It’s worth it to get out from under big dev
-Gigabear, Massively OP Comment
I avoided posting about the whole DreamWorld Kickstarter thing in part because I have very little interest in MMOs that show up on Kickstarter… they are not universally bad, but the wall of disappointment that has been built up around them in general should be a warning to all… and in part because the red flags on this particular project… a comically low ask, sky high setting of expectations, no industry experience, “we’ve got all the answers” attitude, and a free art assets demo reel… made me want to avoid inadvertently giving it any more attention that it might otherwise have garnered. Massively OP and MMO Fallout gave it more attention than it deserved.
I can’t say if the whole thing was a scam or just hubris, but I will write a sincere post of apology if any sort of game results from the campaign. (Though I will reserve the right to compare what was promised versus what was delivered as part of that apology. Sincerity can cut both ways.)
Anyway, another day, another round of BS on the internet. No news there.
But I was interested in who would back such a project, and specifically who would back it at the $1,999 or more tier, which had seven parties throw in.
I can see maybe bidding at a low tier if you want to go along for the ride with some middle age prima donna developer who wants to prove that they didn’t do their best work back in the 90s. We’ve seen our share of that in the last decade. I didn’t chip in on Star Citizen because I believed Chris Roberts could deliver everything he promised initially… much less everything he has promised since… but to have a ticket to the ride should anything interesting come of it.
But with DreamWorld you don’t even have that draw. So who sets fire to two grand for a bunch of nobody’s promising the sky? I was willing to bet that at least a couple of the seven in for that much were shills, there to make it look like a success early on, but then pull out at the last minute. But they all stayed in. So, unless there was a “pay you back after we’re done” arrangement, they actually believed what they were told and I was interested to hear from any of them.
And then one popped up over in the Massively OP comments. Gigabear, who is apparently a serial backer of such campaigns, dropped “$2000+” on the project. And the summary of their reason for backing iy… and why they would back other projects even if this one fails… was the quote above.
They want to get out from under “big dev.”
What utter self-delusional bullshit.
I can totally understand not liking the big game developers such as EA, Activision, Blizzard, Ubisoft, and whoever else you care to throw into that group. There is a lot there worthy of dislike and distrust.
But handing a couple of grand to a project like this isn’t “sticking it to the man,” it is encouraging more half assed scams.
Meanwhile there are a lot of worthwhile indie projects that are done and looking for an audience, and only a few get the attention they deserve. For every Valheim, which for $20 touches so many MMO sweet spots, there are a bunch of titles that never get the audience that would make them even a moderate success.
There were 10,263 new titles launched on Steam in 2020. Surely one of them must have been more deserving that DreamWorld?
And yeah, I don’t want to become… much less encourage… that guy who complains about people buying a latte at Starbucks rather than the game they worked so hard on. But when you aren’t even going to get a pretend spaceship JPEG… much less a tall soy caramel macchiato… for your two grand, it doesn’t seem like you’ve helped the industry at all. You’ve merely encouraged scam artists to keep on scamming.