Take the alpha money and run!
First off as always I have to say I’m one of the biggest supporters of Indie games. Now that I said that, it’s time for me to take a few shots at a few indie game developers, but believe me if I’m taking shots they deserve it.
We see more and more games release in alpha stage and the developer needs money to complete the project. That’s fine if the developers actually follow through and complete the game. Or at least make it playable.
The one problem that I have seen is the developer slows down after receive the fund and it seems like forever to get new updates. We’ll call this the Funding Hangover.
One part of me believes that a lot of the time it’s because the development team or person is in way over their heads and this cause the game to be delayed. Might because of lack of staff, it could be a lot of things, but I still think the developer had the best intentions to complete their game.
I have seen this from the inside when I worked with few indie teams.
It amazes me that some of the more successful games like Minecraft are so slow to update, is this a case of a Funding Hangover, or purely being cautious so as not to screw up the game. Let’s face it, it takes forever for them to put out a patch and when they do, there is already a mod out that is better than their patch.
Now I’m not say that Minecraft is the only game like this, but one of the more prominent games.
I have said this many times on this blog that if it wasn’t for our indie developers there would never be any new styles of games coming out. The indie developers have no worries about taking chances and trying new things.
I’m not sure if this has actually happened much, we hear of the occasional Kickstarter game that has run out of money and has ceased development. I’m starting to get the feeling that it is more common than you think. We hear only about successes and never these types of failures.
They have your money and they don’t care about you anymore! That was probably out of line but as a gamer and someone who considers themselves honest this really pisses me off.
So today I ask you, have you heard of any developer calling it quits and running away with the cash?