Sunday, May 13, 2012

Ginshu Phase 2: Closed Alpha and Pre-Orders

Wow, that happened quickly. The fifth alpha release already created more feedback than we could immediately handle, and the first players have become confused about the stage of progress that the game is in.

To make this clear: Ginshu is not fit for anything other than a behind-the-scenes insight into our development process. To prevent further confusion that might taint future expectations ("Yeah, I've played Ginshu. It's pretty buggy, the puzzles make no sense, and my avatar is just a big box with slits!"), we will move alpha releases to a closed stage, opened only to a hand-picked crowd of testers. And you.

Yes you. You will be able to pre-order the final release of Ginshu, which makes you an early bird, and early birds get full access to our weekly alpha builds to take an exclusive sneak peek behind the shimmering curtains, to dip their finger in the Duangle secret sauce, which is nothing short of delicious! But I get ahead of myself.

"Well I don't want to be an early bird because I am boring" you might say, "so what do I get?" you might add, and I would nod in agreement, for passing on the unique chance to pre-order would certainly render you boring. Still, I forgive you, because my wife asked me to be nice to the customers. Anyway, you'll get videos, which will be way better than accidentally stumbling on our alphas, because you can just watch them, and they will be narrated, and I will say things like "this puzzle makes no sense yet" and "the avatar is just a big box with slits, we like it that way", and it will be OK, and not confusing, and you can pass this on to your friends and colleagues and your boss and say "look what these amazing people are doing" and your boss will say "I need to pre-order this game and you need to get back to work" and then you will both laugh and he will add "but, seriously. Get back to work" and then you walk back to your cubicle, slightly depressed, but also quite happy, because - you have pre-ordered Ginshu before your boss did. Twist ending in your face!

7 comments:

  1. Which operating systems does this work on?

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    1. Excellent first question for our future FAQ, thanks. We have been and will continue to be releasing the alphas for all final target platforms: Mac OSX, Linux and Windows.

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    2. Thank you for your quick reply.

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  2. So you want our money now, again!?
    Well, where to sign?

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    1. The Ginshu page will get a preorder link and a FAQ this week.

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  3. i hope my uncle's comments on facebook didnt discourage you too much! personally, i totally get what youre doing with the alphas, but maybe it is a good idea to have a closed, specially selected group of alpha testers, that way you'll get more constructive feedback and less 'wtf this sux'

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    1. Hey Travis! To quote the Portal turrets: no hard feelings. Your uncle reminded us that some will approach these alphas with the expectation of meeting a finished game, and I believe it will be much more productive to ask the question "how badly do you want to see it?" rather than disappointing anyone who accidentally stumbles upon our project.

      But that's not the only reason. Through preorders, we receive continuous funding, which not only helps us to gauge interest and keep followers engaged, but also amps up the seriousness level a notch. I've been joking that once we have our first preorder, it will become increasingly impossible to pull out.

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