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14th October 2006
I've been noticing a lot of indie developers who have begun relying on this site. For those who aren't aware of it, KickStarter is a platform through which people (in this case game development studios) can present an idea and accumulate "pledges" from people who'd like to see these ideas become reality. That is, people can promise to put forward money to fund a game or project if the studio is short on cash. The only time people pay is if the overall financial goal is met by the deadline.
I've seen a lot of games out there lately that have been in the middle of development but then fizzle out due to the fact the dev is unable to financially support the game. Since KickStarter has come around, I've heard about a ton of games that have emerged which include an open-world sandbox Zombie survival game, aiming to be the "BEST EVER," as well as numerous action RPGs made by players who were unsatisfied with Blizzard's latest entry in the Diablo franchise.
Now for the point of this thread. What are your opinions on this platform? Risky business, great artistic opportunity encouraging creativity and community support, or just a bunch of lazy mooks looking for hand outs?
Personally I feel that it's a brilliant idea. Unfortunately a lot of the time games don't reach their projected goal, and great ideas are left in the dust. I've yet to hear about a game funded by KickStarter being completed, although I don't doubt it's already been done. There's a lot of games there that I'm keeping an eye on, and I really want to see this become a viable option for smaller yet ambitious developers.
You can check out the games section of the site here: Discover Projects » Games — Kickstarter
29th January 2005
I don't know much about it. Just like you I've noticed how it's become all the buzz with developers being able to get the funds for their game. I don't know, I guess it's just the cynical side in me, there has to be some risk here beyond not being able to reach your limit.
11th November 2006
It's a brilliant idea, no doubt, but I feel that it's being abused by a lot of developers. Instead of being used for games that require funding, some use it as a means to draw money on empty promises. Not to mention many underestimate the cost of their "extras".
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
On the one hand I really like micro-funding initiatives. Most people don't get much of a chance to invest in anything - they put the money in their bank and their bank steals most of the proceeds of investing. On the other tentacle, development is a risky business and you can't help thinking that those doing the funding should get more out of it in terms of a share of the eventual money.
On the third tentacle though, people are only investing five quid here and there - so they can afford to take the risks. It's distributed, which should offset things. People can see how it plays out.
I really do think the stock market, that only large companies really have access to and only large risks get played on, is an incredibly inefficient way of handling investment. Microfunding could be the way forward.
Snipes With Artillery
22nd March 2005
I've used it for Wasteland 2, the (hopefully) upcoming sequel to Fallout's granddaddy. We'll see how it goes, but I'm pretty damn excited about the matter. I've also used it for funding a made-in-USA underwear company, but I get the sneaking suspicion that isn't as relevant to this subforum.
Former Network Admin and Former Forum Admin
26th July 2005
Crazy Wolf;5647144 I've also used it for funding a made-in-USA underwear company, but I get the sneaking suspicion that isn't as relevant to this subforum.
I would just like to thank you for not posting some self modeled photos of this product.
Snipes With Artillery
22nd March 2005
I didn't make it!
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