I’m sure you all have heard about Kickstarter. For those who haven’t Kickstarter is an online site where hard working individuals or even bigger companies present their ideas, goals and projects but don’t have capital to see it through. With the use of Kickstarter, the community (being me and you) can help fund their projects, goals, ideas by donating a bit of cash to them. Sounds great right? Right?
Having read yesterday about the sad news about Gas Powered Games “…massive layoffs…” from Gamer Crash and then reading that it looked like the community was donating money to try and keep the company alive, it got me thinking.
If the public is donating money to any developers ideas, that technically should be our game. We should be able to make decisions on what goes in and out, what technology to use. What kind of control scheme we would like and maybe to be a tester. How much better would a game be if actual fans of the game were able to test it before release and then present their findings to the studios. Granted there are studios that do release some Beta testing but we don’t really have much of say except maybe to report a few bugs and glitches.
Don’t you think the public would be slightly peeved off if they’ve funded a project and then the studio makes a game but not in line with what the “donators” expected. I would be slightly upset.
What do you think?
- Wildman Kickstarter could save the company, Gas Powered CEO already trying to rehire (polygon.com)
- After big layoffs, Chris Taylor will let the crowd vote: kill the Kickstarter now, or keep it going (venturebeat.com)
- Near tears, game developer explains why he’s betting it all on a Kickstarter campaign (theverge.com)
- Wildman: pledge because you like the game, not because you feel sorry for the studio, Taylor says (polygon.com)
- PAR Editorial: The Wildman stumbles: Chris Taylor talks layoffs, planning for an uncertain future, and Kickstarter (penny-arcade.com)
- Massive Layoffs Crush Gas Powered Games Just Days After Launch Of $1.1 Million Kickstarter (kotaku.com)
- Gas Powered Games considers pulling plug on Wildman Kickstarter in wake of ‘substantial’ layoffs (polygon.com)
- Troubled Developer Asks Fans to Decide Kickstarter’s Fate (escapistmagazine.com)
- Gas Powered Facing Major Layoffs, May Halt Kickstarter (rockpapershotgun.com)
- Gas Powered Games implements significant layoffs (gamesradar.com)