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OUYA: Is it ok to review an unfinished product?

The Android console OUYA started shipping to the backers recently. Some of the kickstarter units have already been shipped, and ended up in the hands of popular websites, who all wrote reviews about it. Although most of these sites were very clear about the fact that they were reviewing an “early” product, the average-to-very-bad feeling that got out of these reviews certainly impacted lots of potential buyers.

The article on The Verge in particular, was especially harsh. Although the review’s content itself seems fair, the final mark (which is what will stick in people’s mind) of 3.5 out of 10 is the equivalent of a nail in the coffin for such a young company.

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Agent Smith1198d ago

They shouldn't have put it out for sale until it was ready then.

Dlacy13g1198d ago

agreed... if it isn't ready it shouldn't be sent to anyone, even the Kickstarter pledges. If it truly is ready to be developed on then send it out... and IF they didn't want people to comment on it and give their opinions they should have gone about getting funding the traditional way and had NDA's in place, etc... Because they went the kickstarter route they are pretty much at the whim of Joe public and their opinions.

Abriael1198d ago (Edited 1198d ago )

It's an extremely overhyped and overpromised poor imitation for a console that banked on the mobile craze and on the resentment towards big console makers to deliver something that's less powerful than most cellphones and plays almost exclusively half-crappy cellphone games on a bigger screen.

The Kickstarter pledges clearly said "GET AN OUYA", not "GET AN early unfinished OUYA", so what has been delivered is by all means and purposes what has been tested and judged is a finished product that has simply been found wanting and that some are trying to make excuses for.

There's no difference between reviewing the ouya now and reviewing any game or console shipped to the media before release, on top of it, the Ouya has already been shipped to customers (backers), so it's officially a released and sold product. Shops are simply getting it later.

Why exactly should people go easy on it?

Gh05t1198d ago

I totally understand where you are coming from and in general I agree with you.

However Kickstarter is like a customer/investor hybrid. But for products I would say I gave our investors a copy not a customer a copy of the OUYA.

That all being said The investors/customers should be able to have the first criticism since after all it was their money that was used to back the product so any review they have is much more personal and any criticism means they were let down as opposed to just some reviewer.

Dlacy13g1197d ago

One point of clarification... Kickstarter is 100% NOT an investment opportunity. You are 100% buying a product from them. Whether the kickstarter offers your name in the credits or a poster or a device for levels of money you are 100% buying something from them.

They can say we are making a game...pledge money and we will give you the game. pledge money and we will give you a book about the making of the game. BUT the 100% sure thing is it is a promise of product in trade for money given. They must deliver what they promised for your pledged money.

I hate that people are being duped into thinking somehow they are investing in a company / product through kickstarter. It couldn't be farther from the truth.

Gh05t1197d ago (Edited 1197d ago )

Kickstarter is not a product guarantee. If I give them money and they fail to deliver I didn't buy a product I bought into an Idea.

The word investing means "Expend money with the EXPECTATION of achieving a profit or MATERIAL result" Its not guarantee you will get material results you just expect it. If I buy something I usually have it in my hands before I leave the store but you don't have that with Kickstarter so by definition it is an investment. You may not get the product promised and although they are supposed to refund your money if they cant deliver that could be a huge legal battle.

Recon731198d ago

I just don't see this really making it. But they had a ton if support from the kick starter.

GribbleGrunger1198d ago (Edited 1198d ago )

Has anyone seen the film The Producers?

It's about two guys who embezzle money from investors in order to put a stage show on. In order for them to make money from the show the show has to flop.

KentBlake1198d ago

The real question is: is it ok to ship an unfinished product? And, even worse, ship it to the guys who funded it in the first place. People who didn't give a cent to help the Ouya will get the better version of the hardware.

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