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Old 05-04-12, 11:27 AM   #76
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Re: Ultimate Kickstarter Video Games Thread

A Kickstarter game project was exposed as a scam and cancelled:
http://www.shacknews.com/article/735...-scam-canceled
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'Mythic' Kickstarter project exposed as scam, canceled
by Steve Watts, May 01, 2012 10:00am PDT

It had to happen eventually. This year has seen an explosion of independent projects funded by crowd-sourcing site Kickstarter, and it was only a matter of time before someone tried to take advantage of such goodwill for a scam. Such is the apparent case of "Mythic: The Story of Gods and Men," a project that raised eyebrows and has subsequently been canceled.

The project page seems a bit slipshod at a glance, and for good reason. Comments on the Something Awful and Rock Paper Shotgun forums noted various reasons for suspicion. The character art, backgrounds, reward pictures, and office photos had been lifted from various sites. Most strikingly, the reward tiers were lifted directly from the Kickstarter page for The Banner Saga. The page bragged that its staff was composed of former Activision Blizzard vets, and that animation would be done by "friends at Disney/Pixar." We're sure they've got a beach in Kansas to sell you too.

The developer, "Little Monster Productions," briefly insisted that the project was legit in the comments before giving up the ghost. It had managed to snag almost $5,000 in pledges before it was exposed. Kickstarter only charges backers once a project is completely funded and finished, though, so those who chipped in won't be ripped off.

Fortunately, this wasn't a particularly convincing scam, and the collective brain of the Internet caught it quickly. Although crowd-sourcing has seen tremendous success, a healthy dose of skepticism is always a good idea. Scammers have been using donations as a cover for a long time, and the next one might be more convincing.
Penny Arcade has a comic and newspost about this attempted scam:

http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/05/04
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Old 05-04-12, 11:51 AM   #77
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Damn, that's what I get for ignoring this thread. That Pebble watch is amazing. Considering ordering...
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Old 05-04-12, 11:54 AM   #78
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Even without scams, it's only a matter of time before a high-profile project takes everybody's money and ends up unable to deliver the final product. And when it happens, the backlash is gonna be huge.
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Old 05-04-12, 01:06 PM   #79
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Even without scams, it's only a matter of time before a high-profile project takes everybody's money and ends up unable to deliver the final product. And when it happens, the backlash is gonna be huge.
That is why people need to be smart about who they back, and how comfortable they are with the level of risk. There has been several really good articles about this.

Brian Fargo, Jordan Weissman - Really Safe Bets (industry leaders, proven trackrecord)
Jake Parker - Pretty Safe bet (Not a industry leader, but have worked on high profile items, plus is published already commerically).

postcards, Trip through the Congo, - Not a safe bet, but hey intriguing idea + acceptable risk for the reward offered, means I'm most likely going to jump on this.
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Old 05-04-12, 01:09 PM   #80
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Damn, that's what I get for ignoring this thread. That Pebble watch is amazing. Considering ordering...
Yeah, the design section has some really neat things in it. Saw a KS about wobble bowls that looks fun, as does the bowls with feet on them.
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Old 05-04-12, 01:51 PM   #81
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Aaaannnnnd purchased. I take one look at this stupid thread and now I'm down $115.

I might be a little skittish with some of these items on Kickstarter, but when there's a huge write up in Forbes about the project, I figure I'm pretty safe.
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Old 05-04-12, 02:50 PM   #82
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Aaaannnnnd purchased. I take one look at this stupid thread and now I'm down $115.

I might be a little skittish with some of these items on Kickstarter, but when there's a huge write up in Forbes about the project, I figure I'm pretty safe.
Definitely, everyone just needs to do their homework, usually if there is a scam, especially with gaming, one of the gaming sites/Off topic sites will be all over it..just like Mythic.
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Old 05-04-12, 03:51 PM   #83
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A few new articles on Kotaku:

When a Kickstarter Fails:
http://kotaku.com/5907482/when-a-kickstarter-fails/

Three-Fourths Of Video Game Kickstarters Fail:
http://kotaku.com/5906711/three+four...kstarters-fail
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Old 05-04-12, 03:53 PM   #84
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A few new articles on Kotaku:

When a Kickstarter Fails:
http://kotaku.com/5907482/when-a-kickstarter-fails/

Three-Fourths Of Video Game Kickstarters Fail:
http://kotaku.com/5906711/three+four...kstarters-fail
Most video game projects fail because either A) They are asking for too much $$$$ and don't really have the background to pull something off B)No real details/plan where money goes etc C)Reward tiers are wonky.

SR, WL2, DFA all did gang busters because they came from some of the greatest names in gaming. Unless your last name is Avelleone or Fargo or Weismann, you are not going to ask for 1,000,000 and get it.
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Old 05-04-12, 10:38 PM   #85
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Interesting project, portal reborn

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...n?ref=category

Seeking 900k, that will be near impossible to do I think
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Old 05-06-12, 07:36 AM   #86
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This is by far the weirdest kickstarter project

Granny's dancing on the table

A film + Adventure game.

$50,000 is the goal and have already raised $5,000
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Old 05-06-12, 09:33 AM   #87
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Re: Ultimate Kickstarter Video Games Thread

Leisure Suit Larry got funded, but because the extra funding added a lot more content, the title's release date has been moved from Oct 12 to early next year.

For those who are getting a Pebble : I just read one detail about the watch not on the Kickstarter website that I thought was important -- The Pebble will only show SMS message data from Android phones (iOS doesn't make this data available). This was important to me since it was the main reason I got the watch (I get hospital pages through my phone), but fortunately I just got a new Android phone, so I'm still okay.
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Old 05-07-12, 10:15 AM   #88
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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...-radio-network

Kickstarter for a Gaming Internet Radio Network. Started by one of the founders of G4 and there are a bunch of podcasts are on board. (Mine is one of them, Dead Pixel Live).

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Old 05-07-12, 09:37 PM   #89
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I'll have to take a look at that I don't listen to too many gaming podcasts

Jane Jensen and grim dawn projects have both reached funding levels
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Old 05-08-12, 10:10 AM   #90
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Starlight Inception has 12 hours left:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...ht-inceptiontm
It's "the rebellious stepchild of Wing Commander, X-wing and Freespace2, taking a fresh approach to the classic space combat genre."

It's gotten some major amounts of funding in the past few days (over $30K), but it's going to need a big last-minute push to reach its goal:
http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/732...t-inceptiontm/
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Old 05-08-12, 02:43 PM   #91
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The Two Guys from Andromeda have launched their kickstarter campaign

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...e?ref=category


Yay for more adventure games! I wish it were actually Space Quest, but I still have high hopes.
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Old 05-08-12, 03:39 PM   #92
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The Two Guys from Andromeda have launched their kickstarter campaign
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...e?ref=category
Great news, albeit not surprising. I'm guessing they were waiting until Leisure Suit Larry and Jane Jensen's Kickstarters had both at least reached their goals before starting their own Kickstarter.
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Old 05-08-12, 03:45 PM   #93
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Pebble Watch update for anyone still sitting on the fence :

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We're limiting Kickstarter rewards to 85,000 Pebbles

Just wanted to let everyone know that our current plan is to limit the total number of Kickstarter rewards to around 85,000 Pebbles. As soon as the total exceeds that, all rewards will change to being 'sold out'. Right now you have claimed 75,000 watches, that leaves only 10,000 more before Pebble is sold out!
We've thought a lot about this decision, and we feel it's time. You, our backers, were the first group of people to believe in Pebble, and we want to return our focus to creating the most awesome watch possible for you.

Pebble will be available eventually for $150 USD from www.getpebble.com, but the expected delivery date will be well after the ship date of all Kickstarter backers.
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Old 05-08-12, 03:57 PM   #94
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Thanks, Decker. I pulled the trigger.
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Old 05-08-12, 04:04 PM   #95
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Carmageddon!

This will probably be the first Kickstarter I back
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Old 05-08-12, 04:47 PM   #96
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Pebble Watch seems like it should be in Tech Talk, unless there's some new video games running on it that i'm not aware of
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Pebble Watch seems like it should be in Tech Talk, unless there's some new video games running on it that i'm not aware of
Okay, give me a second..... you could arrange to get notifications on a Pebble watch that your opponent in Words With Friends or Draw Something! sent you a new challenge. That sorta makes it game related, right?
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Old 05-08-12, 05:27 PM   #98
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This will probably be the first Kickstarter I back
Thanks, I love Carmageddon, so just backed it (and 2 guys from Andromeda, and finally got around to the Jane Jensen one).
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Old 05-08-12, 06:24 PM   #99
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I'm in for the SpaceVenture game.

I'm not sold on Pebble yet. I'd almost rather wait until it is in production. If SMS doesn't work with iPhone, it loses a lot of appeal to me.
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Old 05-08-12, 07:22 PM   #100
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Oh Jesus christ more games? So poor
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