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Ransoming Meatbots on NPR

Greg Stolze and Dan Solis were on NPR’s On the Media this weekend. I don’t see a permalink over there, but if you check in soon, you can hear Greg and Dan talking about their game Meatbot Massacre via a RealOne Player link. The cool thing about the game—besides the fact that Greg is behind it—is its business model: the Ransom Model.

In short, Greg and Dan created the game and then posted a note saying they’d only release it if they got $600 in donations before a year was up. They got the money in only five months, and now those of us who came to the game late can now have it for free. This falls under, “It’s so crazy it might work!” And it did.

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  1. Hi Barak! Long time, no see.

    While I’d love to try something like that, I’d have to write them first. The reason Greg was willing to give it a shot was he’d already written the game and had it sitting on his hard drive gathering virtual dust. Sadly, I have no such leavings for Brave New World on my computer.

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    Hi Barak! Long time, no see.

    While I’d love to try something like that, I’d have to write them first. The reason Greg was willing to give it a shot was he’d already written the game and had it sitting on his hard drive gathering virtual dust. Sadly, I have no such leavings for Brave New World on my computer.

  3. True! The other obstacle, of course, is that AEG owns all rights to the game. They’d have to give permision for such a product, and they’d want (and deserve) a cut too.

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    True! The other obstacle, of course, is that AEG owns all rights to the game. They’d have to give permision for such a product, and they’d want (and deserve) a cut too.

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