Kickstarter's year in review: 3M people pledge $480M

What company could claim to have helped launch satellites into space, brought US rappers to North Korea, been part of powering up the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, and resurrected the TV show Veronica Mars? Kickstarter, of course.

This crowdfunding platform came out with its stats for 2013 on Wednesday and the year proved to be the company's best to date. In all, Kickstarter saw 3 million people pledge $480 million on projects posted to its Web site. That means $1,315,520 was pledged per day, coming out to $913 a minute.

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Get an Ouya game console and $5 game credit for $59.99 shipped

The Ouya was supposed to turn the gaming world upside-down. It did not. More on that in a bit.

The little box normally sells for $99.99 plus shipping, but right now you can get an Ouya console for $59.99 shipped when you apply coupon code CALAMITY at checkout. That price also includes a $5 game credit.

Update: Giant sigh. It's always something. Although it worked when I tried it this morning, apparently this code had a fixed number of uses and has been effectively "used up." I'll contact Ouya and see if they're … Read more

Blue-light glitch taints PS4's hot launch

CNET Update tries turning it off and on again:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn why a pulsing blue light has some PlayStation 4 owners stressed out. A small percentage of the first batch of PS4s seem to be defective.

- Get twice as much storage in the limited-edition Ouya, sold in North America for $130.

- Fling videos from a Kindle to the TV -- and learn other new tablet tricks -- with the Kindle Fire OS 3.1 update.

- Stream live and recorded shows from a cable box to another TV using the new Slingbox Roku app. … Read more

Ouya limited-edition console offers twice the storage

The makers of the Ouya game console are trying to lure buyers with a special edition that costs more but doubles the storage.

Now available for preorder, the Ouya limited edition costs $129, up from the usual price of $100. For that extra $29, the storage capacity jumps to 16GB from 8GB. The new edition also is white, whereas the standard model comes in black.

The limited edition is available only in North America. Ouya promises that buyers will receive it in time for the holidays if ordered before December 8.

The Android-based Ouya comes as a small cube that … Read more

Ouya changes the rules for its Free the Games Fund

Ever since Ouya launched its Free the Games Fund, gamers and developers have wondered whether some people were taking short cuts to get funding for their projects -- namely getting friends and family to donate a high amount of money to meet the project minimum on Kickstarter.

It may be because of this speculation that the gaming company announced Wednesday it was changing the rules of the fund. Now, the project minimum has been lowered to $10,000, but projects must have at least 100 backers for every $10,000 raised.

"You need to play by the spirit of … Read more

The 404 1,338: Where we'll have the orange taco (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Weekend movie review: "I am Street Fighter," a documentary for the franchise's 25th anniversary.

- Weekend visit to the privacy store at the New Museum.

- Sony unveils PlayStation Vita TV.

- The next video-game movie lurches to life in the form of New Line's "Rampage."

- Refrigerators, dishwashers, and deadbolts: CNET's new high-tech appliance reviews.… Read more

Amazon could have an Android game console

CNET Update is gearing up for Android gaming season:

In this episode of Update:

- Get details on the latest report about Amazon working on a game system.

- Learn about the other Android-based consoles coming to the market, including the Nvidia Shield, which is said to be selling out in stores.

- Prepare for another Surface tablet, as Nvidia is hard at work on the sequel.

- Stream videos from an Apple mobile device to a Roku with the iOS app update.

- Know how to spot the ads in the Google Maps app for Android and iOS.

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Ouya apologizes to Kickstarter supporters, offers $13 credit

Ouya, the open-source console maker that became a smash hit on Kickstarter, was forced to apologize over the weekend to some of its most important backers.

In an e-mail sent to Kickstarter supporters, noted on Sunday by Mashable, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman said that "it wasn't OK that some of you -- our most loyal supporters -- didn't get your Ouya until after it was on store shelves." Uhrman was referencing her company's promise that those who supported the console on Kickstarter last year would receive the console before it hit store shelves in June. … Read more

Ouya to raise money for game developers

Ouya is aiming to lure in game developers by giving them cash for Kickstarter-funded projects.

Unveiled on Thursday, the new Ouya Free the Games Fund will match up to $1 million for pledges made for Ouya-targeted games launched via Kickstarter. More than 20,000 registered Ouya game creators and other developers could gain access to matching funds -- from $50,000 up to $250,000 -- for games launched on the fundraising Web site starting next month

To qualify for the matching funds, developers must agree to the following requirements:

Game projects must launch on Kickstarter on or after August … Read more

Rumor Has It: Google may enter the battle for your living room

Oh, Google. You can't leave well enough alone, can you? This week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google was developing a smartwatch (duh), an update to the Nexus Q, and a game console.

Also this week, Facebook confirmed that it's testing out chat rooms, but what that means for you and me is anyone's guess.

Would you be into a game console from Google? Are you going to "a/s/l" all over those Facebook chat rooms? Let me know in the comments!

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