I'm a big fan of crowdfunding. Middlemen bother me, both inside the gaming industry and out, and anything that allows creators to reach their audience with less interference from MBAs, marketers, and the like is a win in my book.
That said, my personal crowdfunding honeymoon period is over. I'm finding myself more and more uninterested in betas, alphas, and backer-only pre-alpha stuff. Case in point is Star Citizen's
recently released Arena Commander (or dogfighting module, if you prefer). I'm still a big fanboy, and as such I was excited to fire it up for the first time. I'm also appreciative of all the work that Cloud Imperium
has done since the game was announced, but man I just don't want to play pre-release stuff!
The stack of finished games on my desk is too large, as is the list of non-gaming hobbies, for me to waste time on buggy builds and feature sets that may change post-release. I'm not complaining, though, as the option
to get in and see the development process is great. What about you, Massively readers? Are you still excited about crowdfunding? If so, do you get your hands dirty pre-release?
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