A Wasted Life Kickstarter Launches

E. Zachary Knight pointed out a new Kickstarter funding campaign for a game called A Wasted Life.  Developed by fellow Oklahoma developer Robert Dishong, A Wasted Life is a zombie survival game promising procedural weapons, randomly generated environments to explore, and a "dynamic" story system. The game begins with that old trope: "you wake up and don't remember how you got there." As you survey your surroundings you note that city you are currently in is utterly destroyed and that the destruction has something to do with the human race being infected by nanites… Odd.

Playing from a top-down perspective, players explore their (randomly generated) surroundings, attempt to build shelter, craft useful items from junk found in the environment, survive the zombie hordes, and search for clues to your identity.

The game looks to be in its pre-alpha stages, judging by the video to your left, but it certainly looks like – if it delivers on all it promises – it could be a fun and interesting game.

You can learn more about A Wasted Life here. Dishong is trying to raise $5,000 to fund further development.


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    Robert Dishong says:

    I'm more than willing to accept applicants for various positions should you want to help. First off, seeing as I won't win any popularity contests, someone to market this stuff. I'm a programmer, not a salesman.

    Also, if you want more info check the facebook page.

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    Robert Dishong says:

    Thank you for the constuctive input. Without insulting my character you managed to say the same thing as Sean. The arrangement of words makes a huge difference.

    Yes the video has no sound, I'm working on getting them all gathered together. It's in pre alpha after all and I don't have a lot of time or people to help with this so my advertising is going to be lacking.

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    Robert Dishong says:

    I had keyed in an extra 0 and 5k turned into 50k, it was an honest mistake. I waited a while to try again, also took some more time to work on the game and get more of it working.

    I didn't close anything to anyone, I have pages on various sites that you can comment on if you were interested enough to look. I'll take your advice and put it in my pocket. I'm just a guy trying to make a game, not a business major. It was a way to hopefully be able to afford a modeler so i can have someone help with the heavy lifting, not me trying to convince anyone of anything. I'm doing ALL of this myself so show a little respect, at least I'm doing something productive with my time.

    SeanB, I'm not going to flame you for your opinion, but I will say that it's a very uneducated one. Now you know.

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    Yeah, I saw that original one. Based on what I can see, it was canceled once he realized he mistakenly set his funding goal too high. No reason to believe otherwise.

    As for the campaign, yeah I also think it could use a little polish. But since there are so few Oklahoma Kickstarters, I thought I would tweet this one. I guess James thought it was neat enough to warrant a post here. 

    E. Zachary Knight
    Divine Knight Gaming
    Oklahoma Game Development
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    Random Tower
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    Andrew Eisen says:

    I think comments are automatically closed to backers only.  I don't know if that's something the person behind the project has control over but I've never seen a Kickstarter comments section open to non-backers.

    I would also agree that the pitch could use a spit and polish.  Also, the pitch video should have sound and preferably be narrated so I know what I'm looking at.  I thought the video player was broken the first time I watched it.


    Andrew Eisen

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    SeanB says:

    This is not the first time he's tried to get this game off the ground. He canceled funding on his previous kickstarter campaign 7 months ago. This time around isn't looking much better.

    Robert, since you've closed comments to backers only (all 5 of them), i'm going to give you some advice here and hope you see it. Get someone else to write your pitch.

    Okay everybody, commence flaming me for my opinions now.

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