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Op Ed

Thanks nin.

The PA Report - How Valve “devalued” video games, and why that’s great news for developers and players.
Those seem to be wise words, and gamers are increasingly sensitive to the price of the games they play, but when you look at the data you see that Valve has done something magical: The company has found a way to charge less, and earn more. This isn’t a purely selfish move, as developers also praise the pricing structure of these sales. The issue of game pricing is much more complex, and mysterious, than most are willing to admit.

Wired.com - We Don't Need Game Publishers, Hardware Makers or Retailers.
But something critical has changed. While publishers, retailers and hardware makers might still be adding value, they are no longer required. Using the miracle of the internet, game creators can make videogames — good ones! — and sell them to game players without any involvement from traditional publishers, retailers or hardware makers. And when creators don’t have to put their work through the gauntlet of middlemen, with everybody down the line taking their cut of the profits, they can sell those games much more cheaply.

The PA Report - The ugly side of Kickstarter- the risks in backing game dev campaigns are greater than you think.
Of those projects that do manage to ship, some will be good games and some will be awful, with most winding up somewhere in the middle. This is the reality of game development in the real world, and projects funded by Kickstarter are no different. The unfortunate truth is that many backers of game projects are buying the ability to wait 18 months to play a mediocre game.

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15. Re: Op Ed Apr 19, 2012, 03:46 Jerykk
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Apr 19, 2012, 03:36:
People keep talking about a Kickstarter bubble. I still don't understand how it is a bubble. You have all sorts of different kinds of projects with a large variety of goals for the money they're asking for. Sure, some won't deliver. Some won't even hit their funding goal. How is that a bubble? If you want to see something happen, and you take a chance on funding it, then you should understand your risk. The risks aren't hidden here. This isn't like the housing bubble where people were taking out ridiculous loans that they could never pay back. This is people kicking in $15 bucks for something they think would be cool. If it fails, so be it. Be more discerning in your decisions next time, or don't if you aren't gonna miss that $15.

You're assuming that everyone is only putting $15 into it. The many people who are investing more are naturally expecting more. If the high-profile Kickstarters like Wasteland 2, DFA and Shadowrun don't deliver, people will lose faith and be far less likely to part with their money in the future. I've put $30 or more into the above Kickstarters and given the total amount of funding they've received (in addition to the creative freedom they hold), I'm expecting good games. If the games end up sucking, you can rest assured that I won't be giving anyone money until I see the final product.
 
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  1. Apr 18, 21:07 Re: Op Ed mag
  2. Apr 18, 21:17  Re: Op Ed Sepharo
  3. Apr 18, 22:22   Re: Op Ed RollinThundr
  4. Apr 18, 22:30    Re: Op Ed ASeven
  5. Apr 18, 23:02    Re: Op Ed Sepharo
  7. Apr 18, 23:41     Re: Op Ed eRe4s3r
  10. Apr 19, 00:35      Re: Op Ed Creston
  12. Apr 19, 02:22       Re: Op Ed eRe4s3r
  13. Apr 19, 03:02        Re: Op Ed The Half Elf
  14. Apr 19, 03:36         Re: Op Ed Wowbagger_TIP
>> 15. Apr 19, 03:46          Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  16. Apr 19, 04:05          Re: Op Ed killer_roach
  37. Apr 19, 12:04           Re: Op Ed ASeven
  17. Apr 19, 05:08          Re: Op Ed eRe4s3r
  19. Apr 19, 07:11           Re: Op Ed briktal
  20. Apr 19, 07:24            Re: Op Ed InBlack
  21. Apr 19, 07:28             Re: Op Ed eRe4s3r
  27. Apr 19, 11:23             Re: Op Ed Creston
  29. Apr 19, 11:29              Re: Op Ed Beamer
  31. Apr 19, 11:31               Re: Op Ed Creston
  33. Apr 19, 11:43                Re: Op Ed Beamer
  39. Apr 19, 12:05                 Re: Op Ed Creston
  41. Apr 19, 12:50                  Re: Op Ed Beamer
  24. Apr 19, 11:17           Re: Op Ed Creston
  26. Apr 19, 11:21            Re: Op Ed Beamer
  30. Apr 19, 11:30             Re: Op Ed Creston
  32. Apr 19, 11:36              Re: Op Ed Beamer
  34. Apr 19, 11:51               Re: Op Ed Creston
  35. Apr 19, 11:54                Re: Op Ed nin
  40. Apr 19, 12:07                 Re: Op Ed Creston
  45. Apr 19, 20:05                  Re: Op Ed Dev
  46. Apr 19, 21:19                   Re: Op Ed Parallax Abstraction
  47. Apr 19, 21:43                    Re: Op Ed nin
  43. Apr 19, 18:55                 Re: Op Ed Retired
  38. Apr 19, 12:05                Re: Op Ed ASeven
  42. Apr 19, 15:00              Re: Op Ed eRe4s3r
  18. Apr 19, 07:05         Re: Op Ed Dev
  6. Apr 18, 23:34   The risk of failure IS greater than you think. IMAPC
  8. Apr 19, 00:26    Re: The risk of failure IS greater than you think. PropheT
  9. Apr 19, 00:34     Re: The risk of failure IS greater than you think. Retired
  11. Apr 19, 01:56    Re: The risk of failure IS greater than you think. Cutter
  22. Apr 19, 10:07    Re: The risk of failure IS greater than you think. Prez
  23. Apr 19, 11:11     Re: The risk of failure IS greater than you think. Beamer
  25. Apr 19, 11:19      Re: The risk of failure IS greater than you think. Wowbagger_TIP
  28. Apr 19, 11:24       Re: The risk of failure IS greater than you think. Beamer
  36. Apr 19, 11:54        Re: The risk of failure IS greater than you think. Wowbagger_TIP
  44. Apr 19, 19:58      Re: The risk of failure IS greater than you think. Dev
  48. Apr 20, 00:07       Re: The risk of failure IS greater than you think. Beamer
  49. Apr 20, 07:44 Re: Op Ed Dades


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