Two in-development projects inspired by Jet Set Radio are now collaborating via crossover. Urbance, an in-production Canadian animated series in which gender wars have broken out, featuring a boatload of representation of mixed race individuals, and Hover: Revolt of Gamers, an in-development French indie game with gameplay very similar to Jet Set Radio Future, even going so far as to have the original game’s composer, Hideki Naganuma, on board. 

The two projects are being funded via Kickstarter(Hover’s funding ended a few months ago with $116,398 procured of the goal of $38,000), and the crossover is coming out via a stretch goal on Urbance’s Kickstarter. By pledging $35CAD, you’ll get a digital copy of the first episode of Urbance, as well as Hover: Urbance Edition which will feature additional content. In addition, both projects will be incorporated into each other’s worlds. Of course, this won’t happen if Urbance’s funding goal is not met(currently the fund stands at $111,487CAD out of $189,000, with 14 days to go).

Bare in mind that if you want in on this and have already pledged to Urbance, you must still pay an additional thirty five dollars to get a shot at Hover: Urbance Edition.

Check out Forecast the Facts’ list of major U.S. corporations that are helping fund the campaigns of climate denying politicians, and thereby aggressively contributing to putting the future of humanity at greater risk. You will probably be surprised by some of the corporations that made the list.

Also, check out what the DeSmogBlog has to say about the list in the post “Disrupt Denial: After Leaving ALEC, Google Still Funding Evil.”


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The New York Times generally presented fanfiction as a financial opportunity for the corporations that own the intellectual properties copied by fanfiction. Many articles asserted that franchises benefit from, and in some cases rely on, their fanfiction communities. For example, Harris (2008) ties the box office success of the X-Files film to the continued health of its fanfiction community, while Heffernan (2008) depicts a lack of homoerotic fanfiction as problematic for the success of any show with a large, attractive male cast. Thompson (2005) reports on the lucrative partnership between the Halo fan-film circle Rooster Teeth and Halo’s copyright holder Microsoft. This “co-opted/encouraged by industry” frame presents a view of fanfiction’s future as a marketing tool, rather than a fan-driven culture. The frame is frequently associated with the “self-branding” purpose frame; teenagers who desire to become part of their favored franchise show their solidarity with the product and fan subculture in ways which are extremely beneficial for intellectual property holders (Hitt 2008; Scott 2002).