Kickstart My Heart – Vidjagame Apocalypse 344

Shenmue 3 is just the latest example of crowdfunding as a way to bring back series and genres long thought dead – or to create new ones. This week, Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski of Ultra 64 join us to look at five of the best games ever to be funded by crowds, after which we dip into Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts, take a closer look at Stadia and streaming in general, and find out which villains you’d like to play as, even if they still lose.

Question of the Week: What’s a crowdfunded project you backed and absolutely loved?


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3 thoughts on “Kickstart My Heart – Vidjagame Apocalypse 344

  1. QotW: I sorta helped backed that new 7th Guest fan game, the 13th Doll. I’d call it less backing and more preordering. But I was following the project on and off for over 10 years. Actually surprised it was released. Haven’t played it much but from what I have played, it’s very faithful in the T7G/11th Hour motifs and cheesy acting with actors interacting over green screen

  2. QOTW: I backed Shadowrun Returns because I was a big fan of the Shadowrun tabletop RPG as well as the SNES Shadowrun game. Overall I enjoyed Shadowrun Returns despite some minor flaws. More importantly though I got the sequel Shadowrun: Dragonfall as a free backer reward. Dragonfall is one of my favourite games of all time, and totally improved every aspect of the first game. I wonder if the fact Shadowrun got kickstarted and had an invested fanbase, meant the developer had more leeway to refine the game. If they had just released the original Shadowrun Returns and it got lukewarm reviews, I wonder if they would’ve had the publisher support to go back and develop it into a masterpiece like Dragonfall.

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