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Video Game Crowdfunding Support is Stagnant

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Yesterday, I took a moment to talk about the success of the Resident Evil 2: Board Game. The game got funded by fans with a massive $1 Million Dollars. Well, the great support this game got allowed some insight into the current world of crowdfunding as is. And actual video game Kickstarter projects are actually suffering at the moment.

Let’s start by where these statistics come from, this is a familiar firm named ICO Partners. Which publicized a study studying where the current public interest is in regards to crowdfunding projects.

Considering this, the world of crowdfunding projects has seen a very distinct divide. On one side, we see the video game Kickstarter projects that have literally stagnated in terms of support. On the other side, we see the Tabletop games that have been increasing in support.

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The report also shows that Tabletop gaming is one of the most favored in Kickstarter. Since 2015, games like these have been showing huge amounts of success, with most of the goods actually delivered. However, video games are an entirely different story, even while 21 of the 50 most successful projects are games. The games don’t come out or are the worst thing ever (I’m looking at you Mighty.)

What’s the reasoning behind customers supporting Tabletop gaming? Well, one look at Gamesindustry’s speculation reveals quite a lot about the current state of crowdfunding. The list of video game projects that have failed to deliver is a long one. From Yogventures and Godus, through to the OUYA, confidence in developers to match consumer expectation has been shattered.

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We shouldn’t forget the fact that Shenmue 3 got past the $2-Million-dollar target, for example. And then the developers decided to announce that they needed to reach $10 Million and it’s still not released. On top of that, Star Citizen got funded with over $2.1 Million and is yet to be released, after five years.

Truly, these numbers reflect the current state of crowdfunding. To be honest, I think this is for the best, it’s time that we say good-bye to video game crowdfunding because it almost always leads to dead ends. Besides, considering how abusive and leeching some companies can be, I was waiting until seeing Warner Brothers coming with a crowdfunding project.

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

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As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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