Here is the latest from the controversial mother of a nine-year-old girl who launched a Kickstarter to make her own RPG. And it looks quite promising.
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 ours — was 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.
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.
Okami HD is a beautifully rendered argument against the very idea of gaming as mindless violence.
Where other blockbuster games centre around carnage, destruction and personal achievement, Okami HD instead rewards creation and revitalization and selflessness. While the crux of the gameplay involves solving puzzles and fighting monsters, countless hours are also devoted to bringing dead trees back to life, feeding hungry animals and helping restore villagers’ self-esteem.
A vibrant, high-definition re-release of the acclaimed PlayStation 2 and Wii title, Okami HD is set in a fictional world resembling a watercolour painting of classical Japan. The adventure begins when a great evil descends upon Kakimi village and the surrounding land of Nippon. The powerful trees that once warded off bad spirits are left wilted and blackened. The once-lush landscapes are rendered barren and desolate. The people have lost their faith, both in themselves, and in a higher power.
The ancient sun goddess Amaterasu – Ammy for short – is awoken after 100 years of slumber. In the form of a white wolf, she sets about restoring the land. And in completing this quest, the pen – or, more accurately, brush – is mightier than the sword.
Today marks the sixth and final installment of Dragon Age: Redemption, the web series based on bioware game Dragon Age II, penned by and starring The Guild creator and nerdom superstar Felicia Day.
The series proved underwhelming at first, but I have to admit, it grew on me. While it’s often cheesy and sometimes cliche, Day succeeds in one area where other video game adapters have failed: Making the series really feel like an RPG. With the different character classes, the party-forming aspect of questing, and even a brawl with mercenaries in an ale-serving inn, it really feels like like a video game (or a Dungeons and Dragons session) come to life.
Check out episodes 1-5 after the jump.