“People think that gamers game just to have fun… and while that is true, there are many more reasons why people game."
- Gina Johnson
'WHY I GAME!' BOOK
Growing up practically from birth, I was raised in a hospital… and the only thing that kept me going through all the surgeries/procedures was gaming. Video gaming saved my life, and now, I’m trying to save it in return.
At the Arcades with my grandmother: Marla
Getting ready for surgery!
Getting treatment at the hospital while playing Super Nintendo! [See black box in photo if you haven't already noticed]
Hi, my name is Gina Johnson. I’m from Boise, Idaho, and I’m known to some as a disabled female gamer on Xbox Live. My gamertag is Dogiojoe. I have also been playing video games for most of my life. As I’ve played on all the major and minor systems, including the classics, and current gen devices.
2010 Professional Photo
Xbox Live Avatar
Following the mass casualty events in July 2012, I decided to stand up and defend the gaming industry.
Because the industry is being threatened- Mainly by those who don’t play video games.
Most people game and approve of it. But politicians that represent the United States Government and some others seem to think that gaming is the cause of these tragic events. Events like the movie theatre and Newtown, CT shootings in 2012.
I’m going to change that perspective with my new book titled: Why I Game!
Why I game! is exactly how it sounds, it’s a book explaining why I, and others play video games. I’ve been working on it for months, and now I’m getting to the part where I need your help to make it a reality.
Yeah I know... I'm a bit overweight.... but who isn't! :)
The book will be around 100 pages (5 B&W, 95 Full Color) be published in Mid-January 2014, and feature 3 sections:
The first will focus on the statistics of the average gamer, including data pertaining to things like: Male VS Female comparisons, System & genre use, Play styles, and more. But I will also focus on statistics that talk about gaming in the classroom, and include information about parents who game and/or have kids who play video games.
The Second will summarize most of the recent (within 6 years) studies that universities and researchers did to show why gaming is good. Things I will be featuring include: PTSD Benefits, Increased Hand-Eye coordination, Benefits for seniors 55+, more social interaction, and finally proof… that doctors who game perform better while operating on patients.
Finally the third section will be a short auto-biography on specifically why I game.
The goal is
to not only provide the statistics, but the evidence as well. Add this to a
true story of why gaming saved a life, and you get the reasons why people game.
The TRUE Reason for this Book:
Some people however have questioned why a book about the benefits of video games is important.
Here is my answer...
The President of the United States of America has asked the CDC, and Congress to delegate $10 Million dollars to determine the affect of video game violence, and how it relates to the increasing amount of gun violence.
This book when published/printed, will go to every State congressman in Washington, DC. Both Senator, and House of Representatives from each state will receive an eBook copy free of charge.
The purpose of the book is to ask politicians not just in the US, but around the world... "Do you really know the benefits of playing video games?" If you do that's great, but as I can see it, almost 2/3rds of the US Government do not understand them. So this book is here to show it to them.
Don't believe the US Government is really researching it? Here's your proof:
WHY CHOOSE INDIEGOGO?
Though I’ve been working on this for months, I’m only 2/3rd the way there. I’m only that far because of 2 things:
1. Time- I’ve been working part time for the past 6 months.
2. Money- I’m on government assistance, and the costs are too great for me to fund myself.
However, even though I have been working on the book for a while, I am trying to get it published within 3 months of the Xbox One, and PS4 system release dates.
To do this I am going to hire a co-author for my book, and note before you think “Oh, she’s not writing the book…” you’re wrong. I need the money to hire a co-author who is going to help me speed up the final part of the writing process so I can get the book out by January 2014. Otherwise if I did it on my own, I will not be able to get it out in my designated timeframe.
You may ask why not release the book later next year… and while that is a great idea, my research indicates that people will want to buy the book more if it coincides with the release of the next gen gaming systems. Basically I want to get it out while the subject of gaming is still a “hot topic….” And of course lies within the holidays. You have to also remember that the current gen systems were released 7 to 9 years ago, so if I chose to release the book with the next, next gen systems, I would have to wait 8 or more years for it to be effective timing.
Hiring a co-author is expensive, so the longer it takes to write, the higher the price. So I decided to condense my time with the author to lower costs, and advance my production schedule.
But the funds I raise here are not just going towards the co-author, no… I need to get the images, overall design, publishing materials, marketing team, and to actually print the book. So here is how I will use the funds:
Note that the amount is calculated by already taking out the 9% fee IndieGoGo charges. So I would need to raise approximately $3,000 or more on top of the funds raised for this table to be accurate.
Note that I will not accept compensation from the funds raised on IndieGoGo until I raise at least $75,000. Even then I will only accept 1% to 2%.
*Printing is expensive so I estimate that I can print 4,500 hardcover books and 2,500 paperback books for every $5,600 plus shipping. I consider this 1 printing set. But that is printing from China… because I consider myself a US Patriot; I prefer to provide the Made in America Stamp, since I want to help create jobs for every American citizen.
However to produce the same amount for each type, it would cost nearly triple
that with about: $16,000. So please scroll down to see the amount it would take
to have it printed in America. Note that all those who pledge will get to decide if I print the books in China or provide jobs in America and print them there instead.
After you finish reading this description, go to this link to watch a video how buying American made products can help create more jobs:
**For my books to reach people across America, and the world, I wish to travel to do book signings in certain cities. So I will go to the following cities depending on the amount of funds raised.
***If I don’t hit the minimum funds raised, then I will remove my compensation, and travel percentages… and redistribute them to the necessary co-author, and printing sections.
If I end up at less than $10,000 funds raised, then I will forgo hiring a co-author, but the book will end up taking 50% longer to write, so those who contribute and earn rewards will have to wait up to 4 more months after the original proposed release date in order for their rewards to be received.
However if I raise more than $49,999, I will be able to afford additional options. Here is how I will use the money at certain fund levels:
$50,000- I will be able to afford 3 Made in China printing sets… totaling: 13,500 Hardcopy and 7,250 Paperback books.
$60,000- I will be able to afford to afford 1 set (4,500 HC, and 2,500 PPB) of books made exclusively in America. However I will have to sacrifice my 4 Made in China printing sets in order for this to happen.
$75,000- I will be able to afford 1 additional Made in China printing set… so far totaling: 18,000 Hardcopy and 10,000 Paperback books.
$100,000- I will be able to afford 1 more Made in China Printed Sets totaling the number of books printed to: 22,500 Hardcopies, and 12,500 Paperbacks.
Anything over $100,000 will go to the following 3 departments only: Printing (40%), Marketing (40%), and IndieGoGo Rewards (20%). Also for every $2,500 donated after the $100,000 goal is met, I will randomly give 1 donor a choice of either a PS4 or an Xbox One. To receive the prize the Donor can be anywhere in the world, but outside of the US, the donor must pay the shipping costs.
Can’t Donate?? Not a problem! Here’s how you can still help:
Are you an artist?- If so Do you draw, paint, sketch, anything video game related? If you do, then contact me, and send me your best work. I will evaluate it and if I like it, I will hire you to draw some illustrations to use it in the book.
Do you have connections? - Meaning do you know other gamers, companies, or artists? If you do, then share project with them. Those who have connections to retailers or businesses, will be “thanked” and will receive 1 eBook copy for every
business that wants to sell my book. Just make sure that business gives me your
Do you have a similar story about video games saving and/or helping your life?
Then send them over, preferably with proof (photos, others knowing of your story). I will then choose up to 5 short stories to go along with my 3rd section of the book. If yours is chosen, you will receive a 1 eBook copy, 2 paperback copies, and 3 hardback copies of the book for free.
I would like to say Thank You for taking the time to read through, and find out more about my project.
Author of Book