scurgeSeth is a 13 year old from Canada looking for a couple grand to make his first game.  While IndieGoGo is chock full of “Help my 13 year old child make their first game!” funding campaigns, they’re much less common on Kickstarter.  That in itself isn’t enough to call attention to Seth and his passion project, Scurge Of The Shadows (SOTS) though, it’s everything else that comes with it.  Here’s the amazingness from the Scurge Of The Shadows Kickstarter campaign.

  • The fact that the intro to the video may have been the best of all the takes
  • The grammar lesson detailing the differences between “Scurge of shadows” and “Scurge of the shadows”
  • Scurge is spelled incorrectly because it looks better that way.  No doubt he was about five seconds away from adding umlauts to the u.
  • He’s making the game because “I want to learn, and I want to give to other people”
  • The entire gameplay demo plays out like he’s showing you something “real quick before doing something else.”  The level of self consciousness ingrained with deep pride as he shows you his work is fantastic
  • The Post-Its on his desktop.  I know *I* was ashamed of my answers and somehow felt guilted into doing some chores
  • His random exclamations that you just know are in-jokes among his friends but most likely drive his parents a little crazy
  • He apologizes for not showing footage of him coding, but commits to showing it on his Tumblr
  • The Way The Kickstarter Writeup Has A Capital Letter At The Beginning Of Each Word (ok, that was more annoying than anything else)
  • The letter of recommendation from his Dad under the ‘Risks and Challenges’ section
  • The way the end of the video degenerates into Hypnotoad insanity

Last but not least, the entire thing feel very genuine.  His excitement is obvious, he’s a teenage that loves games and wants to make his own.  Who hasn’t been in his shoes?

Seth is looking for a fairly small amount of cash to help purchase full versions of the tools he’s using, and to help make other improvements. His reasoning is that the people that make these tools should be getting paid for the great things they’re doing.  So do you Seth.

Greg Micek

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Greg Micek has been writing on and off about games since the late nineties, always with a focus on indie games. He started in 2000, which was one of the earliest gaming sites to focus exclusively on indie games.
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