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Off Grid from developer Semaeopus is a stealth hacking game where data becomes a powerful weapon and it looks brilliant.

Off Grid is a stealth and hacking game where data is your most powerful weapon. Off Grid forgoes combat for hacking tools and ingenuity, and is extensively moddable.

Unique gameplay mechanics allow you to manipulate the world and people around you with the data they unwittingly leave behind.  You can truly hack and manipulate objects in the environment.

I covered this before briefly back in April, as the developer seemed committed to providing a Linux version. Sadly, the demo is currently only on Windows and Mac but I did speak to the developer today where they told me a Linux demo is now a priority with the Kickstarter being live. They've unfortunately had some last minute issues they're trying to solve, so hopefully it won't be long. Update: As the developer noted in our comments, the demo is now on itch.io.

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They're seeking £20K in funding and with 29 days to go they've already managed nearly 50% of their goal so it looks like they're onto a winner. Hopefully it won't suddenly drop-off as we've seen that happen a few times, they need to keep that momentum going.

The actual gameplay does sound very promising, especially with it removing combat. In a world were privacy issues are found constantly (hello Google+) and mass surveillance is becoming the norm it's especially relevant.

Take a look on Kickstarter.

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Liam Dawe 10 October 2018 at 11:06 am UTC
soulsourceCrowfunding? How much money do crows have? ;-)
Ah hell, where's the coffee.
RTheren 10 October 2018 at 12:21 pm UTC
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Yes, it needs a good kb + mouse controls, I can't play this with gamepad (coz I suk)

I really like what the game has currently in it. I might consider funding this
RTheren 10 October 2018 at 12:22 pm UTC
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Also, it's sometimes glitchy on the walls and doors, especially when I get close to them
Nevertheless 10 October 2018 at 12:48 pm UTC
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Definitely going to back this! But my toaster seems to have low bandwith today... So I'll have to use that computer again... (oldschool)
Arehandoro 10 October 2018 at 1:19 pm UTC
soulsourceCrowfunding? How much money do crows have? ;-)

With the amount of silver they've stolen through countless years I might say probably more than some of us xD

The game looks great, and different, will keep an eye for sure
Modanung 10 October 2018 at 4:56 pm UTC
TheSHEEEPThat's so meta!
Maybe, but in my opinion absolutely relevant given the game's theme:
QuoteUnique gameplay mechanics allow you to manipulate the world and people around you with the data they unwittingly leave behind.
Life is no game, Mr Sheep.
I sent a message to the creators informing them about the fact that Unity - and games made with it - are spyware, providing Urho3D as a viable alternative. I have yet to receive an answer. The same goes for itch.io to whom I sent a similar email.
Phlebiac 10 October 2018 at 5:11 pm UTC
liamdaweHad the usual issue of gnome shell thinking it was unresponsive

Tried this?
https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/1236/noannoyance/
wintermute 10 October 2018 at 5:14 pm UTC
liamdaweNo, it really doesn't. Out of all the crowdfunders that have been done that promise Linux support, the amount that fail on this is probably less than 1%.

Last time I calculated this for things I'd personally backed the figure was around 25% (this only included projects that had released at least a Windows version). Obviously I could just be really bad at picking the right projects, but I doubt the percentage is as low as you claim.
Liam Dawe 10 October 2018 at 5:43 pm UTC
wintermute
liamdaweNo, it really doesn't. Out of all the crowdfunders that have been done that promise Linux support, the amount that fail on this is probably less than 1%.

Last time I calculated this for things I'd personally backed the figure was around 25% (this only included projects that had released at least a Windows version). Obviously I could just be really bad at picking the right projects, but I doubt the percentage is as low as you claim.
"Personally backed", that's very different to what I was talking about.
pscho 10 October 2018 at 5:46 pm UTC
Modanung
TheSHEEEPThat's so meta!
Maybe, but in my opinion absolutely relevant given the game's theme:
QuoteUnique gameplay mechanics allow you to manipulate the world and people around you with the data they unwittingly leave behind.
Life is no game, Mr Sheep.
I sent a message to the creators informing them about the fact that Unity - and games made with it - are spyware, providing Urho3D as a viable alternative. I have yet to receive an answer. The same goes for itch.io to whom I sent a similar email.
Sounds like we have quite a different definition of spyware. It it helps, as we are using the paid Unity license, we have the option to disable their anonymous hardware statistic collection, which we have done.

The game will still request access from your firewall, though, which is because our built-in modding & level editing tool uses networking APIs (on your localhost only, not even LAN) to connect game build with the editor. The final version will have a menu option you need to toggle to enable this feature, but for the demo we've removed all of the options menu as it's pretty rough still and not quite ready for public use.

As far as Urho3D goes, that looks like a promising engine project and could certainly be worth considering for future projects (depending on how far they get in their development, as of now it doesn't meet our requirements) but at this stage of development we are not looking to switch the game engine.


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