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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 7 2019
$68,780
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
249
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 7 2019

About



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GameBender is a radical new coding system, where you modify and code games while you play them.

Code with tools, almost like Photoshop or filters for coding.

Follow a code card to write your first snippet of code. You just coded a glitch that you can apply to any game. 

It unleashes wild creativity during gameplay, and allows a path into coding that looks more like a party or an art class and less like homework.   

Millions of coded Scratch projects are now available on GameBender. The founder of GameBender helped launch Scratch in 2007 at MIT. Scratch is the most popular visual "blocks" coding language for beginners. 

Every game is shared by individual creators around the world, so you can play millions of games for free.
Every game is shared by individual creators around the world, so you can play millions of games for free.

There is more diversity in the types of games and contributors on Scratch and Game Bender than any other game console.

Play platformers and puzzle games just like a normal system, but also "indie" style games made by people like you.
Play platformers and puzzle games just like a normal system, but also "indie" style games made by people like you.

Bring yourself into the game. 

Turn any game into a full body augmented reality experience.
Turn any game into a full body augmented reality experience.

 In addition to games, there are also apps and DIY TV shows.

Next, see how you can blur the line between playing and creating. 

We dreamed of a game system that was infinitely flexible, yet as easy to use as a pair of scissors. We thought, "What would game scissors, game glue, code spray paint, and even a medicine dropper full of game code be like? Is that even possible?" 

Game Filters let you change a whole game at once, almost like an Instagram filter for games.

Glitches let you be a game designer. Insert new characters, assign powers, and cast magic spells, almost like Photoshopping a game. 

Inject a unicorn cannon and warp portals. Switch places with anyone. Clone objects. Apply visual filters to characters.  

Changing the game is the new way to "play the game." More than 50 glitches are included with GameBender. Here are a few more examples.

Glitch cards guide you through the game bending process from the beginning. 

Learn how glitches work with these simple Glitch Cards. Play them as a card game. While you are playing a video game, your friend throws glitch cards down to help or hinder.
Learn how glitches work with these simple Glitch Cards. Play them as a card game. While you are playing a video game, your friend throws glitch cards down to help or hinder.

Gaming with these new creative tools shifts the addictive side of gaming onto your own awesome creativity, which leads to a feeling of power and a desire to dive deeper. 

Coding lessons often fall flat because they don't start with what's awesome, and because many children don't learn well in isolation. The GameBender approach doesn't start with "learning to code," instead it immerses the children as a group in a truly engaging world, a world in which code is the currency for doing new things.

Follow a code card to write your first snippet of code. You just created a glitch that you can apply to any game. 

Learn how code works with these simple Code Cards
Learn how code works with these simple Code Cards

The 25 code cards come with Code Class 101, which walks you through making your first glitches and your first games.

Code Immersion: See the code inside everything using the code button on the controller. 

Social Coding: Kids love sharing their creations with each other, and learning by playing, shoulder to shoulder.  

Step into coding: Can just playing and bending games lead to coding?

Just by playing you are already learning that games can be coded by people like you. Next you might apply a 1-click filter, or use a glitch tool, and you will see the code flying into the characters, giving you your first sense of coding intuition. Before you know it you are tweaking variables live while you play and following code cards to write your own code. You can code your first game in minutes.

See how our philosophy of "Play. Bend. Code." comes together in a workshop:

We believe everyone is an inventor. Get a GameBender and let's reinvent the digital world!

With either reward, artists, engineers, and kids can play, bend, and code, and enter a new era of gaming by the people. Digital media belongs to us.


Who made GameBender?

  • By the makers of Makey Makey 
  • This is our 3rd Kickstarter (2 other successful Kickstarters)
  • 15,115 previous Kickstarter Backers, and hundreds of thousands of customers 

Makey Makey is plug and play with Game Bender. The world is your controller.


Our Team 

We hope GameBender lights people's creative hearts on fire. In 10 years our slogan has never changed: "The world is a construction kit." We are all inventors.

Dr. Jay Silver, Todd Eddie, Natalie Cisneros, Will Clayton, Colleen Graves, Dr. Sean Montgomery, Dr. Shani Daily,  Abigayle Webb, Tom Heck, Beth Antos, Rachel Silver, Mariel Weinbender
Dr. Jay Silver, Todd Eddie, Natalie Cisneros, Will Clayton, Colleen Graves, Dr. Sean Montgomery, Dr. Shani Daily, Abigayle Webb, Tom Heck, Beth Antos, Rachel Silver, Mariel Weinbender

Natalie Cisneros, Jay Silver, Todd Eddie
Natalie Cisneros, Jay Silver, Todd Eddie

We worked hard to make this beautiful inside and out. Thanks for your support.

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GameBender.com

We love talking about our inventions and dreams. Check out our press kit for press release, quotes, images, videos, and more.

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Risks and challenges

We have shipped over 1 million hardware units including 2 successful Kickstarters over the last decade. This will be our most challenging product yet. The key risks are software integration, supply chain management, and global shipping logistics. Estimating development time for a software project of this scale is always a challenge. Our partner, Bocoup, has conducted extensive roadmapping and time estimates, however exact velocity can be difficult to predict. Supply chain presents numerous detailed risks, and although we are familiar with overseas manufacturing, GameBender has multiple suppliers. Delays could be introduced if vendors don't meet our specifications or schedule. Global shipping logistics can have setbacks due to customs, congestion, and holiday volume. While we are planning for typical delays in shipping, multiple delays could compound to impact our ability to get GameBender onto your doorstep in line with our estimate. Finally, if we were to far exceed backing expectations, scaling a level of magnitude in manufacturing could multiply the above risks as shipping and manufacturing factors can vary significantly at different production scales.

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