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Op Ed

Gamasutra - How long before the Kickstarter bubble bursts?
We are still in the early days of our Kickstarter relationship, the early days of falling in love. Everything our partner does is wonderful. We gloss over the risks, we ignore the downsides, because the glory of falling in love is everything.

I think we have about six months left of that period. Towards the end of this year, some Kickstarter projects are going to start slipping. Some will see their teams collapse amidst bicker recriminations. Some pledgers are going to start getting very angry.

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60. Re: Op Ed May 8, 2012, 18:57 Eirikrautha
Beamer wrote on May 8, 2012, 14:33:
Tumbler wrote on May 8, 2012, 14:24:
Too much stupid shit that has no chance of ever coming to fruition or living up to promises keeps getting kickstarted made by big publishers.

Two sides of a coin I guess, your comments seem to paint the gaming industry perfectly and I see Kickstarter as the complete opposite. A lot of stuff that the gaming industry seems to salivate over gets passed over or barely makes it on kickstarter, FPS's, and the ideas and games that the industry scoffs at, Wasteland 2, Double Fine Adventure game, gets a tidal wave of support.

The difference, Tumblr, is that when the publisher releases something stupid you do not buy it. When a game ships buggy you do not buy it. When a game gets canceled because it sucks or the developer goes out of business you do not pay for it.
With Kickstarter you do.

Wrong. In fact, EVERY gamer pays for a "AAA blockbuster" that fails. The difference is that you don't even know you are paying for it. When SonyEActivision has a poor selling game, they roll the losses over into another project. The resources (and staff) for other games get cut. The prices get jacked up, or the free DLC suddenly gets a price tag.

It's rather clever of you to try and obfuscate the nature of a large publisher by treating them as if they had each individual game segregated away from the others, but that is NOT the case. When a mainstream published game tanks, the publishers make up for it through the consumer... usually through a completely different game.

The idea that kickstarter is the only situation where gamers pay for rotten games is disingenuous at best. Kickstarter just can't hide it on the "books" somewhere, like SonyEActivision can...
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