Hugs for folks who might need it
The money pledged supports the continued promotion and exhibition of the game. The next goal is the subsidized release of the game for children in places where giving hugs is even more valuable than the everyday. This project will help fund the production of bears and the game. With more bears I can expand where the game is offered. Long term, I'd like to bring them to children’s hospitals, spaces helping people with autism, and anywhere a hug is valued.
How will it work:
As a long time “alumnus” of Boston Children’s hospital in the 80's, I remember playing a few donated video games down the hall. Sometimes playing games were an award for getting blood drawn or doing a little extra physical therapy. Sometimes they were a way to keep from feeling bored and lonely on a hospital floor.
I’d like to give back by providing this game for free to kids who would enjoy it. I have several pediatrician friends who are happy to help me get the game in front of kids. I live close to Cincinnati Children’s now, so it would be a good place to start. I’ll personally bring the game for play sessions.
The hardware is easily removed so that the bear can be washed and sanitized. The game has been played by more than 200 players without breaking and can be sanitized with an antiseptic spray.
I’m not promising that this game will change the world, I do think it might just change a few perspectives.
The minimum funds will support me demonstrating the game locally.
Funds beyond the minimum will support the upcoming expenses which I’ve been paying for out of pocket:
-Extending the provisional patent
-Building more bears for distributing and exhibiting
Every system is hand assembled by me. I'm a professor in Creative Arts at Miami University, and the director of the Games Center at the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media.
Risks and challenges
International distribution is complicated by varied customs regulation. In shipping this work to Brazil, for example, it was held in customs for more than 2 months.I have personally delivered 60% of the bears used for public display. Others have been shipped and proven very durable. I have been showing Critical Gameplay games for 4+ years on several countries and have 10+ years in software development.
As with any computer game there are risks, but feedback has been very positive. An estimated 200+ people have played the game without problem. The system is built and tested, the project simply needs help with distribution/publication. Funding will make my dream of bringing it beyond art exhibits to hospitals, schools and more.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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