Hey this is Bob.

Today we’re going to help bring Reading Rainbow back — and we’re going to have fun doing it! We’ve joined with four of the top-earning Kickstarter campaigns of all time to show our support for a super-special cause. We’re creating a READING RAINBOW LIMITED EDITION OUYA in wondrous sky blue! What’s more, LeVar Burton will sign the first 500 consoles personally before shipping to backers!

All you have to do is support the Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere Kickstarter page, and set phasers to DONATE.

Here’s what it’ll look like:

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The timing couldn’t be better. Since Seth Macfarlane just announced that he would match donations up to $1 million! This is huge, and we can help reach this goal and get sweet, sweet, limited-edition OUYAs in the process. Everybody wins!

Since Reading Rainbow is raising funds to bring their interactive app to underfunded classrooms for FREE, we’ll be donating some OUYAs to help that cause. Some classrooms need devices to enjoy Reading Rainbow, and we’re honored to help fulfill that need. AND, upon reaching their Android stretch goal, the good folks at Reading Rainbow will bring their Android edition to OUYA!

So how did this all come to pass?

Well, a lot of cool stuff happened during E3, but one of my favorite memories (of all time?) had to be meeting this guy:

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It basically went like this: Alex and I were at the IndieCade/OUYA booth at E3, showing off new and classic OUYA games to passersby when I heard him say something along the lines of, “oh, you should probably talk to Bob!”

I glanced over and met eyes with a familiar face.

“Hello,” he said. “I’m LeVar Burton.”

“I know,” I said in obvious awe…and the rest was pretty much a blur.

Suffice it to say, LeVar is about as nice and fun in real life as you would imagine him to be. And I’m happy, at least, that I handled the encounter better than Troy from Community.

…marginally better. :P

Bawb

Bawb

The Games Guy

  • http://www.gunsofthehelghast.com Carlos Ortiz

    Props to Ouya for helping out with such a completely worthwhile cause. :)

    Getting to meet LeVar Burton must’ve been rad, for sure, and that limited sky blue Ouya design looks great! :)

    Keep up the coolness, Ouya. ;)

  • Sam Frankelli

    That’s one sweet OUYA!! And props for doing such a cool thing. I grew up on reading rainbow, it was such a great show.

  • MadFerret9

    is this a 16 gb version?

  • BurningFlameZX

    Around how much do you have to donate for this? And if you pay any amount do you have to pay for a ouya? Because I want this one badly but I already have a ouya.

    • http://www.gunsofthehelghast.com Carlos Ortiz

      It does look really cool. :)

      From the kickstarter page it looks like you can get one with a $250 donation (one of the first 500 signed by LeVar Burton, anyway). Otherwise you can snag an unsigned one for $175 or donate one to a classroom of your choice for $150 as add-on bonuses. Looks like there’s 381 signed Ouyas left up for grabs as of this response time.

      Check the kickstarter page for more details.
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/readingrainbow/bring-reading-rainbow-back-for-every-child-everywh/posts

      • BurningFlameZX

        Awesome. Thanks for clearing it out. I think I just might keep the ouya I got now.

  • Conway Smith

    Does this only come with one controller? Can we add extra $$ to get extra RR Sky Blue Controllers?