As a nerd, I find it easy to appreciate the appeal of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter. They give us the chance to make quirky projects come to life, and we get a little incentive thrown in to make us feel special. A good Kickstarter campaign will put some effort into the incentives, as they are a big reason for people wanting to part with their cash for something they may have to wait years to receive.
Here are a few Kickstarter projects I've backed in recent years.
A documentary about the worst controller ever made? I'm in. My participation landed me a free T-shirt, as well as a copy of the film too.
One man's quest to buy 678 NES games in 30 days. The only catch? No Internet shopping! I'm looking forward to seeing this one as it looks like a lot of fun. My rewards are as follows:
Another one that was successfully funded, this is a nice coffee-table book all about the SEGA Megadrive/Genesis. My pledge got me a copy of the book (complete with contributor credit at the back), as well as this sweet blueprint poster of the console:
All I need now is another house so I can have some wall space to display this beauty!
Another one I couldn't resist, being a fan of videogames, art, and books about videogame art. I haven't received the book yet (they had issues with the printers, but they're back on track now), but I have received my amazing incentive: a framed and mounted arcade marquee title sign in the style of the ones below:
Beautiful aren't they? After much deliberation I settled on a Tron sign, and again, now I just need a bigger games room so I can hang it.
This one isn't on Kickstarter anymore, as its original campaign was funded before I found out about it. It later showed up on Fanbacked, looking for "Finishing funds" so I hopped on the bandwagon then.
And now my latest pledge, backed just last night! A documentary about Back To The Future and its lasting legacy. I don't expect to learn much new, but it's always nice to see a fresh take on my favourite film and its sequels. They have participation from all the key players - the two Bobs, Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox and many other cast and crew, as well as Secret Cinema footage from last year. And it's all to be released in 2015, a key year for fans!
My reward, other than a digital download of the film, is a signed print of the awesome alternative poster shown here. It's by Andrew Heath, an artist known for awesome artwork with nerdy, pop culture influence. Seriously, I'm going to get on Rightmove and source a house with bigger walls immediately.
This documentary hasn't finished funding yet, so you can still get involved if you're interested. I don't think it will have any trouble hitting its target personally, and there are many other awesome incentives to tempt you to part with your cash.
My name is Iain and my addiction is making pixel bead art. My main inspirations are comics, video games and movies.