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$22
pledged of $4,000pledged of $4,000 goal
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, May 7 2016 11:09 PM UTC +00:00

About

The History of Video Games is an ambitious project meant to cover the decades of history of one of the most entertaining forms of media.

Video games have largely influenced generations of people and society. We've gone from Pong in our living room to massive tournaments of competetive games for exceptionally large amounts of prize money. We've gone from Mario Bros. to Minecraft, and Gameboys to app stores. There's no denying there's a very real, very rich and very detailed history to games, but it's not just a "beginning to end" history. Just like we have individual history texts for eras of humanity, we also have individual history texts by geographical location. In the same way, videogames don't just have a history for consoles and the media form itself, but they have individual histories through the genres of games, the established series and mascots, and the people behind it all.

The History of Video Games is a project meant to document all of that, but it's not so simple, either. Because of the scope of the project, it isn't necessarily a requirement to go chronologically, starting with the very first developed video game and moving forward to today's consoles. It could easily start with, for example, the Mario Bros. series, where it started, what it's influence has been, where it's at now, etc. Or the project could start with where we stand today and work backwards.

So why the large scope for the project? Well, when I look through YouTube playlists, or through Google search results for a similar project or idea, I come up with a few things such as "The Videogame Revolution," a 2-hour special aired on PBS, or a few YouTube playlists where people have attempted to do a similar project but have had a much tighter, smaller scope. The projects found are impressive in their own right, but don't capture what I want to: A comprehensive, real history not just of the consoles themselves, but the series therein, the people behind everything, the societal impact and the evolutionary timeline of it all. More than just saying "We've gone from Pong to Angry Birds," I want to be able to dig into what started Pong, how that idea took off and how it all became what we have now, but in between also researching and discussing genres and series.

That feels a bit long-winded for an explanation, so lets dig in to the expected cost of such a project and why.

For a series that I expect to be long and detailed, I'm asking $4000. This is so that I can purchase equipment and software that will last for an extended period of time. A simple breakdown:

  • A computer able to handle editing: $1500
  • 1 Canon EOS 70D with lens: $1500
  • Two microphones: $200
  • Editing software: $300
  • Kickstarter fees, miscellaneous costs(memory card for camera, etc): $500

Why this stuff in particular though? I could get cheaper stuff with as much longevity, sure, but I want this to be as quality a production as I can give, considering my own limitations. I'm certainly not perfect, and I don't quite have the funds to hire a full production team, nor is it something I expect a bunch of people from the Internet to fund for me. That's also the reason I'm flying solo. While I know having an actual team for this would greatly improve production values, there's no way for me to pay anyone, so forgive me on that one if you can.

So then, what makes me so sure I can provide an experience that's informative, entertaining, and of the highest quality? Well, that comes from my background. I don't expect anyone to know who I am, so this will all be stuff you simply have to believe me on, unfortunately. Not much to go on, I know, so I'm putting my faith in the masses to put their faith in me: I work at a job where the stuff I do indirectly saves people's lives. Quality has to be the number one thought in my head, all day every day. There's no cutting corners at work, and in the same way there should be no cutting corners in this project(when possible; see: my working solo vs. the equipment I'm asking for). If it's any solace, my position also requires me to train others to do the same; I don't just go to work every day and mindlessly build stuff. As well, while I don't have any previous projects to show, I've had training in media productions courses in the past, so I have at least a moderate skill level at using the equipment I'm asking for, as well as making a final product.

Ultimately, it all comes down to you. The questions I would have you ask yourself are these: "Do I want to see a series that encapsulates the history of the medium? One made by someone who actually appreciates it and not some shill who's only in it for the money?"

If this really sounds like something you would like to see, then let's make it happen together. Even the smallest donations adds up, and with a reasonable goal like this I can foresee this becoming a reality.

I'm absolutely open to suggestions, feedback, questions and etc. Since I can't vouch for too much more than what I already have, I want to stay connected to those whom I'm asking money from. I want you all to know I'm real, and not someone trying to make away with a quick buck.


Risks and challenges

I feel like the most obvious challenge is this being a solo project. I'm aware something of this caliber is quite a lot of work, and generally best suited to a team, so the work required to make this a reality is certainly there and will certainly be difficult. The only other risk I fear running into is fair use of media; something I'm looking in to but admittedly not something I'm we'll versed in. Beyond that, I'm not seeing anything in particular that would cause a roadblock of some kind.

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