A few reasons
- I had just gotten into Kickstarter not long before the Ouya kickstarter got started and i'm sure that was one reason.
- I liked the idea the ppl behind it was going for. Having seen how good indie games have gotten these past few years i knew that you could make games for the Ouya that was good (regardless of what platform they where on). Games like Fez, Brink, Limbo and so on are great but doesn't require powerful hardware
- As someone who loves RPGs on SNES and so on i understood right away (i mean on second 1) that this would be a great console for emulation.
- If XBMC or something like it made it onto the Ouya it would probably be a great mediacenter device also. (my thinking before i pledged, on day 2 i think it was it was at 2 million or so when i pledged i think).
That's basically it. If i can say one thing though. It's off-topic but i've been meaning to get it off my chest. Now it's not for the ppl in here you guys probably get it but for ppl in general. Like alot of you i'm sure i've been looking at various youtube clips of ppl talking about the Ouya and one thing i've gathered so far is that ppl seem to think that the console was made with the intention to bring mobile-phone games to the big screen. Now while the android thing makes it easy to port games to the Ouya (and yes i'm sure that was part of the thinking) alot of ppl seem to have misunderstood what Julie was talking about in the kickstarter video when she talked about the developers who was making games for the Android and iOS. People seem to think (as far as i understand it) that she wants these ppl to port their mobile stuff to this new console. But thats not it at all, that part is just a bonus. What she meant (granted this is just how i interpreted it) whas that she wanted the developers to move over the Ouya and make games for the console. Now at the beginning there will be alot of ports of mobile-phone games but i'm sure the thinking is that those developers will develop "real" games for the console in the future.
Maybe it's just me that reacted badly to this but i'm kind of allergic to the thinking that the Ouya wants to be "the console you play Angry birds on" not "real" games... I could see games like Fez and so on running on Ouya. I don't own an Xbox so i don't know how good Xbox live arcade is but imagine the best games from there and the best indie games from Steam on the Ouya instead. It has potential and that was a major reason why i backed it (among the other reasons i mentioned).
Sorry for my offtopic rant not really meant for the ppl in here just wanted to vent a little (hope thats ok).