Nerdsourcing: Zombie Playgrounds, Fan Films, Twilight Zone Pinball

Posted May 28, 2012 - By Alex Rubens

Nersourcing finds you the best crowd sourcing projects from Kickstater, Indiegogo, and other such sites and brings them straight to your wallet. Give, help spread the word, or just find out what’s going to be the hot new thing in the future; nerdsourcing is there to help support the dreamers out there looking to make the impossible a reality or those looking for the next big thing an edge on the competition. Time is limited to fund these projects so don’t wait to long.

Zombie Playground

Remember when you were a kid and used to run around with toys defending your home from imaginary monsters? Zombie Playground is just that. With a friend, players defend their turf using everyday objects that kids would have access to, like squirt guns and wooden swords. It’s every child’s fantasy to have their imagination become reality and now that it has, they must defend it!

Zombie Playground is a third-person action game with online co-op for at least two players -- this number might change depending on how much funding they get. The beautiful concept art can’t help but remind me of the british monster movie Attack The Block -- it has a great sense of tone. Everything seems to be in the planning stage right now, but one things for sure, Zombie Playground isn’t for kids. It’s violent in the best way possible.

Rewards: The game is all your’s if you pledge $15, but another $15 nabs you a digital soundtrack as well.

Pinball Arcade: The Twilight Zone 

If you ask any serious Pinball collector out there what the greatest pinball table of all time is, they will instantly award that title to The Twilight Zone. The trouble is, there aren’t may of these pinball cabinets that are still playable today. They’re big, bulky, and require constant maintenance to be kept in working order. FarSight Studios has been working to change this by purchasing and digitizing cabinets so that they can be played on almost anything out there -- seriously, it runs on everything.

They want The Twilight Zone to be the next table digitized. This isn’t as simple as it sounds though, it requires many hours of work and more importantly, money. The $55K that they’re asking for seems a little bit steep, until you realize how dedicated to preserving the game the whole process is. Each little thing on the pinball table is digitized -- that’s pretty thorough.

Reward: You only need $10 to snag a copy of The Twilight Zone table on any platform, that’s a steal.

Two Guys’ SpaceVenture 

With the recent runaway success of Kickstarter, many developers have set high aspirations for their products, hoping to raise millions of dollars to make the game that the fans have always wanted. While a sequel to Space Quest is highly sought after by fans, the original developers, Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe, want this game to happen even more than their fans. SpaceVenture is what they’ve both wanted to make for years -- another Sci-fi Adventure title that has a heavy focus on the humorous aspects of life in space.

There’s a very large sense of scale involved in the project as they set $500k as their minimum funding goal, though clearly outlining plans in the event that it surpasses that. This money seems well placed though, as they have secured top talent from around the industry to work on the title. They even have the guy that does the voice of Space Ghost in there -- that’s killer. Backers are extremely involved in the project, more so than other Kickstarter projects of this size, as Crowe and Murphy know that fans are the only reason that a sequel like this is possible.

Reward: Dropping $15 will net you a DRM free PC build of the game, some wallpapers and access to the backer-exclusive dev diaries.

Fallout: Nuka Break Season 2 

There aren’t many web series about videogames that are any good -- let alone good enough to get support from the series’ developer. Fallout: Nuka Break is an exception to this common occurrence and a surprisingly successful one at that. In January of 2011, Zack Finfrock released a fan film, based on the Fallout series. It was extremely well received, as was the subsequent first season of the web series based off of the same property.

Season 1 of Nuka Break had a notably high production value, so it makes sense that the additional funds for Season 2 would be put to use to add additional effects and make the show even better. It has a heavy Firefly and I’m well aware of the implication that that makes -- we have faith that this will turn out well.

Reward: While the series will be available for free online, $25 guarantees you HD downloads of the first and second season of Fallout: Nuka Break.

Nerdsourcing: Zombie Playgrounds, Fan Films, Twilight Zone Pinball


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