I am back! After a good two-week vacation (it was awesome) I got back to find a ton of mail waiting for me and among that mail was a few people asking me to advertise their game/project that happened to be on kickstarter.
They also happened to be either scams or poorly thought out projects that didn’t look very serious.
On my about page I talk about wanting to help out people with cool projects and ideas. I’ve helped a few in the past and even though not all projects have become reality they were made by nice people who tried their best. One important point is that none of them asked me or my readers for money.
And that really all there is to it. I feel really uncomfortable to ask my readers for any kind of money whatever the reason. The only charity I actively support is Child’s Play and that’s it. I figure that if any of you guys want to help out developers or charities you can do it on your own.
Also, when it comes to Kickstarters and sites like it, it’s very hard for me to be sure of the validity of any project and I feel that if I link them here I vouch for them and I would feel horrible if any of you guys gave money to someone only to find out later that it was a scam.
Because of all of this I am implementing a new policy. If you guys have projects I still want to help you out by talking about it and giving you some space but it cannot be a request for money, either a Kickstarter, a charity or anything like it. I understand the need for devs to raise money but do it on your own site. Talk to me about your project and I’ll link to your website where people can decide for themselves if they want to support you but I won’t link directly to any fund-raising site.
Finally, I reserve the right to talk about your project or not depending on the information you are giving me. I won’t link or talk about projects that look half-assed or rip offs of other games. This is a blog and not an advertising site for shovelware.