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Op Ed

GIGAOM - Valve’s Portal 2 Early Release Promotion- Innovative or Crass. Thanks nin.
Those efforts, though, highlight why the Portal 2 promotion has limited appeal. The fans are open to getting content in different ways if they see value in it. That’s a key part of Kickstarter’s proposition: that projects need to offer supporters some kind of reward for their pledge. With the Portal 2 promotion, it takes up to $40 to do your part to get the title released early — (you can also buy games individually) which is a fair amount to spend on games — so you can have the privilege of spending more money on the game you really want. And there’s no tipping point like in Kickstarter to ensure an investment will pay off in the desired action. People just have to buy up and hope that others join in too. It may be a nice gesture to support indie game developers, but for people who are really just interested in Portal 2, it can be a little too much selling. Finally, the pay off is pretty minimal. It would be nice to get a game early, but with the April 19 release date fast approaching and the threshold for release a ways off, it’s not that much of a benefit to get the game a few days early. A week or more, and that might be cool.

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33. Re: Op Ed Apr 18, 2011, 14:09 Parallax Abstraction
 
Yeah, I think the only games they would try this on would be the huge blockbuster releases that have huge devoted player bases. Paying for a non-delayed release is exactly the kind of thing Bobby Kotick might try and I wouldn't be surprised to see him try it with CoD at some point. Which would be fine cause I bet it would result in much lower sales and that series needs to be kicked down a few pegs so it might actually try to innovate at some point.  
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