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Video games are everywhere these days and let’s face it, most people have at least one that they enjoy from time to time, whether it’s something as timeless as “Pac-Man” or as popular as “Halo.” But for those who haven’t found a video game that they enjoy or maybe are looking for something new and different, we have some good news. New-to-Fargo resident Corey Cliett is about to make it a lot easier for you to hear about new games from local developers.
Bringing Business To Fargo-Moorhead
Corey Cliett spent his childhood playing video games. They were what he loved to do, but rather than growing up to create them, Cliett has made it his mission to help out those that do. Instead of promoting large video game developers, Cliett’s new business, NerdQ, is here for the local developers who may not otherwise get any attention.
“NerdQ is a resource for independent video game developers,” said Cliett. “The bigger names in the video game press scene–they focus on AAA titles like your ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ ‘Madden,’ ‘Call of Duty.’ We focus on the little guys. That’s our goal. Our whole goal is wrapped up in trying to bring as much value to independent-type companies.”
Cliett has been working on NerdQ for a number of years, but only recently brought it to Fargo from his hometown of Detroit, Mich.
"I’m here to make sure that people who are designing their own video games are heard. That’s what NerdQ is for."
— Corey Cliett, owner of NerdQ
“I came for business,” said Cliett. “The original concept was for me to focus in Michigan for independent video games, but with everything so widespread in Michigan and such a huge market, I felt like I was under-utilizing the skills that I had and I needed to operate somewhere smaller. So I put my feelers out–my fiancée actually told me there was a lot going on in Fargo–then in October I made the move.”
Before he arrived in Fargo, Cliett began networking in the region by getting involved with Fargo Game Makers–a local group for video game developers to share ideas and to support one another. As a part of the Fargo Game Makers group, Cliett is there to help spread information about the developers, but not to develop any games himself.
“I’m not made that way and I’m not here for that,” Cliett said about game development. “I’m here to make sure that people who are designing their own video games are heard. That’s what NerdQ is for. It’s a platform and a company that’s focused on helping independent video game developers cut through the noise.”
Building The Future
In order to help those developers be heard, Cliett has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for radio equipment. With this equipment, Cliett plans on running an internet radio show that reviews local and indie video games. Since the internet radio station would be running 24 hours a day, Cliett also hopes to include shows about other Fargo-centered tech and programming industries such as drones.
The decision to include other Fargo- centered radio shows came from how he has grown to appreciate his new Fargo-Moorhead community and the potential that he sees it could have.
"I feel like we stand a chance to build a stronger community, and a stronger community that’s outside of what most people think is typical of Fargo."
— Corey Cliett, owner of NerdQ
“I feel like we stand a chance to build a stronger community, and a stronger community that’s outside of what most people think is typical of Fargo. I’m willing to make that change, I’m willing to dedicate that time to making that happen. And I really want it,” said Cliett.
The Indiegogo campaign for NerdQ will finish up in August, so there is still plenty of time to donate and help get NerdQ off the ground. Assuming fundraising goes well, Cliett is hoping to get his radio equipment ordered and set up in time for an October 31 release.
“I’d like to have a station-opening Halloween party and just invite people out,” said Cliett. “Maybe we could make it like a black tie affair. I appreciate everyone being here, everyone’s who’s dedicated the time and attention to watching us grow and build, because I feel like that’s important. I feel that giving back to the community and letting people know that they’re appreciated is more important than anything else. If this community didn’t take a hold of me and didn’t see me like ‘one of us’ then I don’t think I would have been as successful.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Even though its station isn’t up and running yet, it’s still possible to keep up with NerdQ on their social media accounts as well as checking out the local video game developer scene at the Fargo Game Makers website.