An in-depth analysis of the Project Areal Kickstarter shows that the project is likely a scam, designed for a quick cash in.
Not like I was going to give the game any money, but as someone who's actively involved in Kickstarter, these are some pretty great tips to watch out for when you do decide to back something.
Scum will be scum, and they will find any way possible to be that way. Anything that can be used for good, can be used for bad if there person is douchey enough. Kickstarter is amazing if used properly, which it 95% of the time is.
This isn't good, especially after the Yogscast debacle.
I think what we should take from this is not that Kickstarter or its projects are inherently bad, but that there is a risk factor for anything you choose to back. It's more like an investment, not a pre-order. So some lousy people will try to get away with scamming others unfortunately. I've backed a couple of KS campaigns like Shantae, Mighty No. 9 and an anime movie, but other than that I'm pretty conservative about what I back. I like waiting 'till late in the campaign to see if they release any early material for the project to make it seem more believable before I back.
What's the Yogscast debacle? I tuned out of that outlet back in 2012.
I hate how crap like this paints legitimate Kickstarted projects... Been wrestling with how we (roommates) are going to be presenting ours, then when stuff like this pops up it makes us rethink even bothering... Especially when someone will get 50,000+ for potato salad, whereas we probably wouldn't even generate 1/5th of that.
I'm guessing that potato salad is going to be a daaaaaamned fine potato salad though! Maybe your project should try and capitalise on what's popular... Do an 2D old school platformer called "Potato Salad Simulator" ;)
Potato Salad Simulator: Kickstart your potluck If you thought the real thing was good wait until you play the GAME!
Just be honest with your backers and make sure you have something to show for your project. Otherwise it will generate the same kind of controversy this campaign received.
I was really Hoping this was real. I am sure happy I didnt back it though. The $50k was what really threw me off.
What sad low life thieving scum these guys are for robbing gamers.
Now burn them at the stake
kicstarter is nothing more than a platform to scam people. Mostly because kickstarter will never do anything against those rotten apple. You can email them saying its a scam and ks will tell you that they dont moderate in anyway the platform. Its fuckin stupid. Also with ks everything is in place to take the money and run... Just look at the yogcast kickstarter and its not the only company who did something like that with kickstarter. Kickstarter is a good idea that is easily exploitable by people who got bad intention. I really wish one of these days kickstarter will have some kind of moderator that will do something against the rotten apples.
yogscast kickstarter is a different story. the developers clearly couldnt handle the project and underestimated the costs. one of the devs ended up getting divorced, putting $25k of his own money and declaring bankrupt. i would also like to say that yogcast people actually got half the money for putting their name on it. yogscast were the only people who benefited, though their reputation may have been tarnished a little. but it isnt really there fault.
i totally agree about the yogcast thing but i heard a couple of story about kickstarter project that was a possible scam or people who cancelled the project once they had the money because they didnt had enough money to continue. In both case the guy who gave money will only "maybe" receive something as stupid as a pencil with the name of the game on it. The backers are not protected by kickstarter in anyway if the project is cancelled or if its a scam and its kinda stupid imo...
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