FUO: A ‘Firefly’-Inspired MMORPG

I have some great news for Firefly fans everyone. The ‘verse lives on. DarkCryo has kicked off an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund the creation of a Firefly-inspired MMORPG. Now, I’ve never allowed myself to get into an MMORPG before, partly because I have a strange aversion to games that require you to level up (Just let me fight the damn thing now! I don’t want to sit around killing low-level creatures all day just to advance in the game!), and partly because I know that eventually it would consume way too much of my time, but I have no doubt in my mind that I will dive wholeheartedly into FUO if it manages to get made.

130208-fuo2The coolest thing about this IndieGoGo campaign is that the perks for contributing are awesome. Just $10 gets you a digital download of the Alpha release, guaranteed reserved seating to future Beta release, and a lifetime of play with zero monthly or annual subscription fees. For TEN DOLLARS. I contributed. I hope you will too. It’s also cool that it’s a fixed funding campaign, which means if they don’t reach their goal (at the time of this writing, they’re only at $6,708 of the needed $135,000, with 42 days left in the campaign), then you get to keep your pledged fundage. So what is there to lose? Nothing! And an amazing game to gain!

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The important thing about this project is that it is Firefly-inspired, not an official Firefly MMORPG, which means that DarkCryo is avoiding any direct references to actual places or people in Firefly, but instead creating a universe that feels like the ‘verse. This is actually an incredible asset to the game, not only because it keeps them out of the mirky waters of copyright law, but also because it gives the game’s creators the freedom to develop as they like, to create a whole new world (queue Aladdin music) for Browncoats to explore. When you think about it, this is definitely the next best step for Firefly. The ‘verse is extremely well-suited to an adaptation into the video game format especially because of its ability to house a seemingly infinite number of stories and worlds and adventures. The show was cut off so early that it was only able to plant the seed of the ‘verse in our hearts and minds, and now it’s time for it to grow into a massive(ly multiplayer), fully realized online universe.

So what do you think? Are you as excited about this as I am? Are you going to chip in and help this thing get made?

FUO: Why you should care about this Indie MMORPG
Scormus @ Pthppt!

130208-article-fuo“Today I’d like to talk a bit about FUO, the upcoming MMORPG from DarkCryo. I’ve talked a bit lately about this Indie MMORPG on my podcast “Massive Failure”, mostly about the controversy that rose up about it recently, due to some shoddy reporting from another gaming blog. Regardless, during those shows I referred to FUO as “Firefly Universe Online”, and I was in error to do so.”

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Reviving ‘Arrested Development’

If you’ve seen Arrested Development, you know how undeniably amazing it is, and you may also know the frustration that many experienced when it was cancelled. It’s an old story: viewer meets show, show is amazing, show gets cancelled by (usually Fox) network because of small viewership without giving it time to grow, DVD sales and Netflix views bring show to larger audience, audience wants more! The quintessential example of this story comes in the form of Firefly, which did get revisited in the form of the film adaptation Serenity because of major fan activism and DVD sales.

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Yet Arrested Development is experiencing a revival the likes of which Firefly fans have only dreamed of: a whole 14 new episodes are being produced, all of which will be added to Netflix simultaneously. I can guarantee that I’ll be among the many viewers who binge watch the entire season in one day. The release is slated for May, with speculations of May 4th being the official date.

The complications involved in getting the actors back together while many of them have moved on to successful television (Will Arnett) and film (Jason Bateman, Michael Cera) careers and the fact that all of the episodes will be released at once has led to what looks to be a very interesting format to this so-called fourth “season” of the show, which will in fact look very little like a normal season. Check out this article about the uniqueness of this project, with comments from its star Jason Bateman and creator Mitch Hurwitz.

New ‘Arrested Development’: What to Expect
Ellen Gray @ PopMatters

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The creator and cast of “Arrested Development” were reunited Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s winter meetings in Pasadena with the people who’d (mostly) loved them before it was cool.

Or at least before millions more people discovered the show on DVD and decided that TV critics had, after all, been right about the series, which ran for three little-watched seasons on Fox between 2003 and 2006.

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