Every week, I’m going to scour Kickstarter for cool projects which I think we should all be aware of. Even if we cannot back these projects ourselves, we should at least be aware of them. But before we start this first Kickstarter Highlight, let’s quickly talk about what Kickstarter is and what sort of impact it’s had on us.
Launched April 2009, Kickstarter is a site, or a platform if you want to call it that, which allows crowd-funding in a major way. Crowd-funding has always been around to support great projects, but visibility is key to this. As such, Kickstarter came about to let people know: “All you cool people, fund us so we can make this.”
Here’s a fantastic list taken directly from Wikipedia showing the amounts that was pledged, the project name, creator, etc. As you can see, games are very popular on Kickstarter, however it did help to kickstart the Smartwatch craze!
|Rank||Total USD||Project name||Creator||Category||% funded||Backers||Closing date|
|1||10,266,845||Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android||Pebble Technology||Design||10,266||68,928||2012-05-18|
|2||8,596,474||Ouya: A New Kind of Video Game Console||Ouya Inc.||Video Games||905||63,416||2012-08-09|
|3||5,702,153||Veronica Mars movie||Rob Thomas||Film & Video||285||91,585||2013-04-12|
|4||4,188,927||Torment: Tides of Numenera||InXile Entertainment||Video Games||465||74,405||2013-04-05|
|5||3,986,929||Project Eternity||Obsidian Entertainment||Video Games||362||73,986||2012-10-16|
|6||3,845,170||Mighty No. 9||Comcept and Inti Creates||Video Games||450||67,226||2013-10-01|
|7||3,429,235||Reaper Miniatures Bones: An Evolution Of Gaming Miniatures||Reaper Miniatures||Board Games||11,430||17,744||2012-08-25|
|8||3,336,371||Double Fine Adventure||Double Fine and 2 Player Productions||Video Games||834||87,142||2012-03-13|
|9||3,169,610||Reaper Miniatures Bones II: The Return Of Mr Bones!||Reaper Miniatures||Board Games||10,560||14,964||2013-10-26|
|10||3,105,473||Wish I Was Here||Zach Braff||Narrative Film||155||46,520||2013-05-24|
Personally, even though I’ve heard of all of the bad things that happened with response to the release of the Ouya, I believe it’ll be a great console! If nothing else, £99.99 for a console which can act as a media centre, emulator and also to play some casual games with friends – How can you complain? I’m certainly going to be picking one up in the next few months and I’ll be doing some Ouya review! Ooh yah! Stay tuned for that!
Kickstarter Highlight of the Week
Yes, I will be showing off things that I consider great. As such, if you think you know of something that’s going to be worth a watch, let us know in the comments! We can’t know about it unless we can see it!
This weeks Kickstarter Highlight is for the Savlonic album, which is something many a fan of Mr Weebl of Weebl and Bob fame has been looking forward to.
Savlonic is a 3 piece pop band, of which Mr Weebl does the animations for.
There’s a lot of speculation that MrWeebl is actually part of the band. There’s no speculation that MrWeebl is part of the band.
From their debut with Electro Gypsy, which discusses a travelling gypsy trying to pedal off his Yamaha’s, Moog’s and Cassio’s, all the way to some of their more recent songs, such as Computer Guy, which might be about big computers… Savlonic are a great electro-pop listen.
“Yaaaaaaaaaaah.” – Savlonic lyrics.
You can find out more about the Savlonic kickstarter campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/weebl/the-savlonic-album
Note: It has already met its funding criteria, so if you back it early enough (I.E now) you’ll get the discounted prices as described on there or other perks.
Know of any more great Kickstarter projects? Let us know in the comments!