Monday, 10 March 2014 | MYT 9:50 AM

Shaq will follow you on Twitter for a price

Shaquille O'Neal wants to revive one of the worst videogames ever made. -- AFP

Shaquille O'Neal wants to revive one of the worst videogames ever made. -- AFP

Former basketball star Shaquille O’Neal is crowdfunding the videogame sequel of Shaq-Fu in creative ways.

Shaquille O’Neal wants to revive one of the worst videogames of all time, and he needs US$450,000 (RM1.44mil) to do it.

The NBA On TNT analyst and former NBA star kicked off a 45-day Indiegogo campaign last week to crowdfund the making of Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn. The campaign currently has US$35,003 (RM112,009) of its nearly half-million dollar goal. The Indiegogo site reminds readers that wealthy Shaq could easily afford to fully fund it on his own, but the explanation states: “The purpose of bringing the game to the public is to see how much interest there is in becoming Shaq’s partner and in seeing the game happen.”

The sequel would coincide with this year’s 20th anniversary of Shaq-Fu. The 1994 console game was of the fighting variety, but oddly starring a then-22-year-old pro basketballer O’Neal.

The original game almost immediately achieved cult status for how bad it was; it is so well-recognised for mediocrity that even the Shaq-Fu 2 crowdfunding site boasts the tagline, “Shaq-Fu returns and this time we won’t FU it up!” There are even videos on the Indiegogo site offering elaborate finger-pointing and explanations about what went so wrong with the first attempt – now gamers have a chance to pay for a sequel!

The project, from Big Deez Productions, offers the following returns on donations: US$15 (RM48) will land a donator a copy of the game – that’s the base prize.

For US$150 (RM480), one can record their own voiceover to be used in the game. For US$500 (RM1,600), Shaq will follow you on Instagram. For US$1,000 (RM3,200), the big man will follow you on Twitter – but only for one year.

For the more generous donor with far too much disposable income, there is the granddaddy of them all: For US$35,000* (yes, US$35,000/RM112,000), one fan can bring two friends to Turner studios for a meet and greet, to watch the taping of NBA On TNT and even have lunch with Shaq at the studio.

*Travel is not included. — Reuters

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle , Shaquille O Neal , Shaq , Basketball , Twitter , Crowdfunding , Shaq Fu


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