With the recent success of Double Fine and their unheard of 3.3 million Kickstarter project, it’s no wonder so many have hopped on the Kickstarter bandwagon in hopes of getting a dream project off of the ground, prospect of making a larger name for their business, or for some profit in the form of scams. Then there are a few, like Ouya and Penny Arcade who have a chance to shake the gaming industries foundation and change the internet forever.
Penny Arcade announced today that they have started their own Kickstarter with the goal of $250,000. What’s their plan? “It is at its core a return to the concept we had eleven years ago.” Gabe said in a press release regarding Penny Arcade’s attempt to return the site to it’s roots. If the goal is met they would eliminate any adds on the site and return the “power” back to Gabe and Tycho.
“People don’t like advertising almost as a general rule; Advertising is simply The Way It Is.”
Similar to a pledge drive from NPR, Penny Arcade has taken to the readers and is attempting to change the internet forever. Godspeed men. You can pledge toward their goal here.
Not more than 2 days ago Kotaku brought to our attention a $99 Hackable Console using the Android OS. Ouya wants to create a home console that will run on the Andoid OS, have 1 GB RAM, 8 GB on-board flash, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a wireless controller. All of those components are nice, but Ouya’s console’s true strength will come with it’s large amount of Free-to-Play titles, it’s ability to be rooted without voiding the warranty, and the inclusion of an SDK for game development. So Ouya took to Kickstarter and the people have spoken, they want this console. The Kickstarter was at $92,000 when I checked this morning and is now almost at it’s goal of $950,000 sitting at $750,000 with more than 29 days to go.
This Kickstarter generation, as I’m calling it, is a strong group dedicated to making changes to a complacent industry. Both of these are great examples of people taking risks that will hopefully be rewarded and change the way we game and use the internet in positive manner. I’m unsure how much I want an Android based console, I’m not too into mobile gaming, but I’m very interested to see what Ouya will accomplish. As for Penny Arcade, I always wish the best for those guys, I have no doubt they will reach their goal.
Ouya destroyed the $950,000 goal in less than 12 hours and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. The project will be funded August 9th and has the consoles being set to ship in March of 2013.
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