This Kickstarter project is all about producing a third edition of High Score: The Illustrated History of Electronic Games, a combination of great history with coffee table visual appeal.
Currently, High Score is out of print, but I have a new publisher who wants to release a 3rd edition, with improvements throughout, as well as expanded coverage and insight into the period roughly from 2000-2011. Much has changed in the games, the industry, the audience and the way we play. Now we not only have PCs and consoles, but mobile devices, social and casual games and great innovation still happening all the time.
I started this Kickstarter project to help me fund the research and development of High Score: The Illustrated History of Electronic Games 3rd Edition, which not only will require my full-time efforts for 4-6 months, but it may also require some travel. Your support will allow me to complete the work that needs to be done, secure the images and the interviews, and put it all together into a fun, informative and visually stunning book full of your favorite games and the stories behind them.
So far, as I'm writing this, fourteen of the industry's veterans, pioneers and icons have agreed to meet with some of you in exchange for your support for this project. People like Will Wright, Trip Hawkins, Lorne Lanning, John Romero, David Perry, Steve Meretzky, Bill Budge... and more are joining almost daily. Hopefully, the strong support I have from these people says something about the quality of High Score, and the value of bringing an improved and expanded version into print.
Of course, I'll also send signed and autographed books to 25 donors, and I am working on getting a few very special editions and get them signed by some of the pioneers of the industry.
Speaking of pioneers, In my video, I also mention my goal of putting on an event - call it a Pioneer's Party - next year at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Because sometimes Kickstarter projects do get overfunded, that's what I would use any extra funds for - and anyone who contributes $10 or more to the project will be invited to attend, and anyone who contributes $25 or more will have their names listed in the back of the new edition.
Something I didn't mention in the video is the collection of images gathered through my research. I can only print a fraction of them in the book, and I'm considering creating a website devoted to the extensive collection of box shots, screenshots, concept art and photographs that were never printed. I think you will enjoy the show.
Please help me realize these goals, and give whatever you can to the project.
We solemnly pledge 5% of the profits from the finished product back to the Kickstarter community to help fund other people's dreams.
Please add $15 or more to your pledge. If you have pledged for one of the tiers that offers a physical reward - in this case a book - please add at least $15 to your pledge. These books will be heavy and international shipping will be costly. Thank you.
I tried to leave the meeting information open ended to allow the most flexibility on the part of the person donating their time, but people have suggested that it would be very helpful to know, so here is my best guess. These are the most likely locations based on where that person spends most of their time.
SF Bay Area
John Romero, Brenda Brathwaite, Lorne Lanning, Rebecca Heineman, Trip Hawkins, Will Wright, Steve Meretzky, Bill Budge, Greg Johnson, Carter Lipscomb
Los Angeles Area
David Perry, Tommy Tallarico (but he travels a lot)
Chris Taylor, Ed Fries, Rusel DeMaria
Washington DC area
Eugene Evans, Sid Meier (Maryland)
At first, I limited the option to obtain a book for donations because I didn't know how much support I would get from the publisher, and I figured I would have to pay for the books and also the postage and handling. I have changed that with two new options, one for the book alone at $50 and another to have it autographed by me at $60.
I am grateful to the people who are donating their time to support this project, but I am also aware that they are all very busy and doing me a big favor. I will ask them if they can set up a time and date for the meal and update the rewards for any who do. I will post any changes as updates to the project.
I fully intend on changing the cover image for the new edition. I never was happy with the cover we ended up with. It doesn't satisfy my gamer mentality. I am considering running a contest for the cover image. More on that later.
I am not sure what I'll do. I may try again, now that I've learned from some of my mistakes. This is my first Kickstarter project, so I'm still learning.
I am exploring ways to do a great ebook of High Score, but given its intensely graphical nature, there are some challenges to doing it right. If I do an ebook, I hope to have active links and possibly even videos in it. That may end up being another project on Kickstarter. At present, I don't think it would be appropriate to offer it as a reward since I don't know if I'll be able to do it.
Yes. I will send a book to any donor who backs one of the meals with industry folks.
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