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And I promptly facepalmed so hard that I nearly KO'd myself. If this has been posted before, I apologize. If you don't know what I'm talking about, just head to their site at http://www.blackisle.com and prepare to be shocked, disgusted, amazed, or any combination thereof.
For those who can't view the page, I'll sum it up: They're using some incredibly overdone Mayan calendar doomsday gimmick to raise money for themselves. Know what you get for $10 and up? Forum access, a forum badge, and a 'Certificate of Merit'.
Know what you get for $20 and up? Forum access, a SILVER forum badge, and a 'Certificate of Valor'. That's IT.
Even if you donate $100 to these people, you still only get FORUM ACCESS. That's right, you don't even get a copy of the game they're touting! YOU HAVE TO BUY THE GAME SEPARATELY!
Now here's the funny part... the only thing they have on the site regarding the game (other than the video where the devs are talking about the game) is a feature list. THAT'S IT. No concept art, gameplay footage, or even a CGI trailer. Nothing. You are expected to support these people based on a FEATURE LIST ONLY.
I don't... I don't even know where to start with this. I am absolutely disgusted by this incredibly blatant money-grabbing. This is crowd funding at its absolute worst. Hell, they didn't even go through kickstarter to do it. They just set up a site (which looks very amateurish, BTW) and started begging for money.
I was willing to give the 'new' Black Isle a chance but after this, no thank you. I'm staying far, FAR away from these people. I hope anyone with a sense of decency would do the same.
I would also like to apologize for the rambling nature and poor grammar of this post. Just wanted to rant a bit about this before heading off to bed, will probably come back and clean it up after some sleep, lol.