Everyone once in awhile, I’ll smile a lot at what the internet enables. Â A few similar things have happened before, but the latest one is personally the most moving. Â The picture below is a snippet from the Kickstarter page. Â Kickstarter is a crowd-source funding platform. Â If you want to, say, make a documentary on lemmings, you can post a project and dollar amount you need to start, and individuals/whoever pledges to donate in whatever amount they see fit. Â This allows the general internet public to decide on projects they feel worthy, and fund them. Â There’s some art projects, media, hardware…lots of interesting, boring, great projects. Â I’m not 100% sure of all the details, but if your goal is not hit, then everyone’s money gets returned. Â If you need $50k to fund your lemming film endeavour, and you only get $10k in donations…those people haven’t lost anything, and only cough up the dough if the project hits their goal within a deadline period.
Anyway, this is it:
I know, those of you voting for me in the 2024 elections may be unfamiliar with the words described above. Â In less than 24 hours, the internet community contributed more than $1 million dollars to fund a developer with a history of fantastic games. Â So what? Â This is what.
Games need developers, publishers, distributors, all of these things. Â And when a brilliant (and sometimes not brilliant) development studio wants to make a game, someone needs to pony up the dough. Â More and more often, a big studio like EA (Electronic Arts), Activision, etc will fund them…but having the wallet means you can dictate some of the process of development. Â Furthermore, just like recording artists get screwed by their production companies, development studios can see very little return while their publisher rakes in the dough from a successful game.
Something like Kickstarter allows this model to be circumvented. Â People can choose who to support, donate directly, the developers can work on their art in a much purer sense.
Another example of this is Louis C.K. Â Instead of going through the usual channels, he self-produced a comedy album (is it called a comedy album?), and distributed it online for $5. Â He’s well known and popular enough for the internet to take of the marketing for him…but cutting out the middleman allowed a lot of dollars not to be burned doing nothing. Â I understand this is a poor way to “stimulate the economy”…but really, it’s a much more efficient way of working in the internet age. Â If his experiment failed, the studios could point and laugh…but he made over a million dollars. Â I’m not here to toot anyone’s horn, but he donated nearly $300k of this to charities. Â I don’t see publishers giving away 30% of their profits.
I’m not saying everyone has the capabilities to produce things themselves, but the big media companies are becoming increasingly obsolete. Â Services like Pandora and Spotify make music free/inexpensive, which cuts into the big studio’s profits.
Keep being independent. Â Keep crowd-sourcing funding when necessary, and pour back whatever profits you can back into the community.
What I’m saying, dear 2024 election voter, is that I believe the big studios are wasteful, and corrupt their art, whether it be music, video, games, or other things that I can’t think of right now. Â I’m sure this effects books and physical media (painting and such) as well, but nobody looks at art anymore, and only girls read books…and only Vaginal Fantasy Novels.