For the impatient, The M.O.J.O is a small Android gaming console with PC capacities.
Made up of two completely separate, high-end mobile devices.
But when put together it’s pure genius and revolutionary!
It’s expensive but not when you look at the hardware, it’s well worth the money:
Gamestick’s SDK looks more mature to me.
It’s better documented and supports native C++ (via JNI wrapper classes), ODK not officially! and has support for generic blue tooth controllers support.. while BT on Ouya (from others experiences) looks hacky at best.
Also gamestick SDK has social (leaderboard/Achievements) & analytics in it’s framework, which to my knowledge ouya does not. That alone is great for devs!
Another plus for gamestick, the controller has start and select buttons!!
(Ouya being an emulation device really miss-stepped there!)
What worried me was XMBC support on gamestick, but there are reports it will be supported.
And finally, free the funds fiasco:
“…we’ll understand if the game you can’t afford to make isn’t on OUYA.”
Can most indie devs afford to make games in general??
We do it in our spear time and live on savings to do it.. so this is a huge slap in the face for me!
Whoever wrote that, needs to be fired ASAP!
UPDATE Sept 19, Ouya has now changed ‘Free the games’ Fund.
So, all in all.. sadly, I’m not interested in ouya anymore.
Mostly due to the lack of C++ native and limited API.
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UPDATE: Free the games fund was update to a more indie friend approach and gridiron thunder declined to receive the fund money.
Ouya’s freethegamesfund.com idea, is interesting to me.
The first time I saw this, I know it would be open to abuse.
1. Get a couple of friends to pledge at the $10,000 dinner with the developer level
2. Get 25% of matching funds
3. use the matching funds to return ‘friends’ money
Gridiron Thunder will be receiving $170,000 + an extra $100,000 from ouya (the bonus prize for the ‘most funded game’).
That’s $270,000 to develop a title they’re selling for $5. They would have to sell 54,000 copies of Gridiron Thunder just to recoup that money. That’s far, far more copies than ANY game has sold on the Ouya.
In other words, the rational thing for the Gridiron Thunder team to do would be to keep the money from Ouya and spit out a very very crappy football game. I think that’s been their plan from the start.