I love Velocity 2X a lot! From the incredible music to the fast-paced action, the game is pure joy. But that's not what I want to talk about right now. Instead, I want to tell you about Axiom Verge, an independent project by Tom Happ, who was the sole developer, artist and musician for the game.
Axiom Verge is one of the best metroidvania games ever released, standing together with Super Metroid and Castlevania Symphony of the Night at the top of that genre. It has a physical edition release next Friday in Europe, but because I already own the game, a day one purchase wasn't really a priority. Until I read a Nintendo Life article from back in November about how BadLand Games, the publisher of Axiom Verge, are going to donate 75% of the profits to Tom Happ, to help with his son's health care costs.
Tom Happ's young son Alastair was born healthy, but the doctor's failed to treat a routine case of jaundice during a critical period when he was just days old. The result was a life-long condition called Kernicterus that is characterized by severe neurological damage which robbed Alastair of much of his motor controls and hearing. Tom Happ has only talked about this a couple of times and has refused donations from fans, asking them to donate to the Kernicterus Center, instead. BadLand Games have not publicized their 75% donation, because they did not to market a child's suffering.
These are all good, kindhearted people. And as soon as I read about them I immediately preordered all four versions of this game that are coming to retail. And it's been, by far, the easiest purchase I've made regarding video games. Because this isn't about the game itself. It's about the people behind it.
Monster #230 - Eyelmek
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