Another controversial opinion getting it's own journal post, this time it's kickstarter, or basically the concept of crowdfunding a product. Now I believe I made a topic about this before, but I think it's time to revisit the issue and explain why I do not like kickstarter or just crowdfunding a product in general. And please note I am solely discussing products being crowfunded that is mean't to be sold to consumers, not the subject of general crowdfunding, thank you.
Just incase I need to explain what crowdfunding means, it means that basically a large group of people donate money for a certain cause, rather it be a charity, a project, or a product mean't to be sold on the market.
And just to fucking make it obvious, I'm not telling you or other people how you use your own money, it's a free planet, you can donate to whatever cause you want, even if it's stupid like....donating to a millionaire so they can become the world's youngest billionaire, yes that's actually happening.
Yes I have to make it clear or some stupid moron will take me out of context, and I hate that. And no this isn't me giving you my special permission to donate to someone like some dumb troll will claim I am >.>.
No I'm just criticising the idea that people who are making a product think they can get away from the hard financial burden of making a game by asking for corporate welfare.
Basically when you use Kickstarter, if you back a product, you're actually donating in good faith. You won't be profiting from the product if it succeeds. Your donations are just that, donations.However, you are entitled to backer rewards if you donate a certain amount of money to the person or corporation.
The fact that anyone can use a kickstarter and ask a very generous public, funds to help make their product and profit off of it is just corporate welfare plain and simple. It's no different giving the oil companies tax payer dollars for "Research and Development" when they rake in billions of dollars each year.
Kickstarter is a corporate welfare site and it has attracted alot of scam artists.
Remember Keiji Inafune? The guy who was supposed to save Mega Man, I don't need to repeat his sad story, but he is a clear example of a bad kickstarter gone awry. Funny how he now works for Level-5, so much for going indie.
Or the fact that Shenmue 3 is being partially backed by Sony? Yeah I was surprisingly criticized by two dumb fan boys for that on a forum, I still stand back by my criticism of Yu Suzuki for pulling that stupid stunt because it's true.www.denofgeek.com/us/games/she…
It's a shame that shenmue fan boys are too blind to see that, but whatever.
Or Unsung Story, a game that was suppose to be a revival of FF Tactics. It turns out the developer of that project took the funds and used it for another project.www.gamerevolution.com/feature…
Or Tim Schafer ending development of a game he kickstarted.www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/…
These are just well known examples. However, it clearly doesn't mean that every kickstarter project is being run by scammers. Sometimes things don't go according to plan, and backing a project is always a risk. The project itself may or may not succeed.
The main point here that, with crowd funding becoming popular, these people think they can get away with free money and not take some risks of their own to secure funding for it. And this practice has caught the attention of people who easily fund their own projects but will use kickstarter or other crowd funding sites anyway.
William Shatner, Captain Kirk himself, fucking used kickstarter to make a book. I'm serious about this.
Spike Lee, a famous movie director, used kickstarter to raise funds for a movie. Fucking shit, he has money, his movies made him wealthy, why does he need to use kickstarter?
Then the most laughable one. Shaquille O'Neal, asking people on Indiegogo to help fund a sequel to Shaq Fu, one of the worst video games of all time. Lol what?! Are you kidding me? You can't fund this yourself mister MVP?
And before some says "But they use Kickstarter to spread awareness." And I counter with, "They're famous, they don't need kickstarter to gauge interest in their project, this is just a way to fund their project without sacrificing their own money."
Yes I know I sound like a whiny bitch with my ranting, but my point still stands. Crowd funding a product is corporate welfare, you'll get nothing in return, and it has enabled those who do have money to use it and sucker you into their schemes.
And please not every indie studio out there has relied on Kickstarter to make quality products. I shall point to a few developers who made some pretty great games and didn't need to resort to kickstarter or crowd funding.
Studio MDHR, the people behind Cuphead. They didn't rely on Kickstarter to make a good game like Cuphead. Although they had to mortgage their house in order to fund it, at least they took a risk.
Joakim Sandberg, the guy who made Iconoclasts. He took 7 years to make it, all without Kickstarter or crowdfunding. And he put such hardwork into an excellent game.
Cave Story, another 2D indie game was made by one guy, and the quality shows.
Stardew Valley, another Indie game that wasn't made by Crowdfunding and it was all made by one guy.
I think I made the point. Rather you agree or disagree, thats fine. I don't like the idea of corporate welfare, I think those who are making a product they wanna sell should take some risks of their own like Studio MDHR did for Cuphead instead of asking other people's money as "donations" to make a product that they don't have to give back the profit unless its a backer reward.