This seems like a stupid question, but a lot of people seem not to really know.
Kickstarter is a terrible platform for video game innovation. Here’s why.
This isn’t about wanting Gas Powered Games to close, but here’s a studio seeking crowdfunding for a new project while running low on capital and elects to not mention that as a problem in its pitch, despite it being a clear project risk.
I remember the mass objection years ago to pay-for-betas, where players refused to consider having to pay money to access an unfinished title, but now it seems almost accepted that Kickstarter MMOs like Pathfinder Online bundle up beta access as a backer reward years before beta actually starts.
Is Kickstarter really where the unaware fund the unprepared? Or does it deliver on what it promises?
Not using Rock Paper Shotgun to promote Big Robot’s Kickstarter would make it possibly harder for Rock Paper Shotgun journalist and Big Robot developer Jim Rossignol to reach the funding target, but that’s the problem with journalistic ethics – if you ignore them when they present a problem you shouldn’t pretend to follow them at all.
A big issue to remember here is that a successful Kickstarter doesn’t mean a successful project – it just means that the studio raised some money from a crowd of people. Delivery of what has been promised is a whole separate issue.
Following my previous post on an odd-looking Kickstarter video game project, I emailed Kickstarter to get a better understanding of what I was seeing with that particular project.
I have worked my way through a lot of Kickstarter pages. To date I’ve come across a few cancelled projects, a few dodgy projects but to date I don’t think I’ve come across a project that’s made me go, “Huh? Wha?”. At least, until now.
I was recently challenged about my views on Kickstarter – where was my evidence that problems could exist? Wasn’t I just being a jerk in my cynical theorycrafting about the potential success of Kickstarted video games? Perhaps, but I wanted to see more evidence too. When it comes to Kickstarter, I feel that often the …