PortsCenter is - or rather, will be - a webseries looking at interesting and unique ports of videogames.
Certain footage in this video is included under the fair use exemption of U.S. Copyright Law. The un-censored version of the pilot, complete with gratuitous swearing, can be found here.
PortsCenter is a planned webseries that aims to look at interesting and unique ports of videogames in an informative and entertaining manner. Y'see, back before multi-format games were the norm, a game might come out on one or two systems (three, if we were lucky) and get ported to other systems much, much later, sometimes by a different team entirely.
Occasionally, a port will differ from its source material in some way. It might be a change for the better, or it could ruin the game forever. Who knows? Well, we do, obviously, because its these games that PortsCenter will be looking at.
Or at least, we hope that's what it'll be looking at. We have another twelve episodes planned out. We really want to make this show happen, and we hope you want to see it happen, too.
Thanks for giving our Kickstarter project a look.
- Team PortsCenter
PRAISE FOR PORTSCENTER
"All in all, Portscenter is fast-paced, informative – from both a technical and historical point of view – and has a fun sensibility that reminded me a lot of all those BBC history docs with Terry Jones. In short, the show doesn’t suck and I hope they get to make more." - Dino Andrade, voice actor ("World of Warcraft", "Batman: Arkham Asylum", "Brütal Legend")
"GamesWipe for people who know shit about games." - Oli Smith, writer of videogames and books ("Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth", "Doctor Who: Nuclear Time", "LittleBigPlanet Ultimate Official Handbook")
"...if the pilot episode is any indication then the series looks to be both entertaining and informative... if you like seeing fresh video game content on the web then this is a good endeavor to support." - SideQuesting.com
"we love it... a shameless rip off of [Charlie Brooker's ScreenWipe] but that's no bad thing." - CasuallyHardcore.com
When I originally started coming up with the core idea of this show, I didn't think it would cost much more than $4,000 to make. Then I put the budget together. Yikes!
The bulk of those costs are filming and production equipment. I don't own a camera, or lighting equipment, or a boom mic, or any of the other stuff you need to make a show - the pilot was made using almost entirely borrowed equipment and trial versions of editing software. I also need equipment to capture video footage from the game consoles themselves, and I've managed to find a comparatively cheap solution (well, two solutions - one for HD, one for SD).
The rest of the budget covers purchasing the games and the systems themselves. Where possible I want to ensure we test original copies of the games on the original hardware they were produced for. We could emulate, but emulation isn't 100% all of the time. At least one of the games we're testing actually won't emulate properly at all, so we either have to buy the original game and the hardware to play it on, or not make the episode at all. Which is a shame, because that particular episode looks like it'll be a lot of fun.
It's worth pointing out: If the show is successful we can produce a second season for significantly cheaper. The bulk of this target amount is for buying the production equipment, and we only need to buy that stuff once. If we can get this season off of the ground then a second season could cost as little as, say, $1,000-2,000.
pledged of $7,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on December 17, 2011.
Oct 18, 2011 - Dec 17, 2011 (60 days)
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NEW REWARD FROM VOICE ACTOR DINO ANDRADE! He writes, "for every donation over 50 bucks I will throw in a set of autographed pics of the Scarecrow from Arkham Asylum, Mimiron, Mekkatorque & Professor Putricide from WoW, and Kenshin from Sengoku Basara! Let's help make PortsCenter happen!" Even if you don't choose this reward (or have already chosen a different reward prior to the addition of this one), you're still entitled to it!Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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If your website is interested in picking up the show, you can snag the exclusive first-run rights by financing the entire thing. Strongly advise you email first to discuss before you go ahead and slap down your money.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011