It's been 2 years already!? The MADE invites you...
Rewind 2 years. 2011. It's February, you've just discovered this "Kickstarter" thing, and perhaps you're perusing the meager offerings of the site to find something worthy of your hard earned cash. Somehow, you stumbled upon our project and decided to bless us with your currency.
Did you ever think that donation would actually create something you could put your hands on? Did you expect that we'd succeed in every way, and bring the joy of computer programming to hundreds of kids in downtown Oakland? Did you think we were capable of doing everything we've done?
I sure hope so, because if you didn't believe we could do all these things, you shouldn't have given us your money!
Well, here we are, two years later, and the MADE is not only alive, it is thriving. Because of your belief in us, and in our project, we stand here two years later, successful, and still the only dedicated, open to the public videogame museum in America.
We've added huge sponsors in those 2 years, from our first sponsor, Kalypso Games, to Google and Rackspace, to Portrait Displays and Peddie Research, and finally to Dolby Labs and Kixeye.
We are currently preparing our third Game Developers Conference exhibit, which will host 16 playable games across three different topics.
And--now keep this quiet and don't noise it around yet.... this is just for you Kickstarter donors-- we may be ready to move into a newer, bigger space nearby, in a retail location, by the end of this year. Shhhhhhh.... Nothing's firm yet, but stay tuned!
As this all got started with you people back in April of 2011, we figure it's only reasonable for us to hold a giant, awesome party!
If you donated to us in our Kickstarter, no matter the amount, you are invited to a party at the MADE, Friday April 26.
Details on just what this party will entail will come later. If you want to bring a date, we do have to ask for $10 a head for non-Kickstarter donors. Additionally, we'd like to hold this event as an exclusive Kickstarter-donor event, so you can only bring 1 other person to the party: a date.
Some of this may change, but for now, just cross off April 26th as "taken," and plan on coming to a party that evening in Oakland.
Thank you all for your support and trust in us. Here's another little reward for you:
In case you missed it, we have been capturing and uploading episodes of the long lost GamePro TV show from 1996. This was the second attempt at a GamePro TV show, and it was on the Sports Network. We've posted all 6 episodes online on YouTube, and they're coming to Archive.org soon as well. Episodes 4, 5 and 6 will be on Kotaku later today, so watch one now to be cooler than the rest of the Internets for an hour or two.
Finally, we've got a new blog post up with some observations from watching how kids learn in our programming classes. We've discovered that little girls tend to default to pair programming, at least, when there are other little girls to pair up with. http://www.themade.org/node/162
As always your continued support is appreciated. Come visit us on the weekends, and see our all playable exhibits, or come by on Friday nights to fight it out with the Fight Night fellows. EVO qualifiers are coming up, so keep an eye on our Website!