An interesting read: http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2013/05/i-wont-give-zach-braff-one-dime.html
Really dug this article, Kickstarter has definitely become a considerably big beast of crowdfunding, and I guess it's catching more peoples' attention, which obviously means established people will try to use/exploit it...
It brings into question though, even though I love this company, what about Double Fine's Kickstarters, Broken Age? They even have their own Humble Bundle at the time I'm writing this, and Humble Bundle began as a way to give to charity and support independent developers like Wolfire Games, Team Meat, Hitbox Team, etc. Would we consider those sorts of projects and events in the same boat as Zach Braff's? Double Fine definitely started pretty small, but they've grown very popular because of their great humor and unique ideas, and they've released enough projects over the years to be considered a pretty stable game developer. Kickstarter makes it much easier for them to release their projects, and I've enjoyed every game I've played from them, but this article does make me question whether supporting Double Fine is as worthwhile as supporting a much more independent developer who hasn't quite gotten off the ground yet.
My girlfriend is a HUGE fan of Double Fine and Tim Schafer, so I think she'd kickstart any project of theirs in a heartbeat. Should Kickstarter be completely limited to people who really need to use it to become well-known, (and the sorts of people who see, appreciate and back those sorts of projects in the first place) or should established developers be allowed to use it every once in a while to start projects on the backs of their fans and retain their original vision without producers and investors at their backs?
I'm kind of on the fence on this one. I don't know Zach Braff that well outside of the fact that he was in Scrubs, so I don't think I would support his project for lack of knowledge about him, but I know Double Fine pretty well, and I like em enough that if I hadn't already backed other more independent projects previously and weren't strapped for cash at the moment, I would probably back them a couple of dollars just because I like em.
What are your guys' thoughts? Honestly I don't have as much of a problem with Zach Braff getting crowdfunding to create a movie as I do with somebody making an iPhone stand and making 3 million dollars off of an idea anybody could come up with. I know people who care about Kickstarter solely for its potential to create projects of that sort, so in any case where somebody's making an effort to make a video game, a movie, even a music album, I'd be more apt to be in their favor rather than the guy who's making something simple to profit off the popularity of an established company like Apple.