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Dorkly Shows the Sad Side of Kickstarting Your Game

Dorkly Shows the Sad Side of Kickstarting Your Game

They can’t all be Broken Age.

In their latest comic, Dorkly offers up a look at the dark side of Kickstarter, the side where thousands of dollars get pumped into a project with absolutely zero chance of ever actually making it out of alpha. Presenting “How to Run a Successful Videogame Kickstarter.”

If you’re the type to follow the rising (and falling) fortunes of the many, many gaming Kickstarters out there, you know that every once in a while, a successfully-funded project will fail to materialize. Dorkly hone in on the many reasons why that can happen – from inexperienced project leads to unrealistic (read: insane) goals which cause the whole thing to fail under the weight of expectations and a general lack of knowledge about how games are made.

Of course, this isn’t confined to games – they’re just the ones that tend to get some of the most enthusiastic backing. Hell, even I’ve supported comic and film projects that seemed attractive on paper – everyone involved was wildly talented, and the goals seemed ambitious but doable. But months and months later, I and hundreds or even thousands of other backers were still left waiting for something from the project to appear.

But it’s not all terrible: be a little skeptical and vigilant when you support someone’s Kickstarter campaign. Ask questions. If the answers don’t satisfy you, follow up, and if it still seems a little sketchy, go with your gut. And remember, however the campaign turns out, it’s not a preorder.

[via Kotaku]