20th Apr2016

Back This! – The 64 / Box Art

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. This month we’re spotlighting two very different projects, yet two projects which share a common theme: video games.

The 64

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Much like the Sinclair Vega before it, The 64 is a re-imagining of the original home computer, the Commodore 64. Developed using the latest (old) technology, the highly passionate team behind The 64 are not only releasing a classic desktop version of the Commodore 64 but also a brand new handheld version meaning classic gaming, on the go!

As well as a chance to get their hands on The 64 computer or handheld version, there is also an exciting range of other campaign backers perks, including: signed limited edition concept art, originals, posters, limited edition chrome computers, and even getting your name on the PCB alongside the team!

For more information head over to the campaign page on Indiegogo.

Box Art: A Gaming Documentary

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Director Rob McCallum, the man behind Nintendo Quest, and co-director of the crowdfunded Power of Grayskull, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his next epic gaming tale, Box Art: A Gaming Documentary, to discover the real story behind the world of video game artwork…

Before game trailers and the Internet age, even before magazines, our first contact with video games was the cover art on the front of the box. The image “sold” the game with the promise of an experience – but McCallum thinks there’s more to it. Together with his experienced and passionate team, he aims to explore cover art in every era of gaming as well as discover the unsung artists. They will ask big questions like “when does something become art?” and “When does it become collectible?”, and, learn how box art and the process of creating box art has changed since the Atari days. They also plan to delve into related topics, including strategy guides, gaming magazines, game manuals, and instruction guides for both PC and home consoles.

In addition to the standard DVD and Blu-ray reward options, the Box Art: A Documentary campaign also offers physical numbered game boxes, sponsorship opportunities, and original development art from the NES and SNES eras. For more info check out the official Kickstarter page.

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