The Most Bonkers Video Game Kickstarter Fiasco Imaginable
Imagine a game where you can do anything. The Kickstarter DreamWorld page was, for a beautiful short while, the best place for the money of those who wanted to fight monsters, tame animals, craft, mine, mine crafts, and maybe even craft mines.
In which game genre could you even begin to fit such a marvel? Welp, it seems like in the scam genre. The apparently ambitious project turned out to be completely unplayable, but not before raking in $62,000. Now, sure, $62k isn't that much in exchange for a world-changing game, but getting any amount in non-monopoly bills is an astounding achievement when your product never looked better than this.
The only actually impressive aspect of this "game to make all games obsolete" is that it really does look not like an incomplete game but rather a mishmash of many incomplete ones. And that's because it is. Skeptics initially found out most of the assets had been used without crediting the creators, but now they suspect some of them might be straight-up stolen.
Luckily, to make up for the game we didn't get, the tale of DreamWorld's development really does contain every different kind of stupid imaginable.
The game's mod team was composed of kids the devs reportedly promised actual jobs to, and there are accusations that the game got shady extra funding through nepotism at a startup accelerator. Stix, a popular streamer, also claims to have been asked to promote the game as if it weren't total crap in exchange for a 20% of the game's revenue.
And nothing beats the game's origin story.
DreamWorld came about when its lead developer was at its lowest (before right now) after getting by his then fiancée after proposing to her with a diamond ring. We normally wouldn't have mentioned this deeply personal, and very development-unrelated fact, but he was the one who inexplicably brought it up in his Kickstarter video. He probably thought his sob tale would serve as a marketing asset, but -- like all assets in Dreamworld -- it turned into great meme material. Weirdly, another thing he probably didn't want was for his ex-fiancée to join the long list of people dunking on him, and saying that his diamond ring was actually a fake:
Top Image: DreamWorld