The Gist - 5 Crowdfunded Games You Should Be Backing
Tis the season to be charitable so if supporting indie gaming is your thing then check out these five suggestions which are currently in the process of crowdfunding to see if they're worth your dollars!
Alas, poor Deathfire. I was really hoping that one would make it. Well, at least there's still Might & Magic 10. And Divinity: Original Sin. And Project Eternity. And that other one I can't spell... Planescape: Numa Numa... Numanera? Well, yeah, that one.
P.S. Mmm, feta cheese....
1. DayZ Standalone
3. 7 Days To Die
4. Project Zomboid
5. Divinity Original Sin
6. Project Eternity
8. Grim Dawn
All good games that are not finished yet, played some of them all so far except Project Eternity.
In all honesty these games I enjoyed more than 90% of the AAA games released this year.
Stay away from Rust
I don't get why Novus Aeterno was not even mentioned... The largest strategy game ever build and Winner of Best RTS PAX Prime 2012...
That's too bad about Deathfire... honestly, Wizardry 8 is a classic and the fact that games like those have essentially ceased being made is a disappointment to people like me.
Also, funny that I just watched the following week's episode of The Gist, where Jess mentioned 505 Games failing big time on of the worst games of the year... then I see an ad prior to this video for guess what? A 505 Games title. IRONY!
This show, in my COMPLETELY SUBJECTIVE OPINION, shows how barren Kickstarter is right now. This honestly makes me begin to doubt the longevity of our little revolution. I've been backing a project a month for about the past year now, but when I kick around the warrens of Kickstarter what I deem "backable" seems less and less.
That isn't to say that I regret what I have backed. Infact, now that I am employed, my contributions have significantly multiplied. My last project was... Read only memories? But that was a favour to my brother who is a huge Snatcher fan. Before that it was the Mandate. 150$ to support a game I tenatively call "Mount and Blade in Space".
The Mandate was a good idea, ambitious as it is. This video made me think: is that what kick start is about? Sure there is good ideas, but if you examine my backing history and compared it with Jess' and yours, the reader's' then might we find our money is simply just going to recreate the games of our childhood? That's why I back Eterium-- an unabashed Wing Commander 1 clone. Games from inXile and Obsidian and Double Fine can only make up so much of our fare. So when it comes to choosing which games receive our money past "good ideas" from well established studios and the veterans thereof are we simply lashing out again fate trying to reestablish our own pasts and further validate our experience through continuity?
Sorry, I got a wee bit out of hand.
Happy New Year, Jess and everyone.
i must say the space ones really peaked my interest. i think it was a great show its somthing people never really think about.
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Hey Jess and everyone!
This inspired me to check out Kickstarter and I found a really cool-looking "spiritual successor" to Syndicate which I remember fondly from my youth. They're calling it Satellite Reign and it's being made in Brisbane.
If you liked the original Syndicate games or dystopian cyper-punks in general I'd definitely check it out. They're still looking for backers but it promises to be great based on the funding goals already achieved.
They also have some cool tech-demo videos that are worth checking out.
Well that was a bummer. I went over to http://deathfiregame.com/ and saw they just pulled the plug on it last Saturday.
Hadn't heard of any of those. The space one looks pretty interesting. Might keep an eye on it. Thanks for the heads up. Won't even think about throwing cash any which way till the end of the holiday season though, see how much I'm left with first. Speaking of which, Happy Holidays Jess and people.
Nice variety in the games chosen for this segment. Frankly, there are so many indie games under development I find it a bit overwhelming just looking at all of them much less backing them. Steam has literally100's in greenlight status.
I also notice a drop in Kickstarter successes. No doubt the wild enthusiasm early on has spawned a glut of games, many of which shouldn't be made. Unfortunately it makes it more difficult to find and back the real gems.
I've backed more than 30 games on kickstarter over the last two years with more than one grand.....
I think I've done my part. :P
Merry Christmas to all of you. :)
Great show Jess. Thanks for showing us those games. Someone should make a show about crowdfunded games.
My most recent funding splurge was "The Long Dark".
New Orbit looks interesting to me so I'll probably give it a go from the tattered remnants of my post-Christmas budget.
I only back games after they are released, if the product is good I'll gladly buy it, otherwise I won't bother.
I supported a game recently called Lobodestroy, it's a platformer like Banjo series for Nintendo 64, and looks really awesome, i'm a huge fan of this genre.
This was a good episode, mainly because I had never heard of any of those games.
I've back several crowdfunded projects, the most spent being on the OUYA but of course you had to spend a pretty good amount to at least get one. I went pretty far beyond that though, and ultimately regretted it, not just for the final product but the way they treated backers was horrible. I actually just happened to fire the thing up again earlier today and try some games, the control responsiveness is just bad, and overall there don't seem to be many good games.
On a side not about crowdfunding, my feelings are mixed. In the projects I've backed and some I only followed, I've seen some that came out just poor and not like they promised, some poor treatment of backers, and so on. However, probably my biggest issue is that most do not make good on their claims that the community will have a real say in the game's development/design decisions.
Overall I got a little too excited about crowdfunding and did put out quite a bit of money, more than I should have really, but now I have become far more practical or coldly analytical about the decision to back. I try not to get too excited and sometimes decide not to back on the purely practical premise that the game will likely release at or very near the basic backing tier, so why not wait and see the response/reviews instead of buying in early.
I'm looking forward to that next video, response to GOTY stuff. I hope it's not like a Feedbackula kind of thing that just focuses on the worst of the negative responses. That seems to be very common lately and I'm getting a little tired of it.
Love the color scheme in the overlaying explanations, futuristic 70's, but the font needs to be a little larger.
What the fox say!
I recall a year ago that I make a publicly viewable statement that I expected Reset to be a 2.5D puzzle-platformer. I am pleased to admit that my expectation was terribly wrong. :D
A full 3D puzzle-platformer with super-snazzy graphics - oh yes. :)
I wonder what s_h_a_d_o would say about this; probably yet another disparaging remark at GameSpot such as "you are late".
Dreamfall Chapters, huh? Well you can't regret anything until you've actually experienced it. Hopefully the puzzles are more memorable than the 30 minute demo advertised.
Infectously sweet Jess McDonell. :)
Great show Jess! Good picks. Didn't know about that side scroller, look interesting.
I gave my support to Reset a month or so back.
1:15 Emerald Island tutorial location in Might and Magic VII....MM7, one of top 5 best games of all time for me...this video is awesome, I rest my case...
Edit: and then the mention you spend a lot of time in MM7 and 8 (finished my original comment before getting there in the video), yes, this video is awesome...Deathfire looks really cool, somewhat like Legend of Grimrock but with incorporation of Dark Eye traits, hopefully it gets the baking it needs and will not be a broken mess like the new Blade of destiny...
Thank you for that tip about the game for us with amblyopia or strabismus. I'd never heard of it, have never seen 3d and the Oculus rift was a revelation for me and is a definate buy when it comes out. Will definately back this. Thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!
Some cool looking games, gave the Torment: Tides of Numenera & Wasteland 2 package a shot on kickstarter, seemed like a good deal.
Mandate looks pretty cool, has David Bradley (Lord Walder Frey from Game of Thrones) and is a sci-fi RPG.
and of course Star Citizen with their <insert how many millions here> funded game looking amazing.
Once again, good show Jess.
The only time I supported this kind of thing was with Wasteland 2, because I trusted the devs completely to make it great. It should be out soon, then we'll see if it was worth it :P
The first two games, that RPG and the Mech one look quite interesting. Could you link me to where I'm supposed to fund these?
Yes, this show is all opinion which is by nature subjective....well done on realizing that.
@tukimuki Too bad they didn't make it in Kickstarter, maybe publishers were right and people don't give a shit about good games anymore, just CoD sells and one GTA.
@g0nz0j03 What strange timing, I guess Gamespot need to be checking up on their stories right to the very last minute :). Sucks though.
@bizarro890 shame on you
@hystavito Thanks for sharing your experience. I've been backing a couple of projects. Wasteland 2 actually incorporated a lot of forum feedback into the game and made people feel as if their input was being listened to. The other I won't mention because it's still early days but I'm not feeling warm and fuzzy about it.