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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Orphan Webshow/Game


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post will take place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Orphan tells the story of Jason Diego.  Upon his father’s untimely death, all Jason is left with is a mysterious document called the Escapist Manifesto.  Armed only with the knowledge that it’s a supposed account of Genesis written by Eve, Jason finds his way to a city hidden from the rest of the world, claimed by no one but filled with trouble – including an army of masked killers that will stop at nothing to get a hold of Jason’s newly-acquired heirloom.  Orphan is both a show and a game.  Each episode is a subtle puzzle, and solving it can reveal more of the story.  The goal is to blur the lines between watching a story unfold and being a part of it.  In fact, just by looking at the Kickstarter, you’ve already started to play.

Orphan is an experimental web show.  Their philosophy is that when they treat the Internet as a medium instead of just a means of distribution, each nook and cranny of the web is a piece of the canvas to decorate.  The music, fashion, and culture of Orphan are not built as mere supplements to the show but key elements in understanding its world.  It is their firm belief that games can be art, and in that vein, Orphan will be an attempt to expand what they can expect from both television and games.  The internet is an invention which is slowly rendering our conventional borders obsolete. Strangely, the individuality that western society values is supplanted by Anonymity — which many believe to be the only way to protect the sanctity of their Internet usage.  Anonymous is a figure which emerges when the borders between people dissolve.  To represent this idea fully, Orphan is a show which is not bound by the borders of something as traditional as a television set.

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As of April 15th, this project has raised around $1,105 of their $12,000 goal. This project only has 33 days left to raise the $12,000 or it might not be funded!  For a pledge of $5, you will get to download the HD pilot and all music used in their Kickstarter in ear-bleeding 320kbps MP3 quality full minutes.  Plus get updates and good karma!  For a pledge of $50, you will get one of the officially-branded GarbAge shirt designs.  You will also get the 2 Mini-Posters, “Greetings From Gaikoku” Postcard, Number People Sticker Set, HD episode download, music download, exclusive backer updates, and good karma vibes!  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1888825088/orphan-a-webshow-pilot-w-an-alternate-reality-game

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