GameStick Kickstarter Closes With 648% of Funding Goal

GameStick Kickstarter Closes With 648% of Funding Goal

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Crowd-funding efforts for "the most portable TV games console ever" raised over $647,000.

GameStick, the Android gaming console on a stick, ended its Kickstarter campaign this morning after a successful round of crowd funding. Developer Playjam's original goal for GameStick was $100,000, but the Kickstarter surpassed that shortly after launching. Even after meeting its goal, people kept contributing to the Kickstarter for incentives like additional colors and a microSD card slot. As a result, 5,691 backers pledged a total of $647,658, which is nearly 648% of GameStick's original goal.

Described as "the most portable TV games console ever created" by Playjam, GameStick is on track to be released in April 2013, according to a press release. Playjam CMO Anthony Johnson said that he was "overwhelmed, excited, grateful, thrilled, and everything in between," but added, "this is just the beginning." Johnson stated that the feedback from Kickstarter backers had been helpful in shaping GameStick's design, and Playjam will continue to seek supporter input.

If you missed out on the Kickstarter, you can still pre-order your own console on a stick at the GameStick website. With two Kickstarter-supported Android consoles set to launch in the coming months, along with the rumored successors to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, 2013 is shaping up to be a very interesting year for the gaming industry.

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This definitely interests me. Plus since it is an HDMI connection I can abuse my HD PVR 2 even more than it already is being abused.
Fun to use converters to trick the auto resolution and upscale 480i and 480p games.

This is news to me. I've never heard of it.

I struggle to see the practicality of a "portable games console" that still needs to be plugged into a tv. As the tv isn't portable in itself, it lacks any of the benefits of a hand held game, whilst lacking the library and computing power of a full sized console. The only time this is being useful is when you have to frequently move between two locations that both have HDMI capable tvs - but does't a hand held fill that niche anyway...without needing tvs? And it isn't as if most hotels are even HDMI friendly.

I have zero interest in playing mobile games on my TV. I have tons of interest in a device that can use emulators to play all the classic games of times past on my TV.

Once it gets rooted, it will be something to consider.

This is interesting. I hadn't even heard of this before. I'm still interested to see how the Ouya, and the successors to the PS3/360 turn out. But I guess I'll keep an eye out to see if this shapes up into something good as well.

Considering the pretty negative first feedback to performance of the Ouya, I'm extremely carefully optimistic. I'll wait for some people to get back to me on how well it runs, that'll decide it between the ouya and this.

First i've heard of it but sounds cool. Though the control looks horrific, looks as pleasant to hold as the old NES controllers.

More random junk. Who the hell is funding these things?

SL33TBL1ND:
More random junk. Who the hell is funding these things?

People who like silly random things.

It's not hurting anyone and in the end folks get to have some fun.

First Time I heard of it. Good for them though. Glad to see people getting interesting stuff funded.

theultimateend:

SL33TBL1ND:
More random junk. Who the hell is funding these things?

People who like silly random things.

It's not hurting anyone and in the end folks get to have some fun.

Just because it isn't hurting anyone doesn't mean I can't be completely confounded by its existence.

SL33TBL1ND:

theultimateend:

SL33TBL1ND:
More random junk. Who the hell is funding these things?

People who like silly random things.

It's not hurting anyone and in the end folks get to have some fun.

Just because it isn't hurting anyone doesn't mean I can't be completely confounded by its existence.

Never said you couldn't but much like your confounding of its existence I am confounded by your confounding.

Really what we have is a confounding dimension that curls in upon itself creating a confoundignation, a rare and magical thing.

 

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