The company shared:
“As a video game enthusiast or someone who knows video game players, you have likely encountered the pervasive, negative notion that people who play video games are wasting their time and should be doing something “more productive” instead. The effect on gamers everywhere—especially young ones—is widespread embarrassment and downward social pressure around an activity that they love.
“What is not NEARLY as widespread is the understanding that playing video games actually presents numerous benefits and the passion should be supported. Twin Galaxies is on a mission to raise awareness that avid gaming is a worthwhile, socially acceptable, and important activity that’s deserving of more understanding and support.”
Funds from the campaign will be used for the following:
- A new social media website platform module with features tailored exclusively for video game players to get greater recognition and exposure.
- A mobile app to increase access, participation and mobile gaming recognition within the Twin Galaxies system.
- Live streamed events, programs and competitions broadcasted through its media network Twin Galaxies Live.
While discussing details about the movement, Two Galaxies explained:
“We have been working hard, but can’t get to the finish line on our own. For the small cost of a T-Shirt, and your strong word of mouth, you can help us raise $250,000 and move us toward completion on all of the above as quickly as possible.
“At the very core of our beliefs is the idea that we all have the #Right2Game without being culturally shamed, and that we should collectively foster a social climate where gamers feel comfortable considering the career options, mental and physical health benefits, and meaningful social connections that the video game space provides.
“All of our initiatives aim to accurately represent the spirit of gaming as a fun, healthy, and ultimately rewarding activity that should not be frowned upon and discouraged.”
Among those helping Two Galaxies are Stan Lee, Jace Hall, Rick Fox, Christopher Guest, Ed Boon, Randy Jackson, and Jamie Lee Curtis. One of the campaign’s perks offered is Curtis’ True Lies iconic black dress (for $100,000).
Sharing why she decided to offer up her True Lies dress as a perk, Curtis stated to Digialtrends:
“Well, I wanted to offer what I could. I’m a 57-year-old woman so it’s not like I’m going to have a heck of a lot of merch that anybody’s going to want. First of all, I don’t merch because I’m an actor. But I have kept just a few things. And one of the things that I’ve kept is this True Lies dress because at the end of the movie I took them. So when Jace was talking about the Indiegogo campaign that he was going to do to create the gold standard of gaming through Twin Galaxies, he asked if we had anything that’s tantalizing. Weirdly enough, as we were looking for stuff in our basement
“I opened my husband’s suitcase and found [This is Spinal Tap character] Nigel’s traveling suitcase. So when Nigel Tufnel would go out on the road with Spinal Tap, this suitcase went with him. It had this gross moldy T-shirt, a pair of jeans, and this pair of Nikes, and I said, ‘Oh, Nikes, people will go mad for those,’ and my husband looked at me and he said, ‘Jamie, they’re from 1982.’ I was like, ‘I know, but that’s vintage honey.’ So the Nikes ended up on that site. There isn’t much left of original Spinal Tap stuff. It just doesn’t exist.”
Other perks include:
- Fan interactions
- Halloween cast signed of Michael Meyers’ mask
- Spinal Tap memorabilia
- Marvel memorabilia
Since its launch, the campaign has successfully secured over $80,000. It is set to close mid-January.
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