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Would You Help Crowdfund Alice 3? American McGee Wants To Know

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Matt Gardner
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Alice 3, Alice in Wonderland, Alice: Madness Returns, American McGee, Crowdfunding, Kickstarter

Would You Help Crowdfund Alice 3? American McGee Wants To Know

American McGee, he of Alice in Wonderland and Alice: Madness Returns fame, the man who accidentally kicked up a fuss when he called EA's marketing tactics disingenuous, has taken to the social networks, putting feelers out to see if fans of the Alice games would be willing to stump up some cash to help fund a third instalment.

Here's what McGee wrote:

Alice Fans,
Questions for you:
1) If we could get the rights from EA, would you play "Alice 3?"
2) If you'd play "Alice 3," would you back it on Kickstarter?
3) If you said "yes" to those two things, make some noise - I'm trying to gauge interest in case I happen to discuss this with EA during GDC in 2 weeks. The more interest there is, the more seriously they'll take the conversation.

We were slightly underwhelmed by the second Alice title, but if McGee can wrestle the rights out from under EA's thumb, we'd love to see what unbridled, unhinged creativity could arise from the chance to revisit the IP.

What do you folks think?

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Late  Mar. 14, 2013 at 14:22

I'll put my hands up from the start, here, and say I've not played either of his Alice games - so I can only go on what I've read and the opinions I've formed from those sources...



I maintain "...Electronic Arts doesn’t trick customers into buying things. They carefully apply proven marketing techniques to achieve the desired customer response..." is one of the best (and most carefully worded) quotes I've read in a long time. Kudos Mr. McGee.

However, applying the graphics and marketing of a more mature game to the gameplay mechanics of a kid's game was a ridiculous move, stinks of "cash in", and surely the blame for that can't all be put on EA. The company's got it's failings, but take some responsibility for your own mess.

I definitely wouldn't be interested in paying up front for his third roll of the dice. There's no way I'd buy it until after it'd been thoroughly reviewed. Madness Returns looked fantastic and I was keen to buy it (and tempted to preorder it) but am glad I didn't.

Might pick it up some time. I'm in no rush. It's available for less than £15 on console and was less than £4 on origin last week and I'm still not tempted.

Tsung  Mar. 14, 2013 at 16:14

Original Alice was awesome (at the time of release), I didn't bother with the newest one (Didn't trust the trailers, seems I was right). I certainly wouldn't back a Kick starter for the 3rd one.

What direction would he take Alice if he was able to get it from EA?. Why not ignore that game and try something else independently instead?

kinkinkaid  Mar. 14, 2013 at 16:22

I thought Madness Returns was amazing visually - the art direction was incredible - and the combat mechanics were pretty decent too... Loved the ideas, story and setting.

But then you after you get about 2 hours into it you realize its the same thing over and over again. Same fights, same inane platforming sequences, same game play mechanics repeated ad nauseam. It just goes on an on, seemingly just with a different level 'skin' over the top.

I was so disappointed with how it turned out. Stunned at how the level design could be so abysmal when compared to the art direction that held so much promise.

These fundamental flaws in the game surely lie with the games developer Spicy Horse and are not so much to do with EA's involvement so, like Late, I wont be funding this Alice 3 or play it (if it does get made) until it has been thoroughly reviewed.

bggriffiths  Mar. 14, 2013 at 18:56

Alice 2 was awful. Marketing can't be blamed for it being a boring, ugly mess. Think he would have better luck asking for money if he was coming straight from first game.

Ilium  Mar. 15, 2013 at 10:39

I thought Madness Returns was amazing visually - the art direction was incredible - and the combat mechanics were pretty decent too... Loved the ideas, story and setting.

But then you after you get about 2 hours into it you realize its the same thing over and over again. Same fights, same inane platforming sequences, same game play mechanics repeated ad nauseam. It just goes on an on, seemingly just with a different level 'skin' over the top.

I was so disappointed with how it turned out. Stunned at how the level design could be so abysmal when compared to the art direction that held so much promise.

These fundamental flaws in the game surely lie with the games developer Spicy Horse and are not so much to do with EA's involvement so, like Late, I wont be funding this Alice 3 or play it (if it does get made) until it has been thoroughly reviewed.


+1

DivideByZero  Mar. 15, 2013 at 12:47

To fully enjoy Alice 2 you need to play it in 3D.

It turns an average game in to an amazing experience. It is arty and unique and just begs to be played in 3D.

Yeah, the game mechanics get old and similar after a couple of levels, but the desire to get on and meet the characters and see the environments keeps you going.

Not that I have actually finished it yet... but that's what happens when you buy games faster than you can play them.

But yeah, I would definitely put some cash down for Alice 3.

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