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access_time March 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM in Culture by Charlie Grammer

Super Action Squad officially on hold after raising $53,000

Kickstarter project put on hold.

Kickstarter project put on hold.

Though many gamers have had success with Kickstarter, there are always cautionary tales in which everybody loses. Today we hear another as the game known as Super Action Squad has officially been put on hold two years after it successfully raised $53,000.

Why was it put on hold? Simply put, the guy behind it sorely underestimated the difficulty in creating a game from scratch. Wrote Jay, “made a fan game, so I thought, ‘How much harder could it be to make a real game?’ A lot harder, it turns out.”

He goes on to write that the Kickstarter project was a bad idea. “Knowing what I know now, I would never have launched a Kickstarter for this game as my first project,” Pavlina stated. “It makes little sense for a team with little to no experience that has never worked together to try to make a big game. It would be much better to focus on something small and simple. After getting experience releasing small projects, we would be able to work our way up to bigger ones.”

For those of you who may have backed the project and want a refund, he writes, “I do not know exactly what to do for backers of this project. Feel free to give us your suggestions. People that invested a lot of money should contact us to see what we can work out. We are very reasonable people, and we want to help everyone to feel as satisfied as possible, but we are also limited in our capabilities. Please do not expect miracles, but understand that we will make an honest effort to make people happy. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to try to work something out. Please understand that it is impossible for us to offer a significant amount of refunds right now, but we expect that to change in the future.”

Unfortunately this is one of the risks of backing crowd-funded projects. If the people behind the project fail to produce anything, then everybody loses. Of course there are also those who are quite successful with the projects thanks to contributions, so we shouldn’t judge all projects based on a few that don’t pan out, like this one. Simply look at the developer’s credentials and see if you honestly believe that the person can make what they are promising before you decide whether or not to back one.

You can read his full post here.

What are your thoughts on this SAS scenario?


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