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Active Topical Banter - Episode 17: Kickstart My Heart

Scott WachterScott Wachter Dread News EditorRPGamer Staff
'Power to the people' meets 'Shut up and take my money' as we go through the ins and outs of gamerdom and crowdfunding.

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Talking Points from the Episode:
-No one really knows in concrete terms what game development costs, and kickstarter further obfuscates this - ie. Shenmue 3 and Iga had major backers who made the fan response contingent on the whole thing vs no one unrest got paid.
-Caveat emptor.
-”Death of the publisher”
-"high profile crowdfunders draw attention from ‘real’ indies" -- factually bunk
-Fantitlement only gets worse when you put fans in a ‘producer’ chair.
-Nostalgia bait crowding the market
-Risk management

Next Episode: FFVII archive


  • Scott WachterScott Wachter Dread News Editor RPGamer Staff
    fun fact: I only use the phase 'kettle of fish' while on this podcast
  • flamethrowerflamethrower Member Full Members
    edited July 2015
    I didn't listen to the podcast.

    I found out today the SEC published a draft crowd funding regulation. It will govern crowd investments (actual investments) of the crowd funded nature by anyone, not just accredited investors. It's a double-edged sword for sure, as the law defining accredited investor is a consumer protection law. You can find the proposed rules by a Google search. Here's an article about it, too.

    Why get behind a project that's met its funding goal?

    The pixelated stuff evokes nostalgia, but's it's also easy to create, which is good if you have a limited budget.

    My guess for the "Mystery Project" mentioned that was shown at Pax East is Delver's Drop, which still hasn't released.
  • ShayminShaymin The Gratitude Pokemon Halifax, New SealandFull Members
    I actually prefer Kickstarters that make their goal but slow down afterwards because game dev has enough delays, you don't need to add scope creep to the process by introducing stretch goals on top of stretch goals. Cosmic Star Heroine did this, and it's the only RPG Kickstarter I backed.
    "The flowers all over its body burst into bloom if it is lovingly hugged and senses gratitude."
  • WheelsWheels RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    The Nintendo muppets were awesome. AWESOME I SAY
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