It’s no shocker that Kickstarter is a risky enterprise for many. On the end of developers who are trying to fund their passion projects through the goodwill of the ever-caring public, they take the risk of not getting funding and the struggle of raising often hundreds of thousands of dollars to make sure they have food on the table to power them through their game-making process. But for consumers, an entirely different reality exists, a dark whirlpool of money being siphoned away on projects that have never and may never end up existing. Godus is the most recent example of a controversial example of a Kickstarter being released to, well… it’s not very good.
Although Peter Molyneux, a notorious over-promiser was in charge of this project, many more projects have end in complete and utter failure. The much touted Code Hero which was planned as a game that would teach players how to code, the fantastic Yogventures which was touted as the game to celebrate the YouTube celebrities involved in Yogscast, The Stomping Lands which was slated as a dinosaur hunting simulator, and many more have crashed and burned as utter failures. Whether the problem is conflict between developers and publishers, workload being to heavy to handle, or simply developers vanishing into the ether of the internet without a trace, many problems exist for those brave enough to invest in games that honestly are honestly pretty dang good and worth our time. Wasteland 2, FTL, and Elite: Dangerous are a few that come to mind.
With this in mind, NeoGAF user Stumpokapow has created a spreadsheet which is essentially a consumer’s one-stop shop for everyone’s Kickstarter needs. With a simple color-coding system and a huge list of many of the biggest games – as well as many successes in a separate tab – the spreadsheet details the current progress of tons of games that were fortunate enough to get funded. Looking at the list, it’s nice to see that despite the very high-profile failures listed in a menacing red, most of the list encompasses games that are either on the right track or already released. Only 21 out of the 185 games listed are either doing poorly or are admitted failures. This is suggestive that while Kickstarter is certainly a risk for gamers, the games that do receive plentiful funding do get funded, although there are many games on this list that earned less and still failed, as Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos proves. Let this become the sacred text for all those who frequent Kickstarter, as in the future, it will no doubt portend future successes and failures.