Hi I'm Mike Hibbert and I'm the lead developer and project manager for La Vida an open source game much like The Sims which will be available for free under the GPL3 open source licence. Thats free for everyone to download and play!
La Vida lets you control the life of your 'Dude' or 'Dudette', having them interact with the world you create and the community of Dudes you control.
The La Vida project has been a labour of love for me but as time has gone by I've been unable to continue developing because of my day job getting in the way.
To develop La Vida to playable state would take me a year of fulltime development and a bunch of freelance 3d artists to create content for the game itself.
Without funding this very much requested project can't progress.
What We Need & What You Get
To develop the game to a fully playable and enjoyable experience that can be played on Windows, Mac & Linux, (possibly even mobile if I can fit it in!) I will need the proposed funding to cover my living costs for 12 months and the costs of paying some freelancers to make 3d models/animations, music and artwork
Users will be able to download a full playable game with free content and open source artwork, models and music so they can even hack the game into something new if they want to!
- Sandbox - build you home any way you want!
- Editable Terrain - landscape all you want!
- Expanable activities - new activities can be included as they are developed
- Import you Dude into you friends game!
La Vida is a a very much requested game that users on Windows, Mac and Linux would love to enjoy, checkout the unbuntu forums thread which has been going for 4 years now!
Thousands upon thounds of people want this game to happen!
Other Ways You Can Help
Even if you can't contribute cash please share this page on Facebook or Twitter ( buttons are above! )
If you're a 3d or 2d artist or musician or you can make sound effects then we'd love you to contribute!
The way forward...
Well theres lots to be done ... all we need is the time to do it!
Whats in the plan:
Take the existing code and convert it to use a more well supported graphics platform in the initial months.
Once thats complete there is support for interaction with household objects so that activities can be performed.
Work needs to be done later to provide feedback to the player about events, their status in the game and loads more!
Your contribution will make all of this possible and more!
Project Lead/ Lead Developer