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Console Gaming Redux with OUYA

July 13, 2012 1 comment

Remember the original Nintendo Entertainment System? You know, the NES. Nintendo in all its 8-bit glory. Where “saving” a game of Super Mario Brothers meant hitting the pause button and turning off the TV during dinner. Or how no matter how many times you tried you just couldn’t kill that damn laughing dog in Duck Hunt. In other words, remember your childhood? Well it seems the makers of the new gaming console OUYA (pronounced OOO-yah) do and they’re running a ridiculously successful Kickstarter campaign to prove it.

The makers of OUYA are powering their new console with Android, and they hope to bring back “innovation, experimentation and creativity to the big screen.” Televisions, that is. In a world of smart phones and tablets, they are setting out to prove that console gaming isn’t dead. And it seems that they were right because just a few days into their Kickstarter campaign they have already raised over $4.2 million with the support of over 33,000 backers (at the time I wrote this). The sky is apparently the limitfor this project.

I myself have become quite addicted to Kickstarter as of late. The sites fosters creativity and ingenuity. And not only to you get to brag about supporting ideas that normally wouldn’t see the light of day, but they give you rewards for doing it. It’s a win-win scenario.

With the Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 dominating the market, I wouldn’t exactly say console gaming is dead. I myself am an Xbox fan, mostly because I love Halo. That being said, I chose to back this project because it offers a cheaper way to game. With console games costing $60 on average with hit and miss quality, the idea of cheap (or even free) games developed by independent designers appealed to me. Here’s hoping that the final product will be as good as it sounds.

If you want to check it out, their Kickstarter page can be found here: OUYA Kickstarter

Thanks again for playing along.

J.

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