- Jan 21, 2015
Is kickstarter a massive Ponzi scheme?
Remember when Brian Fargo drove his company into the ground in part by riding the early cinematic wave that helped kill old crpgs and people on this very forum were like "yeah we better give this guy thousands of dollars because his name was nebulously attached a decades old game no one cares about except for internet cred?" Remember how people on this forum were obviously scammed by garbage game wasteland 2 and decided to give this man MORE MONEY only to get scammed even worse? I remember and I laugh every time I remember.
Unfortunately, the mechanisms driving Kickstarter are a poor tool for fixing this issue, and for a number of reasons.
- Games companies are made up of artists and maybe a couple of business-minded people, neither of which tend to be good at PR. Pre-KS, PR and finance were handled by the publishers - which KS is specifically bypassing. So, these dev companies either have to spend money out of their own pocket to hire a competent PR person,
have one of the artists handle PR- no!, or ask backers to pay for PR (hah hah hah, yeah right!).
To all appearances, he's certainly a businessman/salesman of above average competency, at the very least. And he is certainly able to make a sales pitch to an audience. Which is the typical sort of person in charge of a company. The discipline of PR, on the other hand, is less about making sales, and more about how to control the message that is generally spoken about your company and products. Broadly speaking, a company doesn't even need PR - that is, until the day some shit goes down and your PR rep steps into crisis management mode for the company. Because one of their main jobs is to prevent scandal, and to mitigate the effects of scandal when such things do occur. And while you don't need need them most days, on the other hand, if they have been there all along - and if they're of any worth - then they have already worked to insulate the company from the worst effects of any such scandals.But isn't Fargo comfortably above average in PR, at least when it comes to reaching his target group?
I think kickstarter should be more for groups that already have a demo but are too small to have any real budget on their own and want 50k-100k to pay for genuine expenses like some art and music and crap. As a means to fund a whole game with millions it's just retarded and as we are finding out, doesn't really work. WL 2 was OK I guess, but not nearly what I hoped, and they have gone much further afield and much more mainstream since then, with little to show for it so fuck them.
I hope it's the new New Vegas. Can't wait for all the delicious Fargo butthurt when Bethesda denies him the Metacritic bonus.WTF? https://twitter.com/BrianFargo/status/794360833711034369
Does he mean Wasteland 3 or is just messing with us? Or is it happening? :D :D :D
You sure? Videogames are seriously lacking in the KS department. IIRC it's the least successful area in KS itself, or at least the most likely to fail to deliver.