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This looks like it has potential:

Imagine a game that draws inspiration from the large scale, multiplayer experience of a title such as Battlefield 3, and combines it with the cops and robbers style of Grant Theft Auto and HEAT. Welcome to POLICE WARFARE; a multiplayer first person shooter set in the world of armed robbery and law enforcement. Players will go toe-to-toe as either a member of the Los Angeles Police SWAT team, or the opposite side of the law, robbing banks as an armed gunman.

They had me at HEAT (my all time favorite movie).  At the time of writing this they are very far away from their funding goal ($15664/325000), but there is a month left so who knows what could happen if enough people spread the word.  I was actually surprised that the other crowd sourced video game I blogged about was 110% funded when it ended!

Lots more details over at the KickStarter website.  Make sure you check it out and even put some of your own money in to back the project if you’re interested.

Thoughts?  Are you guys excited about these crowdsourced games, or are you happy with what the major game companies are currently delivering?

Hat tip: Sean D.

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Big dreams from this guy:

This game will get back to the core of what is loved about the tac-shooter, featuring realistic weapon modeling, outfitting and commanding your squad, objective-based, non-linear missions set in real-world locations around the world, single player, co-op, and multiplayer.

He has some nice credentials which give me confidence.  

I’ve seen a lot of projects I thought were weak on Kickstarter achieve lots of success.  For all the people that game, I’m really surprised the response is so weak so far.  Considering the minimum pledge is $15 and that gets you a digital download of the game, that seems like a really good deal.

I suppose a big part of the low response is due to the fact the $200000 is only to prove the viability to investors.  Really, if you donate your $15 god knows when you’ll ever see the game from it. It could be years.

Thoughts?

Hat tip: Cyris

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Remember this VICE Guide To Travel on the gun markets of Pakistan?

University of California San Diego student, and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidate Christopher Head wants to build his own as a thesis project.

Cool idea and all, and I hate shitting on pro-gun efforts but I believe the project falls extremely short in the following areas:

This project seems more like a learning experience that he wants funded, rather than an actual useful thesis project.

Making everything including the bolt, barrel, springs, etc… (if that is in fact what he wants to do) is a lofty goal which I don’t think can be accomplished in a short amount of time, by someone without prior experience with this type of thing.

If he’s not planning on constructing absolutely everything from scratch, then the description on Kickstarter should be revised.  Assembling an AK from parts, even if he stamps or mills the reciever is nothing new.

Project costs include specialized tool purchases, tool rental, shop costs, supervision costs, gallery costs including printing, mounting, and pedestals, performance costs including range rental, ammunition, and equipment rentals. Art is expensive!

Not really sure how this qualifies as “art”.  Is anything art if you mount it in a fancy way?  I suppose so.

If you need a bunch of specialized tools, what good are the Do It Yourself instructions to anyone that doesn’t have thousands of dollars to invest in a build?  I was under the impression that Khyber Pass firearms were made mainly by hand using  basic tools.  Around the 5 minute mark in the video you can see files, hammers, hacksaws etc..

I think he would have more luck if he can revise the pledges to have a lower dollar value one that includes the instruction set.  I’d throw in a dollar or two to support the effort if I got the plans in the end.  Not a chance I’d pay $25 though, which is currently what the lowest pledge that includes an instruction set is.

Pledge #1 – $10 for 1 piece of spent brass from the test fire.  Damn I need to start calling myself an artist.

Maybe he will clear up some of the questions I have, and possibly take my suggestion of lowering the pledge value.  From a design point of view I’d love to see him succeed on this, if what he is trying to do is truly build 100% of the rifle from scratch.  As an art project, I still wish him luck because it definitely takes some balls to do such a project at a California University of all places.

Check out the project on Kickstarter – HERE

Thoughts?

Hat tip: Michael M

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When Detroit mayor Dave Bing took to the internet to solicit ideas for the city’s revival, he shot down talk of erecting a RoboCop Statue.  That didn’t stop some guys from starting a facebook page, and kickstarter project to collect moeny to do it themselves!

Full Story – HERE

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