Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Kickstarter RPG Mythic revealed to be scam

updated 06:00 pm EDT, Tue May 1, 2012

Reddit, Something Awful credited with exposing site

Celebrated crowdsourcing site Kickstarter has been touched by scandal, as a project on the site that amassed about $4,700 in funding has been revealed to be a fraud. As the BBC reports, the scam centered around an independent role-playing game that promised big achievements on a small budget.

The fundraising campaign was purportedly to fund the development of an independent game, Mythic: The Story of Gods and Men. The creator of the campaign promised graphics and gameplay characteristics on par with blockbuster releases such as Skyrim and World of Warcraft. Supporters contributing more to the game were promised the chance to appear in the game, which the creator alleged would have complex motion-capture animations "thanks to some friends at Disney/Pixar."

The scheme was exposed when users of the popular site Reddit became suspicious of the game's ambitious claims. The campaign's claims of a soundtrack recorded at Disney Studios aroused suspicions in enough users that a few took to Google to investigate, quickly unraveling the campaign's specious claims.

The fraudulent campaign has since been taken down from Kickstarter; no contributors actually lost money, since Kickstarter only charges backers' credit cards if a project attracts enough support within a certain time limit. Still, the revelation of fraud does slightly mar the reputation of the popular and successful site, as there are now questions as to whether Kickstarter is doing enough to vet the projects users post. With news of other Kickstarter projects, such as the Pebble e-paper watch going from concept to wildly popular reality, though, the incident has not slowed progress on other, legitimate projects.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

Seagate Wireless

It seems like no matter how much internal storage is included today's mobile devices, we, as users, will always find a way to fill the ...

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (Android, 10.1-inch)

Lenovo is building a bigger name for itself year after year, including its devices expanding beyond desktop computers. The company's l ...

Brother HL-L8250CDN Color Laser Printer

When it comes to selecting a printer, the process is not exactly something most people put a lot of thought into. Printers are often t ...

Advertisement

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News