February 15, 2013
A New Hope: Death Star Campaign On Kickstarter
I love jokes, but come on, people.
It started with a petition for a Death Star that, ironically, garnered enough signatures from fans that it could be answered by The White House. We all knew that the petition wouldn’t gain any success in the long run, but it did pick up some impressive momentum along the way. It looks like that momentum hasn’t subsided yet, in spite of The White House’s denial, and has resurfaced through Kickstarter.
Kickstarter is an amazing pay-for-play website that allows artists and businesses to be funded at the interest and whim of the consumers. The way that most of these guys get their projects funded is by advertising their credentials in a short trailer or video. The idea behind Kickstarter is that most of us don’t have the funds to finance large projects like game development or movie production.
I love success in all its forms. In fact, I consider Kickstarter to be the greatest thing to come out of this decade for its support to independent developers and artists by implementing a genius form of supply and demand. With the help of consumers that want to see the project live, we can create practically anything at the amateur level.
But I draw the line at making a mockery of it.
WE CANNOT BUILD A DEATH STAR. For obvious reasons, so I won’t bother listing them. I thought that the petition to The White House was a little cute, despite the fact that such a trivial event might have very possibly caused distraction from more important matters in government. What that means is that I’m being hypocritical for accepting that, and not this.
I can accept that hypocrisy.
What I can’t accept is that tens of thousands of dollars have been dropped into the building of a Death Star that will never exist. With respect, the guys at Kickstarter have gone to say that they’re pulling the plug on the project as soon as the project has reached its deadline. With that being said, I can enhance my calm a bit.
I don’t mean to ruin what’s obviously a joke, but I’m bothered by how much of that money could have gone to the next big movie or video game. People within their bounds of realism know that a Death Star can never exist, but still contribute money to the cause. Why? That same money on such a massive scale could be devoted to a more serious matter.
I have an appreciation for Kickstarter and their support of amateurs, and I’d like to not see that aspect of them mocked. But this is all some big joke, and that is what bothers me about it. I’ll rest easy, but come on people.
Find something more productive to do.
Image Credit: Lucasfilm