I was one of the people who chimed in with knowing him, although I admittedly don't know him very well.
If the average person were to google "how hard is it to be a programmer" it would probably tell them it's something along the lines of being a linguist. Thus, they'd be like oh shit boi, I can't even learn Spanish that must be real difficult. As a result, they'd decide they couldn't be a programmer even if given 50 lifetimes and cut the developers some slack.
Relevant:If the average person were to google "how hard is it to be a programmer" it would probably tell them it's something along the lines of being a linguist. Thus, they'd be like oh shit boi, I can't even learn Spanish that must be real difficult. As a result, they'd decide they couldn't be a programmer even if given 50 lifetimes and cut the developers some slack.
https://kotaku.com/games-like-project-phoenix-ruin-kickstarter-for-everyon-1794668083We expect to make our backers happy will require higher quality assets and more programmers. To this end we stopped investing the returns from our music business into art assets and instead drove them into a different smaller production, with further assistance from private investors. Should this tiny product succeed those private investors have promised to invest significant capital into Project Phoenix. In this way we have been able to expand our in-house development staff and work towards a bright future for Project Phoenix. Instead of financing salaries and running costs out of Project Phoenix we have been building a team out of the budget of this tiny project. Work has continued on Project Phoenix, but only things for which budget existed. If you have been wondering why the past few months have had lots of story updates, that is the reason why. We are very excited for this tiny project which will be announced in May. It is fun to play and we are proud of that.
Should it hit the success we are hoping for it will set our team in a position to deliver Project Phoenix anything we had hoped for. This is not a plea to support that project, please consider it but understand it is not Project Phoenix.
On the other hand you have a situation like Pillars of Enernity that saved Obsidian from going bankrupt and they delivered a critically acclaimed game that also sold very well.
Unsung Story's in an odd place at the moment, in that it seems to have been completely ditched by the original team but picked up by a new team who are - at least - saying the right things at the moment. No idea how it'll turn out, but it's been interesting to follow.
And that is 100% reasonable. All some people are saying is that Kickstarter has born some rad fruit, and it would be a shame for stories like this to ruin it for tons of talented people without ready financial backing.
pretty much even i wouldnt believe that guy who got Fired MULTIPLE times due to his incompetency or arrogant. thats why im defending hiro at this point because he is still kept his word on making a project phoenix a reality, even tho it would end up in a long run.
And Undertale, which people often forget was a Kickstarter game as well.
Lacy denied these accusations, saying in an e-mail, “No, Hiroaki’s statement about me being toxic and sexually harassing a staff member is not true. He is reacting to my statement with libel.” He also sent over a few hundred logs from the company’s Slack chat channel, although upon review, few if any of those logs appear to be relevant to either claim.
That just means that people trust your press sneak fuckitude, Jason.
Just because one individual has done this that we need to crash all the other projects too.
The problem from my perspective is that it's not just "one individual". I have backed over a hundred Kickstarters, mostly video games, in the past four years. While some have turned out fine, many fell well short of the mark. From just plain bad games to physical rewards that were either pure garbage or so long after the release of the game that they lost all meaning to versions that were promised and never delivered (usually Mac or Linux, but also Wii-U). I too have significantly curtailed backing projects and I believe that Kickstarter as a platform hasn't taken enough responsibility for assisting backers when something goes wrong. I understand why they are hesitant to do so, but at some point a failure to act becomes aiding and abetting a fraud in my opinion. Personally, I would like to see a crowdfunding platform come along that provides more protection like third party auditing of budgets and expenditures and potentially holding some of the backer funds in escrow pending progress.
And who is paying for that?
You read my post incorrectly. It's Area 35 that's opened themselves up for libel.pretty much even i wouldnt believe that guy who got Fired MULTIPLE times due to his incompetency or arrogant. thats why im defending hiro at this point because he is still kept his word on making a project phoenix a reality, even tho it would end up in a long run.