Its a loophole. Its no longer "Fund my daughter going to 'RPG Camp'" its not "Fund my daughter's game after she goes to camp" to which I wonder how all that money can be used to fund a 9 year old's RPG Maker game. Assuming thats even what is going t obe done with the money.
Kickstarter should really have a way to close donations after reaching the goal. There's lots of projects where more money means a better product, but there's also lots of things that just can't use that much more money. Seeing as how this isn't the first time the internet's donated tons of money to something that couldn't use that much, and how many times people have gotten angry over other people not thinking about what the expenses actually are, it seems like a pretty obvious solution to me.
Hell, she could've made that much money running a lemonade stand, doing chores for neighbors, etc. I'm surprised her mother never suggested to her, y'know, trying to raise the money on her own with something like that. She's a businesswoman—you would hope she'd want to instill the value of a dollar into her children.
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I spent the better part of a day researching this, combing through this material, and going over the arguments on both sides. Then talked to Susan on the phone for an hour today. After that phone call I spent another three hours considering the facts and arguments again, armed with Susan's perspective.
I saw that Indigogo project. If you compare the pictures closely, you can see it's not the same product — similar, certainly, but there are distinctive differences. If the person who had written that inflammatory blog post had done their due diligence they would have noticed it. There is no scam there. The people she was representing were offering a product for a price. Not enough people wanted the product at that price, so the project failed.
I mean, how hard is it to see that clearly, CLEARLY it makes no logical sense to argue that this lady is both filthy rich so she doesn't need the money AND trying to scam everybody out of a few grand because that's how she makes a living. But, most of all, why? Short of this lady not having any children or not being who she says she is, why care that people want to give her money? How is this relevant? Is it the feminist angle that pisses people off? The Kickstarter angle? What's the drive?
It's the feminist angle. The internet hate machine generally likes going after women. And as you can see here, any mention of women in gaming really brings out the assholes from the gaming crowd.
If this were a boy, not as many people would be complaining.
In other words, someone honestly thinks we're hating on this project because of the feminism angle.
Gamers are mad because someone's using things people are vulnerable to in order to get money for something they could buy with 30 bucks. And they're getting paid thousands for it.
That money could go to far better uses. Like buying better games than what'll come from this. Or feeding the hungry or something.
When the hammer falls and your world shatters, I'll be there to cut the handle and pick up your pieces.
but the question remains (for certain people): Why should you care what people do with their money? So they're probably pissing it away to a project that may or may not be a scam. Why should you be concerned? It's not *your* money. And even if it was your money, it's highly likely you're just gonna waste a dollar on it.
Note: this is not my viewpoint. This is what I can glean from the viewpoints of those who are defending this Kickstarter.