Tag Archives: Long Tail

Free from the chains: how crowdfunding is changing game development

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… don’t feature enough guns or explosions to be considered “sellable”.

Schafer thought long and hard about a solution to this situation, until he decided, half-jokingly, to set up a Kickstarter fundraising appeal and ask his stubborn fans to put their money where their mouths are. The response has been staggering : with the idea of developing a small adventure game, the set goal of $400k was met within the first few hours, reaching a total of $3.4M after a 30 day period. …

Tags: Brian Fargo crowdfunding crowdsourcing Double Fine Productions Graphic adventure game Kickstarter Long Tail microtask microwork monkey island Ron Gilbert Tim Schafer

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Crowd funding: a monumental achievement

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… these troubled times, can anyone save “Motor City”?

Forget Obama and Government investment. Long-term, sustainable regeneration? No way. What Detroit really needs is a half-man half-machine, kick-ass eighties movie icon. That’s right, a statue of Robocop.

Robot Love

It all started with a tweet. Some guy on Twitter asked the mayor of Detroit about a Robocop statue. Mayor Bing (unsurprisingly) replied: “there are not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop.” But luckily for …

Tags: crowd crowdfunding crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform Dave Bing Detroit distributed work Imagination Station iPod Nano Kickstarter Long Tail microwork Peter Weller RoboCop

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7 degrees of failure: Is the power of the crowd overrated?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… of an airport bookstore knows, the world today is a flat and shrinking global village (with a long tail), where everyone is friends with Kevin Bacon. Those of us who spend our time immersed in the hyper-connected world that crowdsourcing inhabits find this all very plausible. But how true is it, really? Is the world a village where anonymity (or avoiding Kevin Bacon and Joseph Kony ) is now impossible?

Last month’s TAG Challenge, suggests we are not there, just yet. The TAG …


Shining a light on local government

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Recently, after long days at work, I find myself cursing the Government.

It’s not that I’m an anarchist, or because I am particularly upset about taxes or government policy. What annoys me is the streetlight outside my house.

Last month, after a brief, flickering illness, it died. Without its guiding light, fitting my key into the door to my apartment building has become an annoying game of Pin the Tail

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Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… areas could benefit from it?

Secondly, it makes up for the deficiencies and biases that have long been evident in reporting. Commenting on Homicide Watch, American writer Clay Shirky points out that “The old saying for New York papers was not to bother covering murders north of 96th street, where the victims were almost certainly black… news organizations aren’t generally in the business of introducing their readers to the realities of life elsewhere in their town.” …

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