Support Reading Rainbow Kickstarter by Buying Special Edition Ouya

Reading Rainbow Kickstarter adds a $250 “Butterfly-in-the-Sky Blue” Ouya reward.

Actor LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow Kickstarter has hit its $1 million funding goal and then some. At the time of writing, the Kickstarter is closing in on $4.5 million from more than 90,000 backers, but with only a few days until the campaign ends, Burton hopes new rewards from Kickstarter's most successful projects, including the Ouya, will garner even more support.

By pledging $250, backers can get a limited edition, “Butterfly-in-the-Sky Blue” Ouya console and controller hand-signed by Burton. According to the Kickstarter page, this reward should ship in December 2014. You can also get an unsigned Reading Rainbow Ouya as an add-on reward with any package for $175, or donate one to a classroom of your choice for $150.

Burton previously said that he wants the Reading Rainbow project to come to new platforms, including gaming consoles like Xbox and PlayStation systems, but in order for that to happen the Kickstarter campaign needs to reach $5 million.

In addition to the unspecified Xbox and PlayStation consoles, if the $5 million stretch goal is met, the new Reading Rainbow program will be released for mobile devices, as well as over-the-top boxes like AppleTV, Roku, and Kindle Fire TV.

The other successful Kickstarter projects that are offering limited rewards in support of Reading Rainbow come from the Pebble smartwatch, Pono Music audio player, and the Veronica Mars movie.

Reading Rainbow went off the air in 2009. It originally aired on PBS and Burton was its host and producer.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.

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cashandchecks
cashandchecks

I trully feel sorry for the OUYA founders and backers. I mean they boycotted E3 a couple years ago with the eighteen wheeler in the parking lot, LOL. I mean really, I know they had their dreams dashed and all, but if you wanted to make a great console, you have asked games WTH they wanted out of a console like that. Its not too late. Stop pissing away investors money and just ask me what to do. 

cashandchecks
cashandchecks

I'll buy OUYA when I can run a MAME emulator on it. until then, never.

madferret9
madferret9

I would do this if they it were the 16 gb Ouya (which I understand they also fixed the bluetooth controller issues on the new one). Otherwise, not worth it even though I like the color.  

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

I bet LeVar Burton's hand-signed signature alone is worth some decent money.  Too bad his signature is on the Ouya in this case, basically making it worthless.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

I love Reading Rainbow... but it's the Ouya. You know what, just take my money.

pork7
pork7

OMG, this is sooooo racist.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Is the controller bigger than the "console"?  That's what it looks like in that picture.  I guess when your console is just a smart phone, without actually being a phone or having apps outside of gaming, I guess you can make it pretty small.

RossRichard
RossRichard

Then I would have to buy an Ouya. No thanks.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

"Mr. LaForge!!! I need your engineering assessment of this, this ridiculous Ouya immediately!"


"Captain, I'm getting some strange readings! The blue and grey looks great through my visor, but it's really just a piece of crap, sir!!!"


"I see. Mr. Data! Get us out of here at once! Engage!!!

nurnberg
nurnberg

I am always surprised by the amount of suckers that get taken advantage of in the gaming community.  No doubt this thing will be funded.

console_war_vet
console_war_vet

Trying to deter people from spending money on your project. Interesting strategy.

mattcake
mattcake

How did MS not sue over that controller... even the colour of the writing on the buttons is xbox format. Oh what am I saying, they probably would in a few years if the thing ever got popular.

gajbutler
gajbutler

It is totally pointless, has worse specs than my phone and I can just tether my controller to my Phone and play it straight to my TV...

getyeryayasout
getyeryayasout

Twenty years from now, this will be one of those things I'll wish I'd have bought. Not now.

sakaixx
sakaixx

I finally understand the secret to ouya awesomeness. Since the nature of android is it's opennes. it can emulate NDS, GBA, N64, PSP, PS1 and some sega/other console stuff.(Some dev even trying to bring GAMECUBE and WII emulation on android system.)


you can do this with your android phone just fine but at 99 bucks with controller, it's really a good buy actually.

Bazongaman502
Bazongaman502

I'll donate $250... but you can keep the Ouya

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

So many corporate sheep dissing the Ouya startup like it's a bad thing. I doubt any of you would even have the balls to do what they've done.

For shame.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

How the hell does this partnership work? They found a new way to get rid of those OUYA's collecting dust in their warehouse so they made a deal to get rid of them with this?


How dare they taint my childhood with their over hyped crap. No thank you.

holystriker68
holystriker68

Such a HUGE part of my childhood! Glad to see this generation's innovators helping re-invent this classic! 

berserker66666
berserker66666

This project will be cool.......but you don't have to take my word for it.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Lol you know you're in trouble when you have to have a 1990's children's literacy show boost sales...

edant79
edant79

I don't know why, but I assumed Mr Burton hated video games because they helped everyone appreciate how sh1tty books are.

Evanduil
Evanduil

Your console won't sell so you attach it to something that's been in the news lately that everyone loves.

Stay classy.

n0xinab0x
n0xinab0x

Ah what the hell, I got money, count me in. Reading Rainbow was the bomb as a kid. 

quebec946
quebec946

might as well give a bag of dog turds with the ouya.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

cool looks ain't gonna save this "console" from being in the bargin bin. 

spazicle
spazicle

Would have been nice if the article told me what reading rainbow was...

console_war_vet
console_war_vet

@mattcake  Because Microsoft knows it would only be salt in the wound. The Ouya is a joke and the Microsoft suits are just sitting back and laughing at the display.

demondogx
demondogx

@mattcake I am sorry to tell you but Microsoft does not own the right to Buttons, Colours or Letters.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Sevenizz  It takes a lot of balls to bring a product to fruition when it doesn't have a market.

madferret9
madferret9

@WingChopMasta  Ouya still draws so much criticism from gamers. What makes Ouya unique is (obviously) not it's hardware specs- it's the fact that ANYBODY with the know-how and motivation can develop a video game for a console, and sell it. Ouya does not discriminate and cherry-pick certain indie titles the way MS and Sony do. I think it's great what they're trying to do. I am working on my own game and I'm glad I'll be able to release it on a console when it's ready. 

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

'Over hyped'? This is like the first Ouya post in months.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Gravity_Slave  Yeah, let me know when they make the '1..2..3 Contact' or the 'Electric Company' version of the Ouya.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

I have money but I want yours...I have a bridge I'd like to sell you.

hystavito
hystavito

@n0xinab0x I don't have money, but I'm tempted :), it's a cool and unusual gaming collectable when you combine the OUYA with Levar.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@spazicle Its a TV show about reading. Levar Burton (Geordie Laforge on Star Trek TNG) is the host and producer. It promoted reading and books to children. 

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@demondogx  Not yet at least.  If a company can copyright the words "Candy" or "Saga", then these other trademarks are just around the corner...

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Meeting and beat1ng it's Kickstarter goal proves there is a market. It doesn't appeal to you - are you the only consumer?

No.

Seriously, we can't say beat1ing here? A popular videogame verb?

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Meeting and beating it's Kickstarter goal proves there is a market. It doesn't appeal to you - are you the only consumer?

No.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@riotinto876 @kindlewithcare @starfox15 @spazicle It was a TV show that promoted literacy and children reading. It may not be as big as something like Sesame Street, but it was a pretty huge phenomenon here in the States. It started way back in the early 80s, so just about everyone who was born in the US within the last 30 years or so was likely raised on Reading Rainbow.