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Shadowrun Returns $1M Milestone

The Kickstarter Page for Shadowrun Returns celebrates the $1,000,000 in pledges Harebrained Schemes' upcoming Shadowrun revival has attracted. This results in this trailer explaining how these funds will be used to add more elements to the game, and outlining their next goal, saying if they reach the $1.5 million mark they will construct a "backer's only exclusive mission" as a "little reward." The clip concludes saying they have "some pretty twisted ideas" of what to do if they receive even more funding (as if "more elements" wasn't twisted enough). Interestingly, some of the comments express unhappiness at the prospect of exclusive content for backers.

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38. Re: Shadowrun Returns $1M Milestone Apr 16, 2012, 01:15 Wowbagger_TIP
Bhruic wrote on Apr 16, 2012, 00:41:
When the alternative is that a game never gets made, then I don't see what you could possibly have to complain about. We've waited forever for the traditional game publishing industry to create this game. It hasn't happened. So we fund its creation ourselves. If you don't care about this game, then I can understand you not funding it, but I can't understand what you have against the Kickstarter concept. How else do you get something like this done?

I understand the rationale behind the kickstarter concept. But for me, I find the negatives and positives are pretty balanced. Some people don't mind pre-ordering games. I do. I want to actually see the game before I pay money for it. With kickstarter, there's often no game at all, just concepts in a developer's head. Will it turn into a game? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe there'll be complications, and they can't make the game the way they intended. Maybe they run out of money, and have to ship an incomplete project. Lots of things can go wrong.

I prefer to know what I'm buying. With kickstarter, I'll never know, because you are really only buying into an idea. I have no problem with people who are ok with that sort of thing, but that's not me.

What's not to like about the Kickstarter concept?

Nobody makes you invest in a game, and there's no downside for you if you don't, aside from perhaps the possibility that it doesn't meet its goal and therefore doesn't get made. Those that are passionate about a game concept or IP or developer will take the risk if they deem the reward to be worth it. If you aren't willing to invest in anything like that, then you may still end up reaping the rewards if enough other people are.
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