Then don't give them money if you don't want. This isn't complicated: See something on Kickstarter that you want to support? Toss a few bucks their way. See something you don't care for? Move on with your life.
It sounds so simple doesn't it? It sounds like it should be so easy to grasp doesn't it?
Watching people on Twitter get freakin FURIOUS about this (not all the neg. responses were this way granted) was just so completely absurd to me. Like, I don't understand it at all. I get people not liking it and it being something to discuss but if this is seriously upsetting you, you are TOO DAMN CLOSE to video games and the industry surrounding it.
Maybe it was because I had just been watching the news (Benghazi, 3 girls escape TEN YEARS of imprisonment, massacre in Syria) before going on Twitter and reading about this but holy crap, the lack of perspective, and what people get super mad about is staggering sometimes.
I can absolutely see where you're coming from, and "Count your blessings" is always good advice for anyone, but "nobody should be mad about this, because there are much worse things that happen all the time" is quite literally a fallacy. And that same sort of fallacy could be turned around to attack this kickstarter as well, with a statement such as "how dare these assholes ask for money to make a podcast, when there are actually people suffering in the world, and many good charities don't receive enough donations!"
That argument loses a bit of strength due to their own charity work, but you could still claim that the money should be going towards their own charity.
Again, all fallacy, as far as I'm concerned. For me, what this really comes down to a handful of questions:
Would you be upset if PA simply put a "donate to Penny Arcade" button on their website? This is subjective.
Does PA really need the money to help them make a podcast? Do they even need one penny?
Does Kickstarter support "fund my life" projects? For those who do not know, they--supposedly--do not.
Has PA openly mocked the idea of "fund my life" projects in the past? As seen in the image above, yes, they have.
If they don't need the money, does that essentially make this kickstarter a "fund my life" project? This is also subjective.
Personally, I'm fine with every aspect of this, other than them using kickstarter. I feel that it veers uncomfortably close to the sort of "non-project" that isn't supposed to be a part of kickstarter. My level of basic disappointment or raging anger really has nothing to do with the argument. "People are too upset about this," is good friends with "there are better things to care about" in the selection of useful debate points here.
For the record, I'm just slightly bothered.
I'm not saying people shouldn't have a problem with this, although maybe that's how I came across. I'm saying people shouldn't be FURIOUS about this. And I'm not saying that's how everyone who doesn't like it is being. It's started some good discussion about Kickstarter and it's role in the industry and how it should be used and that's great. My issue is with people who have so little perspective on what matters in life that they get physically angry about things that really don't mean a lot. Especially in a case like this where it has no effect on a person if they decide they don't like it. None. You can literally ignore it and your life will continue on it's set course with zero deviation. (unless you are trying to Kickstart something and this PA deal causes people to turn on Kickstarter and you don't get funded but I'm talking majority here).
People get passionate about things that happen in this industry and I think that's cool all I'm saying is if you find yourself furious about pretty much anything video game related, take a step back, chill out a little bit and think about what actually matters. Cause this really doesn't.