20.12.2012 @ 19:19 #41
$20 to tell him he's a fool on his own forum? Maybe that's not too bad a bargain.
21.12.2012 @ 14:31 #44
Not surprising though, its just that Interplay wasn't very subtle about it.
Greaseball Herve had been sodomising Black Isle's corpse for cash for years until Bethesda finally shut him down (the Fallout franchise). Also Feargus (Obsidian's CEO) mentioned at one point that big publishers had approached them to use Obsidians name to push a money grab via Kickstarter.
When Obsidian scooped up 4 mill pretty much on their name alone for Project Eternity, you could bet that vultures hould show up.
At least for the video gaming market, others have been scamming on quietly on kickstarter for some time.
21.12.2012 @ 17:34 #46
21.12.2012 @ 17:55 #47
Costin Moroianu said:
A few thousand from what RPG Codex posted before. Though I haven't seen an update on that number for a while. The sad thing is unlike Kickstarter they get the money immediately and they put a clause on there that says they have no obligation to do anything they say they are going to do. Doubt that would hold up under anything. Also their update makes me sad. I believe that the people there honestly want to make this game but I will not give anything to the current Interplay. Also something else that relates to this.
21.12.2012 @ 19:01 #48
Clever. But even if you could get current stockholders to sell for a penny or even two cents a share, which they won't, you'd be buying a can of worms. Interplay is so defunct that it hasn't even filed financial statements since June 2011. The last time they did, they showed $189,000 in current assets, $3.4 million in current liabilities, and a quarterly operating loss of $358,000, after which their auditor gave up and refused to certify their statements.
You wouldn't be buying Interplay or Black Isle. There is nothing left of Interplay or Black Isle except Herve Caen's debts. You'd be buying Herve Caen. You don't want him.
21.12.2012 @ 19:25 #49
Guy N said:
You wouldn't be buying Interplay or Black Isle. There is nothing left of Interplay or Black Isle except Herve Caen's debts. You'd be buying Herve Caen. You don't want him. ›››
Actually I posted that up so people could get a laugh out of it. I don't think they are scamming (otherwise they would have put flexible funding) but I do believe they are delusional.
21.12.2012 @ 19:38 #50
Yeah; I just wanted to illustrate exactly how big a delusion it is and exactly how far Interplay has fallen into a financial black hole under Herve Caen.
Like buying an aquarium infested with Bobbit worms, at a penny a fish.
(Anybody see the resemblance to TW1's Giant Centipedes?)
22.12.2012 @ 11:04 #51
14.01.2013 @ 21:31 #52
Also of some note is this Gamasutra article though ignore the MOBA part. Nowhere in Gas Powered Games' pitch does it ever use the word MOBA.
EDIT: PC Gamer has a bit of info on this.
19.04.2013 @ 18:26 #53
What I like about this video in particular is that we get some insight into the development process in both cases (crowdfunded projects vs. publisher-funded projects) as well as some actual numbers. For instance, looking at a $60 game about $12 of each copy go to the developer with the traditional model. With crowdfunding that amount lies between $48 and $51 per copy! This also means that they have to sell way fewer copies in order to break even which means they have to worry less about sales and appealing to the mass market and can actually develop niche/hardcore games while still being profitable.