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James Pond Franchise to Return With Crowdfunding Campaign

James Pond Franchise to Return With Crowdfunding Campaign

Gamers of a certain age may remember the original James Pond, which graced a number of platforms including the SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis; the sequel James Pond 2: Codename RoboCod has also been ported a lot, including a DS version in 2005. At its peak in the ’90s the series was quite a hit in pop culture, with various cameos joining the main games in boosting its appeal. Aside from all those re-releases of the sequel, the franchise has been largely quiet, barring a poorly received iOS game in 2011. That’s set to change, however,…

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PayPal Freezes Crowdfunding Money For Indie Adventure Game ‘Dreamfall Chapters’

PayPal Freezes Crowdfunding Money For Indie Adventure Game ‘Dreamfall Chapters’

A few days ago Ars Technica ran a really interesting story on a little crowdfunding project called Mailpile which had its crowdfunding money frozen by PayPal. “The idea of crowdfunding is relatively new, and…Paypal has to manage the risk model and also the regulatory and compliance issues in every market in which we operate,” Anuj Nayar, Paypal’s Senior Director of Global Initiatives, told Ars. “We’re working very diligently with some of these crowdfunding organizers to work out the system,” he added. “Right now, I’d love to be able to say that tomorrow we’re going to be issuing new…

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Mobile gaming firm in crowdfunding floatation

Mobile gaming firm in crowdfunding floatation

Budding investors are being offered a slice of a Northern Ireland start-up which already has offices in New York and San Francisco. Over the next 40 days, GoPrezzo, which has received over £570,000 from venture capitalists and business angels, will be open to investment through the crowdfunding platform Investingzone.com. Up to 5,000 shares are being floated on the Investingzone.com crowdfunding website up to the end of September. After setting up a free account, users can log on to view the GoPrezzo pitch and buy into the business. Crowdfunders can claim 10 shares for a minimum commitment of £100.…

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Developers kickstart video game projects

Developers kickstart video game projects

In the summer of 2011, Seattle-based game developers Mark Jessup and Lane Daughtry left their respective jobs and decided to strike out on their own, forming TinkerHouse Games, a mobile game development studio which we wrote about three months after its inception. Two years and six games have passed since then, including the iOS and Android ports for “Penny Arcade Presents: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3″ and “Cthulhu Saves the World.” Now, they’ve created “Dwarven Delve,” a brand new game that they want to take to market with the help of Kickstarter. Mark Jessup, one of the…

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American McGee’s Alice Short Films Funded by Kickstarter

American McGee’s Alice Short Films Funded by Kickstarter

A feature film based on Alice will also be explored thanks to the success. A Kickstarter seeking funding for a short film based on American McGee’s Alice called Alice: Otherlands has concluded, with the $200,000 goal being surpassed in the final 24 hours. Just over $222,000 was raised during the three-week crowdfunding campaign. With the money, American McGee’s company, Spicy Horse, will be able to obtain the film rights to Alice and arrange for a series of short films, among other things, to be created. “[T]he funding will allow us to create a series of animated short films,…

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Beyond Kickstarter: Three game devs who crowdfunded on their own

Beyond Kickstarter: Three game devs who crowdfunded on their own

Kickstarter is a big deal for video games. It allows studios to float a concept or prototype directly with fans (and potential future fans), assess whether or not people are willing to pay money for such a project, and bypass publishers all the while. But there are possibilities for crowdfunding outside of platforms such as Kickstarter, too. Numerous studios are having a crack at their own crowdfunding initiatives, ditching Kickstarter in favor of going it alone. With Kickstarter’s architecture already in place, ready and willing to display your funding project, and tested to within an inch…

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Elements 4D Chemistry learning experience launches Kickstarter for science

Elements 4D Chemistry learning experience launches Kickstarter for science

For the last three years, DAQRI has been developing augmented reality (AR) technology for enterprise applications...

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A rare look into crowdfunding in Japan: Interview with video game – Monken – creators

A rare look into crowdfunding in Japan: Interview with video game – Monken – creators

Original Article/Interview from IndieGames: Team Grand Slam, a collection of veteran Japanese developers behind the upcoming free-to-play Monken, recently ran a successful crowdfunding campaign on a Japanese platform called Campfire. They raised just under ¥2.5 million ($25,000 USD) for the development of a game they plan to release under a Creative Commons license. That may not seem like much money compared to the amounts raised by developers like Double Fine and Obsidian, but it’s the largest amount raised for a game on this Japanese crowdfunding site to date. We mentioned this back in March, but Monken is an upcoming free-to-play game in which…

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Robot Kickstarter Project Paints Using Watercolors & Teaches STEM Principles

Robot Kickstarter Project Paints Using Watercolors & Teaches STEM Principles

Super Awesome Sylvia, along with Windell and Lenore from Evil Mad Scientist, are teaming up to bring a watercolor painting robot to Kickstarter. With two motors driving cables to move the head in the x and y directions, the WaterColorBot uses standard watercolor paint and paper to create 9″ x 12″ works of art. This Kickstarter campaign will fund the initial production run of the bots and hopefully give the project worldwide exposure. The robot is already fully developed and has been shown off at Maker Faire.  It also won a silver medal at Robo Games 2013 and starred in…

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New Crowdfunding Film Society bolsters aspiring filmmakers

So you’re all excited about crowdfunding your first/dream/calling-card film project via Kickstarter or IndieGoGo. But you’re not Zach Braff, and you’re definitely not “Veronica Mars.” In fact, once you’ve reached out to all the friends, relatives and colleagues willing to donate some bucks, how on earth are you going to reach and impress the total strangers you might need to make your goal amount (and if you don’t, in most cases, you’ll never see a cent) in the allotted campaign period? The Crowdfunding Film Society may have the answer for that and many other questions about…

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