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$3,917
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 8 2014 7:01 AM UTC +00:00
$3,917
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
35
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 8 2014 7:01 AM UTC +00:00

About

GameThing is a portable arcade controller that works with the laptop you already own. It’s a simple, cheap way to enjoy the games you love just about anywhere. Traditional arcade cabinets are large, expensive, and often limit you to a single game. Computers make it possible to emulate classic games, but that usually means hours of setup, and a lackluster experience. Arcade games were designed for a joystick and buttons and many more games can be made new with arcade controls too!

Hardware

  • 2 x Sanwa JLF 8-way joysticks
  • Your choice of Sanwa OBSN 24mm or brand-less arcade buttons our testers unanimously voted on for better feel.
  • X-Arcade USB Electronics with programmable presets

GameThing gives you the arcade experience without the hassle.

All GameThings come with 2 joysticks, 6 buttons per player, 2 start buttons, and a coin button. The included velcro straps secure your laptop and the finished redwood handle makes it easy to take anywhere.
All GameThings come with 2 joysticks, 6 buttons per player, 2 start buttons, and a coin button. The included velcro straps secure your laptop and the finished redwood handle makes it easy to take anywhere.

GameThing is the first of its kind. Own one of the first-ever portable arcade game consoles. Conceived, designed, and built in Silicon Valley.

We're raising funds to be able to continue development of this project. Your generosity will allow us to buy materials and parts to build at least 20 units, create an online community site with information on how to install and setup emulators of your favorite games, and create games of our own, templates, and tutorials you can use so we can go on our own adventures! Together we can show everyone how easy it CAN be to play video games together.

Try out the custom GameThing PAC-MAN we made so two players can challenge each other to the best high-score simultaneously:

http://www.cuddleburrito.com/gamething-pacman

Check out the games you can play right now for free:

Customization and options

Start customizing right now with our home-built customizer tool: http://www.cuddleburrito.com/gamething-customizer

Choose frame color, joystick color, button colors... let us know what you need and we can probably build it!

After a late night laser cutting, the first prototypes emerged
After a late night laser cutting, the first prototypes emerged
The latest revisions after many more late nights
The latest revisions after many more late nights
So many possibilities
So many possibilities

Each GameThing is laser cut and hand assembled so we can iterate quickly to improve the product, meet our backers' needs, and offer an unprecedented amount of customizability. From the color of the frame, to the shape of the joystick, and whatever laser engravings you'd like. There are no boundaries to the look of your GameThing.

SF Giants themed GameThing we made in celebration of their 2014 World Series title!
SF Giants themed GameThing we made in celebration of their 2014 World Series title!

 Custom Themed GameThing pledges produce a one of a kind arcade experience. Mix and match colors, add custom inked engravings, or even request custom joystick ball tops! The joystick ball tops can be designed, 3D printed, sanded, and painted to match whatever theme you're looking for. 

Donkey Kong themed joystick ball top, so many possibilities!
Donkey Kong themed joystick ball top, so many possibilities!

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Risks and challenges

We've overcome many obstacles already and with our combined backgrounds in Mechanical Design Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Human-Machine Interaction, and Front-End Web Development, we are confident we’re the right people for the job.

Each frame is currently laser cut ourselves and assembled by hand which takes roughly 1.5 hours per GameThing. To address the possibility that too much demand could push back delivery for backers and stall development, we’ve calculated our maximum output for the next three months and stuck to those numbers. This will prevent our shipping schedule to slip while being able to offer maximum service and support to our backers. It was a lot of work to find quality components from known and proven suppliers that can deliver on time.

You are our number one priority. Our focus is getting our backers to play games ASAP and with the people they love.

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    3D Printed Happy Bookmark

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    3D printed Pacman, cube, or skull joystick ball top. Includes brass threaded insert for secure mounting.

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    Laser cut custom engraved flask with image of your choice.

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    Handmade wrap bracelets. Choose the style that fits you! You can see our larger collection of styles available at http://instagram.com/ybracelets

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    DIY GameThing frame components and fasteners (does not include electronic parts). Choice of blue or black GameThing.

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    EARLY BIRD PRICING : GameThing - a portable arcade controller that works with the laptop you already own. It’s a simple, cheap way to enjoy the games you love just about anywhere. Choice of blue or black GameThing.

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    EARLY BIRD PRICING - Custom themed GameThing - a portable arcade controller that works with the laptop you already own. It’s a simple, cheap way to enjoy the games you love just about anywhere. Your choice color GameThing. Custom designed joystick ball tops of your choice. Choice of button layout (up to 4 buttons per player).

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    Custom themed GameThing - a portable arcade controller that works with the laptop you already own. It’s a simple, cheap way to enjoy the games you love just about anywhere. Your choice color GameThing. Custom designed joystick ball tops of your choice. Choice of button layout (up to 4 buttons per player).

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    4 Matching custom GameThings of your choice in any custom style including custom engravings, custom joystick tops, and custom button layouts.

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Funding period

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