Jan 112013

Elite – £1.57 million. Finished.
Pathfinder Online – $739k ($1 million goal). 3 days left.
The Red Queen of Oz – $6k ($40k goal). 13 days left.
Full Bore – $16k. 10 hours left.
Radio the Universe – $57k. 19 days left.
Akaneiro: Demon Hunters – $59k ($200k goal). 22 days.
DREADLINE – $15k ($167k goal). 20 days left.
Tornado Maker – $75k. Finished.

Really quite weak. Only thing of note I noticed was the GameStick – a new console similar to the Ouya in that it lets you play Android games on your TV with a traditional video game controller. Gamestick was taken down briefly due to a copyright problem (their video included a game that they didn’t have the rights for) but it’s back up now and at $330k ($100k goal) with 20 days left. When you see stuff like GameStick and Ouya raising hundreds of thousands or even million dollars, it’s easy to think that they’ll be big success but for perspective, many people think the Vita is bombing and Sony has sold well over a million Vitas worldwide. If it’s hard to get serious developers to take the Vita seriously, it’s going to be even harder to get them to want to develop for systems like the Ouya that probably will never even reach a million systems sold.

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  4 Responses to “The Video Game Kickstarter Report – Week of January 11”

  1. I think one of the biggest things about all these new android based “consoles” is that there are already a ton of games out there that only need up-scaling for tv’s, since the systems are android based. I think what is going to happen is there will be a new market of people who want to play their phone games at home, and are willing to buy one of these systems. Since so many of them are getting crowd funded, the developers have very little expenditure themselves so even if a ton of systems come out, it doesn’t take many sales to be successful.

    My prediction, all the games that will be available on one of the systems will be available on all of the systems just because they are all using android. Next prediction, the market is already in the process of being saturated by these android “consoles”, as seen by the large number of android “consoles” coming out of the closet lately, so prices will only go lower over time, and it will be like going to pick up a new coffee pot, just got to figure out which flavor of system you want.

  2. I’m not at all interested in those consoles. I have a really good android phone, and the games on it are decent but nothing I’d pay a hundred dollars or more to play on my tv.

    Kinda disappointed by the Red Queen of Oz not ever picking up. Sounded like a great concept. But I know I was scared off by how little it seemed they were asking for, for what they were planning. Even though they addressed the low goals at one point, I still think they were over-optimistic.

  3. As an enemy of all things Pathfinder, I am pleased to see the kickstarter failing.

    My only interest in the GameStick is gaining the ability to play the android/ios Final Fantasy game.

  4. I’m trying to be (cautiously) optimistic about Ouya and GameStick, but I just have a hard time getting excited about what they were offering. I don’t consider myself a hardcore gamer, but I’d much rather have a decently powered rig in my living room than either of these. That’s probably why Valve’s Steambox sounds much more exciting to me.

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