Top 5 Projects on Kickstarter
A roundup of what we think are some of the most interesting projects to keep an eye on
At heavyeggs we’re always on the lookout for new and exciting projects, be they new video games, upcoming consoles, or the next big movie. Typically these projects involve tens if not hundreds of people, and budgets that would make NASA’s budget blush.
So for a change of pace, we’re going to be showcasing some of the best (well... what we think are cool) projects on Kickstarter. For those who are not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a website where people can crowdfund creative projects, the best part is that anyone can create a Kickstarter project - all you need is an idea and some savy marketing skills to get people to dole out their hard earned cash on your idea.
Here are just 5 projects on kickstarter which we think are exciting:
Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to the first ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG. The original Wasteland was the inspiration for the FALLOUT series of games, it was groundbreaking, which is why IGN named it one of the top 25 PC games of all time, Computer Gaming World named it the Adventure Game of the year in 1988, and it was short-listed for inclusion in the Smithsonian Institution’s current “Art of the Computer Game” exhibition.
This project managed to raise a whopping $2,933,252 from over 61,000 backers.
OUYA is a new game console for the TV, powered by Android. Developers will have access to OUYA's open design so they can produce their games for the living room, taking advantage of everything the TV has to offer. Best of all, OUYA's world-class controller, console, and interface come in one beautiful, inexpensive package. All the games on it will be free, at least to try.
Everything opens with standard screws. Hardware hackers can create their own peripherals, and connect via USB or Bluetooth. Jailbreaking your OUYA will not void the warranty since the entire design will be open sourced.
Here’s the kicker, so far this project had raised $4,175,023, but the real surprise was that it raised a million dollars in 8 hours 22 minutes!
This project was started by industry veteran Tim Schafer (Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, Grim Fandango), as a vehicle for his company Double Fine Production to create a brand-new, downloadable "Point-and-Click" graphic adventure game for the modern age. Why would Tim use Kickstarter rather than go through the traditional venue of raising money for the development of a game? Well, traditional sources like publishers, investment firms or loans come with significant strings attached that can pull the game in the wrong directions or even cancel its production altogether. Thankfully, viable alternatives have emerged and gained momentum in recent years.
The project started off with a modest goal of reaching $400,000 but they managed to raise $3,336,371 from 87,000 individual backers.
For $99 you can have your own “smart” watch. It features a 1.26-inch 144x168-pixel black and white e-paper display with backlight, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, four buttons, a vibrating motor and a three-axis accelerometer. The battery is expected to last more than seven days on a charge.
Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. It comnes in color choices if white, black or red. Best part is that it comes with all the tools you need to write your own apps for the phone.
With a modest goal of $100,000 to build the prototype, the project blew past expectations and has raised $10,266,845!
This is a very interesting take on crowd funding. Essentially what Penny Arcade has done is to start a Kickstarter project that will fund its operations for a full year so that it can forego revenue from advertisers. This means no ads on the site for everyone, and Penny Arcade does not have to worry about pageviews equating to dollars in the bank. It looks like the arts patronage is back.
Currently they’ve managed to raise $214,283 so far, their target goal is $250,000
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