In 1973, Allen & Company bought a stake in Columbia Pictures. When the business was sold in 1982 to Coca-Cola, it netted a significant profit. Since then, Herbert Allen, Jr. has had a place on Coca-Cola's board of directors.Allen & Co throws the Sun Valley Conference every year where you get a glimpse of who sows up. Harvey Weinstein, though a past visitor, was not invited last year.
Since its founding in 1982, the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference has regularly drawn high-profile attendees such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Rupert Murdoch, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Johnson, Andy Grove, Richard Parsons, and Donald Keough.
Allen & Co. was one of ten underwriters for the Google initial public offering in 2004. In 2007, Allen was sole advisor to Activision in its $18 billion merger with Vivendi Games. In 2011, the New York Mets hired Allen & Co. to sell a minority stake of the team. That deal later fell apart. In November 2013, Allen & Co. was one of seven underwriters on the initial public offering of Twitter. Allen & Co. was the adviser of Facebook in its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp in February 2014.
In 2015, Allen & Co. was the advisor to Time Warner in its $80 billion 2015 merger with Charter Communications, AOL in its acquisition by Verizon, Centene Corporation in its $6.8 billion acquisition of Health Net, and eBay in its separation from PayPal.
In 2016, Allen & Co was the lead advisor to Time Warner in its $108 billion acquisition by AT&T, LinkedIn for its merger talks with Microsoft, Walmart in its $3.3 billion purchase of Jet.com, and Verizon in its $4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo!. In 2017, Allen & Co. was the advisor to Chewy.com in PetSmart’s $3.35 billion purchase of the online retailer.
Previous conference guests have included Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren and Susan Buffett, Tony Blair, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Allen alumnus and former Philippine Senator Mar Roxas, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Quicken Loans Founder & Chairman Dan Gilbert, Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang, financier George Soros, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch, eBay CEO Meg Whitman, BET founder Robert Johnson, Time Warner Chairman Richard Parsons, Nike founder and chairman Phil Knight, Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell, NBA player LeBron James, Professor and Entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun, Governor Chris Christie, entertainer Dan Chandler, Katharine Graham of The Washington Post, Diane Sawyer, InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller, Linkedin co-founder Reid Hoffman, entrepreneur Wences Casares, EXOR and FCA Chairman John Elkann, Sandro Salsano from Salsano Group, and Washington Post CEO Donald E. Graham, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and Oprah Winfrey.https://i.imgur.com/VZ0OtFa.png
"The problem with George Tenet is that he doesn't seem to care to get his facts straight. He is not meticulous. He is willing to make up stories that suit his purposes and to suppress information that does not."https://i.imgur.com/YHMJnnP.png
"Sadly but fittingly, 'At the Center of the Storm' is likely to remind us that sometimes what lies at the center of a storm is a deafening silence."
It is now clear that we are facing an implacable enemy whose avowed objective is world domination by whatever means and at whatever costs. There are no rules in such a game. Hitherto acceptable norms of human conduct do not apply. If the US is to survive, longstanding American concepts of "fair play" must be reconsidered. We must develop effective espionage and counterespionage services and must learn to subvert, sabotage and destroy our enemies by more clever, more sophisticated means than those used against us. It may become necessary that the American people be made acquainted with, understand and support this fundamentally repugnant philosophy.http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3340677/t/cia-operatives-shadowy-war-force/
Intelligence historian Jeffrey T. Richelson says the S.A. has covered a variety of missions. The group, which recently was reorganized, has had about 200 officers, divided among several groups: the Special Operations Group; the Foreign Training Group, which trains foreign police and intelligence officers; the Propaganda and Political Action Group, which handles disinformation; the Computer Operations Group, which handles information warfare; and the Proprietary Management Staff, which manages whatever companies the CIA sets up as covers for the S.A.Scientology as a CIA Political Action Group – “It is a continuing arrangement…”: https://mikemcclaughry.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/scientology-as-a-cia-political-action-group-it-is-a-continuing-arrangement/
…Those operations we inaugurated in the years 1955-7 are still secret, but, for present purposes, I can say all that’s worth saying about them in a few sentences – after, that is, I offer these few words of wisdom. The ‘perfect’ political action operation is, by definition, uneventful. Nothing ‘happens’ in it. It is a continuing arrangement, neither a process nor a series of actions proceeding at a starting point and ending with a conclusion.CIA FBI NSA Personnel Active in Scientology: https://i.imgur.com/acu2Eti.png
Under the guise of a fake account a posting is made which looks legitimate and is towards the truth is made - but the critical point is that it has a VERY WEAK PREMISE without substantive proof to back the posting. Once this is done then under alternative fake accounts a very strong position in your favour is slowly introduced over the life of the posting. It is IMPERATIVE that both sides are initially presented, so the uninformed reader cannot determine which side is the truth. As postings and replies are made the stronger 'evidence' or disinformation in your favour is slowly 'seeded in.'When you find yourself feeling like common sense and common courtesy aren’t as common as they ought to be, it is because there is a massive psychological operation controlled from the top down to ensure that as many people as possible are caught in a “tension based” mental loop that is inflicted on them by people acting with purpose to achieve goals that are not in the interest of the general population, but a method of operating in secret and corrupt manner without consequences.
Thus the uninformed reader will most likely develop the same position as you, and if their position is against you their opposition to your posting will be most likely dropped. However in some cases where the forum members are highly educated and can counter your disinformation with real facts and linked postings, you can then 'abort' the consensus cracking by initiating a 'forum slide.'
Katzenberg has also been involved in politics. With his active support of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, he was called "one of Hollywood's premier political kingmakers and one of the Democratic Party's top national fundraisers."With cash from Jeffrey Katzenberg, The Young Turks looks to grow paid subscribers:
Last week, former DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new mobile entertainment company WndrCo was part of a $20 million funding round in TYT Network, which oversees 30 news and commentary shows covering politics, pop culture, sports and more. This includes the flagship “The Young Turks” program that streams live on YouTube every day. Other investors in the round included venture capital firms Greycroft Partners, E.ventures and 3L Capital, which led the round. This brings total funding for Young Turks to $24 million.How Hollywood's Political Donors Are Changing Strategies for the Trump Era:
Hollywood activism long has been depicted as a club controlled by a handful of powerful white men: Katzenberg, Spielberg, Lear, David Geffen, Haim Saban and Bob Iger are the names most often mentioned. But a new generation of power brokers is ascendant, including J.J. Abrams and his wife, Katie McGrath, cited for their personal donations and bundling skills; Shonda Rhimes, who held a get-out-the-vote rally at USC's Galen Center on Sept. 28 that drew 10,000 people; CAA's Darnell Strom, who has hosted events for Nevada congresswoman Jacky Rosen and Arizona congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema; and former Spotify executive Troy Carter, who held three fundraisers for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous (Carter also was a fundraiser for President Obama).Soros Group Buys Viacom's DreamWorks Film Library:
Viacom, after splitting off from Les Moonves Les Moonves ' CBS , still holds Paramount Pictures, and that movie studio in December agreed to acquire DreamWorks SKG, the creative shop founded by the Hollywood triumvirate of Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg (a former exec at The Walt Disney Co.). DreamWorks Animation had been spun off into a separate company.The money you spend on media and junk food and in taxes goes to these groups who then decide how best to market at you so that they decide how you vote by creating a fake consensus to trick into thinking that you want something other than what is best for you; but will inevitably result in more money being funneled to the top, creating further separation between the super rich and the average person. The goal will be to assert creeping authoritarianism by generating outrage against policies and issues they hate. Part of manipulating your basic assumptions is also to use schadenfreude (think canned laughter on TV) against characters who support the cause that might actually do you the most good (which reaffirms and strengthens your confirmation biased along predetermined political lines).
Now it's time for Freston to make back some money--and who better to do a little business with than George Soros? The billionaire financier leads a consortium of Soros Strategic Partners LP and Dune Entertainment II LLC, which together are buying the DreamWorks library--a collection of 59 flicks, including Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator, and American Beauty.
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The NBA’s Sacramento Kings are the first U.S. professional sports team to develop a crypto token for fan rewards.
“Fans can get those points and put them in their wallets and experience it all on the blockchain platform,” Kings CTO Ryan Montoya told CoinDesk.
Further, Montoya said the token, called Kings Token, will pair with a predictive gaming platform the team has developed in anticipation of the legalization of sports betting in California (the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the federal restriction on sports betting in May 2018).
The Kings Token is a joint effort with blockchain-based event ticketing platform Blockparty.
“In our opinion, the blockchain has a role in the entire event experience,” Vladislav Ginzburg, Blockparty’s chief development officer, told CoinDesk. “Whether it’s a sports game, music festival or Broadway show.”
Blockparty is putting together a case study on the project, CEO Shiv Madan added, in the hope that it will be shared with other NBA teams if the project is deemed a success.
All-tech teamIt’s just the latest foray into blockchain technology for the Sacramento team, which is based 90 miles northeast of San Francisco.
In 2014, the Kings became the first NBA team to accept bitcoin as payment in its arena. Last year, the Kings became the first professional sports team to mine cryptocurrency, setting up a program called MiningForGood that donates the funds to charity.
Kings Tokens will exist within a token wallet added to the team’s Golden 1 Center app, which tracks the engagement and accumulated points of fans. Fans can earn rewards through the predictive gaming platform and redeem those points for access to unique events, signed merchandise or courtside tickets, for example.
The ERC-20 token will run on ethereum but will only initially be usable within the team’s Golden 1 Center arena. While fans won’t be able to trade the token for another currency or have a private key, they will be able to show a QR code to redeem points and see the confirmation of transactions through a block explorer. In testnet now, the Kings plans to launch the token by opening night on Oct. 25.
In future iterations, token users may be able to transfer tokens to their peers, and earn rewards by eating at nearby restaurants or making it to the game before tip-off, Ginzburg added.
“This is a mass adoption story,” Ginzburg said, adding:
“Forty-one games of 20,000 people — I’m going to go ahead and say that many of those people don’t own any crypto whatsoever. Suddenly by downloading the Golden 1 Center app, they are going to have an ERC-20 wallet with an ERC-20 token.”Golden 1 Center image via Shutterstock
|Yo $0.50 . . . what happened on that pitch?||I have a skeletal muscle injury on my left shoulder from excessive masturbation so take it easy lol.|
|Hey Mr. Cent, I need to know if there is any truth behind Aziz's Grapefruit story. Can you shed some light on that? Link to www.youtube.com||My grandma used to get me grapefruit juice as a kid. he's a comedian. Ima have his ass whoop if he keeps saying that lol.|
|Iggy azalea's booty real or no?!!!||Next time i see her ima squeeze it and find out for you ok. I will report back to you shortly lol.|
|Hey man, what made you want to accept Bitcoin payment for your new album?||Stay with times. technology is what's changing the business gotta get with it. I take money no matter if its coins or dollars.|
|I want to get rich but I have reservations about dying, what should I do? Also what's your favorite most expensive food/least expensive food?||Focus on gettin rich you gonna die anyway. lets live good. thats what Animal ambition is about, prosperity.|
|Philippe chow, the shit is expensive for no reason.|
|Thanks for doing this! What's the first thing you bought after you "made it big"?||My grandmother a car. it was important to me because she took care of me when i couldn't take care of myself.|
|Welcome to reddit, I painted this for you :) Question: What's the craziest story you have from being on tour?||The craziest. wow I remember on the massacre tour i had my young homie on the road. I had this new energy so i was looking at girls like oh you cant get that. I come out my room see whats up to find my homie locked out his room tryin to hide in his wifebeater and no underwear. he had left the girl in his room to go get condoms and got locked out. i put his ass on punishment for a week. he had to sleep on the couch.no girls after the shows.|
|From the recent G-Unit reunion are there any chances of The Game being involved? Also what was it like to preform with everyone again?||Not a chance. feels good to be back on stage with them again. couple of them gotta get in shape again they get tired lol.|
|Hey Mr. Jackson, what is your favorite sushi roll?||California roll. im a fake sushi eater lol its all vegetables. the only thing i would eat raw is a woman lol anything else is a no go.|
|2 quarters or 5 dimes?||2 quarters keep it simple.|
|How much can you bench press?||The most was 405 but i started looking like the security lol i had to slim down.|
|Biggest regret of your career? How long are you planning to make music?||Ill prolly make music longer than im suppose to. like a fighter who doesnt know when to retire lol i just love doing it|
|Fif what is Power about and why should I watch it?||You should watch it because I say watch it. I'll never steer you wrong|
|Your album, Get Rich or Die Tryin' was the first cd I can remember buying with my own money. Still is one of my favorite all time CDs. My question is about your tattoo removal. Were there any tattoos you knew you were going to miss? Is tattoo removal really as painful as people say it is? Is it more like a scar now or is it a clean removal? Thanks for doing this AMA.||Tattoo removal is extremely painful. i do not advise it. its like signing up to be burnt.|
|Topical cream docs give you dont work lol.|
|Sup mate! Who would you pick to star with you in a cereal commercial? What kind of cereal would you be selling? Edit: just told my boyfriend you were doing this, he's excited! He would like to to pick your brain and ask how did you get people to take you seriously? Any advice on how to command attention? (In the right way)||Captain crunch with snoop.|
|If you could be the star in any movie what would it be?||One of the marvel franchise. or star wars.|
|What was your favourite TV show as a kid?||The benny hill show. he was an idiot. really funny.|
|And dukes of hazzard cause of the girl with the short shorts.|
|After the Barcelona show, the best thing that ever happened was one of your band members gave us the set list and I framed it with the tickets for my brother for his birthday. When are you coming back to perform in the UK? (..you know your ‘London Girl’ is probably still waiting for you) - You have dominated so many areas in business, is there anything else you still would like to achieve? - Music is continually evolving, what do you think we should expect in the future for Rap?||That plaque is the coolest thing ive seen so far. ill be back in the UK soon.|
|Does it go "my chrome cost more than the crib yo momma raised you in?" or is it "my cross cost more...?"||My cross.|
|Whats your favourite video game?||Blood on the sand. i dont think it has anything to do with me being in it. also NBA live 2014.|
|Hey 50, gotta be one of the funniest guys on twitter. What person in the industry has the best sense of humour? Thanks ok #smsaudio||Fabolous is pretty funny @myfabolouslife check him out ok.|
|What's your favorite brand of Root beer?||I dont drink root beer unless its the only cold can available. i drink ginger ale|
|When u made Get Rich or Die Tryin, did u think at the time it would have the impact that it does today?||No i didnt. I was praying for it do to well. It surpassed my expectations. I hope animal ambition does the same.|
|Big fan, just bought Animal Ambition and what I've heard so far is fire. What made you decide to turn this from a pre-album mixtape into a full album? Also check out /hiphopheads. Edit: smsaudio.||A mixtape would have previously released music. Animal ambition was all original if you put music out and call it a mixtape its not under the same scrutiny. i felt strong enough about it. it's quality.|
|How exactly do you party on your birthday?||I do it BIG! this one will have a fight live on ESPN, have special guest performances, a pool party then another party, then again a party then a firework a BBQ Ima live broadcast all that on my hang with|
|What has been the nicest car you've owned?||The 100 EX rolls royce.|
|Fitty! What's your favorite sammich ?||Turkey and cheese.|
|Hey 50, what would you say is your favorite book and why?||The 50th law. because you cant be afraid of bein successful you gotta have enough in you to be as successful as you want to be.|
|Yo 50! do you still have the slowbuck chain from SummerJam? Also, i think Animal Ambition is your best work since Massacre. really good job with that. thanks for being 50.||I dont know why people keep talking about this. i was busy performing. it was so many people on stage lol.|
|What city has been your favorite city you have toured through?||I was blessed to perform all over the world. the last i got to go was Budapest. I had fun there with melissa mccarthy most of my people cant place it on the map lol.|
|Hey 50, what do you like doing in your spare time to relax? And thanks for making music that helped me get through school :)||There's usually some music playing or film and television.|
|50, what is your favorite pokemon?||Pokemon?|
|Does everyone sing "go shorty, its your birthday" on your birthday like my friends have done to me every year since you released In Da Club in 2003 :D||They do sing it to me. every day is someone's birthday that song wont go away.|
|Why doesn't Shaq just pay for the game? Why do you need our money?||> First, yes, we have the money and could go out and make the game. We could do it solo, in secret, then release next year and cash in on Shaq's name. What we chose to do instead was to create a crowd funding campaign that would allow people to get involved with the actual creation of the game. The pledges aren't for nothing. We're not asking for charity. $15 gets you a half price copy of the game. Anything up from there and it just gets better. We're offering incredible perks like allowing people to voice characters in the game. We're offering people the chance to invest in the game and actually shape how it gets made. Once the campaign closes we'll be creating a private forum for backers where they can pitch their ideas, help us reflect on our own, and truly collaborate on how they want their project to go. That's a lot better than paying full price for a game and sitting on the sidelines, if you ask me.|
|Thats a good reason, didn't think of that.||Link to ampp3d.mirror.co.uk|
|Hahaha very funny! :)|
|On a scale of 1 to Slam jammin', how hardcore will the dunks be?||Slam jammin to the power of 34.|
|What piece of advice or info can you give for those that never played the original?||Don't ever play the original.|
|So I'm ahead of the curve?||Definitely. Protect your mind and just focus on our Shaq Fu!|
|I'll play this in the meantime.||I'd steer well clear of that too, if I were you!|
|Next you'll be telling me not to watch Kazaam!||Oh, I wouldn't say that. There's a phrase that goes "If a man does not know his past, he will inevitably repeat it." We don't want that now, do we...|
|I'm gonna go drink some Shaq soda and sit down to a double feature of Steel and Kazaam.||You're in for a long night!|
|I think it's great that Shaq Fu is accepting Digital Currency Quark for in-game transactions making payments very easy. What is your opinion on that?||Of course! It's fantastic! It's a real acknowledgement of the fact that the future is pressing upon us. Why hold back? Let's get our hands dirty and be part of making this stuff a real facet of modern transactions. Can I buy my in game purchases with Crypto currency? Hell yes! Quark coins accepted here!|
|Sweet, Shaq Fu made new fans for sure by accepting Digital Currencies, ShaQuark for the win :))||:)|
|Just Quarks? Or are there plans for Bitcoins, Litecoins or, just for the laughs, Dogecoins?||Just Quarkcoins. It's a coin we have a lot of faith in and we think it's certainly the coin of choice. Their transaction speed and security is extremely good.|
|Chaos Dunk?||Great name. Very possible!|
|The name comes from Charles Barkley Shut Up and Jam Gaiden RPG. Amazing little game.||I just watched the Youtube video. That's a hell of a finishing move!|
|Link to www.talesofgames.com. Oliver-- if you and the staff haven't seen this, this is where the Chaos Dunk reference comes from. Y'all should check this game out.||Awesome!!!|
|Are there going to be unlockable costumes that give a nod to the big man's many nicknames? I would love to use the Big Aristotle or the Big Shaqtus.||Yes! Powered up character modes for the nicknames!|
|Is Shaq going to be involved in the soundtrack? Either making music or helping choose music?||Yes, Shaq WILL be involved in making the soundtrack!|
|I noticed you said the game will be a beat'em up style like the DMC series, have you ever played Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks? I highly recommend checking that game out for an example of a beat-em up with fighting game roots.||Will check that game out.|
|Will the story have any ties to reality or is it purely fictional in regards to the setting? Shaq has played in many cities throughout his career, will we see any references to his playing days?||Purely fictional. This Shaq Fu character is similar but different to the reality of the big man himself.|
|As a long time Shaq fan and owner of the original Shaq-Fu on SNES, I am really excited about this project. I wish your team the best!||Thanks so much for the support!|
|In the Indiegogo, you said that there will be a powerup for "every nickname Shaq has ever had." Do you have a comprehensive list of Shaq nicknames? Who compiled it? Can we see it?||Most of the nicknames were created by Shaq Daddy himself. You can search for Shaq names online and find pretty much all of them. Just imagine powering up into the Shaqtus, the Big Aristotle, or the Big Diesel. It's going to be amazing!|
|I remember playing the original game as a kid and thinking how horrible the controls are. Are you doing anything to remedy this or are you going to keep the controls somewhat the same? What was your view on the original?||As stated in our developer video on the Indiegogo campaign page, we were very unimpressed by the original Shaq Fu. See A Legend Reborn as a total reinvention of the concept. Controls will be so much better. We'll be going with the usual format that gamers are comfortable with. Not too complex. Very intuitive. Smart, easy, fast. That's our plan.|
|Will Rick Fox be in the game? Will this game be a 1v1 fighting game like the old or an action beat em up like final fight? What kind of fighting game engine will this title have?||This is going to be a classic beat 'em up for the new generation of gamers. The engine is still under development but it should feel like DMC in a beat 'em up suit. Rick Fox is not currently signed up to play a role in the game :)|
|Are any of the playable characters from the original appearing in this remade version?||Our vision is to create a whole new set of characters that will have their own legacy, however, we may well be seeing one or two cameos from the original faces.|
|I'll be pumped to see at EVO, Shaq Fu Grand Finals: Shaq vs Sett Ra. That would be amazing.||Absolutely!|
|I gather that the game will no longer be a 1vs1 fighter but instead it'll be a beat'em up...||Correct. The game is going to be a 3D beat 'em up.|
|You mentioned that you will be creating a private forum for the backers where they can pitch their ideas to the dev team. Will you also be giving them access to alpha or beta testing? Edit: I just saw that $45 gets you access to beta testing. So I guess my only question is whether or not you guys have a timeline for that stage?||It depends on the perks they purchased. We will be honouring those perks that list alpha testing as part of the package. Anyone else will be able to see developments and get updates on progress and news from within the dev team. We want to bring people in on the action as much as possible.|
|Thanks for the response. Would you go on record as saying you want to bring people in on the "Shaqtion?"||For the record "We, at Big Deez, want to bring people in on the Shaqtion! Let's Shaqtivate plan Shaq Fu!"|
|I'm confident y'all have both the Shaqumen and the Shaqsperience to make this game worthy of press Shaqqolades.||I salute you, sir.|
|Since the original was essentially devoid of one what do you have in mind for the plot so far?||The plot is going to be epic. Very tongue in cheek. I like to reference Big Trouble in Little China. It knows how to make fun of itself. You can't put a basketball player in a fighting game and make it straight. It's going to be a laugh out loud experience.|
|What kind of games would you compare this new Shaq-Fu to? Where are you guys drawing your inspiration from?||I grew up on some old school classics like Streets of Rage. I used to love games like that. The arcade feel that is lacking in so many game now. I would say that our major inspirations, beyond Streets of Rage and other games like it, are things like DMC, Ninja Gaiden, and Street Fighter. Love the fast paced, highly responsive and satisfying fight styles. It's all about responsiveness. You wanna hit those buttons and feel the combos lashing out on the enemies.|
|How much DLC are you expecting to add? The crowdfunding page says that it will be worth over $200 total. Is it really going to be worth that much?||DLC is going to be a big part of how we want to keep Shaq Fu alive after its initial release. It's not just a 'fire and forget' type of project. We want it to be continually developing and progressing with DLC content to keep it burning. Our backers will have a lot of say in the type of DLC we create but we're talking levels, characters, apparel, weapons, unique items, mods, all kinds of stuff.|
|Why a SNES Reproduction cart and not Genesis? I see so many Nintedo reproductions, but not Sega. Also, what sort of characters should are VO perk donators going to voice?||We went with what seemed to be the most popular. We could certainly consider doing a genesis version if it seems that people really want one. There are going to be so many great characters that will be voice by the VO perk holders. It's really important to us that we give those backers something they can be proud of and that feels like they really are part of history.|
|Did you have to alter the doorways in order to get shaq into the building you're working in?||We just use the loading bay.|
|I guess now that I think of it, SNES cart of Shaq Fu are rarer than Sega, so SNES is probably best because someone might do fakes down the line of the Sega ones saying they were the limited reproduction and try to sell them when they weren't.||That's a good thought. I would be inclined to agree with you.|
|Did you just reply to yourself? Fishy.||Nope.|
|Will this game acknowledge how bad the first one was?||I think there's enough room in the game for a little reflection on painful past lives :)|
|When are you planning to release the game? And will we see some gameplay anytime soon?||Game will be released in 2015. We can't release gameplay footage until we get neck deep into production. A game goes through a multitude of developmental stages before it looks anything like the finished article.|
|What current fighting game would you say Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn draws the most inspiration from in terms of mechanics?||It's difficult to pin it down to just one. I would think of something like DMC, or Ninja Gaiden, in terms of that fast paced whoop ass kind of action. Lots of people have named God Hand as something to refer to. I took a look and it certainly has some similarities to the kind of mechanic we want.|
|You just referenced God Hand. Shut up and take my money (oh wait you already did)||:)|
|What's it like working with Shaq? Has he made this face yet: Link to www.miscupload.com.||Working with Shaq is awesome! He made that face when we told him we could remake Shaq Fu, only a million times better!|
|How big of a part was Shaq in the creation of the game?||Our guys met with Shaq at his house and talked through the kind of project they wanted to make. Shaq is very keen to be involved in the whole process. His humour and personal flavour is going to be woven throughout the game. It's not just about getting his name and face, it's about getting his personality and flare into the project.|
|Are there any golden cartridges left?||Yes. Get over there now and grab one! Link to www.indiegogo.com|
|Will there be various suits the characters can wear as perks? Shaq has a line of suits for non-Shaq sized people.||There are definitely going to be alternative outfits and there's no good reason we can't have something like that. Suggest it in the private backers group once we open the forum!|
|I'm on student loan money, dude! Maybe for Shaq Fu: 2 Shaq 2 FUrious I will be able to donate.||A Shaq Fu racing game. That's an interesting idea... :)|
|For the voice over perk, what will contributors actually voice? (Ex. Background noises, a character, etc.)||Oh, definitely characters! This is not a cheap shot perk where we get people to voice a creaking door. These are going to be lines in the game, spoken by characters.|
|What type of game is this supposed to be? Will it be a similar format to the original or maybe a beat 'em up style?||Beat 'em up style. Classic, solid, awesome gameplay.|
|Is there any way I can get this put on a t-shirt? Second, will there be a lot of dunking on Charles Barkley involved.||Sure. There is a T-shirt perk on Indiegogo: Link to www.indiegogo.com Dunking on Chuck would be a dream come true!|
|When choosing to make games I played as a kid; what made you choose shaq fu? Was it really at the top of your childhood ignored ips? Basically, tell me why I should give you money to give me a sequel for a game that I originally regretted buying? (For reference, there are tons of snes ips that have been ignored that could be more fun. Primal Rage, Fighters History, hell even Brutal Paws of Fury (A silly game with unique features released the exact same year) would have peaked my interest more that shaq fighting a mummy. [Edit] from your other answrs it looks like you're not even making a fighting game. You're making a beat 'em up..? Now I am even more confused.||Hey. So it just so happened that our development company have contacts that work for Shaq. Our CEO, Matt Karch, came up with the idea of working together with Shaq to make a video game. Matt met with Shaq and they both agreed they wanted to do something. After several hours of discussion it seemed that the one idea that everyone kept coming back to was to make a new Shaq Fu. We think that the beat 'em up genre has been somewhat neglected and we wanted to go down that route. Shaq was up for the adventure and we all decided to go for it. That's how the idea came about. This game is going to be nothing like the original. Same name, different animal.|
|What was the inspiration to bring such an obscure franchise back from the dead? I can't image there was much of a groundswell, even among old-school gamers.||We really wanted to make a beat 'em up game, just like the classics. We felt that the genre had been somewhat neglected. We were put in touch with Shaq and discussed the possibility of making Shaq Fu and he was totally down with it. It's not going to be anything like the original. Not a sequel at all. This is simply a chance to do something really creative with someone as great as Shaq.|
|Will this game be released for next gen only?||No. It's guaranteed a PC release, and, if we hit our goal, then it's going to be released on PS4. PS3, Wii U, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.|
|How big a part will Artem be playing in the development of this game?||Artem has been a fantastic source of creativity so far. We hope that he'll continue to be a part of this all the way to the end.|
|Hey, if I pledge money for the game and it meets it's goal, do I get the game for a console, or is it just pc?||You'd get it for PC and the console of your choice!|
|This is awesome! Can't believe you guys are remaking this. Are there still more voice over spots available?||Thanks! We're really excited about it. And, yes! As of this moment there are 47 VO perks left before we lock it down.|
|Do you see Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn being played competitively in the future?||Definitely. We are holding a Shaq Fu tournament next year where people can actually compete against Shaq!|
|Why do you need to crowdfund when, assuming he's in any way involved, you have one of the biggest men with an equal-sized wallet (and dong) seemingly gung-ho about the game?||I'm really glad you asked this question. First, yes, we have the money and could go out and make the game. We could do it solo, in secret, then release next year and cash in on Shaq's name. What we chose to do instead was to create a crowd funding campaign that would allow people to get involved with the actual creation of the game. The pledges aren't for nothing. We're not asking for charity. $15 gets you a half price copy of the game. Anything up from there and it just gets better. We're offering incredible perks like allowing people to voice characters in the game. We're offering people the chance to invest in the game and actually shape how it gets made. Once the campaign closes we'll be creating a private forum for backers where they can pitch their ideas, help us reflect on our own, and truly collaborate on how they want their project to go. That's a lot better than paying full price for a game and sitting on the sidelines, if you ask me.|
|Are there going to be a lot of catch phrases or references to his real life or basketball career or possibly kazam references?||Catch phrases are going to be abundant! It's Shaq after all!|
|Any Kazam references or is he still sore about that?||Kazam is a protected IP, which means we can't just throw it in there. However, Shaq has a great sense of humour and I'm sure he knows how to handle a joke. We'll have to see... :)|
|Ok thanks i know he has a great sence of humor but when it comes to kazam i wasnt sure... Link to www.youtube.com.||:D.|
|Any other NBA player in the game or will you just stick with Shaq and various monsters?||It's a complicated affair getting anyone famous to be part of a game. We're totally open to anything here but it depends on a lot of factors that are out of our control. Watch this space!|
|Holy shit i was Just playing Shaq Fu last night! Why are you remaking it?||If you were playing it last night then you should know exactly why we're remaking it! :) It desperately needs reincarnation in a fully functioning body!|
|Heard you guys were incorporating Quark into shaqfu? How do you imagine it working?||Quark will be a payment option for in-game purchases. We're very excited about it. It will be fast, seamless, and easy to use. We're working closely with Quark who will help us integrate the necessary tech into the game.|
|In all times ive played over the year, ive never learned any combos or special attacks. I pull out the Snes to show the next generation where games came from. My little niece is 10 and she thinks its all started with the Wii. What platforms are you releasing on?||I totally get you. I started out on a ZX81 and had to program all my games! I'm only 31 but when everyone else had the latest consoles, I was on my atari 2600 in 1988. My parents did what they could but that stuff was expensive. I used to play Pitfall, Frogger, Tutenkamun, Battlezone. I know exactly where video games began! We'll be releasing on PC. If we hit our base goal then we'll be going live on PS4, Wii U, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360.|
|Daaamn, your gaming history is way better than mine! Is the game going to be an arcade game on Psn like the Ducktales re-release? Any other new characters like Shazam or Kobe? PS.. also on Steam?||It's definitely going to be a digital purchase on the various gaming platforms. Characters like Shazam and Kobe are intellectual property which means, as much as we may want to, that we can't just throw them in. We have a lot of great ideas and we're going to try and find a way to get all the good stuff in the game!|
|Well thanks man i look forward to playing! got a price point yet?||Thank you! You can grab the game right now on Indiegogo for $15 while the campaign is still running. When it's released it will be priced at around $30.|
|You watch the Power Rangers growing up?||I did.|
|The Green/White Ranger, Jason David Frank is going to be in an episode coming up. I'm pumped.||Cool! I remember him as being the most serious. Didn't he have a pony tail?|
|I'm a big fan of very difficult, very brutal games, right from the start. Is Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn going to have an excruciatingly difficult option from the beginning of the game? IE will we get a "Choose Your Difficulty" screen that says, "Kobe, Medium, Hard, Shaq" choices, maybe with "The Big Aristotle" mode as an unlockable, ultra-difficult setting?||I love this idea. We were always going to have lots of difficulty settings but the names you've chosen are very witty! There will absolutely be a mode for people with a death-wish!|
|Do you intend to make the player vs player combat be balanced for competitive tournament play?||Yes.|
|Now how do you guys really think you can make a better game then the absolute classic that is Shaq Fu?||Well... let's just say we have a gut feeling.|
|Any hot babes in the game? I kinda wanna see the return of Kaori from the original Shaq Fu.||Kaori has been requested a number of times. She was a cool character. We're definitely considering bringing one or two faces back from the grave but we've got some fantastic ideas lined up for the new cast. We think people will love them.|
|Are there any secrets hidden in the game that you can tell us about?||Secrets... afraid not. Got to keep 'em secret. All I can say is that there ARE secrets, and one or two of them are BIG!|
|I just want to know if Shaq will eventually have to fight Barkley as a boss sometime in the game.||That would be telling... :)|
|Is shaq aware of the game?||Shaq is very much aware of the game. It was partly his idea.|
|So you got to work with shaq? So jelly.||:)|
|I had a question about one of the perks on Indiegogo. I wanted to pledge $35 for the DLC and exclusive character, and I wanted to know if it comes with the digital trading card, or do I have to purchase that seperately?||You'll get the trading card too!|
|I saw that your Facebook page is giving people a chance to meet Shaq if they like it. Really?||Of course!|
|So we just like the page and we get picked randomly to meet him? If so, that's awesome.||You got it!|
|1: Any plans for NBA stars to make cameos or anything? It'd be cool to see some other Dream Team players make appearances.||Plans: It's definitely possible. As you can imagine, there are certain negotiations that would have to take place to implement that. We are open to everything.|
|2: Dunk special moves. This isn't a question. Make it happen.||Dunk special moves. Duh! Of course! :)|
|Yeah, in all seriousness, it looks like they care what we think and want. So that's pretty sweet.||Definitely. We're always listening to what our backers, and the gaming community, want from our game. We really believe we can make this game in a new and fantastic way by collaborating with the people who will actually buy and play it. We really believe that gamers know what they want and don't want to be spoon fed the latest fads.|
|Not really a question, but a comment. Reading this thread makes me very happy that I spent a significant portion of my tax return in order to be a part of this project. No regrets. Let's make this game be amazing.||You're the man! Thanks a lot for your support!|
|You should have a special move called "Green Egg and Ham It"||:)|
|I pledged 50 dollars. No question, just wanted to say I'm actually really looking forward to the game, it looks good. :)||Thanks so much for the support!|
|Have you met shaquille o'neal yet, and if you have, how astounded were you by his sheer size?||I haven't but Matt Karch has, more than once, and he's a big guy. I'd say Matt was pretty damn astounded.|
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