I was ready to drop $100 after the stream today, thinking that it was a pretty decent pledge. Then I look at the pledge page, and it's one of the lowest packages there is. Packages range from 50, 100, 150, 250, 300, 500, 1k+. This isn't really unusual among kickstarters, but what got me was what was offered at the different tiers, and then on top of that, what the most popular tier was. $1,000 being the most popular pledge tier.
For 1 grand or more, you don't even get a lifetime sub, you get 6 months. Not only can I not help but wonder who's got a grand to drop on a game that's still in alpha, but I'm astounded by the fact that this is the most popular pledge tier. Maybe I'm just old, but I can remember when you bought a game for $50-60 and then had a $15 sub on top of that, and that was all. Now we're expected to drop a grand on a game that's still in development, in the hopes that we like the end product?
I mean, assuming $15 a month for a sub, and a $60 box price. It would take me 5 years to pay a grand in box+ sub fees. And people are dropping a grand left and right on this game? I really don't understand what gamer culture has come to if this is the case. The microtransaction shops that infest games are bad enough (can remember when games supported themselves on subs alone), but this is just crazy.
As much as I really enjoyed the stream, and really admire what Visionary Realms is doing, I would have to be insane to drop a grand on the game instead of putting that money in my child's college fund, or my own retirement fund. I understand that VR is trying to make the game without having to cow down to suits telling them what to do, and that's why they are seeking crowdfunding, but at this point it just feels like rape. Maybe if we got to see some dividend returns after the game is released and making money, making the pledges more of an investment in something you believe in. But as it is now, it just feels like Brad and team are just going to be laughing all the way to the bank once the game is released.
And, yes I know, "If i don't like it, don't pledge". But that's the real rub, I do like it, and I wanted to pledge something. But at this point it feels like if i'm not pledging a grand, I may as well just not pledge at all.