Kickstarter is a video game casino. That's the appeal, really, when you dig down into it. But hold your stones: my job here isn't to judge, merely to question. Like a casino, Kickstarter isn't good and it isn't evil, but it does affect us. We need to be aware.
A Kickstarter fever has seized the minds of gamers across the Internet. Gaming news outlets are hooked on Kickstarter failures, successes, drop outs. No simple fad, the word refuses to slip off of our public lexicon. Not after Double Fine Adventure or Wasteland 2 or Project Eternity or Barkley 2 or a thousand other games worth thousands of millions succeeded.
On one level, fans hold onto it as a new mode of publishing. On another, nostalgia works to bring back old genres like the ARPG and the space sim for one last hurrah. But a simpler thing keeps us hooked.