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Shenmue 3 Kickstarter of Chaos (Podcast)

By Heath | July 5, 2015 at 5:43 am

So that Shenmue 3 Kickstarter launch sure went well… for about two days. Then confusion and communication errors took over. We recorded about cast about this a few days ago. Since then, a PS4 physical version has launched, and more reward items and tiers have been added. Other than that, the general discussion of the campaign’s early days holds true. Take a listen:

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Here’s what we discussed:

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

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