Silicon Valley, California – He’s been in his car for three months now. His background includes mostly sales and marketing, with some small business ownership too. He has a big passion for word games. Due to this passion, over the years it’s possible you’ve played him as a random opponent in Words With Friends. Currently, Simon has one educational word game on the App Store called Gadzookery, which builds vocabulary and boosts creative writing skills.
Being down on his luck, he’s turned to Kickstarter to help fund his second word game, ‘Zook Words’, which is a reinvention of Scrabble, much like Words with Friends. Zook Words adds more levels of strategy, and limits the usefulness of those much hated cheat packs associated with Words with Friends. At its peak, Word with Friends had 80 million daily average users. Today it’s around 20 million. The game didn’t suddenly get old, as Scrabble has been around for over 100 years. What changed is users got tired of playing people who were very obviously cheating.
With a successful Kickstarter campaign, not only will his second game get built, but it’ll get built by an experienced team willing to work with him for a small stipend. To ensure the team stays committed to building the game, Brooks plans to take them to the Mojave Desert for two weeks, so there’s no escaping (he-he). The Kickstarter will not be funding him to get out of homelessness. All of the money raised is going into development. His plan is for the game to earn revenue so he can pay himself a wage to get out of being homeless.
Brooks is just one of many homeless people fighting to change their lives. When you can physically see the steps a homeless person is taking to help themselves, and in the process help fund a product that you would use yourself, it will make your generosity feel like a genuine good dead.
To see what he’s up to, and show your support, head on over to Kickstarter to watch the ridiculous video of him singing a song he penned ‘Hacking in the Desert’ in ‘Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Great Punk ‘n’ Words Kickstarter!’
Recently relocated to Silicon Valley, SLIC games LLC are determined to live up to their tagline #gameswithbenefits. Currently they have one educational game on the App Store called Gadzookery, and they’re about to start production of their second game Zook Words. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2012-2014 SLIC games LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.