(Video link) Novelist Neal Stephenson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of a new video game called Clang. This video explains the nitty gritty of the sword fighting game concept and how his company Subutai plans to achieve it.
Toward the end of the video, in a couple of tightly packed sentences, he explains how he sees the new digital publishing paradigm, and why he is turning to crowdsourcing for building his world:
“Why mess around with this at all? Subutai corporation is my attempt to figure out what the future of my craft looks like in a world where fiction gets distributed on electronic devices ten minutes after it’s written, where video games, movies, and graphic novels are produced from shared, digital assets using a common tool chain, and in which geek culture is fascinated by huge long-running franchises describing the arcs of imaginary worlds spanning thousands of years, where creators can route around the old funding models and get their production budgets directly via crowdsourcing.”------