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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: February 08, 2016, 11:46:38 PM
I know this is a very naive PoV of kickstarters in general, but I'm trying to grasp it and after reading this failure of a kickstarter story, I'm just gonna say it...

Kickstarters are for getting money for developing something in many cases...but in the situation of having an investor back you, the investor or investors get their investment back and then some. Kickstart investors get nothing back, aside from the finished product, meanwhile the company who created said product now reap the benefits of the sales of the product along with the money invested into the product. Now a situation like Unsung Story happens and all these people who have put their hard earned money into this product are being left high and dry and with a flimsy "we'll get it done one day" promise...

Nothing naive about that, a lot of people have being saying this since the start of the whole kickstarter phenomenon.  Kickstarter basically says that backers take on all the risk and the companies they're backing reap all the benefits if a project is successful.  The terms are ridiculously one-sided.  But cries for sensibility have been drowned out by hype and a general "screw the man" attitude because a lot of people felt big publishers weren't doing what they wanted.

Excuse the rudimentary undertanding of this, but explain to me how people find this an acceptable practice? Almost all of the risk lays on the investors now, and unlike big investment companies and banks, we as average people don't have gold lined pockets filled with diamonds and precious jewels (other people's money basically) to haphazardly through at a possible lucrative idea. If a bank won't give you a business loan or an investment company won't back you....maybe you oughta consider the fact that you're offering something that won't make much money or at return an investment.?

I would bet you a large sum of money that most kickstart backers genuinely do not understand the terms of what they're getting into.  It's not that they find it acceptable, it's that they don't know what they're doing.

(Full discloser: Even though I say all this I did drop $5k on a certain Kickstarter...well to be fair I was more interested in the reward than the actual game at that point.  It wasn't something you could normally buy at all, at least not at that price...)
2  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: February 05, 2016, 01:28:43 AM
To be fair, Adam Jensen does look ridiculous...

Not that Aiden seems terribly fashionable either.  It seemed like they were mostly just excited to see somebody normal...
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: How deep is your backlog? on: February 04, 2016, 11:37:36 PM
I can't remember the last year I actually finished 10 games in, and you want a top ten?  You don't even know what it means to backlog...

Though if I can finish my Zero no Kiseki and Ao no Kiseki imports this year I'll consider it an awesome year.  Yes, my shoot-for-the-moon goal is two games...
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 03, 2016, 11:12:01 PM
I'll buy it for myself and send you pics.

5  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: February 03, 2016, 11:08:52 PM
The weird thing is there are people (I even know some...) who pretty much play nothing but Compile Heart games.  I really don't get it, but they've found a niche...
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: February 01, 2016, 02:37:05 AM
like a yiff level 10 wolfsona and conlangs and connections to shady people on the west coast who were probably all ZZTers.

I don't know what a single one of those terms means...
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 30, 2016, 04:06:44 PM
Looks like a pretty standard Smörgåstårta.  It's a Swedish 'sandwich cake'.

And now you know!  Mwuahaha!
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 29, 2016, 07:05:31 PM
I usually listen to NPR or podcasts (ot NPR podcasts...) in my car...

I guess I'm a boring person!
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 29, 2016, 07:02:29 PM
Basically, Antartica is not a continent but a wall of ice surrounding the flat Earth and the sun is a spotlight.  As far as how it goes below the horizon, or how sunsets create different colors, or how the spotlight sun moves at all, they have no explanation at all, afaik.

Wait...what?  Are these people not familiar with the easy-west direction?
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 27, 2016, 12:44:45 AM
I can't really tell either...
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 26, 2016, 09:56:00 PM
The world has gone even more crazy. I blame the internet.

I don't know how facetious you were being, but the internet is actually a big part of the problem.  There are so many sources of information these days people end up selecting on those that tell them what they want to hear and ignoring everything else...

So Trump supporters will only listen to Trump-Approved (tm) sources and dismiss everything else as "corrupt, biased media".  It doesn't matter how thoroughly researched or vetted a source is if it's dismissed out of hand.  Meanwhile the Trump-Approved (tm) sources are usually completely full of shit but they're not held to the same standards so it doesn't matter...
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 26, 2016, 09:23:44 PM
He's been threatening to do it forever, but Trump is finally boycotting a debate because he's a whiny entitled little bitch.  How dare moderators ask questions about things he actually said!

(I might be slightly biased...)
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: January 24, 2016, 05:56:27 PM
I thought the first two Ar Tonelicos were basically OK...heavy helpings of innuendo not withstanding.  It was the third game that shat all over everything I liked about the series and turned it into a stripping simulator...
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 23, 2016, 12:53:17 AM
I don't even...
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: January 20, 2016, 03:38:03 PM
Uh, do any PS3 games play on the PS4?

There's your answer.
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