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Kickstarter anybody?
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Posted 2/19/13
Have any of you jumped aboard the Kickstarter funding craze? Just recently I saw a Kickstarter campaign raise half a million while only looking for 20K, just to make jeans. So have you guys become aware of this phenomenon in independent funding? A MADHOUSE studios short film was recently funded through a Kickstarter campaign as well, so that's a positive outlook for anime that deviates from what's in demand in Japan.

Speaking of which I have a friend who's seeking to raise a bit finances for a project of his own through Kickstarter, if ya'll want to check it out and or support him:



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Posted 2/19/13
I recently helped fund OC Remix fund their Final Fantasy CD project. I can't wait to hear it.
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Posted 2/19/13
I love Kickstarter...They've been bringing so much awesomeness to the gamers community.
I've helped fund a few things...FTL, and Double Fine Adventure...both fun games.
Still waiting on that Occulus headset btw.

But yeah man, I'll check it out.
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Yeah, love Kickstarter, there are some really great ideas out there, and I like how you can help fund those ideas and make them into reality. I've supported a few projects on there.
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Posted 2/19/13 , edited 2/19/13
Kickstarter is too flawed-.- I don't mean the projects that are on there, but the way they handle everything. What I mean is.. They allow stupid things such as "Kickstart us to buy a coffee maker" -.- + there are many ways that people can just be scammed by it lol xD

But yeah it's great for starting up as a indie developer/etc :)

But then again this can't be a scam! This must be funded!

Death Star, we need it xD
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/461687407/kickstarter-open-source-death-star?ref=live
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Posted 2/19/13
I have never heard of Kickstarter.
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-Vega- wrote:

I have never heard of Kickstarter.


This, even if I did, I wouldn't donate.
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Posted 2/20/13
I've helped with 3 things (all successful). One was the Kick-heart anime project, another was a comic Bill Corbett (from MST3K) was doing, and the last things was a project called Ukiyo-e Heroes. I don't really go on their and search for theses projects I just hear about projects from other sources, and thought they sounded cool.
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Posted 2/20/13 , edited 2/20/13
One word: Star Citizen .


This, even if I did, I wouldn't donate.


It's not always a donation. People also use it as a method of pre-ordering.
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Posted 2/20/13
Kickstarter is either stupidly awesome or insanely terrible all depending on what the project is. I have backed around a dozen different things now, all but two made it to their goals. But you have to be careful, it is possible to back a project that has no chance or is promising something it can not actually deliver. Because for every .....


netdisorder wrote:

One (edit: err 2) word: Star Citizen .


There are a dozen projects that are nothing more than prototypes, pipe dreams, pet projects that will go no where, and anything in between. So do your research and if you do decide to lay down some cash do it for something that will succeed and when it does will turn into a real product.

Here is another example of a good kickstarter. In fact it is the highest earning Kickstarter to date: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity

The real benefit to Kickstarter is you basically get to help fund something you care about, maybe you get a product out of it at the end, and in many cases you can even get limited edition items and extra cool things you could never get otherwise. Some Kickstarters do cool things too like fund radiation detectors, design new technology, or help known but not popular musicians put out their stuff without dealing with a label. The Occulus Rift a 3D gaming headset that was a best of show nominee for the 2012 E3 was kickstarted for example.

So if you got extra cash and care check it out Just don't throw your money at a crappy project doomed to fail.
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Posted 2/20/13
I've only supported one Kickstarter project and it was this one:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wholehogtheatre/stage-adaptation-of-studio-ghiblis-princess-monono

They successfully obtained their funding target and were even able to extend it. I felt it was well worth some of my money.

But as others have said, I've heard of a lot of pipe dream style projects that have basically been a waste. I guess you've just got to be careful if you choose to donate.
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Posted 2/20/13 , edited 2/20/13

Karkarov wrote:
Here is another example of a good kickstarter. In fact it is the highest earning Kickstarter to date: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity


Highest earning? Unless math has fundamentally changed, http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ouya/ouya-a-new-kind-of-video-game-console/, $8.6M > $4M. Not that I know if the Ouya console is the highest funded project (I haven't done that kind of research) but "Project Eternity" certainly isn't it.
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Posted 2/20/13

phoenix705 wrote:

I've only supported one Kickstarter project and it was this one:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wholehogtheatre/stage-adaptation-of-studio-ghiblis-princess-monono

They successfully obtained their funding target and were even able to extend it. I felt it was well worth some of my money.

But as others have said, I've heard of a lot of pipe dream style projects that have basically been a waste. I guess you've just got to be careful if you choose to donate.


Oooh lemmington spa, Im at uni in Birmingham just up the road. Ill have to check that out when its done
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Posted 2/20/13
Kickstarter (and similar sites, like Indiegogo) are really great, provided you're careful and savvy while using them.

I really love the way crowdsourcing gives people the opportunity to create (and earn from!) things that might not otherwise get out there. For instance, books/films/comics/etc. that publishers wont touch because it's too risky financially.
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Posted 2/20/13
I rarely donate to Kickstarter, the only project i donate a significant amount of money to was Star Citizen. It looked like an awesome game, but more importantly, supporting them allowed me access to a colored citizenship card!
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