Let's get this out of the way first: The MADE has entered alpha. This alpha can be considered to be on par with, say, the Minecraft Alpha: playable, awesome, but features are still being designed and added.
As we're taking inspiration from Minecraft, we're opening up our alpha phase to the public. Check out our Blog about upcoming events: http://www.themade.org/node/67
You'll also notice that this blog entry contains a photo of the space as it stands right now. It's a bit sparse, but we feel we've hit the right notes with this, our first implementation of the space's layout.
The key features, right now, are playable games on old and rare systems. The next feature we'll be adding is placards explaining the context of each game on display. And after that, we'll be adorning the walls with related materials. Call that our roadmap. We feel we're at minimum viable product right now, which was our goal for the first month.
What now? Why, we need to hold events. I'd like to hold 3 a week, or more. This week, we're banging out all three on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Every Tuesday night is Fight Night (old skool fighting game night) this Wednesday night is DorkBot, ( http://www.dorkbot.org/dorkbotsf/ ) and we're holding an Amiga talk on Thursday, about the computer, by people who built that computer. All events start around 7 PM.
We will be live streaming all of these events, so take a gander online and see what we've done in the last year since you began supporting us.
The donor party looks to be happening on November 18. If you cannot make it, we hope to project TinyChat on the screen so ya'll can join us virtually.
We're off to a great start! From now until the end of the year, we'll be working on building out the space, and preparing the Museum to be open on a daily basis. We expect that to come together by January, with the museum being open for tons of events in the meantime.
And so, with the end of the year coming up, we wanted to reach out again to you to let you know we're still here for your tax write-off purposes. We'll always give you a write-off for games and equipment, and for monetary donations.
The MADE will require a great deal of capital investment to become a world-class institutions on the level of the SF MOMA. But for now, we're just focused on raising the funds to pay for our space through next September. Once those funds are raised, we'll focus on raising the capital to move to SF in 2012.
But in the short term, we're focused on events. Pop into our Website to see links to our livestreams of this week's event, and check out our blog to see a photo of the space as it stands now, in its alpha form.
Thank you all for your support. If you want to continue to support us, please come to our events, and tell your friends about our events. Also, join our Facebook group. http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Museum-of-Art-and-Digital-Entertainment/189321717762760
Thank you all for your support. We think we've finally begun to deliver on our promises. Now ya'll should come revel in what you have enabled to be created!