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Inland> I don't know if I'd personally support such a Kickstarter, but it certainly can be done. Case in point, the currently-running Kickstarter for Shenmue III. Announced at E3 and asking for $2 million, it cleared its goal within 2 days and was the fastest game-based Kickstarter (possibly fastest ever) to crack a million. There is a market for this title and it showed itself quickly. Previously, the game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night also did VERY well on Kickstarter but said from the outset it had financial backers and the Kickstarter was more to prove the market was there (which it did quite handily).

Admittedly, there are some concerns about doing things like this. Shenmue III got some flak for not being more obvious about this, especially since Sony was funding, whereas Bloodstained was direct from the start that Kickstarter was more for market demonstration than actual funding and the financial backers were a much smaller company than one of the major console producers. Disney running a Kickstarter but being open about it from the start being about gauging market rather than actually crowdfunding a project COULD work, but it's a very fine line to walk.

Brainiac - [OSUBrainiac at gmail dot com]
"It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

And away we go on with the show!
Vinnie - [thomaspeano at yahoo dot com]
Mark Twain: "Don't argue with stupid people. They'll take you down to their level and beat you with experience."

No. Too dangerous a precedent.
Harlan of Ash and Foam
Let the ol' tail wag.

If they're trying to sell a physical product, then soliciting that product for money would be a glorified pre-order. I think Atlus did something like that for the North American release of Ni no Kuni a few years ago, and it seemed to work fairly well.

I'm not sure what I think of glorified pre-orders, or efforts to convince the investing public that they're anything other than pre-orders, though.

By "physical product" I mean anything that can be packaged and shipped, including DVDs. Selling something that can't be packaged and shipped, like a new TV series or a continuation of an old one, would be trickier... unless they put it on DVD too.

Paul - [nampahcfluap at yahoo dot com]

After seeing many requests to Greg W to crowd fund projects he doesn't own I thought to ask: would you Kickstart a project from such large companies such as Disney or Warner Bros. for Gargoyles or Young Justice? Spider-man? Knowing that they could produce the shows without it? Is Kickstarting a project such as them to "show interest" worth it?

I have my own feelings but they're a bit confused so I'd like to hear other thoughts.

Inland
Signature: EIGHTH

Seven for the dwarf lords in their halls of stone
Paul - [nampahcfluap at yahoo dot com]

Sixth!
Ross

Fifth!
Matt - [Saint Louis, Missouri, USA]

Two squared.
Brainiac - [OSUBrainiac at gmail dot com]
"It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

3QUALITY!
Matthew
From far, from eve and morning, And yon twelve-winded sky, The stuff of life to knit me, Blew hither: here am I. -A.E. Housman

It's Guy Love, between TWO guys! :D
Masterdramon - [kmc12009 at mymail dot pomona dot edu]
"Listen, sempai. I don't really care if you guys recognize me as a boy or a girl. In my opinion, it's more important for a person to be recognized for who they are, rather than for what sex they are." - Haruhi Fujioka

FIRST in the name of last week's surprisingly pleasant Supreme Court rulings :)

And for those curious, the first season of Star Wars: Rebels comes to Blu-Ray and DVD September 1st.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Star-Wars-Rebels-Season-1/21253

Phoenician
"The suspense is terrible, I hope it lasts" -- Willy Wonka