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This project was successfully funded on January 28, 2013.

An Open Source Gaming Console Built by Gamers for Gamers...

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    1. Creator Nicolas Cavalier 2 days ago

      Hi, I just received my unit today.

    2. Creator Ryan 5 days ago

      Those units should be in addition to you receiving yours, not taking away from the number of units fulfilling your orders. Personally, I only donated $5 to this project, but I pledged $87 to ICP2. To date, I'm the only person who received a full refund. Maybe you guys need to make a post on Kickscammed if you're not getting what you paid for. Feel free to go there and search for my post on iControlpad 2 as a primer.

      Link has his finger in too many pies as it is. He needs to stick to selling ecig's and related nationwide legalization legislation.

    3. Creator Justin Baze 5 days ago

      Mark Linkhorst or "Link" is buddies with Justin Barwick. That's why you'll see that Justin Barwick provided him with some GCW Zeros for his failed Kickstarter as a replacement option. In the meantime, there are still backers of the GCW Zero waiting for their units. At least some people are getting GCW Zeros.....

    4. Creator Ryan 5 days ago

      Maybe Mark Linkhorst is handling this project now. The slow response to shipping out units and keeping everyone informed is starting to mimic the icontrolpad2 train wreck.

    5. Creator David Meggyesy 7 days ago

      @Justin Barwick So potentially 5-10 units need to go out without any intervention from the backer involved.

      How are you handling changed shipping addresses? I've sent maybe two or three messages regarding my shipping address having changed, without any confirmation that it's been noted.

      Does this mean I'm in the group of 35-40 that need updated addresses (you've got mine, but I can certainly PM it along again) or am I in the group of 5-10 that are still just yet to roll out?

    6. Creator Erick Brown on February 20

      @ Justin Barwick or Craig Strother

      Seriously, what is the problem here? Backers are still waiting for fulfillment. They deserve an official update. I've pleaded with you guys over and over; please stop hiding information in the comments. Please post regular updates. Stop treating backers like garbage!

      We were promised a "full update" nearly FIVE MONTHS ago. We were promised that all Kickstarter rewards would be shipped before Geeks with Wives began shipping. This isn't a new problem. This nonsense has been going on for about a year and a half. A year and a half of empty promises, failed deadlines, unacceptable silence, and questionable excuses.

      To be frank, anyone should understand that I have a very hard time believing any more excuses. It's been happening for so long that the excuses are running on repeat (health problems / family issues / family health problems / incorrect addresses / customs).

      In all honesty, I truly hope you are lying because no person should have to deal with this much tragedy. However, if you're being sincere, you should task out the work so you can focus on recovering. Craig should be communicating regularly and someone else should be managing and fulfilling shipments. You have an obligation and responsibility.

    7. Creator Stephen Sandford on February 20

      >> As for a current count about 45 consoles still need to go out.

      Is my "sent in for repair" unit counted in this number or is this just people who have yet to receive a Zero yet?

    8. Creator Peter Thomas on February 19

      @ Justin Barwick

      Thank you for providing a small update. Despite all the setbacks you have my respect for continuing to ship units out. I may not have all of the details of your situation but I see a lot of projects here simply go dark when the unexpected happens.

      There was a time when I regretted backing. Since then I have spent countless hours fiddling with this device and have come to realize just how much i enjoy it. Even if there is never a successor to the GCW, I hope that dingux and the community continue on.

    9. Creator Justin Baze on February 18

      Finally we get some information. Thank you for real information as opposed to the "we're still shipping so that's good enough".

      I still want to know how Craig feels about this though.... He is our PR guy still, right? He was supposed to take over communicating with the public so you could keep working and not be distracted by sharing information.

      Also, yes, you did give a direct response but you didn't apologize to the rest of the backers waiting nor did you apologize for the lack of information. Craig was supposed to give us an update a couple months ago and then the both of you disappeared.

      You said in order to exist, sales must continue to retailers. So what is the future of the GCW Zero? USB is no longer being worked on. Craig was supposed to be giving us information about the future development side of GCW Zero but that hasn't happened. It would be nice to have an official response regarding the USB and the future of the GCW Zero.

    10. Creator Justin Barwick on February 18

      Also we have people stating they got tracking numbers and those who do not post that got tracking.

    11. Creator Justin Barwick on February 18

      @Justin Baze five days ago a direct response from me was given. As for a current count about 45 consoles still need to go out.

      We need current address from another 35 to 40 that were either returned because of rejection by customs or failure to pay customs fees by reciever or incorrect address.

      We have packages that were mailed in October 2013 just being returned to us now after being in limbo for ever in the postal mail system.

    12. Creator Justin Baze on February 18

      Hey Mr. PR man, Craig Strother, where are you man? I thought you cared about the backers? How do you feel about Justin Barwick supplying retailers before sending out the KS units?

      Both you and Barwick are cowards for not being honest and open about what is going on. It isn't fair to the backers to supply retailers and then on top of that, you both disappear and refuse to give any solid information on where the shipments are.


    13. Creator Stefan Schirmer on February 17

      So if it really helps to post a comment here. I'm also still waiting for my GCW-Zero.

    14. Creator Justin Baze on February 16

      Why doesn't Craig respond? I want to know how Craig feels about retailers getting units before the backers that paid for their units over 2 years ago.

      Hey Craig, here is one of your first official posts,
      "one goal I hold of the highest priority is to do my best to deliver what backers of this project have been asking for first and foremost: communication and transparency."

      Do you think you've done a good job at what you promised the backers? Why haven't you made an official update for a few months now?

      Shame on you Justin Barwick for once again, breaking the promise that you would not supply retailers until all Kickstarter units have been shipped.

      "We are working on shipping out the final KS consoles "

      Justin Barwick told us he was shipping the last of the units MONTHS ago. The last 14 shipped in July!!!!

    15. Creator Macarthur Inbody on February 16

      he doesn't reply to emails at all apparently, don't know why. but he just doesn't. October 2nd of last year was the last reply from email(s), post on here and magically he remembers apparently.

    16. Creator Daniel on February 15

      what should i do to get my gcw-zero? whats the best way? HELP PLEASE

    17. Creator Konstantin Grushetsky on February 14

      I can confirm that Justin responds to private messages. I've recently got my tracking number. Thanks again for that!

      Guys, just don't be angry. Unfortunately, we must take some time and wait some more.

    18. Creator Frederic CONTI on February 14

      Got my tracking number!
      Thanks a lot Justin :)

    19. Creator Justin Barwick on February 13

      I will respond no it's not ideal and no I don't like it. But in order to even exist and have a future sales/supply to retailers have to continue. We are working on shipping out the final KS consoles and I am responding to private messages for those who send one when I can.

    20. Creator Justin Baze on February 13

      It would be great if someone from GCW would let us know if they think it is fair that retailers are getting new stock while there's still a hand full of people waiting for their Kickstarter unit.

      Craig, do you want to let us know how you feel about that? Does that make you proud to serve this community?

    21. Creator Frederic CONTI on February 13

      Justin just answer me :)
      He said that it 'll probably be on it's way this week end!!!

    22. Creator Frederic CONTI on February 13

      I always tried to contact Justin but I never get a reply :(
      I'll send another one this evening!

    23. Creator Justin Baze on February 13

      Has anyone tried contacting Justin about your missing unit? Do you ever get a reply?

      Everyone that doesn't have unit by now should be really pissed off. Justin is resupplying retailers with new units. He just sent a new batch to He has also supplied another retailer, who had a failed Kickstarter so he was able to get GCW Zeros as replacements,
      Geeks with Wives is expecting more white units in February. If retailers now when to expect their units, why don't the backers know when to expect their units? The backers sent their money over 2 years ago now. Justin is screwing everyone around.

      Craig, you never answered my question. How do you feel about GCW resupplying vendors before sending out the rest of the Kickstarter units? Are you proud to serve a company that would do this, 2 YEARS AFTER THE KICKSTARTER HAS ENDED?!??!?!

    24. Creator Macarthur Inbody on February 13

      Well it looks like my zero got lost into the ether between the time it was supposd to be sent back to me and now. Guess I get to ut my name on the list of nothing to show for backing it.

    25. Creator Jérémy Caruso on February 12

      Wow, I got a tracking number!
      Doesn't work yet, but it seems I'll finally have my zero!

    26. Creator Konstantin Grushetsky on February 9

      Unfortunately, I have not received mine as well.

    27. Creator Branden on February 9

      Quite a few I would say.

      Still nothing on my end, in regards to a tracking number or shipment.

    28. Creator Frederic CONTI on February 8

      Wondering how many people are missing their Zero?
      I'm number 1!
      Who's next?

    29. Creator Simon on February 7

      My son was 15 when he saved up to buy this device - He's now 17!

    30. Creator Justin Baze on February 6

      Craig, why have you been absent for almost 2 months? You said you were going to give us an update and you didn't. And 2 months later, you still have no update. You are letting everyone down just like Justin is. This is absurd that he still hasn't sent out units to the backers. He's been resupplying the retailers with new units. Do you think that is fair Craig?

    31. Creator Craig Strother on February 6

      Hey, guys. Yes, I'm still very much alive. I'll touch on the issue of shipping only so much as to say that I'm at a loss for solid details to share with you at the moment. Justin has been traveling quite a bit these past weeks due to a passing in his family and the ailing of another, much closer family member. That in mind, it's been very hard to reach him, particularly at a time when he's able to talk about fulfillment details and not for any lack of trying on my part. I check in regularly with him but he's having a rough go of things and I've been unable to get the concrete information I seek to share with you. Looking at the comments here, it seems more Backers are receiving shipping/tracking notifications and that's great. Beyond that, I know little more than the rest of you until I reestablish my regular depth of communication with Justin once he's ready to do so. Though stressed and struggling, he's certainly still working, albeit quietly. Wish I could tell you more right now.

      Regarding the moving of the GCW arcade venue, I can confirm that it was motivated by the original location's traffic flow and lease fees being too high to keep a small business of that nature in operation. Justin found a nice, more financially feasible venue for the arcade and relocated there in Early July 2014. That's the long and the short of it.

      Hope to have updated news for all of you as soon as I hear more from Justin.

    32. Creator Michael Kargas on February 6

      How many are really missing their zero? Is the doodle correct? It's sad this is still going on..

    33. Creator David Schwarz on February 5

      Me neither. Have absolutely no news since... I don't even remember how long now.
      On my side I've taken legal action from my country, and I'm building a pretty solid case and some of my friends who are lawyers are now in contact with some US based office which will help on this officially. It's only a matter of time now.
      My pledge was $180, but this is going to cost much more to Mr. Barwick, whether his health issues are true or aren't. And that's without the reputation damage he will also have to face.
      Newspapers and news website WILL have trace of this situation, I'm taking care of that too.
      My goal today is to put those kind of people such as Mr. Barwick in the spotlight and face what they have done.

    34. Creator Justin Baze on February 4

      I have to admit that if I had access to all of those arcade games, I'd have a hard time getting those GCW Zeros sent out!

    35. Creator Peter Thomas on February 4

      @ Justin Baze

      I wish that was my basement lol.

    36. Creator Alexander Khorosh on February 4

      When i will get mine? in 2020?

    37. Creator Justin Baze on February 3

      You have to give him credit that it looks like a nice place. I would go there. There are too many people still saying they don't have their units yet. That really sucks because everything else is rolling right past them. Resellers are still getting treated better than the backers. Craig is almost 2 months late on his update.

      Is Craig even involved in GCW anymore? Maybe he could address the USB not being worked on at the moment.'s-processor)-compatable-w-arm-architecutre/msg120639/#msg120639

      Is this something that GCW is going to address? Is GCW going to try and find and pay a professional to get the USB running properly? The developers are doing a great job and I totally understand that the USB can be tricky and dangerous if not done correctly. It's a big job and risk to take on.

      I would PM Craig to see if he's still alive but he never told us what his name was on Dingoonity and there's no way to PM through Kickstarter.

    38. Creator Gordon G. Hall on February 3

      So now we see!

    39. Creator Peter Thomas on February 3

      Looks like the GCW Retro-Cade recently moved locations and expanded:

      Wonder if that has anything to do with it going dark here.

    40. Creator Justin Baze on February 2

      I see is getting more stock, Geeks with Wives is getting more stock, GCW Zeros have already been sent out to backers that backed for the Kickstarter iControlPad 2

      I'm sure everyone would appreciate some communication. Where the hell is Craig when you need him?

    41. Creator Georgy Lomsadze on February 2

      Today I finally got my zero!

    42. Creator Simon Evans on February 1

      Still no GCW or tracking number ...

    43. Creator Gordon G. Hall on January 31

      Never got my system, had tracking also.USPS said it was returned to sender,FedEx said the same thing. It's now in never-never land with Peterpan.

    44. Creator Gyrops on January 30

      Oh yeah, I have a sticky button too.
      I might have to open my device one day and try to fix all of it.

    45. Creator Gyrops on January 30

      Just received my device. While I am glad that it is finally here, I am a little disappointed.

      I double-checked and I am pretty sure that my device came with only one screen protector, which was heavily scratched/damaged. That's only a minor issue though, since I didn't plan to leave it on anyways.
      What bothers me is that my left shoulder pad is not working properly. It appears that some piece is stuck underneath, so that it's not possible to press said button down entirely, causing one corner to be "stuck" permanently. It can still be pressed, since it registers on the side facing the device being pressed, not the whole button. Still sucks though.

      Oh, and it came with a big sticker and no power adaptor, although that was to be expected.

      *sigh* But it came, and that's what matters, right?

    46. Creator Daniel O'Shea on January 30

      Two years later and still no Zero in my hands for the money that I contributed in good faith!

    47. Creator Michael Bove on January 29

      Having played around with my unit for a day now I'm mostly happy, I do find the D-pad to be a little unresponsive though, was there some mention previously of 2.0 components being released for purchase as replacements parts? If so is there any idea as to when those might start rolling out?

    48. Creator Juri Cambieri on January 29

      Today it's two years since the project was founded.
      ...two years and no tracking number yet...
      Thank goodness life expectancy has increased over last century.

    49. Creator Michael Bove on January 29

      Just got my GCW-Zero from the post office today, removed myself from the doodle list too.
      Got the colour I wanted and all the buttons feel nice, charging now before I power it up, but all in all very happy :D

    50. Creator chibi-nah on January 28

      I got a tracking number on october 30, 2014, but USPS tracking still says "Pre-Shipment Info Sent to USPS"… Maybe i'll receive the GCW Zero on october 2015 :/

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