick launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign on Thursday (October 11). At time of writing, 29 backers had already pledged $1,070 of the studio's $15,000 goal. The campaign wraps up on November 9.
On Kickstarter, Last Pick says 100 percent of the cash raised will go into the development of iBeg:
Our goal of $15,000 is relatively small for development of a full iOS game. We have only asked for the minimum amount we believe is needed to actually release the game on time and budget.
Our second goal of $50,000 would give us a budget that will allow us to really get this project off the ground. We would be able to add a bunch of new features to the game, like a pet dog, more locations, and mini-games. We could also afford to hire some more help and start really expanding the world. As a result, the amount of time and effort put into the game would be exponentially greater, making it better and allowing us to get it to you faster!
The minimum donation is $1. Anyone contributing $250 to the project will be rewarded by seeing their pixelized likeness inserted into the game as a pedestrian. Last Pick will only get the funds if at least $15,000 is pledged by the campaign deadline.
According to the studio, iBeg is intended to raise awareness of homelessness and promote "positive, social change". In iBeg, players will be able to use real-world money to purchase in-game currency. A portion of the proceeds will go to local groups that help homeless people. On Wednesday, Last Pick tweeted that it had "shown the game to a few homeless people" and they " thought it was a good way to raise awareness".
The planned release date for the game is spring 2013. Your thoughts?