Tom vs. Bruce Kickstarter: Some Delight, Others Disdain

May 30, 2012 -

Anyone that has ever flipped through the pages of Computer Gaming World knows the epic struggles between Tom Chick and Bruce Geryk in their popular column Tom vs. Bruce. The second most popular column at the time in the magazine could return if it can raise enough money to do so. The Kickstarter campaign is asking for $10,000 to write ten brand-new columns to be released on a monthly basis over the next year.

The project is off to a good start with 145 backers already pledging $4,213 of its $10,000 goal with 28 more days to go. While fans of the popular column seem to be enthusiastic about it (including Ken Levine of Irrational Games), detractors over at this NeoGAF thread are having fun bashing the idea and question whether it violates Kickstarter's terms of service regarding salaries. The argument is pretty debatable at this point, but the main theme of the thread seems to be how much money each participant would make from writing the columns. Without taking into consideration various expenses, they estimate that both Tom Chick and Bruce Geryk would make $500 each per article.

Of course anyone that writes about games for a living will tell you that $500 per article is not an unheard of sum, particularly one that is as involved as this one is and always has been.

If you are one of those people that remember the column fondly you can learn more about it here, watch the pitch video to your left, or simply visit the Tom vs. Bruce Kickstarter page.

Thanks to Gus Mastrapa for the tip on Facebook.


 
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