It’s been a heck of an adventure for No Man’s Sky: From massive publicity to significant letdown, purchaser complaints, feelings of abandonment, weird ARGs, enormous promises, more promotion, and a slow, relentless effort to incorporate the game into something resembling its initial promise. It’s really pretty near to that mark now, and the No Man’s Sky fanbase is planning something entirely cool to express its thanks to Hello Games for sticking with it.
The billboard isn’t entirely up yet, and the design found in the image is a mock-up made by GoFundMe organizer Cam G, who said they’re available to changing it to guarantee everyone who backs the campaign is glad. Yet the campaign is live now because the billboard must be secured down well in advance of when it’s really posted.
“Billboards are reserved months even up to years ahead of time, we were lucky enough to be offered a multi weeks campaign within a two minutes drive of the Hello Games office in Guildford, UK,” they clarified. “The closest accessible time slot was a 2 weeks period from 12 Aug 2019.”
A segment of the funds will likewise go toward purchasing a case of beer and lunch for Hello Games, which is a decent touch. Be that as it may, I don’t think Cam anticipated exactly how much money he’d have to divert to non-billboard purposes: After under 24 hours, the campaign has officially raised far more than its $1750 objective. With that surplus likely to develop fundamentally, he declared plans to launch a “charity drive” to help carry games to sick children.
“I thought whether we have already accomplished this in half of a day imagine what we could do to help kids who truly need the delight, escape, and most importantly all the excellent shared experiences that you get in playing and basically talking to others who will listen,” they composed.
“I simply need to express profound gratitude to everyone who donated, every single excess reserve will be going toward offering games to sick kids. I’m truly excited to share my vision for this cause. I’ll be updating everybody on the process of this through the GoFundMe page, Reddit and on Discord.”
Cam G said a definite plan would be shared in a GoFundMe update and on r/thegiftofgaming, however, there’s no formal framework as of now setup. That may be a little off-putting—huge ideas are nice, however, execution is what matters—yet that is the idea of crowdfunding in any case: You find a cool thought, toss some money at it, and expectation the guy at the other end doesn’t keep running off with it in the night.
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And I truly hope this one goes easily: Even without the charity component, the billboard is a beautiful idea, and the response to it truly heartwarming. Hello Games had a harsh ride with No Man’s Sky at launch, however, it followed through on its commitment to stay with it (which we would all be forgiven for having a few doubts about), and it sort of reaffirms my confidence in humanity to see that exertion recognized by the community.