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Blood Sport Kickstarter suspended

- November 24th, 2014

UPDATE: The Blood Sport Kickstarter campaign has been suspended. $3,390 of the $250,000 target had been pledged.

Blood Sport wants to take consequences of gaming to the next level by literally draining your blood when you get injured in an attack.

A new Toronto Kickstarter campaign, Blood Sport connects a standard video game controller to a blood collection machine and is designed to work with any game that utilizes rumble technology. When normally a controller would rumble, the Blood Sport collects blood instead:

“Using just two wires, we’re able to connect your controller to the blood collection machine via an Arduino Board. The Arduino Board has two jobs: One, to keep the signal going to the blood collection system and, two, to keep track of how much blood is being pulled so that Blood Sport powers down before you do. We’ve done this by allowing you to input your age, weight and any preexisting medical conditions.”

In addition to making the gamers weaker as they play, the team’s ultimate goal is to create  a multiplayer blood collection rig for gaming events.  It makes a little more sense than a home version, where you’d just collect your own and your friends’ blood in medical bags and then just drop it off at a hospital nearby. Also, you really want to make sure you sterilize the needles between uses.

The project hopes to get off the ground March 17 in time for the release of Battlefield Hardline, which will likely have many people clamouring for multiplayer matches.

The campaign is looking to raise $250,000 so the team can travel across Canada with the machine. For a donation of $100, you will get a chance to try out Blood Sport two weeks before its launch at a studio in Toronto’s Chinatown.

No word on whether you’d get a cookie or orange juice afterwards.

(H/T Kotaku)

‘Prodigy’ brings figurine role-playing games to adult audience

- March 26th, 2014

Imagine a cool Skylanders for adults. Turns out, it’s happening.

Prodigy, the first game to come out of Hanaki Studio, is a classic turn-based RPG card playing game, but amped up with the inclusion of physical figurines that will produce digital cinematic sequences on a computer screen.

Comparable to Activsion’s multimillion dollar figurine based video game franchise Skylanders and Disney’s Infinity series, players can build up their character base through purchases of different models.

Once the figurines are bought, they’re placed on a specialized board that lights up to correspond with the figurines currently in play. Using Unreal 4 technology, the cinematic sequences are completely based off what’s happening on the adjourning board.

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Courtesy Hanakai/DigitalSpy

Perhaps the most interesting –and one of the major draws for potential buyers- is the promise of owning the “Ring of Power,” which must be swiped across the board at the beginning of each session to ensure all future progress is saved.

Those fanboys and girls who always wanted a powerful ring like Hal Jordan, here’s your chance.

According to Digital Spy, Hanaki Studio has already completed the beta testing for Prodigy, and is going to be Kickstarting its alpha testing, promising backers exclusive figurines and boards that won’t be available to the general public.

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A Ranger character, one of the classes you can play, both as a model (L) and in game. Courtesy Hanakai Studios/Digital Spy

As of right now, Prodigy will only be compatible with PC and Mac computers, but Jean Bey, CEO of Hanaki, told Digital Spy that a console version may be possible with the USB interface.

The Kickstarter campaign for the project is supposed to launch later in the week.

What do you think of the concept behind Prodigy? Are you going to back the project? Let us know in the comments below.

Nine-year-old’s RPG Kickstarter sparks backlash

- March 25th, 2013

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What began as a cute and inspirational story about a girl gamer has turned into a major divisive issue.

When news first broke about nine-year-old Mackenzie Wilson’s Kickstarter to create her own RPG, the coverage — including ourswas largely positive Her goal was to raise $829 to cover the cost of a programming camp. She’s since earned more than $21,000.

Since the story went big, folks have been digging up info MacKenzie’s mom, Susan Wilson, who is managing the Kickstarter. Among their findings: She’s the former CEO of a debt-collecting firm, she was named one of Fortune’s Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs and she was among CNN’s most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. Also, she once bought a very expensive pair of shoes.

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Girl, 9, raises $14K on Kickstarter to create RPG

- March 22nd, 2013

Move over, brogrammers. The next generation is here, in the form of an entrepreneurial nine-year-old blonde girl on a scooter.

As of writing this, Mackenzie Wilson, 9, has raised more than $14,000 on Kickstarter to create a role-playing video game. She — or, more accurately, her mom — set up the page two days ago, asking for a paltry $829.

Most people call me Kenzie. I’m 9, in 3rd grade, and I’m getting straight A’s. I’ve always been the tallest person in my class and this year I’m actually taller than my teacher. I love computers, video games, apps, and role playing games – especially Magic the Gathering and Borderlands 2 that I get to play with my Dad (because my 15 & 16 year old brothers are too mean to play with me). But we do have D&D tournaments on the weekends which is cool. My favorite PS3 game right now is Dragon Age II.

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