You guys remember Shaq-Fu, that so-bad-it's-REALLY-bad game from back in the day? Well, even though Shaq is retired from ballin', he's back in the game now, and raising money on indiegogo to fund another Shaq-Fu game.
Now, before you all call me a dummy for supporting this game, I should let you know that half of the indiegogo page for Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn pretty much consists of the new devs and Shaq apologizing for the old game, saying they really want to do it right this time. And it seems like they have the ability to, with a dev team that has worked on games like Halo, Street Fighter, Final Fantasy, and Spec Ops: The Line.
The idea is to make the game something like Streets of Rage meets Street Fighter meets Devil May Cry. And even if the game sucks, a percentage of all the proceeds are going to the Boys and Girls Club of America, so at least there's that.
Shaq was, and will always be, my favorite basketball player, but he's no game designer. Shaq-Fu was a terrible game. And it's indiegogo. There's no guarantee this game will come out.
But guys, the perks on this campaign are awesome. I pledged 150 dollars, which will get me a voiced line in the game (I'm guessing something like "You're going DOWN, SHAQ!"), a credit in the end credits as a voice actor, as well as a full copy of the game, all its DLC, and an exclusive shirt.
For those of you who are super rich, other perks include signed memorabilia, the chance to hang out and shoot hoops with the Big Aristotle himself, the chance to contribute to the score of the game, and even music lessons with Steve Molitz, a man who has played with members of The Allman Brothers and The Doors. You can even get your own signature move in the game.
All this is to say that if this happens, it'll be a dream come true for me and a bunch of other Shaq fans. It's only been a day since the campaign started and it's already pushing 20,000 dollars raised.
So if you're into this kind of silly, self-aware craziness, throw 'em a few bucks. So far they've been super responsive to all the questions in the comments, and really seem to care about the final product.
Plus, if that weren't enough, there are special moves for each one of Shaq's nicknames.
[all images via indiegogo]