Later this weekend, Jan. 28 to 29 to be exact, the Occupy Movement's Oakland branch will be moving into an abandoned building that will serve as its new headquarters. The space will not only provide a place to conduct business, but also take care of daily essentials. But aside from a place to sleep, prepare meals, and use the bathroom, what about entertainment? Video games, for instance. That may be in the cards as well.
Independent game designer Anna Anthropy wants to build them an arcade machine. Dubbed the "OAK-U-TRON 201X," it will be part of the Winnitron Indie Game Arcade Network; the original Winnitron 1000 was a free to play arcade cabinet filled with indie games, many of which were designed by local game designers in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada). The idea caught on, and indie game makers across the globe have created their own arcade cabinets filled with their own indie games, for their neck of the woods.
The quality that will make the "OAK-U-TRON 201X" especially notable is its portability; the cab will be wheel mounted and battery powered. As for the basic reasoning behind its existence: "Every community center needs a game room to draw in the general public, to give people some respite and lighten spirits, and to give people an excuse to meet others in their community. And every good game room needs an arcade machine."
But to make it actually happen, they need money. According to alt gaming news site insert credit, the original plan was to raise funds via Kickstarter, but they ended up rejecting the project for reasons that are rather vague. Hence, one of the numerous Kickstarter alternatives was tapped into, WePay. At this point, only three days remain towards reaching the $2,000 goal. As of this writing, the initiative is at 32 percent, with $635.00 pledged.
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