Published on August 2nd, 2013 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor
American McGee Pleads to Support Alice as He’s “…worried about Alice’s future.”
In the current age of gaming, ‘Kickstarter’ has almost become a household name.
Games that would otherwise be shot down by big publishers become fan-favorites in this online funding support forum. For some, a series whose name has been lost in the history of video gaming might get a second chance with a little bit of promise and finesse with an online presentation. American McGee’s third attempt at an Alice title is no exception.
A letter was recently sent out via email to many who have already backed the project. The call-to-action type letter was in response to a fan who simply said, “I’m going to sit this one out. I don’t care about the Otherlands animations, I just want the game.” Which, in turn, drove McGee to madly send out a letter to fans detailing reasons to keep the project going. For him, without the support behind the Alice: Otherlands project reaching completion, it won’t show enough support for the franchise.
McGee’s complete letter:
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you believe in Alice and her Wonderland. The question is – have you proven your belief by supporting her latest adventure?
Let me share a secret with you… even though we’ve made it half way, I’m worried. I’m worried about Alice’s future. Why? Because a fan recently wrote me and said, “I’m going to sit this one out. I don’t care about the Otherlands animations, I just want the game.” This made me realize that I really need your help to save Alice. I wrote back and explained, “The success of the Otherlands project will prove the value of Alice to people who think the audience just isn’t there.” “I get it, I love Alice, but I can only give you $5,” came the response. It warmed my heart and made me realize it’s your passion that keeps me tied to Alice. The project gives me reason to get up in the morning, but if that support doesn’t come then I feel there’s little to motivate me to keep going.
People just like you are backing. They are making a difference.
Here’s what I need you to do: I need you to keep the long term picture in mind. I need you to back this project in any amount. Why? Because this isn’t just about the Otherlands animations – it’s about showing the world the importance of Alice and her Wonderland.
There are 11,000 people following the Alice: Otherlands Facebook page and over 30,000 people seeing posts from that page. If each of those people lent just a little support, our campaign would fund successfully in a matter of hours. We could show the world once and for all how important Alice is to us.
Won’t you help me do that?
Again, Kickstarter has done something for the gaming community that has been missing for quite some time. It has brought the relationship of the developer and community closer together with the help of the Internet. However, in the case of Alice, it has led its creator to cry out to fans for support. The project has nearly met its goal of $200,000.
McGee has also recently cancelled his other Kickstarter for OZombie, a darkened version of Dorothy and the land of Oz.