Shenmue 3 was one of the games that fans always wanted to see released, so it comes as no surprise that the Kickstarter easily met its targets and the game will get its release. What is more surprising and inspirational is the knock on effect the campaign seems to be having.
Starting off as a $10,000 pledge to the Kickstarter by two 35-year-old twin brothers (Shenmue fans of course) noticed that the “V.E.T Program” (Volunteer English Teacher) which they founded was getting plenty of publicity from the pledge, so decided to pledge another $10,000. This means a character will be put into the game.
While the initial pledge would get them a meal with Yu Suzuki, being able to put one of the teaching assistants into the game seemed more fitting and a way to get even more exposure.
Speaking on ShenmueDojo about the character they said:
“We don’t want to be a character attacking Ryo though. We are going to try and ask Yu Suzuki to let us have one of our Volunteer Chinese teaching assistants be a character in one of the villages. They deserve to be recognized for their hard work. They are volunteers and many of them come from poor rice farms.”
The program was set up was to get English-speaking volunteers to be able to work in Chinese schools to give the poorest kids the chance to learn the language. This can often be a problem for the mainly farming families who don’t usually have the funds to get their kids this type of teaching without help.
With the original $10,000 pledge gaining the program attention both on social media and on gaming news sites, there was also an increase in attention from China itself. Any press that the V.E.T Program can get will all help them get more exposure.
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