Mini Crowd Fund: Dash brand placement in popular mobile VR game

SiliconDroid

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Hi All,

Introduction

I'm writing a high quality VR game for Daydream, GearVR and Cardboard platforms.

I have already created one high quality game for Cardboard platform "GalaxyVR" with 380k free installs and 6k paid installs.

My latest work in progress "MechZ" is hopefully to be released in 2017 (or very early 2018):
  • Places user in a mech robot cockpit.
  • User has a full body avatar with IK rigged arm and controller (a first for mobile VR).
  • User is able to free roam large (for mobile) procedurally generated maps.
  • Game is generally a shooter with destructible environments.
  • Users are able to play with each other via online servers.
  • Set in the year 2127 and has advertisement like billboards and screens in it.
Proposal

I propose that Dash branding be procedurally placed throughout the game to raise awareness about dash as a future currency.

My work can be viewed on twitter, you can view the screens and billboards in some of my previous videos there. I have also posted a few vids and screenshots in this thread below.

I was considering breaking the ad-space up and selling to others before considering total product placement of Dash. I would make Dash be the token used in this speculative 2172 world. Dash placement would be purely aesthetic and passive. No real Dash will be used in the game. It is product placement only.

The work would involve making multiple graphics with Dash branding and a variety of 3D models of Dash signage to sprinkle throughout commercial city zones, think large shiny plexiglass signage with Z depth to it, like you see on large banks etc.

here's an example of a billboard graphic to place in the city maps:

Advertising Target Reach

MechZ (being published to more platforms than GalaxyVR) is expected to garner >1M free demo installs in 1st year, and >=10k paid installs (hopefully).

Each user is expected to play for at least 10 minutes, many of them will repeat play (because the game is good, I sweat blood to make these scenes hold 60FPS in stereo on mobile phones).


Crowdfund This Idea


As per @GrandMasterDash's post, crowdfunding would be best for this little idea.

Full on product placement of Dash in the game (~50hrs work) will be ~1.0 Dash.

Prorata product placement depending on funding received.

Any funding amount is appreciated to this address:
XxYQivi4XmyodTa4rGcv5nXWg5PB5dDH6f

Funding status can be seen on this Dash Explorer:
https://chainz.cryptoid.info/dash/address.dws?XxYQivi4XmyodTa4rGcv5nXWg5PB5dDH6f.htm

PERKS
Let me know in this thread if you funded and want to claim a perk:

PERK 1 (>= Đ 0.01)
Your name or website or twitter handle etc in the scrolling game credits (along with a short text).guration.

PERK 2 (>= Đ 0.025)
Perk 1 and also a free download code for the full Daydream game on GooglePlay store when the game is published (~$8 USD).
 
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SiliconDroid

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Might be easier to crowdfund this. I'll donate 0.1 dash if others do.
Thanks for linking my game.

I only just learned that I would have to stake dash (to be burned) in order to submit proposal, makes perfect sense to prevent proposal spam.

And the $ price of Dash has shot up since I wrote my proposal (I should have specified budget in $).

That's mighty generous of you to consider donating some Dash to make this happen.

Is their any formal route to doing a small crowdfund for ~$800 worth of Dash? (~1Dash at todays rate).
 

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This sounds like a really cool idea. :D
Thanks, it would get Dash branding in front of many eyeballs, and for quite a time per gaming session, my users tend to spend ~10 ... 30 mins per session *in* the game world.
 

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Heres a development video, testing the open city area, a procedurally generated city, everything is destructible:
 
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Here's the city procedural lay out, Dash signage (various 3D models) can be added to random subset of the larger business zone buildings.


City also has various billboard signage, seen here with placeholder art:
 
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Thanks for linking my game.

I only just learned that I would have to stake dash (to be burned) in order to submit proposal, makes perfect sense to prevent proposal spam.

And the $ price of Dash has shot up since I wrote my proposal (I should have specified budget in $).

That's mighty generous of you to consider donating some Dash to make this happen.

Is their any formal route to doing a small crowdfund for ~$800 worth of Dash? (~1Dash at todays rate).
I just realized you're not using real dash and I don't think it's a good idea to misrepresent dash being worth millions of dollars. But if it's just product placement (not points or tokens) then I'm okay with it.

Post a dash address here and see if anyone donates. Maybe you can make product placements proportional to the number of dash you receive?
 

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The lab interior maps have various terminals and signage prospects, I made a mock up Dash terminal display in this scene:
 
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I just realized you're not using real dash and I don't think it's a good idea to misrepresent dash being worth millions of dollars. But if it's just product placement (not points or tokens) then I'm okay with it.

Post a dash address here and see if anyone donates. Maybe you can make product placements proportional to the number of dash you receive?
OK, good ideas. I will stick with just product placement, and technical condensed infographics on terminal screens about real Dash mechanism as it exists now.

My dash address for donations is below, I will be able to put a proportional amount of work time into the GFX/Modelling depending on Dash funding received.

Any donation amount is appreciated.

XxYQivi4XmyodTa4rGcv5nXWg5PB5dDH6f
 

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Many thanks to first funder who donated Đ 0.01.

I can now Guarantee the game will have Dash branding in it.
 
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Thanks to those who have funded so far!

Started on 3D signage for city areas.

It has to be really low poly for mobile phone VR, but I insist on maximum quality, even when player gets close:

I took logo vector SVG, made it a spline and then hand optimized vertices, then extruded, just 240 in game triangles:



 
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Can you also integrate the following two straplines:
"Dash - Digital Cash" and "dash.org"
 

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Can you also integrate the following two straplines:
"Dash - Digital Cash" and "dash.org"
Sure thing, the 3D models are just large building signage and will have no associated bitmap textures though.

Here's a mockup of a billboard texture for ground level in city maps (5 billboard types planned). Web address color will be adjusted slightly.

The photo is something i already have license for, I will be searching for 5 higher quality photos on shutterstock this evening with these points in mind:

  • multicultural
  • shopping
  • pay using phone
  • small transactions
  • fast

 

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or try 123rf.com
but I'm not an expert, not sure how it compares to shutterstock
 

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123rf.com is a good site, slightly lower prices and similar selection, but I already have credits for shutterstock.

Made first production quality billboard texture for city maps:

 
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Any updates?
Been busy painting the outside of a real house, that job now finished (thankfully), can now spend all my time finishing MechZ (yay).

I have now completed all 5 billboard textures for city maps, 2 posted above and these new 3:




Next (tonight) will dress commercial buildings with 3D signage and start to design textured posters for their ground floor (foyer) windows.
 

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Billboards now all atlased into one main texture, procedural placement of them now occurs in all city maps. A typical map will contain 24 ... 32 of these, random types of the 5 available.


Note1: brightness of above billboard has been tweaked up since that screenshot.

Note2: with enough incident firepower, the billboards can be destroyed, as can everything else in the map (buildings, vehicles, road furniture etc.). They reappear in new procedural map for next round of fighting, rounds last 3 ... 6 minutes.
 
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I would supoort this proposal.
Thanks for your consideration of the idea, yes I will be carrying out this DASH brand placement for MechZ game and publishing the game shortly, any further funding is appreciated but not required for the work to be finished.

I'm now a little invested in DASH myself (on top of this funding), can't wait to spend some in the future for everyday items. I'm a firm believer that Dash is the most viable blockchain based solution for real world use case thanks to master node transaction highway that is working and tested.

Thank you (whoever you may be) for the four donations so far, greatly appreciated! I'm assuming @GrandMasterDash is one of them :).