Kickstarter, we need to talk about it.
First off I think it's a great idea. Let the customers decide what to fund. It just makes sense.
That being said there are some serious downsides. One of which is that customers generally don't have any idea what this stuff actually costs. If you get someone who is unscrupulous they could game kickstarter without delivering product. In fact I expect a lot of these projects to blow up, flame out or simply be disappointing garbage.
In most cases I think the originators of the projects have good intentions. But if you haven't shipped a game before in a role that allows you financial insight into the project then you are simply going off half-cocked. I expect a tower of burning corpses of the projects over the next 18 months or so.
Where does the responsibility of kickstarter to vet these projects begin and end?