Bryy wrote:Of course he is owed a reason to give his money.
He's not owed anything. If he doesn't like the model, he shouldn't donate any money. The system is based on an amount of trust. Guys like Schafer and Fargo can get away with providing less because we know they know what they're doing. He is treating it as if the Kickstarter models means we're stockholders, publishers, people who have a right to information throughout the process. We're not. We're pledgers, and we have a right to not less and no more than what is described on the Kickstarter page.
He also comes across as arrogant because he derides the budgets as implausible. As if he knows better than the professionals, experienced videogame people who have been doing this for years. He's got no idea, but he deigns to talk down to people because he overrates his own knowledge base specifically.
And yes, he does come across like he has it in for Fargo specificially. Going "I also predict that at least one of them will get picked up by a big-name publisher (please, let this happen to Wasteland 2, so we get to hear Brian Fargo suddenly love working with a big-name publisher that’s not like the rest of them)" just seems petulant like hell.
So no, I'm not taking the article (video?) very seriously, nor was I taking the earlier similar attempt by Penny Arcade seriously. Anyone who hasn't realized the problems that can stem from having to trust people simply is spending their money foolishly. Kickstarter is a risk, that's why I've only pledged to DoubleFine and inXile myself, because I feel secure they will deliver. The problems with PA and this odious guy is that they badly underestimate the consumer, and pretend like the consumer has no responsibility whatsoever here to sensibly spend his/her money.