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Op Ed

Gamasutra - Black Isle is a great case study in how to NOT crowdfund your game.
Even if you decide to look past all of this shadiness, it's pretty impossible not to raise a critical eyelid at the crowdfunding scheme itself.

Where it has become common practice to offer backer rewards for those putting funding toward your game, Black Isle has decided this isn't necessary. If you pledge $10, you'll be granted access to a special Black Isle forum. If you put down $20, they'll even let you post on the forum.

There is no way to receive a copy of the game by pledging -- even if you decide to put down $10,000 -- because the money isn't actually going towards a game at all. In fact, the money will be used to build a prototype, which Black Isle will then show to investors in the hope of gathering up moolah elsewhere.

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4. Re: Op Ed Dec 23, 2012, 13:12 Cutter
 
Who the hell is heading up this scam anyway? I haven't heard bupkiss about that yet. Probably the Caen brothers no doubt.  
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3. Re: Op Ed Dec 23, 2012, 13:02 eRe4s3r
 
This whole BI pseudo crowd funding is a perfect example of a Nigerian scam.

Give us money you get nothing ... only complete idiots would fund this.
 
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2. Re: Op Ed Dec 23, 2012, 12:53 nin
 

I'm glad they're being raked over the coals, seeing as how they offer NOTHING for the money they'd like you to give.


 
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1. Re: Op Ed Dec 23, 2012, 12:40 Panickd
 
It seems pretty obvious this group is just looking to cash in on the name of the studio. Anyone of any worth that used to be at Black Isle in the old days is now with Obsidian or inXile. But I suppose it was inevitable that someone would use crowdfunding and a famous name to attempt to part fools from their money at some point.  
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