I'm curious to know what other gamers on here think about the crowd funding we've been seeing for video games over the last few months. As far as I understand it, crowd funding for video games is in its infancy. There are no games which have been made from crowd funding money, people have been laying their pledges down, crossing their fingers and hoping for the best. A lot of people talk about this as if it is going to be a savoir of the industry: developers can completely dodge publishers, with whom they sometimes have poor relationships with, and go straight from development to distibution with no middle man, (i.e. publishers).
It seems to me to be a pretty big ask to request people throw down their cash and hope the people who start the kickstarter account actually come through in a couple of years time with the game they've hyped.
It also seems that not having a publisher might work against developers. It seems like it would be very easy for developers to squander their crowd funding money if they have no publishers who set deadline and due-dates. If you essentially have no one to answer to and no time frame to abide by, what stops you from pi.ssing away your time and money and leaving the funders with nothing? Personally, it seems like a big gamble, especially to those who pledge extra for a free copy of a game which doesn't exist in any way, shape or form.
I'd be interested to know what others think. Admittedly, I don't know a lot about how it works between devs and publishers. If anyone works in an analogous industry and can perhaps shed some light on it, that would be cool.