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I know that this debate has been done in the past on mmorpg.com but I wanted to share my point of view that I've had for a while on the subject.
Of course, there will be lots of people who won't share my views, and you are welcome to share yours, let's have an open minded discussion.
I am completely against crowd funding for any kind of project that is part of a private company, I will explain. I understand that we live in a consumer's society and that people feel the need to have everything, and from that need come decisions like for example, funding from their pockets projects that are owned by private companies with no monetary incentive returned, I personally would rather invest my money in a money making company where I have a chance to resell my investment and make more money, yes there is a risk, but the rewards can be amazing.
I see so much money thrown away, and yes I use the term thrown away on kickstarter for example on games, electronics, objects, etc, but if anyone dares to ask you for a dollar to help the poor, the sick children or any kind of meaningful charity, it's the end of the world, HOW DARE THESE DEVILS ask me for my hard earned money. Imagine all the money that is wasted on non charity crowd funded projects did go to the people in need in this world, we would actually see a huge decline in poverty. Just Kickstarter has had over 1.6 billion dollars invested in it's projects, that could build millions of shelters, create thousands of jobs, give clean water and food, medicine, etc to a lot of people/communities/countries in need. But no, I cannot send 20$ to help children who lost their parents in the war, but I can give 200$ to a private company that will get a game out to fill it's own pockets.
I know that people who put their money into crown funded projects do not have bad intentions, and I know that there are people who do both crowd funding and helping charities, but I am not talking about the few who do, but the majority who don't.
Unfortunately, we live in a individualistic society where my ''want'' is more important that the needs of the community.
I already know some of the arguments some people will make, a lot of people will also say that a lot of charities are dishonest, they put money in their pockets, there is some truth to this, but these are few, for every dishonest charity, there are a 100 honest ones, and if you do your research, you will find the good ones, if you don't find, it's because you don't want to find them.
As I said when I started this post, let's have an open discussion about this, and also, I am not here to criticize you, but rather to show you my vision on the matter, if you really feel that your hard earned money is being used the right way by crowd funding projects, then it is your money and your choice to do that, but me personally, imho, it is not a very smart choice to do so.