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28. Re: Op Ed Nov 24, 2012, 23:16 Optional Nickname!
Did many people, yesterday or today, complain about Prince Carl von Lichnowksy commissioning Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique (Op.13) or his very generous (and ultimately written-off) loans to Mozart?

How much would you have given circa 1996 to James Ohlen and Ray Muzyka to create a isometric D&D based RPG which we now call Baldur's Gate?

How much are you willing to spend to pre-order a game promised by those very same people who are directly and indirectly the reason you post to this web-site? The Mozart's and Beethoven's of the PC gaming world? You spend what you can afford, as we do for every other item.

Personally, I chose to spend more for Project: Eternity's development based on my game time with Baldur's Gate (and PS:T). The premium over retail plus schwag I consider a deserved bonus for their prior Masterpieces. I also spent more for Star Citizen since I know how easy it is to blow up those crappy entry-level ships.

Kickstarter has been a great boon for PC game development awareness. Not only does it give flexibility to the Greats in terms of financing a large studio and adjusting game sophistication and complexity to the desires of the paying customer, but it provides a welcoming environment to other PC game craftsmen, artisans and apprentices, Cliffsky included.

Perhaps Cliffsky should attempt a Kickstarter-like crowd sourced project and work with his not insignificantly numbered customer base. I enjoy the frequent improvements to GSB, it's a much better game then when initially released.

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