|Nothing like a 68-year-old man to sell your tech product. (US Presswire)|
There are thousands of worthwhile projects on the crowd funding website Kickstarter.com -- and then there's Tony La Russa's mobile phone game.
La Russa and "pioneering designer" Don Daglow are seeking $249,000 to make "Tony La Russa's Baseball with Fans." The Kickstarter page has this description of the game:
A new kind of Baseball game that lets you challenge your friends to see who really knows how to handle those tough calls in the dugout.
An interface and design created "from the ground up" just for touchscreens, not re-purposed from existing mouse or console systems.
On-field play that's based on a physics-driven 3D engine, but displayed in a way that makes the action easy to follow on a smartphone screen.
A single-player option that lets you prove your managerial prowess by challenging Tony La Russa, with AI that Tony himself designed.
A game that kids and casual baseball fans can play and enjoy, but that offers depth and subtlety for sophisticated Baseball experts.
Stat and roster displays designed for fans, not CPA's, with more detailed data a tap away.
A game that includes links to exclusive video coaching sessions where Tony shares his philosophy and experience from over 30 years as a big league manager.
Daglow did work on the fantastic Earl Weaver Baseball, but it seems this particular game may just be about making pitching changes.
If you're not ready to contribute -- $100 or more will get you not only the game, but even more videos like the one placed on the Kickstarter page:
Who could say no to that? Perhaps you'll see even more bats. And more software development jokes -- and can you really put a price on that?