News for May 2012

Asked for $100,000… got $10,000,000+

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android

And from that 68k people threw down an average of a little less than $150 each, making the “Pebble: E-reader” the most funded project on Kickstarter at $10,266,845. A title previously held by Tim Schafer’s promise to develop an old school adventure game, which 83k people spent an average of $40 to raise $3.4 million.

On a side note, Kickstarter takes home 5% and amazon takes 3 to 5% in credit card fees, which comes out to $513,342.25 on the pebble and $166,818.55 on the adventure game. I think 2012 is the year Kickstarter breaks way ahead in the whole crowd source funding game and shows publishers the true potential of cutting out the middle man. It’s crazy to think a few years ago the biggest project was less than one donation of the larger projects funded on Kickstarter, ($3,000 was the highest funded project in 2009, single donations have been as high as $10,000 recently)

Its invigorating to see that ideas are able to be supported in such a way. I hope to start my own Kickstarter one day and let my ideas be funded by people who passionately support them, not by investors who are only concerned with a bottom-line.

Posted: May 18th, 2012
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The Power of Kickstarter 2

Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leisuresuitlarry/make-leisure-suit-larry-come-again

Funded May 2nd

Jane Jensens Moebius and other Pinkerton Road Games

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1005365109/jane-jensens-pinkerton-road-2012-2013-csg

Funding May 19th

Two Guys SpaceVenture – by the creators of Space Quest

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spaceventure/two-guys-spaceventure-by-the-creators-of-space-que

Funding June 12th

Posted: May 15th, 2012
Categories: Games, Retro, Technology
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Southland Renewed: Season 5

The cops of “Southland” are staying on the beat. TNT has ordered a 10-episode Season 5 of the fan-favorite cop drama.

“I’m proud today to announce that TNT has ordered 10 episodes for a fifth season of Southland, scheduled to begin in February 2013,” Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, said in a statement.

Originally an NBC drama, TNT rescued the series from cancellation. On TNT, “Southland” has become one of the network’s most-popular shows. “Southland” ended its fourth season in March 2012 with about 1.7 million viewers. According to TNT, “Southland” Season 4 averaged more than 2.9 million viewers.

The series stars Michael Cudlitz as Officer John Cooper, Shawn Hatosy as Officer Sammy Bryant, Regina King as Detective Lydia Adams and Ben McKenzie as Officer Ben Sherman.

“We are very proud of ‘Southland’ and grateful to everyone involved in the series, including executive producers John Wells, Chris Chulack and Jonathan Lisco; creator Ann Biderman; and our partners at Warner Bros. Television,” Wright said. “We look forward to going deeper into the lives of Southland‘s extraordinary characters and the streets they struggle to keep safe next year.”

Posted: May 4th, 2012
Categories: Film
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