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Kickstarter - Was it Worth it?

Ludono

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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.

 

STATS!

 

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

 

Category Breakdown

Games: 15

Film/Video: 4

Technology: 1

Publishing: 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.

 

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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.

 

Akaneiro: Demon Hunters

A unique ARPG with classic design sense meets fast-paced action, inspired by Japanese themes and the Red Riding Hood tale.

 

January 2013

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.

 

Score: 10/10

 

Soul Saga

A love letter to J-RPG classics from the Playstation era like Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Suikoden, and Persona.

 

July 2013

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.

 

Score: 8/10

 

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

A Belly Dancing Hair-Whipping HD adventure from WayForward: makers of Ducktales Remastered, Adventure Time, & Contra 4!

 

October 2013

It's Shantae! Of course I had to back it! Supposed to have been released October 2014 but has also been delayed....

 

Score: 8/10

 

Mighty No. 9

Classic Japanese side-scrolling action, evolved and transformed by Keiji Inafune, an all-star team of veteran Mega Man devs...and YOU!

 

October 2013

This was one of the biggest hyped Kickstarters I participated in. The ETA on this was April 2015.....

 

Score: 9/10

 

Bear Simulator

Explore, eat stuff, be a Bear!

 

April 2014

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.

 

Score: 1/10

 

Twisted Fusion

Join Cora, our dual water-gun wielding heroine on a epic adventure in this unique open world platformer exclusive to Nintendo Wii U.

 

April 2014

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.

 

Score: 8/10

 

Exogenesis ~Perils of Rebirth~

A post-apocalyptic adventure/visual novel hybrid inspired by Ace Attorney and Zero Escape games set in Japan.

 

May 2014

Someone pressured me into backing this ahahahaa. Supposed to have come out last December but also ran into issues. Plenty of updates however.

 

Score: 8/10

 

Project Scissors: NightCry

A brand new horror game from Hifumi Kono, the creator of the Clock Tower game series, and Takashi Shimizu, the director of The Grudge.

 

February 2015

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?



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I've only backed I think...5 games? One didn't make it, and the other 4 are still sending me updates regularly. Three of them are probably fairly common, Mighty #9, Shantae, and Skullgirls. But, Skullgirls is really the only one that's really delivered content so far...I dunno. Just gotta wait and see.

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I've backed three games and two albums...the albums are out and I've got my rewards, and of the games Shovel Knight is out. The other two are Adventures of Pip and Soul Saga...I get fairly regular updates on Pip, but since I'm not in the beta for Soul Saga I don't seem to hear much out of it (then again, I never used my forum key, so maybe it's all in there.)

 

Not that I haven't seen plenty of games that caught my eye, but some of them (Mighty #9 for instance) didn't need any help and others I just couldn't convince myself it was worth it to "reserve" the game so to speak. I'm also getting a little weary of games that are "here's what we're going to do once you give us money" and not "here's what we have done, we just need some money to make it even better." I don't want to back concepts anymore, and that's what most of the popular ones seem to be.

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I've backed three games and two albums...the albums are out and I've got my rewards, and of the games Shovel Knight is out. The other two are Adventures of Pip and Soul Saga...I get fairly regular updates on Pip, but since I'm not in the beta for Soul Saga I don't seem to hear much out of it (then again, I never used my forum key, so maybe it's all in there.)

 

Not that I haven't seen plenty of games that caught my eye, but some of them (Mighty #9 for instance) didn't need any help and others I just couldn't convince myself it was worth it to "reserve" the game so to speak. I'm also getting a little weary of games that are "here's what we're going to do once you give us money" and not "here's what we have done, we just need some money to make it even better." I don't want to back concepts anymore, and that's what most of the popular ones seem to be.

 

Yeah, the Soul Saga stuff sort of gravitated over to the forum, though he does answer you if you send him a message which is pretty nice haha

 

I don't know, theres many reasons to back stuff. For the "little guys" its often times to help them realize a dream and if I like their concept enough I'll chip in a bit to hopefully make it possible.For big projects like Might No. 9 it seems much less likely that they will fail to deliver or whatnot and is more of a question of if I want to buy into the hype and get some sweet limited edition stuff that might be cool to have later down the road...

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I have backed 16 games 2 didn't make the goal and one discontinued after making it's goal. Most times if i see a cool game and it's going to make it's goal no problem I'll just wait for it on Steam but some times I see one that's just so cool I gotta nab it.

 

Normally I'll just throw down the basic $25 -$50 for a game but Starr Mazer got $200 out of me. I just got so lost in the hype, game cross overs, epic music and chatting with the devs and other amazing talent on the starr mazer TV live stream they did every day. They became like family and I wanted to help make Don's dream come true of the game he thought up at 9 years old.

 

I'll take a little break from Kickstarter now O__0

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I think I am done with the whole crowdfunding thing even outside of games. There's just too many dishonest people out there. I might be more into it if I had more money and more time to thoroughly research the projects.

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