18 posts tagged kickstarter
Great, even Nintendo is exploiting crowdfunding now
I’m sick of hearing about big publishers taking advantage of services like Kickstarter, which is supposed to be for indies, or at least people who would have trouble raising money for their projects themselves otherwise.
And Wario is the last person I’d give money to. Hasn’t he already raked in millions from his WarioWare series? Plus he’s known for running scams, so I don’t trust this Crowdfarter site he just launched at all. His business plan sounds fishy, too — I’m not sure how he expects to make cash by asking people to tweet or like his site.
The rewards don’t even sound that great!:
At 50 KAJILLION coins, you will receive my voice as a ringtone for your too-cool-for-school phone. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?
If I help him make 50 Kajillion coins, the least I’d expect is a DRM-free copy of Game & Wario, a cameo or credit in the game, and a downloadable soundtrack. This is just straight-up greed and an abuse of his fans’ good will. It’s official, Wario now is worse than Penny Arcade.
PREORDER Game & Wario (June 23), upcoming games
Anamanaguchi’s new album and tour kick off really soon, but the chiptune group just launched a Kickstarter to give you more than just another collection of MP3s on your hard drive or a loud show to go to.
If it manages to raise $50,000, the band plans to put out more music videos (see “Meow”), add wild lighting setups to its performances, collab with artists and musicians, put together more interactive web projects, and more.
You’ll get some great pledge rewards for your donations: digital preorders for Endless Fantasy, shirts, posters (the Cory Schmitz/Mare Odomo joint above), vinyl copies of the album, the band’s Game Boys/modded NESes, chiptune workshops, and even Anamanaguchi’s frickin’ van.
Kickstart the hell out of Scroll #10
Ray Barnholt is raising money for the next issue of the essential Scroll magazine, all about the Boku no Natsuyasumi/My Summer Vacation series, through Kickstarter. He has a pretty good reason for the drive:
Because aside from including the series retrospective typical to SCROLL, this issue will also feature a big interview with Kaz Ayabe, the creator of the My Summer Vacation series (and most recently Level-5’s The Monsters That Come Out on Friday). SCROLL hasn’t been a place for developer interviews (partly why I get a little skittish when people call it “journalism”), but I figured this was the best reason to finally get a real, meaty interview with someone, and why not the maker of my favorite game? Ayabe has already agreed, and it’s pretty much going to happen either way, but the expenses associated with going to Japan, pulling off the interview (thanks 8-4!) and such will be kind of a strain if I try to pay for it all by myself.
Rewards range from a PDF of a “backer edition” of the book, all the way up to printed copies of every issue, an art print, and the opportunity to contribute a “summer-themed recollection.”
I want this to happen, for so many reasons. I want to be able to Kickstart prohibitively expensive journalism/writing projects. I want to read this magazine.
Kickstart the Retronauts podcast
Post-1up, the excellent Retronauts podcast has turned to Kickstarter for continued equipment and studio funding. After like 3 hours, the drive reached its $12,000 goal, so another year of podcasts is assured.
The core team involved in this new iteration of Retronauts is Bob Mackey, Ray Barnholt, and Jeremy Parish. They’re promising 26 episodes in a year, with a rotating guest lineup based on, I guess, whoever is in San Francisco.
Space Invaders chess set
This could fall into “things I don’t/shouldn’t care about” territory in so many ways. It’s a chess set, for one, and I don’t know how to chess.
It’s also a Kickstarter, and it’s probably in danger of being shut down by Taito/Square at any moment, at which point the authentic Invader shapes will probably replaced with knockoffs.
But look at the thing! If you want to pledge money toward one of these laser cut Invader chess sets, it’ll cost you $40, or $50 with the board. $20 gets you one of each character.
Nubuwo Winter Bundle offers Fami-mode music for Fami-mode DVD
This is truly exciting stuff for chiptune/game music fans! The Nubuwo Winter Bundle is a Kickstarter drive offering several different chiptune album packs for backers. Most relevant for TC readers is the Fami Pack, with Doctor Octoroc’s fantastic 8-Bit Jesus (a holiday staple!), Mega Ran Fifth Anniversary Edition, Killed by Koopa Stage One, and … Fami-Mode 2012 Live Recordings!
That last one features live performances by Prof. Sakamoto, Sexy-Synthesizer, Omodaka, and Kplecraft, recorded at the Fami-Mode concert put on last year by Meteor.
In addition to raising money for the artists who contributed music to the bundle, the Kickstarter is raising funds for a DVD of Fami-Mode 2012 performances, filmed by Jeriaska and overseen by Meteor. I fully intend to make it to Fami-Mode one year, but in the meantime I need this DVD to happen.
HEAR ALSO More chiptunes
Tiny Cartridge vs. Tiny Barbarian
Check it out in full glorious animation:
Kickstarter pitch for the LA Game Space, a new project proposed by Attract Mode members Adam Robezzoli and Daniel Rehn. The space is intended to host artist residencies for game creators, along with galleries, presentations, workshops, and “game research labs” for live gameplay data.
Even if you’re not in LA, there are some pretty compelling reasons to check out the Kickstarter. Rewards start (!) with a pack of 30 experimental/prototype games from well-known indies, including a new collaboration between QWOP developer Bennett Foddy and Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward; more expensive bonuses include t-shirts, prints, and, at the higher levels, and custom portraits by artists like Army of Trolls, Vic Nguyen, Adam Saltsman, and Paul Robertson!
If you kick in $5,000, you will be made into a character in Runner2. I… can’t afford that.
A Metal Wolf hoodie designed by Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley! If you’ve not yet met Metal Wolf and its awesome animation yet, it’s a character from Tribute Games’ upcoming run’n gun Mercenary Kings. You can get one of these hoodies after making a substantial pledge to the PC game’s Kickstarter.
By the way, I interviewed Mercenary Kings’ animators, Paul Robertson and Jonathan “Persona” Kim, about how they make these killer looking sprites. Read it!
Buy: Wizorb for Windows/Mac/Linux
See also: More Mercenary Kings media
Mercenary Kings split-screen multiplayer footage. Go ahead and open the video up full-screen, because you’re not going to be able to see what’s going on at all otherwise!
With 13 days to go, Tribute Games is still about $4,000 away from its $75,000 goal. That’s so far away from the console version goal, you guys. A game with a name like Mercenary Kings should be loaded with money!
Buy: Wizorb for Windows/Mac/Linux See also: Wizorb posts, Mercenary Kings trailer
Fangamer is bringing some of its old shirt designs back – along with a few new ones – through a Kickstarter drive for its “Retrowear” line. The designs in the line include various Mario, Metal Gear, Metroid, and of course Earthbound designs from the company’s history, along with some mystery designs.
This is a true Kickstarter as preorder: $22 gets you any one shirt, or $45 for any jacket, with additional items available on top of that. Or you can pay over a thousand bucks to party with Fangamer at various events!
I’m happy to see Fangamer using Kickstarter to expand and offer more cool shirts. Of course, if you’d like to help Fangamer out with a little cash in another way…
Remember a few months ago when we all thought an adventure game was the unlikeliest, most anachronistic thing ever to be brought back by a Kickstarter? Double Fine truly changed the world, and now we’re at this point: Cheetahmen II: The Lost Levels.
Action 52 prototype owner Greg Pabich launched this all-caps Kickstarter to fund the production of new NES cartridges with a completed version of the unreleased Cheetahmen II game, a game known for two things: annoyingly catchy music, and being terrible.
Pabich previously released Cheetahmen: The Creation, based on a different (?) lost prototype game.
In order to get Cheetahmen II on a cartridge, you need to kick in at least $60, which also gets you a “COLLECTOR BOX, COMIC, CUSTOM DUSTCOVER AND ‘PROTOTYPE’ NUMBERED, HOLOGRAM LABEL.”