Buy Two Games About Goats, Give a Goat to Those in Need

Heifer International, MagicalTimeBean, and Coffee Stain Studios have teamed up to bring animals to the developing world.

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As if the goat phenomenon could get any more unbelievable, now it is being used to help fight world hunger.

Goat Simulator developer Coffee Stain Studios has teamed up with Escape Goat 2 creator MagicalTimeBean and charity organization Heifer International to bring animals to poverty-stricken areas of the world.

To incentivize donations to Heifer, the developers are giving away copies of their games if you donate at least $20. Heifer has created numerous donation levels, as well. Each donation tier is linked to a different animal. A purchase of $20 will give chicks to poor farmers, a $30 donation will give a hive of honey bees, and so on.

But the promotion is called "Games for Goats." There shouldn't be other animals offered, right? Coffee Stain's Armin Ibrisagic answers, "All animals are goats. Horses are goats with longer legs. Bears are goats with fur." And, of course, all of these varieties of "goat" are beneficial to people in need.

This is not the first time Coffee Stain Studios has used its game to promote a social cause. A recent update to Goat Simulator criticized Russian policies toward the gay and lesbian community. Ibrisagic has explained his open activism by saying, "We have hundreds of thousands of people playing our game that might usually not be interested in this kind of stuff, and reach them in a way they never expected."

You can read more about "Games for Goats" on Heifer International's website.

Alex Newhouse is an editorial intern at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @alexbnewhouse
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Discussion

18 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

That is goatally awesome, something even Hugh He(i)fner would approve of.

jemoedr
jemoedr

" "But the promotion is called "Games for Goats." There shouldn't be other animals offered, right? Coffee Stain's Armin Ibrisagic answers, "All animals are goats. Horses are goats with longer legs. Bears are goats with fur." And, of course, all of these varieties of "goat" are beneficial to people in need."


Lol xD

Tranula
Tranula

this game sucks.  yes I played it.  was fun for about, um never.  I get that its supposed to be retarded, and they nailed it!

xcollector
xcollector

Money should be invested in hydroponics if the soil is too crappy to grow food. Teach these poor countries how to grow without soil and they'll be able to feed them selves. The climate is hot enough not to need expensively heated controlled environments unless you're from Canada. Of course this makes too much sense for it to happen. Bill Gates would rather you believe that genetically modified indestructible food is the answer. Giving someone a goat is a nice gesture but won't solve anything.

vadagar1
vadagar1

thats good 


I hate giving food to people its so condescending instead give them a way to start a businesses or raise live stock or get them running water and things that make their lives better

woodyfr
woodyfr

And for a third goat they should call George Stobbart, he knows a goat (or two).

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

The only good this game has ever done.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

Anybody know any good screen caprine software I can use for this game's funny moments?

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

and remember kids, eat all your vegetables........and your vegechairs, and your vegesofas, and your vegetas...

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

I applaud you Russia in this.  You're not great drivers, but I do like your stance on lgbt issues.  Uganda's has a great stance on it as well.

blkgto
blkgto

Don't try to educate people unless you have actually done some research on this topic.  Seeing your exceedingly simple cut-and-dry response to this multifaceted problem, it is blatantly obvious you do not know what your talking about.


You could kill your goat for food, but it won't solve anything.  Did you know goats produce milk?  That solves something. 

apolloooo
apolloooo

@woodyfr being head butted by a goat or 1000x doesn't mean he know about goats, well maybe he can warn people . . .

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

@DanielL5583 Dispite it's lack of modern graphics and engine, Goat Simulator is one of the most innovative games of the current-gen: FACT

ezioismyname
ezioismyname

@Rayzakk LOL.  You're assuming that most of the people here even know what you're talking about.  

Caldrin
Caldrin

@Bumblebee1138 @DanielL5583 i would not say there is a lack of a modern engine.. it was made using the latest version of unreal 3.. i know unreal 4 is out now but that has only recently been released.