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Kickstarter GameStick Taken Down Briefly Due to IP Dispute

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GameStick was taken off of Kickstarter for IP violations, but it's not what you think.

The portable Android-based console GameStick turned quite a few heads by doubling its $100K goal within a matter of days. Offering a prototype that's no bigger than a flash drive, GameStick allows for a compact, no-fuss gaming experience off of a TV equipped with a HDMI.

Unfortunately, GameStick's page was temporarily removed from Kickstarter due to unspecified "intellectual property" infringement.

PlayJam was quick to allay fears via the GameStick Facebook, explaining that the IP infringement was not with the console itself, as is often the concern with Kickstarter projects. Instead, it appears that PlayJam got into trouble over a video that it posted in its pitch, which contained footage of a game that the hardware developers did not have the rights to.

Kickstarter has since then restored the GameStick's page after PlayJam made some quick edits and the offending footage was removed.

Currently, GameStick sits at over $300K pledged, with 20 days left to go.


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    stridervm , January 11, 2013 4:04 AM
    I don't get the fanfare on this Kickstarter. I've been doing this to my Android phones since v2.0

    First, buy the Six-Axis app from Google Play and synchronize a PS3 controller to your phone.

    Second, buy a USB to HDMI cable. Specialist stores and online stores have these.

    Third, ???

    Fourth, Profit! =/
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    bustapr , January 11, 2013 4:23 AM
    stridervmI don't get the fanfare on this Kickstarter. I've been doing this to my Android phones since v2.0First, buy the Six-Axis app from Google Play and synchronize a PS3 controller to your phone. Second, buy a USB to HDMI cable. Specialist stores and online stores have these.Third, ???Fourth, Profit! =/

    first buy the sixaxis app

    second, root...

    ^most people feel much safer buying something like this than rooting their phone
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    CrArC , January 11, 2013 7:55 AM
    bustaprfirst buy the sixaxis appsecond, root...^most people feel much safer buying something like this than rooting their phone
    Exactly - that's the beauty of the Android ecosystem. You can buy the ready-made experience and just get to playing games or you can get there on your own with your own equipment.
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    teh_chem , January 11, 2013 10:54 AM
    stridervmI don't get the fanfare on this Kickstarter. I've been doing this to my Android phones since v2.0First, buy the Six-Axis app from Google Play and synchronize a PS3 controller to your phone. Second, buy a USB to HDMI cable. Specialist stores and online stores have these.Third, ???Fourth, Profit! =/

    Not only that, but how many people honestly care about portability of a "console" beyond the novelty of it?
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    jkflipflop98 , January 11, 2013 12:38 PM
    teh_chemNot only that, but how many people honestly care about portability of a "console" beyond the novelty of it?


    Yup, it's a pretty dumb thing to aim for. Job #1 should not be portability for a device that's only going to leave your entertainment center maybe twice in it's life.
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    alidan , January 11, 2013 6:55 PM
    stridervmI don't get the fanfare on this Kickstarter. I've been doing this to my Android phones since v2.0First, buy the Six-Axis app from Google Play and synchronize a PS3 controller to your phone. Second, buy a USB to HDMI cable. Specialist stores and online stores have these.Third, ???Fourth, Profit! =/


    because this isnt a phone? not everyone wants to buy a 600-800 (off contract) device just to play games.

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    Abion47 , January 11, 2013 7:36 PM
    alidanbecause this isnt a phone? not everyone wants to buy a 600-800 (off contract) device just to play games.


    It doesn't have to be a phone. You can do the same thing with a lot of other Android devices, like tablets for example.
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    alidan , January 11, 2013 11:30 PM
    Abion47It doesn't have to be a phone. You can do the same thing with a lot of other Android devices, like tablets for example.


    ok, i dont want to spend 4-800$ on a tablet to play a game...

    right now on their kickstarter its 70$ to get one.

    a tablet even the cheapest ones i can think of are 200$ and a controller is about 20-60$
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    Abion47 , January 11, 2013 11:43 PM
    alidanok, i dont want to spend 4-800$ on a tablet to play a game...right now on their kickstarter its 70$ to get one. a tablet even the cheapest ones i can think of are 200$ and a controller is about 20-60$


    You wouldn't get an Android phone or tablet just to play games on it, but there are a lot of people who already own one of those things, and those are the people he is talking about. If you don't already own an Android device, then obviously his comment isn't directed at you.
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    alidan , January 12, 2013 12:14 AM
    Abion47You wouldn't get an Android phone or tablet just to play games on it, but there are a lot of people who already own one of those things, and those are the people he is talking about. If you don't already own an Android device, then obviously his comment isn't directed at you.


    said he didnt get what was so special about it, so i pointed it out.
    than brought up tablets.

    i may be assumeign there are alot of people like me who just use a phone as a phone, have a camera that is a real camera and not a pos that is stuck to a phone, and when we want a console we wont just use the phone.

    its special because it does what that 600-800$ phone, or 200+ tablet does, for 70$

    if gameing really does go android (most likely) or ios, i refuse to buy an android phone or an ios phone, and would require something like this.
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    urbanman2004 , May 14, 2013 10:45 AM
    I know I'm late but I wonder how well the donors faired after the project met its goal. It looks nice by the way