Kickstarter has been raising money for entrepreneurs and wannabes since 2009, funding such fascinating projects as an ostrich pillow and, um, potato salad. All told, Kickstarter has put the fun in fundraiser by raising $2.4 billion since its inception. And it turns out a large wedge of that cheddar comes from boardgames. According to News-Republic, crowds […]
It’s hard for a gamer to get some much-needed exercise, particularly PC gamers, who are usually stuck behind a monitor, where the only way to burn calories is to play a championship game of Starcraft. Now the Omni, a unique gaming treadmill and currently a Kickstarter project, wants to help you get buff while getting buffs.
Shannon Sun-Higginson isn’t a gamer, but when a friend told her about the Cross Assault incident, where competitive gamer Miranda “Super_Yan” Pakozdi was harassed on camera by her own coach, she was shocked. Then her friend told her, “This is the tip of the iceberg.” Soon, she was intrigued enough to put her skills to work. Sun-Higginson is a production coordinator for a television company, Zero Point Production. And she plans to turn this topic into her first feature documentary GTFO (which refers to the catch-all dismissal, “Get the f— out”) with the help of Kickstarter.
Last August, a group of LBGTQ gamers created a Kickstarter project to fund a gaming convention for people of all colors on the rainbow flag and their allies. With a $25,000 target, GaymerX 2013 raised $91,000. Now GaymerConnect is back producer Anne Clements has created a Kickstarter campaign to document the creators of GaymerConnect, as well as other gay gamers (gaymers) and industry insiders. Gaming in Color promises to “show you the queer side of gaming. The good, the bad, the FABULOUS!”
Remember the Anita Sarkeesian kerfuffle from May 2012? That was when blogger Sarkeesian created a Kickstarter project to fund a five-part series of short films about women’s roles in videogames…which led to a tidal wave of Internet hate. Good news for those of us who have been waiting for the results: The first part of this documentary series will be released to YouTube on March 7.
Kickstarter has been helping self-starters get self-started since 2009 by giving them a place to earn their seed money. One of the ways these future moguls entice people to back their work is to offer rewards: If you donate a certain amount of money, you will receive something in return; the larger your check, the larger your reward. And after four years, some Kickstarter rewards are just as clever—if not more so—than the project that the creators are trying to fund.
If you’ve come from the 1980s, congratulations, you’re old. If you haven’t seen the 1980s yet can access a time travel machine, you may want to hone in on 1984 to play Elite. It was a remarkable game at the time, and with an upgradeable ship and an explorable universe full of trading and combat (albeit in monochrome wireframe 3D), it’s the granddaddy of games like EVE Online…as well as every other space sim. And thanks to a successful Kickstarter project, we’re getting a sequel.