1: Cabinet, wheel cart, and guts
2: Bigger Wheels
3: Coming Together - Controls & Monitor
4: Move-In Ready!
5: We did it! Maiden Voyage of the OAK-U-TRON 201X!
6: Phase 2: Make it awesome!
On Saturday, January 28th, Occupy Oakland is going to take the next step, occupying a vacant building and turning it into a social center with room for a community kitchen, a first-aid station, meeting spaces, a free school, a space for children, a library, a media room, and more. There will also be a two-day street festival, the Oakland Rise Up Festival, with music, movies, arts & crafts, food and speakers during the opening weekend of the building. You can read more about the event, including the festival schedule, on the Occupy Oakland Move-In Day site.
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.
To that end, we are constructing an arcade cabinet to be completed by the 28th and donated to Occupy Oakland. It will also be mounted on wheels and be able to run off a battery so that it is completely mobile and can be played in the streets during the march to the new space. Yeah, you read that right.
In The Streets.
Local Oakland indie game developer anna anthropy signed on to create a game to run on the arcade machine specifically for this event! Furthermore, if all goes will, the OAK-U-TRON 201X will be an official member of the Winnitron Indie Game Arcade Network, showcasing the true, independent, DIY spirit of game developers around the globe!
Because this project was Banned From The Kickstarter, we're running our own DIY funding drive here:
GIVE $5 OR MORE - 2 backers
Receive set of OAK-U-TRON 201X and RPM Collective 1″ pins!
GIVE $20 OR MORE - 6 backers
Have your name written into the OAK-U-TRON 201X’s credits sequence!!
GIVE $50 OR MORE - 1 backer
Receive a hand-numbered poster documenting the OAK-U-TRON 201X in action on Occupy Oakland’s Move-In Day!!!
GIVE $75 OR MORE - 0 backers
Receive an OAK-U-TRON 201X T-shirt!!!!
GIVE $100 OR MORE - 1 backer (limit: 60 of 64 remaining)
Receive a hand-screenprinted ticket to participate in an OAK-U-TRON 201X tournament on site, in Oakland, California. You get to keep the ticket whether or not you can show up for the tournament!!!!!
GIVE $125 OR MORE - 2 backers (limit: 17 of 20 remaining)
Receive a coffee table photo book documenting the creation and life of the OAK-U-TRON 201X!!!!!!
GIVE $200 OR MORE - 1 backer (limit: 4 of 5 remaining)
Have your name etched onto a metal plaque BY A LASER BEAM and bolted to the OAK-U-TRON 201X!!!!!!!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I get my donation reward even if the project doesn't reach its donation goal?
Unlike Kickstarter, YES! For two reasons:
1) Since I have no way of holding donations off until the goal is reached nor returning them if it isn't met, you get your prizes regardless!
2) Economic incentives for virality are the last refuge of capitalist scoundrels.
Who will own the machine?
The OAK-U-TRON 201X will be donated to the Occupy Oakland Social Space upon its completion, thus it will be collectively owned by anyone who gets involved and participates. I will take responsibility for maintaining the machine.
Will the OAK-U-TRON 201X be open to the public?
Of course! Even if it didn't have to follow the guidelines for the Winnitron Indie Game Arcade Network, the the OAK-U-TRON 201X will be free and located in a public place.
What if you raise too much money?
#firstworldproblems? In the event that the OAK-U-TRON 201X: Banned From Kickstarter Drive manages to cover all costs after the final, Phase Two portion of construction, the rest will be set aside into an ANARCHIST ARCADE RESERVE FUND for the purpose of maintaining the OAK-U-TRON 201X. If the reserve fund has such a surplus that all foreseen maintenance costs should be covered, the maintainers may choose to use the funds to build a second unit, subject to the same conditions as the first (free, publicly available).
What happens if the Occupy Oakland Social Space gets closed?
In the event that the OO Social Space gets evicted, shut down, or otherwise closes, the OAK-U-TRON 201X will be relocated to another public location TBD temporarily until Occupy Oakland secures a permanent location for its Social Space.
What happens if the OAK-U-TRON 201X gets confiscated or smashed by OPD?
If the machine is confiscated by the police, I will take responsibility for claiming it, and moving it to a publicly accessible back-up location. Unfortunately, we've seen many times that police treat Occupy's belongings in custody about as well as they treat arrestees. If the machine is damaged or destroyed, and there is enough money in the ANARCHIST ARCADE RESERVE FUND it will be rebuilt as a testament to Occupy Oakland's resiliency. If such funds are not available and cannot be raised, the remaining portion will be used to give the OAK-U-TRON 201X a proper Viking burial.
What's up with Kickstarter?
While I think this was a bad decision, I've got nothing against Kickstarter personally. They enable funding for a lot of great projects. In fact, you should all go donate to the Glorious Trainwrecks Pirate Kart right now!