• Games raise over $50 million on Kickstarter this year

    Posted September 15, 2012 - 7:40 am

    Kickstarter has gone ahead and declared what most gamers have already noticed: in terms of crowdfunding, this is the year of games. On Kickstarter alone game projects have raised over $50 million dollars, and there's still four months left in the year. That number has rocketed games from the 8th most funded category of all time to the 2nd most funded; this year games have defeated all other crowdfunded projects, raising $8 million more than films, the second-highest funded category of projects.
  • This week in Kickstarter: a webcomic raises $500,000 for a game in a day

    Posted September 8, 2012 - 7:25 am

    A gaming Kickstarter raising six figures in less than a day is barely even newsworthy these days. But even if the new Homestuck Kickstarter isn’t breaking any funding records, it’s still unusual enough to comment on because it shows just how much Kickstarter has changed fundraising for games and how that’s making games that never would have existed before possible.
  • Lumi uses sunshine to print images onto clothes

    Posted August 4, 2012 - 7:40 am

    Have you ever taken a picture so stunning that you wish you could show it off to the world? Well walking around with a framed picture is not only inconvenient, but also likely to drive away all your friends.
  • Review

    Step into newfound adventure with Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire

    Posted July 20, 2012 - 9:12 pm

    In the wake of DoubleFine's "Adventure Game" Kickstarter success and the flood of projects it inspired, adventure games have become the latest cause célèbre of the indie community. It's a welcome change from the twenty years of cruel obscurity the genre suffered at the hands of action franchises, but in truth, good adventure games are difficult to make, and there are precious few of them. Nostalgia often renders a kinder judgment on games like King's Quest than its occasionally tedious mechanics deserve. The few games worthy of classic status from those early days earned their reputations largely on the basis of quality artwork and clever writing, rather than gameplay innovation. Sierra's Quest for Glory games bucked that trend, providing new twists for players with the standout being the second title of the series, Trial by Fire. AGD Interactive has rescued this fading star from obscurity with a
  • Clever iPhone keyboard seeks Kickstart

    Posted July 14, 2012 - 7:45 am

    If you're looking for clever gadgets, one place to find them is at Kickstarter.
  • Why Ouya is making a killing on Kickstarter

    Posted July 12, 2012 - 12:29 pm

    By the time you read this, more than 27,000 people will have pledged over $3.5 million to help finance the Ouya campaign on Kickstarter. That beats the Ouya team's asking price of $950,000 all hollow, and the pledge total will probably climb much, much higher before their crowdfunding campaign closes in the second week of August. Ouya raised more than a million dollars on Kickstarter in less than eight hours, beating out both Double Fine Adventure and the Pebble watch to become the fastest-growing Kickstarter campaign in history. It's a fantastic crowdfunding success story, but plenty of questions remain about why the Ouya campaign is attracting so many donors.
  • Robotics starter kit helps you build your first bot, just needs your code (and funding)

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:20 am

    Do you ever dream of building a robot army to take over the world, but you don't quite have the know-how to create a robot from scratch? Sometimes, knowing a bit of code isn't enough to complete a DIY project--you need to make sure all of the different hardware components correspond with each other before you can get your project up and running.
  • Laser cut animatronics robot comes to maker faire, needs your help

    Posted May 26, 2012 - 7:12 am

    Meet Roy. He's a swell guy, really. He's also a robot made largely out of parts cut on a laser cutter, and with your help on Kickstarter, you can own a piece of Roy, or even your own whole Roy robot.
  • An OS for the home and cool Kickstarter projects

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:42 am

    This week we start with something that has both intrigued and amused me: Microsoft Research has a new operating system in the works targeted at home automation called, with glaring dullness, HomeOS.
  • From laptop to legion - turning one computer into many

    Posted May 17, 2012 - 3:25 pm

    A recently launched Kickstarter-funded project aims to bring $50 thin clients to schools and small businesses, allowing them to turn almost any computer into a multi-user hub.
  • Crowdfunding: The latest way to get your project funded

    Posted May 2, 2012 - 12:40 pm

    Crowdfunding sites like Kickerstarter are offering both established businesses and entrepreneurs a viable alternative to venture capitalists.
  • Kickstarter funding request exposed as scam

    Posted May 1, 2012 - 4:03 pm

    Thanks to the detectives on several online communities, including Reddit, Something Awful, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun, a scam to exploit Kickstarter, the crowd-funding website, has been unveiled.
  • Do a barrel roll in this Battlestar Galactica Viper flight simulator

    Posted March 24, 2012 - 7:18 am

    So there's this group of five high school teenagers from Marin County, California and San Francisco, and they want to build a full-on Battlestar Galactica Viper motion-flight simulator for the 2012 Bay Area Maker Faire. You can help them turn their (my) super-nerdy dream into a reality on Kickstarter.
  • Ninja Block Linux computer reaches $80k crowd-funding

    Posted March 4, 2012 - 8:21 am

    The Ninja Block open source cloud automation device looks as if it could be heading into the development stage after attracting $50,000 of pledges in only a week on the Kickstarter crowd funding website.
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