Originally Posted by Artbot
In principle I totally agree, but in practice, there's something that really rubs me the wrong way about this. This is basically a commercial endeavor with no payback or upside for the investor (you). While some continue to hail this new business model as "bold" or "innovative" or "breaking from the studio system," this particular project appears to be none of these. They are merely asking people to pay for what a studio should pay for if they thought the project was worthy of development (i.e., potentially profitable), and that sets a bad precedent.
Well and this is exactly how I feel, I just feel strange complaining since nobody is forced to give anything, but yes, it's iffy. As you said, my main gripe is that you aren't investing in a final product, you are investing in a part of it that could never advance into something substantial. Most of the time on kickstarter you invest, and if it makes the goal you get the product you invested in, if it doesn't make the goal, you get your money back.
Well now we have this situation where you put your money in, it reaches the goal so they keep your money, the story reel is made, and then nothing ever comes of it... so really you got nothing out of your investment.