The basic idea behind Kickstarter was a good one, allow crowdfunding for projects that might otherwise never get a chance to be released at retail so that first-time creators can have a chance to shine.
Unfortunately, that’s not what happens in practice, there are far too many people who have Kickstarter projects up for things they have no idea how to produce or how much money they need. There are established companies using Kickstarter as a means of pre-selling their games so they don’t risk spending money developing a game that isn’t popular. It’s really quite a mess.
Personally, I’ve never funded a project and never will. There’s so much out there already that’s worth buying and worth playing at retail that I have no need or interest in throwing money at projects that might never be funded nor produced. I want something that I already know is real, not something that may or may not show up at my door in 6-8 months.
However, you can hardly kick a dead cat without someone whining that they want you to fund their Kickstarter project and personally, I’m tired of it. Sorry, I’ll buy your game when you actually manage to get it into retail outlets. Sure, I know this is how people with no experience and no money get things paid for, but what makes you think I want to buy a game, designed by an inexperienced designer with no money or collateral, or worse, someone not confident enough in their product to put their own money on the line? If you can’t convince an investor to get behind your product, how good can it be?
Beyond that, there are far too many established companies that are using Kickstarter as a pre-order system for games that are going to market anyhow, as a means to both gauge popularity and to make production costs vanish because you’ve already sold the majority of your game before you even make it.
As one would expect, Kickstarter doesn’t care about any of it, they’re raking in money hand over fist, but it won’t be my dollars that they’re collecting. I don’t care about the gimmicky nonsense that higher-end backers get. I’m not impressed with the glitz or the recognition or any of that. I just want a good game at a retail price and so long as that’s not what you get off Kickstarter, it’s somewhere I spend little of my time and absolutely none of my money.