Idiots Angered, Customers Confused by Shenmue 3 Kickstarter – Best Video Game Podcast Ep 5


The Shenmue 3 Kickstarter has drawn controversy from two groups of people: people who know little about game publishing (and even less about Kickstarter), and those who want to cash in on ignorance to get easy clicks. I concede that some members of the former might be members of the latter, because being a member of the games press requires regrettably minimal qualification.

Meanwhile, genuine confusion has arisen for actual potential Shenmue 3 customers, who aren't sure what defines Yu Suzuki's exact "open world," and don't have a strong grasp on what certain stretch goals mean.

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Episode 5:  10 Million Dollars

00:00 - Intro
02:04  - Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Close-up
02:44 - Defining stretch goals before development is hard
04:33 - Fan-centered language in Kickstarters
08:03 - The ambiguity of "True Open World"
12:07 - Shenmue 3 PR gaffes and Hanlon's Razor
14:42 - Awesome Japan's Kickstarter management history
22:09 - Awesome Japan lacks the native English speakers to handle a project this size
25:26 - Initial Kickstarter Goals: Large vs small
27:53 - School For Babies Who Don't Read Things: Kickstarter Edition
29:55 - Kickstarter is not always the only source of funding, and that's OK!
33:20 - The Oxford dictionary defines "kickstart" as...
35:57 - Game companies are not swimming in money
38:56 - The staving artist/sellout false dichotomy
41:30 - Writers fanning controversy
44:10 - The dangerous precedent of demanding financial details
47:46 - Hopes for Shenmue 3

Thanks as always for listening. If you have any comments or questions, I invite you to keep them to yourself because I don't give a shit.

But if we all want to pretend I do, you can leave a comment here or tweet @TheHeathHindman on Twitter. Maybe we'll do something where we read shit during one of the podcasts or something. I dunno. I haven't thought that far ahead.

If you didn't hear our previous episode that involved Kickstarter, check out this episode where we talk about Bloodstained.