Cascadia Games’ Chris Jorgensen and his colleague and fellow software engineer Andi Greisel are planning on taking iOS gaming to a whole ‘nutha level with the ‘GameDock’, a revolutionary new bit of kit that will transform your humble iDevice into a fully-fledged games console! This pair of retro game-loving geniuses have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the funds needed to put this potentially game-changing product into large(r)-scale production.
Here’s an excerpt from their pitch on Kickstarter which explains what the GameDock’s all about and just why it’s going to be so awesome:
“With the GameDock for iOS you can play classic games the way they were meant to be played: with two controllers and a TV. Just plug the dock into your TV like a video game console and your iOS device into the dock like a game cartridge. The GameDock is designed to be compatible with existing iCade games and for dock-ready games that include two-player support and full 1080p HDTV output.
In addition to the dock, we have developed a dashboard app that allows you to select and play games from the comfort of your couch. There’s no need to get up and change which game you’re playing. You can do it with your controller instead. And, of course, if you don’t have a TV, no worries! The dock still connects to your phone and supports games on the small screen. It communicates over short-range bluetooth, the same used in most modern keyboards.”
Unsurprisingly, the Kickstarter campaign is off to a fantastic start and, at the time of writing, has just crossed the $3000 mark. Throwing your support behind the project and pledging $100+ means you’ll be among the first to own a shiny new GameDock when they become available. I really like the idea of playing iOS games on the big screen and love the fact that GameDock takes a few design cues from Nintendo’s beloved 8-bit game console, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), so I’ll definitely be putting a few bucks Chris and Andi’s way! For more info, check out iOSGameDock.com.