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Desc:God help us.
Category:Video Games, Trailers
Tags:Shaq, why?, indiegogo, Shaq Fu, Beat-em up
Submitted:MacGyver Style Bomb
Date:03/06/14
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infinite zest
I could see this being entertaining. For some reason, I follow Shaquille O'Neil on facebook, kind of like how everyone follows George Takei, and he's become pretty self-aware about how much of his time under the 90s spotlight resulted in, well, things like Shaq Fu and his hip hop album happened, to name a few.

I remember renting the original Shaq Fu for Sega Genesis, and it really wasn't that bad of a game, it was just SHAQ mania. If it was just some kung fu guy and not Shaq, it would have been written off as just another fighting game in a sea of fighting games. But as such, you either bought into SHAQ mania or you didn't, or you were too old, or you hated the Orlando Magic.
Old_Zircon
Shaq's Twitter is why I joined Twitter.

infinite zest
Funny thing is, Shaq was actually really good in Blue Chips, his acting debut.

infinite zest
Hehe.. what's Shaq's Twitter look like? Does it live up to the myth?

cognitivedissonance
Also he's a BIG TIME Freemason and is super cool about his affiliations. His Freemason ring is incredible.

infinite zest
Cool! Shaq and I share something in common.. I think. My grandpa was a Freemason and I helped my next door neighbor move his shit and he was a Freemason too.. I think that makes me a Freemason? I want to be a part of the organization that robbed cave fish of their sight and made Steve Gutenberg a star

BiggerJ
I wonder if Shaq knows about the the Hoopz Barkley Saga.

infinite zest
Also Shaq Fu was done by Delphine Studios, who created the best game ever, Out of this World.

sosage
Out of this World was created from the ground up by one man (maybe two if we count audio), Eric Chahi, who to my knowledge had absolutely nothing to do with Shaq Fu.

Eric Chahi can not save Delphine from having to answer for Shaq Fu's cultural crime against humanity.

infinite zest
Funny.. I always thought he did Flashback and Fade to Black too.. guess not. The animation in Shaq Fu is reminiscent to those two games, so I thought there was a connection. I always liked OotW's animation way more anyway, even if it was a little choppier.

Caminante Nocturno
Telling people you like Out of this World is just a roundabout way of telling people you have really shitty tastes.

Old_Zircon
I haven't looked at his twitter in a while. Last Shaq related thing I heard was a few years ago, he competed in a middle school spelling bee in Boston. It wasn't some hyped up thing, either, he just announced the day before the spelling bee that he was going to be in it and they let him because he's Shaq.

I get why a lot of people would doubt that it wasn't a planned publicity stunt, but I'm pretty sure he just had his agent call at the last minute and clear it, and then tweeted about it, because he did something like that to somebody I know. This person works for an ad firm out in San Francisco and tweeted something to (at? I don't know twitter jargon) Shaq that I guess he thought was funny because within the hour he'd tweeted back something to the effect of "where do you work, I want to buy you a sandwich."

So my friend told him the name of the company and forgot about it, but a couple weeks later around lunch time he got a call at work from a man who told him "in 5 minutes you will recieve a call from Shaq" and then a few minutes later Shaq called him and said he was outside waiting to take my friend out for a sandwich. And he did. No photographers or publicity or anything, he was jsut doing it for the fun of messing with people.

So Shaq is pretty much the Bill Murray of sports.

SteamPoweredKleenex
Has he always resembled Bubba Smith or is that just how he's rendered here?
Nominal
Does this mean Kazaam and Steel are getting gritty reboots?
Cube
Well, it seems we're officially out of ideas, seeing as 80% of stuff coming out these days is based on 80s or 90s shows, characters or video games.
WHO WANTS DESSERT
Remember when people thought crowdfunding would save the games industry?

Instead it's just a bunch of "remember this game from the 90s? Give us money and it might get a sequel (or reasonable facsimile since we don't actually own the rights)."

SteamPoweredKleenex
Which should tell you something about a lot of current AAA-games.

You can play BRO SHOOTER #44835! Download the mod that turns the terrorists to zombies!

Sci-Fi shooter that's really BRO SHOOTER #44835 with aliens instead of zombies or terrorists!

But nostalgia isn't limited to Kickstarters, oh, no. Let's remember EA's recent SimCity triumphs! Yes, with more raw computing power, they made it even LESS of a sim than the first version of the game, but dayum, don't them graphics look purdy? Hyuck-hyuck! And we'll have all this here DLC that won't fix anything and will break the game even MORE! On top of that, we'll lie about the need to be on line to play it!

Yeah, them dayum indie guys, doing nothing anyone wants and just cranking out sequels. Hey, where's GTA V? And I want to play the shitty ending from Mass Effect 3 again. Or maybe I can fire up the latest Final Fantasy clone? Such decisions...

sosage
In the video game industry (and I'm sure every entertainment medium), the ratio of people who create original ideas vs. people who ctrl-c those ideas is something like 1 out of every 2 gazillion. It's been like that since the 80's and it holds true on every level (indie to triple A).

I learned this lesson at my second E3, when every single game presentation was a take on Quake, Starcraft, and Tekken. The same year I ran an independent games archive, which was constantly uploaded by clones of Bubble Bobble/Columns/Tetris/Tetris Attacks, Galaga, Doom or (drum roll) Starcraft clones.

I mean...what seems like a new trend is really just the same bankrupt cycle. We didn't start the fire...something, something, something or other.

Raggamuffin
"90% of everything is Crud"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturgeon's_law

WHO WANTS DESSERT
The whole point is that the indies pretentiously paint themselves as innovators and the saviors of gaming when they're just as derivative and unimaginative as the big studios they criticize. Also that gamers love to bitch and moan about publishers making nothing but sequels and spin-offs of existing properties but when crowdfunding takes the publishers out of the equation that's still what they flock to.

Old_Zircon
This is no different than any other thing people make.

yogarfield
Putting on my basketball player / lifelong NBA fan hat:

Fuck Shaq.

As a player, he was a legend.

As a person and forced celebrity, he's cancer. Just off the top of my head:

- He stole and produced a fellow player's idea for a reality TV show.

- He tried to plant child pornography on the computer of an IT guy he hired. When events soured and Shaq realized he could get caught for this, he fucking threw the computer in a lake (ok, that's funny).

- His energy drink probably sucks.

- He allegedly hired people to kidnap and beat a guy who had a sex tape he filmed. Possibly because of numerous mistress reports that he has an incredibly small penis.

- "A BOOKOO BOOKOO BOOKOO"

- He spends all of his time on television being fat and acting like a god damned child. Fuck him. LONG LIVE THE ROUND MOUND OF REBOUND. CHARLES BARKLEY 2016!!

Hat's off now, I'm normal again everything is ok guys.
Jet Bin Fever
I don't think anyone has mentioned Shaq's amazing rap career yet on this submission.
yogarfield
you're right, add that to my hate list.

Caminante Nocturno
This looks very poorly made. I sure hope the actual game looks better than this trailer.

Wait, no I don't.
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