Video Game Tuesday: Crowdfunding

Michael Blaker
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This week on Video Game Tuesday I’m covering a topic I’ve heard discussed pretty often in the last few months. It’s all about Crowdfunding!

What is Crowdfunding?: It’s a process where people, usually via a website like Kickstarter, donate money to a cause. Sometimes it’s wildly successful like it was with Pillars of Eternity. Other times it’s just plain odd, like that one time with the potato salad.

Why do people get upset at this?: Well because most of the time it turns out to be a flop, or doesn’t deliver what was promised. There’s one guy out there who is very vocal in the gaming community who had a successfully funded crowdfunding project that’s never been made.

What do I think about it all?: If it’s successful and produces what is promised I’ve got no problem with it. I’ve got problems when assholes like the guy I mentioned above receive that money and than do nothing. Some people call it E-Begging, I personally don’t agree with that all the time. It’s really on a case by case basis for me, as some like Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained project and Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 are about rebooting series where the original publisher has decided to either run into the ground or just flat out ignores.  I think that those projects are good.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday.

 

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