Edit: THE GAME HAS REACHED ITS FUNDING GOAL!!!
4 days left and around $5k away from being funded, should a game like Bob's Game be left to fail by the gaming community? I argue why I think not below, but first here is a link to the game's Kickstarter and videos of the game's demo and engine.
Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bobsgame/bobs-game
Robert Pelloni explains how the game engine he developed works:
(Seems like editing this post on the mobile site removed all the videos. I'll fix if later when I can use the full site. Still blows my mind why isn't there an option to use the full site on your phone like many other websites do. Maybe we should start a Kickstarter for a better GB mobile site. :P)
Some users here might be aware of the controversy surrounding this game. Robert Pelloni, and indie developer who has been working on his dream RPG alone for 10 years, staged his own small "protest" 5 years ago to get enough attention from Nintendo in hopes of getting an SDK from them that would allow him to publish the game on the DS. He tried many different things that garnered him a controversial reputation, from locking himself up in a room for a month while he worked on his game and streamed it live, to making it look like he destroyed all the equipment in his office which got some people worried about his safety and reported that to the police. He posted videos and wrote a detailed blog later on which clearly shows that all of these things he did were not real and were all part of a viral campaign he did to spread the word about the game and make Nintendo consider giving him the SDK. He also explained he was playing a character this whole time. The bad guy in his game is Bob himself and this is the character that we saw go to Nintendo World and place empty DS boxes of his game on shelves and throw business cards on the floor (both were fake and did not actually happen as Bob showed in later videos). Whether what he did back then was smart or it was an indication of lack of experience in the business side of game development and publishing is left to everyone to decide for themselves; however, it did bring the game to my attention and many other people and so Bob succeeded in this regard. It also brought him hate from many others who did not agree with how he did things back then, but that is all in the past.
As some of you may know, Bob started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of the game so that he can finally finish it 10 years later. He seems to be going through financial troubles which started a few years back and prevented him from focusing on development and finishing work on his game, and so he needs a place to work and some equipment to use to finish the game he started making 10 years ago. Prior to launching the Kickstarter, Bob posted a long and very detailed blog on the game's website detailing the life of "Bob", not the real life Robert Pelloni, but the game's antagonist "Bob". Some people misunderstood that as Bob himself being crazy or pretending to be crazy, but if you listen to his game engine explanation which I posted above or go read his comments on the Kickstarter page, you can see that they were written by a very collected and intelligent person who has a clear vision and principles for his work. For example, his backers have been asking him to add higher tiers so that the Kickstarter would see more success, so he added a $500 tier that would give backers a chance to have their own sprite in the game, but then after it was backed by only one backer, he decided to remove the tier and explained his decision by saying:
I'm actually going to refund the backer that got the $500 tier and draw the sprite anyway for free. I am uncomfortable with anyone paying over $20.
It seems to me that someone who feels uncomfortable asking people for more than $20 for his game is not someone who is doing this for the money. Everything he did so far has shown such passion and dedication to his project that is rarely seen in today's game developers. I think it would be such a waste if we let this project fail. Bob said if this Kickstarter is not a success, he would quit game development for the foreseeable future and go work in a Walmart or some place where he can earn a living because he cannot afford to continue working on his game anymore. I really hope the Kickstarter can get more attention and succeed in the coming 4 days. While Bob didn't ask for more than $20 for his game, if you are considering backing the game, you can still pledge more by changing the pledge amount to try and support him. If you feel that this Kickstarter deserves support like I do, you might also want to spread the word about this Kickstarter everywhere you can including facebook, twitter, reddit and other gaming forums. Someone as passionate about what they do as Bob deserves to see success in my opinion and I hope you think the same too.