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Failed Kickstarter Hits Yogscast Fans

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Fans of gaming...personalities (?) Yogscast have been left in the lurch after a Kickstarter to create a game based on the popular crew went nowhere.

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Eurogamer have the full story, including comments from Yogscast, but the gist is that in 2012 a third-party ran a successful (over $500,000!) Kickstarter for a game called Yogventures. That game has since failed to materialise and the studio has gone bust, leaving backers scrambling for refunds and Yogscast scrambling for a way to make things right.

To their credit, they've done probably as good a job as they could under the circumstances: backers of the dead game are instead getting free copies of another game, TUG, which we actually covered briefly last year.

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Yogscast is also doing their best to ensure that the physical rewards promised for Yogventures are still sent out.

Kickstarter-funded Yogventures canned, backers given Steam key for another game instead [Eurogamer]

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Things like this happening on Kickstarter, and then the crap through Early Access. And to some extents for me personally, Keiji Inafune asking for more for stuff like voice acting... it's making these platforms far less desirable than they're supposed to be.

These are supposed to be the platforms or methods, where gamers can really vote with their wallets for ideas and concepts, to get the games that they really wanted which they otherwise could not, but it's backfiring for gamers in a big way right now. You're asking to vote with your wallet, and then hand over a huge amount of faith.

It's creating a negative space for those who could finish their games, and prompting hesitation from possible backers. And that's understandable.

It's just a real shame as this was supposed to be an alternative for gamers tired of the AAA space. But instead, it's becoming a sham. A huge breach of trust, and causing irreversible damage.

Some will talk about doing research before backing, or that they should know what they were getting into when they decided to put up some money. But it is something that's happening, even if people took a calculated risk, they're still getting screwed, and that is still harming the image of these platforms.