Kickstarter is one of the better new ideas for entertainment, helping fund everything from cool video game ideas to turning Cristina Vee into a Vocaloid-alike, but even the greatest things can be used for truly nefarious purposes.
Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart (that is such an awesome name) revealed that publishers have approached the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, Alpha Protocol, and Fallout: New Vegas devs, trying to basically get free development funding through Kickstarter.
"We were actually contacted by some publishers over the last few months that wanted to use us to do a Kickstarter. I said to them 'So, you want us to do a Kickstarter for, using our name, we then get the Kickstarter money to make the game, you then publish the game, but we then don't get to keep the brand we make and we only get a portion of the profits.'
"They said, 'Yes.'"
Uhh... wow. The sheer amount of douchebaggery needed to just up and ask somebody to do something that dishonest is staggering. Honestly, I don't think one of the major publishing houses would have done something this mind-bogglingly stupid, and my guess is that it was a small-time publisher thinking they could try and pull a fast one.
What do you think? Are supposed "greater evils" like EA, Activision and Zynga going to start (stealthily) looking to Kickstarter and crowd-funding for what basically amounts to free development and advertising, not to mention the much-loved "indy" feel that Kickstarter projects often have?