I was quite excited to find out that Kickstarter is finally coming to Canada, not because I want to kickstart something, but because I know that there are probably some awesome creative Canadian friends of mine that will benefit from having less complicated access to Kickstarter now.
I personally am far too afraid to kickstart something, and when I mentioned this on twitter, several people responded wondering why this was so.
It basically comes down to this:
- I have no guarantee that I will stay motivated/interested in a project, and don’t want to be forced into finishing it because people paid for it
- Pressure/stress stifle my creativity in the worst way possible (for some people it has the opposite effect), and the stress of (1) would make it even less likely that I would finish it
So that’s basically it, I don’t want to waste anybody’s time because I know myself well enough that it wouldn’t go very well.
What about kickstarting something very small? Would that remove most of the pressure?
This was a good question, but the answer is simple: I could just finish something small without the help of Kickstarter funding and release it. In fact, I do it quite often.
Of course, many Kickstarter projects are actually already finished once they launch their funding campaign, because the campaign is really just to allow them to publish a certain way (for example, to cover printing costs of an already finished book).
This is perfectly fine, but I can’t see myself needing Kickstarter for this reason. I’ve got all the tools I need to publish games to PC, Mac, or on mobile devices, and can already reach everybody I want to this way.
Well, why don’t you just wait until you have a project you know you’ll finish before kickstarting it?
That’s the idea, I guess. Though I never, ever really know when I’m going to finish a project, sometimes I have a good idea. In that case though I’d rather just finish the game, as I don’t particularly need funding at the moment.
I’ve got money put away so I can work on games full-time for awhile before I’ll be ass-broke again, and I earned that money by working 2 years doing a full-time job while doing contract work at the same time. It was tiring, but now I can work risk-free without having to worry about disappointing a bunch of backers and being creatively stifled as a result of the stress.
It’s better for me this way :)
If you’ve got more questions, feel free to email them to me, or ask me on Twitter. If I get good ones, I’ll append them to this post as well.