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the only one i've supported so far is the Double Fine one, though i was very tempted to pitch in on Wasteland 2. then i realized i'm totally cool with waiting two years for it to come out and just buying it then, rather than taking the risk that it doesn't get made at all

Nhex, Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Note: I nicked the idea for this thread from SA

I dumped money into the Doublefine game, but somehow got stymied when I tried to do it for Wasteland 2. Oh well, I get it on Steam when it finally hits.

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

a handy tracking site: http://www.kicktraq.com/categories/games/video%20games/

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

they've hit $10 million in finished pledge drives, which is actually kind of depressing

thomp, Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

on the other end, you have projects like, uh, this:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/120873716/your-world

run by a dude who appears to be a cross between J. Mascis and a David Mitchell character. Online skepticism about his project is running a bit...high.

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

which is actually kind of depressing

how so?

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

never mind, i'm sure there's nothing better $10 million could do than continue to gratify the ego of the man who gave us 'Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work'

thomp, Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

i know, it's a drop in the ocean, it's .1% of video game revenue in the US, whatever, i just find it ... eh

thomp, Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

enh, if it results in a worthwhile game, and improved infrastructure for future game funding from newer gamedevs with worthwhile ideas, so be it.

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

one of the things people point to as a failing of the game industry is a preponderance of and a reliance on established properties and sequels, so it's sure nice to see that what the fans really want is a marginally different set of established properties and sequels

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okay, there are also games being funded which aren't. hum.

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i don't see how direct funding of games that aren't going to turn a profit otherwise is going to improve the infrastructure of the industry proper. i also don't understand how games companies have trouble making money, it seems kind of a no-brainer, i don't know whether that's unrelated.

thomp, Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

making things and employing ppl costs money iirc

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Sunday, 22 April 2012 12:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Excited about this one... http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2

Also unknown as Zora (Surfing At Work), Sunday, 22 April 2012 13:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

what has surprised me about these - and it held true for the first couple high profile ones at least, i haven't checked every one - is that it isn't loads of people giving small change, but for the most part a few people giving loads of money.

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 22 April 2012 13:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

There are rumours of a kick-started Thief 4 too, a game I've been hoping for for a looong time. I'm pretty hopeful about this restoring something like a decent games mid-list.

Also unknown as Zora (Surfing At Work), Sunday, 22 April 2012 13:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

never mind, i'm sure there's nothing better $10 million could do than continue to gratify the ego of the man who gave us 'Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work'

that's unfair. he also did Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals

super excited for wasteland 2 btw

Mordy, Sunday, 22 April 2012 15:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I didn't realize there were so many of these, it's kinda awesome, though I fear it'll end up like Pixies reunion recordings or other stuff I would have prayed fervently for years ago then found I didn't give a shit about when it actually happened

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Sunday, 22 April 2012 15:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha! that's a good comparison

Nhex, Sunday, 22 April 2012 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

i figured someone would start this thread

ditto. I'm actually too lazy to even join kickstarter; let me know when they join forces with paypal

boy, was that Dan Fielding hungry for some cake! (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 22 April 2012 17:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Remember OGRE?

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/847271320/ogre-designers-edition?ref=category

One of the things I like about these projects is that while the big ones are established names, usually, I get a much more personal/hands-on vibe from the creators. It's like, you can have a cool weird niche experience that doesn't have to go thru the AAA publishers or get contarded out or be some megablockbuster. I'm happy with an experience that goes for the vibe i want, but I'm a particular kind of niche hardcore type, as voluminously detailed on countless threads here.

The personal appeals filmed by the creators add to that sense of "here, we're a smaller team, we want to do something cool, and it's more pure & authentic & handcrafted(etc) and not dictated by Sony or EA's marketing departments."

I'm just hoping that these projects firmly establish crowdsourcing/funding as a thing; a valid source of game production outside of the megacorps and giving indie gaming a proper amount of resources to pull out a developed vision. Is this going to fund a 5-year AAA game? Probably not. Does it need to to be valid?

I'm assuming that there's eventually going to be infrastructure developed so that newer gamedevs get their stuff noticed and thus funded, but I'll take the fact that we need to establish stable capital channels first.

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 06:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm kind of curious about the reception when some of these games turn out to be stinkers

the acquisition and practice of music is unfavourable to the health of (abanana), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

So now the guys from Space Quest are on this thing too:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spaceventure/two-guys-spaceventure-by-the-creators-of-space-que

which tbh I can't really see being any good (I think I gave up on SQ6 after about 10 minutes, and I spent money on it) but might still throw some money at for nostalgia's sake, and also because I didn't pay money for the Space Quests which I actually enjoyed as a kid

instant coffee happening between us (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 22:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Carmageddon guys want 400k to do a reboot. They've got 14k.

JimD, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 04:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha, ouch. even 400K seems a bit low though

Nhex, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 04:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

whoa, Carmageddon was awesome.

Jeff, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 11:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is quickly going to reach the point of 'everybody uses it now, so now it's useless'.

'scuse me, while I Rim the Sky... (snoball), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 13:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

if it hasn't already. i think the window passed with shadowrun

(Name Withheld to Avoid Hassle) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

eh, lots of projects funded already, don't think enthusiasm will run out for the right project
shadowrun raised $1.8 million, carmageddon already at £112,000 in 24 hours

zappi, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 15:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Cream will rise to the top.

Jeff, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 16:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

what is that article about

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 17:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

there's this game specific kickstarter alternative launching at e3

(Name Withheld to Avoid Hassle) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

would like to see Day of the Tentacle reboot

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 10 May 2012 10:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Another Maniac Mansion game will probably happen in time, but given how all the principles are currently working on other KS projects, I wouldn't expect any announcement for the next 2 years.

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Friday, 11 May 2012 06:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ron Gilberts non-KS game is revealing soon tho
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2012/05/10/we-solved-this-double-fine-puzzle.aspx

zappi, Friday, 11 May 2012 10:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

is it too late to declare a vintage-game-revival-kickstarter bubble

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Idk where I got that rumour about Thief 4 from, but it was nonsense. It's still languishing at Eidos Montreal, no news from them since 2009, though they still say it's 'coming soon' on their website. Bum.

Also unknown as Zora (Surfing At Work), Saturday, 19 May 2012 09:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think a more realistic goal for once they reach $100k would be 'hire a coder', but what do i know

thomp, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 22:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

really wonder how many of these are going to end up with an actual finished game

(let alone a good one)

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 23:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

(besides this guy http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/120873716/your-world)

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 23:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

man it's a shame because that concept artwork for zombie playground is awesome, but i'm with thomp, 100k seems mad unrealistic

Nhex, Thursday, 24 May 2012 01:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, they have a good team at least

jump them into a gang - into the absurd (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 24 May 2012 14:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

$10,000 to write some gaming columns?

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 00:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Crowd funding is the new AdSense

"Holy crap," I mutter, as he gently taps my area (silby), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 00:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

They made $500 per article? I need to change careers

Nhex, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 01:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Al Lowe is coming out of retirement to make Leisure Suit Larry games again.

the bitcoin comic (thomp), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 17:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

Double Fine going back to the well (for an entirely different project)

0808ɹƃ (silby), Friday, 31 May 2013 02:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

tbh I totally want the game that I imagine it will be, but considering the ship date is a year and a half from now and it'll reach its goal through the efforts of Other People I don't know that it's worth backing…especially since I've not been digging into the backer-exclusive Double Fine Adventure updates at all.

0808ɹƃ (silby), Friday, 31 May 2013 02:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

man, this looks like the sort of thing i would drop three bills on and then have a hard time figuring out where to put after the first month.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1944625487/omni-move-naturally-in-your-favorite-game

i didn't even give much of a fuck that you were mod (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 5 June 2013 02:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

Even thinking about playing Skyrim on that thing is tiring me out. All that running...

Random .mdb Memories (NotEnough), Wednesday, 5 June 2013 07:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

As a promo event for their latest Kickstarter, the DoubleFine guys are streaming a Small World(the board game) session, with a thinner Tim Schafer, Brad Muir, and Chris Remo(from Idle Thumbs)

http://www.twitch.tv/doublefine

Hockey Drunk (kingfish), Thursday, 27 June 2013 03:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

the Kickstarted Shadowrun Returns is out on Steam.

And here's what happened when a dude canceled his project that was fully funded:

http://valleywag.gawker.com/kickstarter-project-canceled-after-dude-spends-all-the-912176282

turns out I met this dude.

and here's from one of the artists stiffed:

http://www.facebook.com/onesmallkeith/posts/10151590058642809

Your Own Personal El Guapo (kingfish), Friday, 26 July 2013 19:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mightyno9/mighty-no-9

my first reaction was "man, so shameless" but after watching the video and reading the page it's well done... may back this one. no doubt it will be huge by the time it's all said and done (2 days and it's already 55% of the $900k)

Nhex, Sunday, 1 September 2013 17:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

One of the most well-done kickstarter proposals i've seen.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 1 September 2013 23:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

From the guys who brought you Fallen London/Echo Bazaar: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/failbetter/sunless-sea

emil.y, Tuesday, 3 September 2013 18:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

Currently all the rage:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1661802484/hyper-light-drifter
I do dig the Ico meets Swords & Sorcery aesthetic. it's already tripled its modest goal

Nhex, Friday, 13 September 2013 18:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

not asking for enough money for the amount of staff they want to carry for the next year, too many physical rewards for a primarily digital product, not a particularly clear-headed risks/challenges section…smells risky to me.

i too went to college (silby), Tuesday, 12 November 2013 05:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/snowedinstudios/windforge

Mordy , Wednesday, 13 November 2013 19:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

too many minecraft clones

Nhex, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 21:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/12/03/jane-austen-game/ !!!

Mordy , Tuesday, 3 December 2013 20:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

as if

socki (s1ocki), Tuesday, 3 December 2013 22:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

The beta is freely available already

Strangers look on with a discernible, barely contained ‘wow’. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 05:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

the last project eternity update was pretty nerdlol funny
http://tinyurl.com/pklwcdh

bnw, Wednesday, 26 February 2014 18:01 (9 months ago) Permalink

heh, good stuff.

Nhex, Wednesday, 26 February 2014 21:45 (9 months ago) Permalink

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/shaq-fu-a-legend-reborn

Nhex, Friday, 7 March 2014 05:40 (9 months ago) Permalink

Star Citizen, born on Kickstarter, passed $40 million in funding pledges today.

Congratulations! And my condolences. (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 02:13 (9 months ago) Permalink

I've never played Shaq-Fu, but it's always had a massive amount of hate directed to it. Seems like it was released too late (fighting games being kinda old post-MK2) and also ahead of its time, like it was already the kind of game that could get funded on Kickstarter.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 02:16 (9 months ago) Permalink

Also it starred Shaq as a kung fu master

qwop zapatos (abanana), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 03:16 (9 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

THIS is how you properly update your kickstarter:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity/posts/759232

Stephen King's Threaderstarter (kingfish), Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:30 (8 months ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

Funded in a day:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/375798653/superhot

Nhex, Thursday, 15 May 2014 16:30 (7 months ago) Permalink

yeah, that game was fucking awesome

sitting on a claud all day gotta make your butt numb (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 15 May 2014 16:59 (7 months ago) Permalink

looks cool and almost there:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1027299776/witchmarsh

Mordy, Tuesday, 27 May 2014 20:18 (6 months ago) Permalink

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/29211325/sheltered

Mordy, Friday, 13 June 2014 19:13 (6 months ago) Permalink

that sounds pretty cool

Nhex, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 16:23 (6 months ago) Permalink

yeah, definitely. much more interesting to me than dear esther or gone home

Mordy, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 16:25 (6 months ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

hey who would have guessed that giving half a million dollars to some Youtube "celebrities" to fund their own Minecraft ripoff would be a bad idea? certainly not the 5 people who backed at the $10,000 level!

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-07-17-kickstarter-funded-yogventures-canned-backers-given-steam-key-for-another-game-instead

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:50 (5 months ago) Permalink

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/07/30/fritz-kickstarter/

Mordy, Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:09 (4 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Ha, didn't realize they already successful Kickstarters for Twilight Zone, ST: TNG and T2

Nhex, Saturday, 20 September 2014 02:07 (3 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Aviary Attorney, love the art style http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1873107026/aviary-attorney

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Wednesday, 10 December 2014 12:27 (1 week ago) Permalink

heh - they literally took the character drawings from 19th century cartoons

Nhex, Saturday, 13 December 2014 05:11 (1 week ago) Permalink


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