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Sometimes, alphafunding and crowdfunding just seems to be badly overrated these days. Why, you would ask. Personally, thinking of these major reasons:

1. Crowdfunding basically works like debt; you ask gamers to fund your game first, but you receive money in advance rather than invest your own funds in making a product and then getting paid for (profitting from) it after it is all finalised and released.


2. Alpha-funding is paying for partially finished games. Pros? You get at least some part of the game you paid for, so it cannot really turn full vaporware on you. Cons? Developers can take it in direction you do not want it taken, vide Godus that became a mobile game without any warning or consideration for PC gamers, or suddenly jump from the alpha version to the "final" version without any actual polishing done, for instance Reign of Kings or Life is Feudal.


3. Crowdfunding is also sometimes used to rip gamers off and milk them as much as possible. Never occurred? It did actually: the infamous work of digital interactive gaming art, Planetary Annihilation, is the "finest" example of this behaviour. The first editions of Planetary Annihilation were so overpriced that the ripped-off backers are still fuming about it.


4. Alpha-fund limbo; yes, games developed for so many years it becomes increasingly doubtful whether they will be fully released at all - or just wanna beat Duke Nukem in terms of secret or imaginary development time. Godus comes to mind again, in this regard, as the completion meter of Godus does not go forward anymore. On a side note, there is also Overgrowth, which is still actively developed, yet its development time is around 8 years which probably can make your head spin when it comes to think about it. As you can see, sometimes alpha-fund developers can take their sweet time completing their game, just because they are too insecure or too greedy to hire a few additional staff members to make it come along substantially faster.


It just feels like more and more developers hide behind the indie buzzword just to deliver shitty games and stop caring about bugs or final quality, never feeling responsible for their "indie" works or being aware that their games are actually products that are supposed to possess some decent quality, or use crowd/early access campaigns in an ultra scammy manner ending up with some good yet really badly marketed game.

Focusing on more than just negativity of alphafunding/crowdfunding, there still seem to be some great gems out there that are shining brightly, such as Space Engineers, Medieval Engineers, and Kenshi. Speaking of non-indies, e.g. Pillars of Eternity crowdfunding campaign also delivered what it promised and received great community reviews. So the point of crowdfunding/alphafunding games is not entirely lost... not yet at least.

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Warlock_23
Warlock_23

I have a suggestion for GRANS....... Can you make a sub forum for a 'Artwork Gallery'? Where we can post pictures, drawings, anything related to artwork we've made?

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feillyne CreatorSubscriber
feillyne

Hmmm, you mean a subforum with links to pics, and news about new imgs added to artwork showroom?

We can make more versatile gallery, just by adding updates/news about new imgs posted... just like posts, i.e. "unseen pics", etc. It could replace a seperate subforum for news about new images.

BTW, we can add more categories to the artwork showroom. Maybe there should be mod-only categories, e.g. "M.A.F artwork showroom".

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Warlock_23
Warlock_23

I was actually thinking of something like a 'Gallery' what I mean is that there's a subforum where we can post images of what we've done....
Like I would make a thread in that sub forum titled something like "Warlock's Gallery" or something where I can post pictures of what've I've made such as models, drawings, concept arts, pictures we've made etc.

And if people want to something that's in other people's gallery they can have the choice to upload it so it can be shared...

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feillyne CreatorSubscriber
feillyne

You know, everyone can already have his own private gallery. Yes, yes, in artwork showroom!

Grans-productions.com <- a personal showroom. ;-)

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Warlock_23
Warlock_23

How come I never came across it before? lol

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Warlock_23
Warlock_23

It's very hard to find from the main page, so not many people probably know about it.... Is there a way for you to make it viewed more easily?

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feillyne CreatorSubscriber
feillyne

Hmmm, we can think of something... maybe a next quick link, e.g. "upload a pic to your personal showroom" or a link to view private galleries.

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Warlock_23
Warlock_23

A link to view private galleries would be great!

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feillyne CreatorSubscriber
feillyne

Language packs (langmd.mix or only .csf file) for ASM mod are needed! Sending any of these things will be much appreciated. :-)

Languages most looked for: French, Italian, German, Spanish and maybe Portuguese, too. ;-) (I don't know if RA2:YR was released in all of them.)

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Speeder
Speeder

Feillyne, Ty z Polski jesteś? A my gadu gadu po angielsku.

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feillyne CreatorSubscriber
feillyne

Niby jestem... :-P

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James100
James100

Yo Check the comment at that Mothership thing Pic

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feillyne CreatorSubscriber
feillyne

Checked, commented. ;-) Better would be cut the discussion/talk there. ;-)

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