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It seems it didn't take long for individuals to take advantage of the ability to sell the desire for a dream; which is the essence of kickstarter. Plus, with this method of funding there is no obligation should the dream not be made.
Now it seems many new games are heading to kickstarter before release. If you look at the pledge lineup, it mimics what we used to have a pre-orders bonuses. The only difference is, with these pledges money can be gathered prior to development and should things go bad, the final product doesn't have to be delivered.
Maybe I am cynical, but this just seems ripe for abuse. So much so, as we are starting to see with a couple of mismanaged and multiple rounds of kickstarter drives, the concept of crowd funding will be ruined.
Perhaps it should be modified to give some sort of liability to the developer. Something to maintain a balance so those who are truly gifted enough to produce and devoted enough to follow through, have a major personal stake in the processes versus just reputation. This way it weeds out those who through ineptitude or malicious intent would take advantage of those who desire to fund the games they dream about.