We writers of the site each have our own role to play. Wootini holds the fort for most of the week: cranking out articles innumerable, as well as maintaining the video podcast. Hal brings us hard-hitting news and thoughtful analysis. Meanwhile, in the darkest depths of Gaygamer.net dungeon, yours truly dons his black robes, binges on the musical stylings of Watain, and alternaties between torturing the resident spambots and knitting a "Girl Power" sweater for his cat. Yet there is a fire that burns in my heart: greater than my passion for Scandinavian Metal, and more potent even than my love of cats. Naturally, said passion is for giant monsters - preferably of the "battling to the death while all humanity quakes before their mighty feet" variety.
Said passion finds itself (potentially) realized in the form of Kaiju Combat: a Kickstarter project spearhead by one Simon Strange, owner of Sunstone Games. Mr Strange is no stranger (I tried desperately to avoid that pun) to the subject matter: the Kickstarter notes that his past work has involved "designing the combat & controls of giant monster fighting games such as Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee, Rampage: Total Destruction and the classic Godzilla: Save the Earth." With Kaiju Combat, Strange & Co. look to take the battle to the online realm.
Rather than a single title, Kaiju Combat aims to release several standalone games, which can either be enjoyed by themselves, or combined to create a larger experience, with more monsters, environments, and the like, as well as a single-player campaign. Strange states that, in keeping with claims made in Kickstarers Past, "every decision is being vetted by the fans who want to play the game." He touts the 400+ strong forum community which, in addition to providing feedback, and submitting original designs for the monster roster. The initial release will be twofold: the former being a free version (featuring one environment with four monster from which to choose), and the latter being paid, with more monsters, environments, and the aforementioned delve into a single-player campaign.
Perusing the YouTube comments of Kaiju Combat's pitch video, Strange seemed optimistic about reaching the funding goal. Still, he noted that this is the second time that the game has taken to Kickstarter, and should the project fail, "we have no plans to try for a third attempt." The game will be a PC exclusive, with the possibility of a subsequent console release, should funding allow it.
So if you're a fan of fighting games - preferably involving great beast stalking the Earth in search of blood and glory - check out the Kickstarter for Kaiju Combat!