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Posted 2/20/13 , edited 2/20/13

Karkarov wrote:

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 .....


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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.


Well I hear there is a way for developers to refund your money if a project fails. Not sure how this works or if it's a regular funding feature. I have been watching some videos of games being made in my state, and various others that look good. I have to say I am really amused at the creativity of some of the pledge videos made for kickstarter. Definitely not videos you would see with a publisher. I think it's great that it is freeing developers of the restraint publishers typically put on them.

One video I had a good laugh the kickstarter for Planetary Annihilation made by Uber Entertainment, who made Total Annihilation that I loved back in the day. I had no clue that their HQ was only 20 miles or so from my home.

Something that really shocked me is that there is a board game that has over $500,000 in pledges, when their pledge goal was only $20,000, which was more than 3,400% of what they needed. Not only did they probably already have the board game complete, but now they are swimming in cash. I only wonder if it was simply a pledge, or whether all people who pledged a certain amount get the board game.

Actually I've been following Oculus Rift and Star Citizen. The developers of Oculus said that they want their hardware to run on Star Citizen, perhaps as it's flagship game to be affiliated with. Although the first game to support their technology is Hawken.
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I rarely use kickstarter but I have a few times. Right now I've donated to two very awesome looking games if or when they get released. They are easily the top two most desired games for me right now.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/redthread/dreamfall-chapters-the-longest-journey
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1312036782/project-awakened
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Posted 2/20/13

Bluewolf1983 wrote:


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.


Sorry I should have specified "game". That said I feel sorry for the people who backed Ouya. It isn't going to work. The new steam hardware, new pc's, PS4, Wii U, and whatever the new microsoft box will be called are all going to be way too strong a competition for it.
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I've only backed one thing.

Cristina Vee Vocaloid project. Can't wait for that video to be released as well as the single
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therealjcm wrote:

I love Kickstarter for the simple fact that it takes funding power away from giant corporate publishers. It's not because corporations are evil - but because they tend to produce mediocre crap aimed at the lowest common denominator.


Well put! Although as others have commented Kickstarter is only as good as the projects put forward. FrackNation certainly being one of their high points. I like any forum that helps to fight the common misinformation provided to the public.
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