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Original Blog Post:

Super Meat Boy Galaxy is a prototype I put together for my friend Tommy's 30th birthday a bit more than a year ago. I only recently released a video, and it seems to have gained a fair bit of attention.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVItxNSd3JE

For me, it was just a bit of a throw away experiment. It was never intended as a "pitch" to make such a game (although Tommy and I discussed something a bit like it a long time ago when working on Goo!). The video started to get interest from various reputable web sites and pretty soon, had more youtube views than every original work of mine, combined. As you might imagine, this made me feel... ehhhh... "great".

Much to my surprise, some people said they'd like to try it out, or would be quite excited about a game based on the premise of "happy death" 3D platforming. Obviously, this is encouraging to hear, but I'm trying to be realistic about it all. From experience (soul crushing, inescapable experience) I know that going from a playable concept piece to a full game is degrees of magnitude more difficult than pooping out the initial prototype, while the end result is often only a few times more fun (if at all).

Releasing it as a "real" product, for money, has its own issues: I genuinely wouldn't have the time to support it as it stands, and I haven't the means or hours in the day to develop it further. And developing it further would be rather a case of "ill gotten gains", since I'm riding the success of Tommy and Edmund's fantastic game. Basically, if I could just make prototypes for the rest of my life, that's what I'd do. All the sweet, none of the sour. But then, I'd never be able to charge for them, so it's hardly realistic.

Ethically, and practically, I just can't do anything with this project. Charitably, though...?

To that end, I will be releasing the Super Meat Boy Galaxy prototype. It's going to cost you, though.

I'll release the Super Meat Boy Galaxy prototype for free as soon as my demands are met: raise 10,000 quid for The Samaritans, and the prototype will be released, free for all onto the internet.

Windows, Mac, and Linux (when I get around to it) builds will be available in one bundle.

Bear in mind that this is a prototype, and as such will not be as friendly and polished as a final game. Its main purpose was to investigate whether Super Meat Boy's kinaesthetically pleasing platforming physics could survive the leap to 3D, given the right camera and level layouts.

I'll probably use a torrent so that costs aren't eaten up in hosting. I have to figure out how to do that... but it's cool, I can probably work it out! No worries! There will be other methods of downloading, also, in case your ISPs are weird about that kind of thing. However you get it, it'll be free to copy and pass around. I *may* have to do something about that music before I release, though.

I've chosen The Samaritans to be the beneficiary of these donations. I'm sorry it's not from an international charity, but... this is for personal and private reasons. I hope you understand.

All donations go through JustGiving.com, which seems like the best way to get money to its target without so many processing fees. Also, it lets you pay what you want, which is good, right?

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Updates 3

There's now a working Mac version of the prototype. If you have already donated, and want access, make contact!

15/01/13 14:14

Happy day! I got a bit drunk in order to watched the number go up all night, and then when I wasn't even looking for 5 hours, we finally got to a grand! All this in just about a week! I'll have a go at tracking each person who donated, and send you early access to the prototype.

27/11/12 00:08

If the target is not met, 1) Shame on everyone and everything. Awful. 2) Those who donate will still get the prototype, no worries. We'll just have to do it secret,like. And if you share it, I'll know! It's a magic computer program!

20/11/12 00:23

Raising money for

Samaritans

Samaritans

Charity Registration No. 219432

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year providing a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them. For more information please visit www.samaritans.org

Donations 98

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Donation by Cory Bevilacqua on 18/02/13

$5.00

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Happy to help a good cause and getting the prize just makes it a win win situation. :)

Donation by Chris Torp on 27/01/13

£20.00

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Happy to help out if possible. Plus the demo made me excited for the possibility of such a game existing.

Donation by Mark Ovelgoenner on 12/01/13

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This is an awesome prize for donating to a worthwhile cause. I can't get enough of Super Meat Boy!

Donation by Peter Worona on 05/01/13

Donation by Anonymous on 02/01/13

£10.00

Donation by Anonymous on 02/01/13

£5.00

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Donation by Dan S on 01/01/13

£10.00

Donation by Fabian Roer on 28/12/12

$5.00

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cool idea I hope it raises more

Donation by hunter bayliss on 26/12/12

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Always room for more meat..

Donation by Chris Procope on 22/12/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 19/12/12

£10.00

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Hurray for Charity + Meatboys :)

Donation by Derp Derpington on 17/12/12

£5.00

Donation by Anthony Sessa on 17/12/12

$5.00

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I love prototypes!

Donation by Kelsey Higham on 17/12/12

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Donation by Vincent Frends on 15/12/12

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Donation by Noah Senzel on 12/12/12

$5.00

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Donation by Maxwell Neely-Cohen on 10/12/12

£50.00

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Good luck.

Donation by Sammy C on 02/12/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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good luck with it!

Donation by gordon on 01/12/12

£5.67

+ £1.42 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 01/12/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 01/12/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Thanks for being awesome.

Donation by Natalia Hahnfeld on 01/12/12

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I'm just so sorry I could not give more. This is a worthy cause and should be supported by everyone :)

Donation by Donald McRonald on 30/11/12

£2.00

Donation by Anonymous on 29/11/12

£3.00

Donation by Laura Scott on 28/11/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,258.51
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,258.51
  • Gift Aid£178.29

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