For those who have talked to me about it, around the time Double Fine's success was rolling forward with lightening speed, I made a prediction about Kickstarter and its future. It really didn't take long for my prediction to come true.
I've said over and over again, kickstarter is NOT a funding platform. It's a pre-order platform. That's really it. This pie in the sky dream that you can get a good project funded and then make it is bogus. Now it's super-reduced the risk for projects to get made, and that is a good thing. However, it's quickly turning corrupt and I am going to use a specific example of how users are going to be willingly duped.
There's a game on there now making some solid claims and references to the 'good old days' with plenty of name dropping. Hey they're going to remake a classic, give us 500,000 dollars! Except the reality is this remake they are GOING to do has been in production for half a year already. It's going to get made whether the fans reach that contribution goal or not. This super marketing spin that somehow you're supporting the creation of something that would otherwise not get made is bogus to an extreme.
Now I don't blame them for jumping on the opportunity to eliminate some or all of the financial risk, but the item I can't seem to stomach is the politician level spin the media seems to be putting on it - as if helping a developer like this akin to donating to charity or belief.
I'm pondering some formal article proclaiming to the gamers of the world: Kickstarter is good, it gives devs the safety they need to make awesome games, but do NOT think for a second it's anything other than a long term and highly RISKY pre-order. It's not the slightest bit different from ordering an unreleased game on Steam, with the added caveat that you won't get a refund if the game never makes it into the public's hands.
That said I highly encourage everyone with a game, regardless of if you need the money, to have a kickstarter campaign and do it well. It's basically free money and publicity. This is the corruption of ideals I speak of, doesn't make it bad, just makes it not the original intent of the platform.