Image credit: Martin Kingsley

Image credit: Martin Kingsley

I love the possibilities of crowdfunding. Every week, I load up Kickstarter and Indiegogo and browse through projects in various categories, the most exciting for me being – surprise surprise! – video games. There are projects that I’ve come across that I’ve been very impressed by; just two of these are Neverending Nightmares and Darkest Dungeon, which are titles I am very, very excited for.

However, there are also projects that don’t do a great job at selling their ideas, which often leads to having few backers and money raised. Of course, this is easier said than done as in all likelihood the game is not yet complete. But if you’re running a crowdfunding campaign (not just on Kickstarter and Indiegogo), you’ll still have to sell it! So, as a potential backer, here are the things I look for in a project when deciding whether to plunk down some cash.

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It’s official – Electronical Parade is going on hiatus for an indefinite period of time.

It’s taken me a while to pull the trigger, but something major has happened since my last post; I’ve been promoted to an editorial role on Rocket Chainsaw. While I’d still love to continue blogging, right now, I want to focus my efforts on developing the site to make it the best it can be. I hope to make the occasional post, but the fact is that lately I haven’t been too inspired either. Something will come to me soon, I’m sure. Of course, I’ll still be answering comments.

For now, thanks for reading. See you on the other side.

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I wasn’t too sure what to expect from Gardens by the Bay, one of the more recent attractions to open in Singapore. The gardens, located in the Marina Bay area (hence the name), features a pair of huge, domed gardens each with their own particular ecosystem. When Dad announced that he wanted to go, all I could picture in my mind were all the times I had ever been to botanical gardens (in Brisbane and Singapore, specifically) and how I had been bored to death.

This in itself made Gardens by the Bay a pleasant surprise, but it certainly wasn’t the only reason.

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Let’s hit pause on the holiday entries for now, although this sort of coincides with my last post about – S.E.A. Aquarium, as it has to do with being underwater.)

I’m giving away a Steam key for the original Bioshock on PC, which in my opinion is one of the finest first-person shooters of our time. For me, it sits alongside Half-Life 2 and TimeSplitters 2 as my top FPS games. In other words, if you haven’t already played it, you need to. And I’d like to give you the chance.

All you need to do is leave a comment describing your ideal paradise, underwater or not, in under 100 words. Of course, share it with your friends. I’ll pick a winner at random and edit this entry to announce the winner in two weeks’ time (Wednesday the 3rd of July), so stay tuned and good luck!

UPDATE: And the hat-draw has spoken. Congratulations ZYJ! Check your inbox for details of the Steam key. Thanks for playing everyone; stay tuned for the next giveaway!

S.E.A Aquarium

One of the highlights of my trip to Singapore was visiting the new S.E.A Aquarium. Up until some time ago, Singapore’s only aquarium was called Underwater World. A worthwhile attraction in its own right, yes, but one which paled in comparison, in my opinion, to the Sunshine Coast’s Underwater World. S.E.A Aquarium promised to be much bigger and better and it has delivered, being the world’s largest aquarium.

My brother and I made the trip with our cousin and her children (our little nephew and nieces). Cue a long and tiring, but exciting day of being tugged around through room after room filled with aquatic wildlife and large crowds. You could say we were packed like sardines.

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This is the first in a series of blog entries about my recent trip to Singapore and Japan – which I have collectively dubbed as Asialand 2013. 

The entrance to Tokyo Disneyland.

It’s seven in the morning and there are already huge crowds mingling outside the gates to one half of Japan’s version of the happiest place on Earth. I am, of course, talking about Tokyo Disneyland. At 8:30AM, the gates swing open and although signs telling patrons not to run are erected around the entrance, they do so anyway. Having never been to Disneyland before, I find this amusing and a little frightening; I briefly see myself trampled to death by a mob of Japanese teens eager to catch a glimpse of their favourite characters. But of course, no such thing happens. I wonder if my family and I look strange casually strolling in.

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Jury Duty text adventure gameI made a choose-your-own-adventure-game called Jury Duty using Quest. One day I’ll make a proper text adventure. One day being sometime this year, hopefully. From the description in the game file:

Life is fine for you, with college and video games taking up the vast majority of your time. All this is about to change (for a few days) when you receive a summons for Jury Duty. Avoid it at all costs, but who knows what will happen if you do?

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