The OUYA project, which is a new super-budget console planned to run with Android software on your home television. Over 22,000 people around the world have donated to the project – an overwhelming figure, considering that the original goal was just $950,000.

As the team behind the project state on Kickstarter “The console market is pushing developers away. We’ve seen a brain drain: some of the best, most creative gamemakers are focused on mobile and social games because those platforms are more developer-friendly.”

The project aims to be open-source, meaning bedroom developers can chip in and make their own games – the OUYA experiment aims to “make the games less expensive to make, and less expensive to buy.”

It’s like a return to the old days of home developers making weird and wacky games at home – in the early 80’s the Spectrum British home computer invented by Clive Sinclair was the tool of choice for creative geeks who wanted to share their ideas with the world.

Now it’s just up to the developers to come through with the console…