Kickstarter: Community Blessing or Curse?

English: Wordmark of gas powered games

English: Wordmark of gas powered games (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

(read the full article of Gas Powered Games at Gamer Crash here)

(Kickstarter Campaign for Wildman) check out Gas Powered Games Kickstarter Project

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?