So Kickstarter has been around for a few years now with many success stories coming out of it. Remember the Ouya? Well you can thank Kickstarter for its existence.
I recently took a gander at my Kickstarter account to see how the last two years have turned out in terms of projects I've personally backed and the results were probably as you'd expect.
I joined Kickstarter in January of 2013, making it just over 2 years of being on the site.
My first pledge went to Akaneiro Demon Hunters in January of 2013.
My latest pledge went to Project Scissors: NightCry in February of 2015.
Total Projects Backed: 21
Total Projects Successfully Funded: 13
Total Projects Canceled / Unsuccessful: 7
Active Projects: 1
11 of the projects have pledge rewards, however of these I've actually only received TWO (well, 2.5 kinda). I received the digital rewards for Akaneiro and I received my Bubblegum Crisis Bluray set.
Twisted Fusion offered a code for Blok Drop U along with a copy of the game once released. I have already received the code so that pledge reward is half fulfilled I guess?
I'm going to focus on some of the gaming projects since that's probably the most interesting to you guys! I'm going to give each project a "Kickstarter Score" which rates the kickstarter based on how well they ran it, updates, and sticking to schedule.
A unique ARPG with classic design sense meets fast-paced action, inspired by Japanese themes and the Red Riding Hood tale.
I backed this one mainly due to it being the next release from the much acclaimed American McGee. The game itself turned out to be not as good as I had hoped but they were really great about providing constant updates and sticking to schedule. They had a total of 72 Updates from Feb 2013 to April 2014 which was post-release.
A love letter to J-RPG classics from the Playstation era like Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Suikoden, and Persona.
Backed this due to people hyping it up on here and some podcasts I listen to. Was supposed to be out last summer but ran past the deadline. It's had several betas since then but full release is not yet dated... they have however kept the backers up to date and are releasing new beta builds every few weeks.
A Belly Dancing Hair-Whipping HD adventure from WayForward: makers of Ducktales Remastered, Adventure Time, & Contra 4!
It's Shantae! Of course I had to back it! Supposed to have been released October 2014 but has also been delayed....
Classic Japanese side-scrolling action, evolved and transformed by Keiji Inafune, an all-star team of veteran Mega Man devs...and YOU!
This was one of the biggest hyped Kickstarters I participated in. The ETA on this was April 2015.....
Explore, eat stuff, be a Bear!
I'm not sure why I backed this... but it was supposed to be finished last October... but the creator appears to have run off and people pissed. Pretty shady.
Join Cora, our dual water-gun wielding heroine on a epic adventure in this unique open world platformer exclusive to Nintendo Wii U.
Seemed like a very humble project with a modest goal and it's Wii U exclusive? Figured I'd toss some sheckles his way. Supposed to have been finished December 2014 but he's run into snags, but is keeping his backers up to date with info and a playable beta.
A post-apocalyptic adventure/visual novel hybrid inspired by Ace Attorney and Zero Escape games set in Japan.
Someone pressured me into backing this ahahahaa. Supposed to have come out last December but also ran into issues. Plenty of updates however.
A brand new horror game from Hifumi Kono, the creator of the Clock Tower game series, and Takashi Shimizu, the director of The Grudge.
I LOVE the Clock Tower series and it's been far too long since we've had one. I'm a huge J-horror buff so I went big with my pledge for this one
No score since it's still funding.
So what are your thoughts on Kickstarter? How much have YOU backed? How much have you actually received?