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The Big Fat Intro
I know what you’re wondering. What is a Play Vicious? It’s what I would be asking too. If someone just put those words together at random, I would… you know what. Let’s just get to the point. That’s why you’re here, right? READ ON.

The What
At its core, PV is a place where creative culture is showcased, discussed and celebrated by folks who appreciate the process of creating good work. It’s a place where we give props to the person who wrote the song, not just who performed it. It’s a place where we give some shine to the people that toiled long and hard to write that favorite scene of the movie you’re bothered more people aren’t seeing. It’s a place where story board art matters just as much as the finished video game product.


Play Vicious is a place that will explore the innumerable acts of creative brilliance that happen every day that often go unnoticed. It will be a place that will connect all of us that simply love culture and the work that goes into creating it.


And we’re going to build it together.


The Why
Building such a place is as ambitious as it is necessary. If you’re an online denizen as I am, we are often bombarded by sensationalist headlines and hyperbolic, and often ridiculous, stories that do a disservice not only to creative work that is being produced, but the people that produce it. PV intends to be a place that explores independent creative culture without all the fluff. A place that eschews absurdity to focus on the details of not only what we like, but how it came to be in the first place.


That’s what Play Vicious is. A place where people who are interested in the unseen as much as the seen can explore, collaborate and share without distraction.


Of course, building such a place is, obviously, going to take some work. I built a proof of concept previously but, admittedly, realized the need was much bigger than I anticipated. Hence the need for a full on re-launch that can better accommodate a platform that focuses on the sundry creative works that we all dig.





This is where you come in.

There are many avenues by which such a project can be funded and sustained, but as I am a person that is adverse to seeking support from those that would only want to exploit creativity, I aim for support from people that love culture as much as I do. I want to build a place that is enjoyed and supported by like-minded people who like to dive deep into creative culture as much as I do without all the distractions that usually come with it.

The How
Play Vicious will consist of four major components:

The Everyday 
This area will be a daily update chock full of creative acts that have caught our attention.

Features 
There are some pieces that will demand a deeper exploration and that will happen here. Sometimes it will be in the shape of a long form writing piece, or an audio interview or even a quick video that showcases why we like it. No matter what form a Feature takes, this is where the critical analysis and exploration will come into play.

Original Programming 
Play Vicious will be deeply invested in exploring creativity and the culture that surrounds it, but also making its own contributions as well. We will produce content (short films, podcasts, creative tutorials) that will highlight specific areas, whether it be music, books, games, or some weird mix of it all that will just be fun to consume.

Store 
A big part of Play Vicious will also be to provide a place where independent creators can sell and distribute their work without having to get shafted to have their work online. I am a big believer in the people that produce the content we love benefitting from that. The store at PV aims to ensure that proceeds gained from selling creators’ work will actually get to the creators themselves.

In Closing
Now that you have the whole picture - who, what and why - I hope that gives you a clear view of the platform that I am building. It is my hope that you, dear reader, will support this idea so that there can be a place on the web that actually focuses on the creative work and not the sensationalizing of it. And together, we can make it a place that sustains and grows, completely independent of anything that has come before it.

P.S. And for the lovely people that want to support by giving a one-time contribution, go here.
Rewards
Yang Tieh
$2 or more per month
You're a fan of the idea and want to help. I appreciate you. This will give you access to the Dev Diaries, exclusive to Patreon, and access to the budget so you can see where your money is going. 
Agent Hai To
$5 or more per month
You're intrigued and you want to get a little deeper in the goings on. I got you. You get everything from the previous tier and access to PV4, starting with the alpha. 
Butcher Wing
$10 or more per month
You dig what's happening and you want to be a part of it. That's cool. You get all previous tiers and access to comps showcasing the visual direction of the site before they're built. Groovy. 
Chen Zen
$20 or more per month
You're all the way in and you want to show it. Bad ass. You get all previous tiers AND a personal playvicio.us email account (upon request) AND you get to test out all the brand spanking new features before anyone does.
San Te
$50 or more per month
PV is where you want to be. You want to be intimately involved with its direction. I welcome you. You get all the previous stuff of course and a standing invite to a monthly meeting to talk to me directly about what you dig about the site and what you'd like to see. Let me see your lovely face. 
Goals
1% complete
In the chance we reach this goal, this would allow Play Vicious to hire staff to help me maintain and expand on the PV experience, including developing custom apps (iOS and Android) to deliver a richer experience to your mobile device. And, of course, expand on the online experience, which would enable us to create even more content. Groovy. 
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The Big Fat Intro
I know what you’re wondering. What is a Play Vicious? It’s what I would be asking too. If someone just put those words together at random, I would… you know what. Let’s just get to the point. That’s why you’re here, right? READ ON.

The What
At its core, PV is a place where creative culture is showcased, discussed and celebrated by folks who appreciate the process of creating good work. It’s a place where we give props to the person who wrote the song, not just who performed it. It’s a place where we give some shine to the people that toiled long and hard to write that favorite scene of the movie you’re bothered more people aren’t seeing. It’s a place where story board art matters just as much as the finished video game product.


Play Vicious is a place that will explore the innumerable acts of creative brilliance that happen every day that often go unnoticed. It will be a place that will connect all of us that simply love culture and the work that goes into creating it.


And we’re going to build it together.


The Why
Building such a place is as ambitious as it is necessary. If you’re an online denizen as I am, we are often bombarded by sensationalist headlines and hyperbolic, and often ridiculous, stories that do a disservice not only to creative work that is being produced, but the people that produce it. PV intends to be a place that explores independent creative culture without all the fluff. A place that eschews absurdity to focus on the details of not only what we like, but how it came to be in the first place.


That’s what Play Vicious is. A place where people who are interested in the unseen as much as the seen can explore, collaborate and share without distraction.


Of course, building such a place is, obviously, going to take some work. I built a proof of concept previously but, admittedly, realized the need was much bigger than I anticipated. Hence the need for a full on re-launch that can better accommodate a platform that focuses on the sundry creative works that we all dig.





This is where you come in.

There are many avenues by which such a project can be funded and sustained, but as I am a person that is adverse to seeking support from those that would only want to exploit creativity, I aim for support from people that love culture as much as I do. I want to build a place that is enjoyed and supported by like-minded people who like to dive deep into creative culture as much as I do without all the distractions that usually come with it.

The How
Play Vicious will consist of four major components:

The Everyday 
This area will be a daily update chock full of creative acts that have caught our attention.

Features 
There are some pieces that will demand a deeper exploration and that will happen here. Sometimes it will be in the shape of a long form writing piece, or an audio interview or even a quick video that showcases why we like it. No matter what form a Feature takes, this is where the critical analysis and exploration will come into play.

Original Programming 
Play Vicious will be deeply invested in exploring creativity and the culture that surrounds it, but also making its own contributions as well. We will produce content (short films, podcasts, creative tutorials) that will highlight specific areas, whether it be music, books, games, or some weird mix of it all that will just be fun to consume.

Store 
A big part of Play Vicious will also be to provide a place where independent creators can sell and distribute their work without having to get shafted to have their work online. I am a big believer in the people that produce the content we love benefitting from that. The store at PV aims to ensure that proceeds gained from selling creators’ work will actually get to the creators themselves.

In Closing
Now that you have the whole picture - who, what and why - I hope that gives you a clear view of the platform that I am building. It is my hope that you, dear reader, will support this idea so that there can be a place on the web that actually focuses on the creative work and not the sensationalizing of it. And together, we can make it a place that sustains and grows, completely independent of anything that has come before it.

P.S. And for the lovely people that want to support by giving a one-time contribution, go here.

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Rewards
Yang Tieh
$2 or more per month
You're a fan of the idea and want to help. I appreciate you. This will give you access to the Dev Diaries, exclusive to Patreon, and access to the budget so you can see where your money is going. 
Agent Hai To
$5 or more per month
You're intrigued and you want to get a little deeper in the goings on. I got you. You get everything from the previous tier and access to PV4, starting with the alpha. 
Butcher Wing
$10 or more per month
You dig what's happening and you want to be a part of it. That's cool. You get all previous tiers and access to comps showcasing the visual direction of the site before they're built. Groovy. 
Chen Zen
$20 or more per month
You're all the way in and you want to show it. Bad ass. You get all previous tiers AND a personal playvicio.us email account (upon request) AND you get to test out all the brand spanking new features before anyone does.
San Te
$50 or more per month
PV is where you want to be. You want to be intimately involved with its direction. I welcome you. You get all the previous stuff of course and a standing invite to a monthly meeting to talk to me directly about what you dig about the site and what you'd like to see. Let me see your lovely face.