Gamers Help Indie Developers At 8 Bit Funding
It takes a good amount of time and dedication to make an indie game and get the word out about it. It also takes a good bit of money. A new crowdfunding site has been made to help small developers get the cash they need. 8 Bit Funding, created by DIYGamer.com‘s Geoff Gibson, allows gamers to become the investors the little indie games that could.
Indie devs can create an account and post a short video to show off what their project will become. From that listing anyone can log on and donate money towards the developer’s goal. This works out in the favor of everyone involved. 8 Bit Funding gets a small portion of the donation to cover their costs. The donators get perks and recognition from the developers depending on how much is given. Then the devs get the cash to help make their dreams a realization.
At this time there’s only a handful of games listed on the site (and, awesomely enough, a team looking to make an indie game print magazine). After snooping around I found two games to invest in. The Bookeeper, from Different Pixel, is a point-and-click adventure game about a boy who discovers a book that’s a portal to another world. The animations and art are all hand-drawn, which look pretty great at this stage of development. Then there’s Expedition: The New World by Slashware Interactive. This 8-bit dungeon crawler/Oregon Trail hybrid places you in the shoes of a 16th century Spanish explorer, tasked with finding new uncharted lands.
This is, all in all, a great cause. Every gamer that donates has a chance to help out a fellow gamer create a title they, and the gaming world at large, can be proud of. Be sure to keep your eyes on this site in the future. The next big indie title might show up there, and it’d be awesome to help foster its growth.