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a) Known developers with a proven track record.
b) A type of game which had real commercial success in the past and, therefore, a lot of people feeling nostalgic about it (and a fair few who feel bad about missing out on the golden era of the genre in question).
c) And the key point: the developers of a) are specifically known for being genius innovators in the genre of b), so people have confidence that if anyone is going to be able to make an old school game of that variety, it's these guys.
Compared to that The Ant Experiment is a bunch of people asking for money from an audience who mostly don't know who they are, for a project nobody crying out for someone to attempt, in order to make a game idea which sounds interesting on paper but where I suspect most people will have little to no clue as to whether or not they'd like it.
@Kyra: Shimmin has the right of it, plus if you qualify for even the lowest tier of the kickstarter rewards you get the game in question. So it's not so much like buying DLC so much as buying the full game.
In contrast, people are pretty suspicious about DLC being stuff cynically omitted from the game to sell separately, or at least stuff that would have been in the game as sold had it been made before DLC was a thing. So they sometimes view it as ripping them off, and it certainly doesn't have the made-to-order, fan-supporting feel as a default.
This time, Brian Fargo wants to do a sequel to Wasteland (1988). It's going at about the same insane speed as the Doublefine kickstarter did.
She has such ridiculous hair. Still remember the first (or second?) episode of the first season where she's bent over and nopenopenope.
In other RPG news, Brian Fargo late of Interplay is making Wasteland 2. As far as I understand it, Wasteland was like Fallout-Before-Fallout, and it's going to be turn based and Isometric, I am excite.
The creeping penis of doom is gone, alas
shove a tentacle into their butt and rip out their spinal column
Al you are giving me mixed messages about my penis. ;)
Still, if they do go with that and the new ending is actually worth it, then I may wait for the GOTY version to come out. I've Amalur on the go and Dark Souls in my to-play queue so the GOTY version should be out by the time I'm done with those. :)