The Appeal of Crowd Funding

Have you ever contributed to an Indie GoGo Project, or become a back of a Kickstarter? I have.

In my mind, the kind of projects I contribute to fall into two camps: things I want, and am willing to pay for (a preorder if you will) and things that I just think are too cool not to exist. The first category is the kind of project that introduced me to crowd funding; the second type, however, I think is the really interesting part.

The first two projects I contributed to were actually both retro video games – the top down crunchy kind that I, and likely many of you grew up with. Think Fallout, Arcanum, Baulder’s Gate, or even Rogue – games that were awesome at the time, but now are almost too dated to play. Both of the initial products that entranced me promised to be in this vein and had the appropriate pedigree: Wasteland 2, the sequel to the game that inspired fallout and Shadowrun Returns, the sequel to the classic. The former went on make almost 3 million dollars on a 1 million dollar goal, and the later made almost 2 million on a half-million dollar goal.

I spent less than $50 on the pair, and though I have not received my games yet, I am unconcerned; the regular progress reports I read on both make them look very healthy and exciting, and if they crater? Well, I guess I’m out a couple bucks.

What Kickstarter/Indiegogo projects have you contributed to? What dream product would you spend your hard earned money on?

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This entry was posted by David Winchester.

3 thoughts on “The Appeal of Crowd Funding

  1. What dream project would I spend my hard earned money on?

    A penis-enlarging pill.

    Oh, wait…

  2. “In my mind, the kind of projects I contribute to fall into two camps: things I want, and am willing to pay for (a preorder if you will) and things that I just think are too cool not to exist.”

    You said it perfectly!

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