We all know those things we never thought we’d need until we actually got our hands on them. One of the most important websites of our generation is barely three years old, and if it hadn’t been created we would have missed out on countless opportunities. The movement it inspired is also responsible for bringing basically unlimited potential to the internet.
Of course, I’m talking about Kickstarter and all the other crowdsourcing websites that followed it. If you have a good plan and you can make a good enough presentation, you can basically bring to life anything you can think of – metaphorically speaking, of course. But among the diamonds in the rough waiting for their chance to shine on the platforms, there are the obviously bad ideas that are still trying to lift off.
And when a major, profitable company asks its fans for a ridiculous amount of money to bring a game to a specific platform, you know there’s something fishy about it. So let’s not waste any more time and dive right into how Harmonix asked $1.5 million to bring Rock Band 4 to PC.
After the company failed to make enough revenue from their Rock Band 4 console launch, they finally decided to try something fans have been asking them for years to do – include the franchise on PC. However, the way they attempted this is more than a little suspicious.
According to a statement made by Harmonix,
We’ve been planning, scheduling, scoping and preparing this PC version since the day after we launched on console back in October, and we’re now ready to launch this Fig campaign to ask for your help to make this happen; and also provide you an opportunity to invest and get something back in the process.
But this doesn’t really make sense if you consider the amount of money the company is asking. If the game is already out and they’ve been preparing the PC version, as they claim, it would definitely not take anywhere near $1.5 million to port the title from console to PC.
Additionally, the fact that the console versions of Rock Band 4 were riddled with bugs and unresponsive controls makes it look more like a last-ditch effort to fix their product and make some money off of hopeful fans rather than an attempt to give the fans what they want. It’s all kind of fishy.
Regardless if the game is crowdfunded or not, we can still enjoy the company’s previous better, less pretentious titles. Or if not, there’s always Guitar Hero. Or Rocksmith. Or Frets on Fire. Or even Audiosurf. So go on and have fun rhythm gaming!
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