@president_barackbar: Serious question: If I gave you 10 bucks a month on patreon, what incentive would I have to rate your game favorably or give it coverage? The only one I can see is you start making enough money that you don't have to subsist through donations. Since no one is forcing me to support you, supporting you in order to eventually not support you isnt a good motivation
Well, if you are giving someone funding through Patreon you are essentially supporting their career and ability to make games, in a much more general way than Kickstarter. Giving someone Patreon funds is similar to an investment except you make no money. I don't like games media supporting indie dev Patreons without disclosure because there is a potential for someone to give a developer they like more access and favorable coverage because they are invested in seeing them succeed. Of course, games media already uses their influence to promote games they want to see do well, but the whole thing just gets weird to me when you start introducing money into the equation.