I'm forever seeing new kickstarter programmes in the news.
It almost seems like it's being overused these days. A lot of decent small projects aren't meeting their targets (so get nothing) and larger pro developers are starting to use it too, which I'm not sure it was originally intended for. Great when it works mind.
What a good idea.
I hope they get enough income to finish the project.
It seems crowdsourcing and especially the kickstarter programme has really taken off now.
I see crowdsourcing as a much better idea in many aspects. Apart from giving you access to Beta versions it also gives the user feeling of "owning" the project at various levels which is great for a few of our current favourite topics
- with continual feedback you end up with a much better final game and your bug testing for free.
- because the user is continually involved in development they are more likely to spread info about it through blogs, forums etc.
- certain levels of user can contribute in a more direct way so we can get some lovely user generated content.
- some of the potential perks are just damn cool. eg. In Cars you can have one of the AI drivers named after you.