Murren wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:47 pm
Being somewhat relevant to this topic, I wanted to post my thoughts on a particular issue. It was just something I was thinking about (and is related to a comment made earlier in this thread) so I wanted to write my thoughts on the issue.
In regard to the support (financial and otherwise) Fred is getting and has gotten from fans (and from customers/clients), I think there are three separate areas which all are, in my opinion, separate. I will list them in order of severity, from least severe to most severe.
1) The comic.
2) Megagear Store orders.
3) The visual novel.
I personally just started supporting Fred on Patreon a few months ago. I did not back the visual novel (I have never played visual novels), and I have not bought anything from the Megagear store.
In regard to the money raised for the visual novel, and the situation of that, backers very very much have grounds to be angry about what happened there. I was just browsing these forums, and kind of got "caught up" on what's going on there. Anyone who backed that has very much justification to be upset about it.
In regard to Megagear orders, I think people do have some justification to be upset, given what I have heard to be a large backlog of orders that have not yet been shipped, for a long time. In my opinion, it's not as severe as the Visual Novel situation according to the knowledge I have, but still decent grounds for being upset to a certain degree.
But in regard to the comic, and in regard to the comment about "die-hard" fans who are supposedly blinded or scammed because of their willing support, I do not think we Patreon supporters of the Megatokyo comic are in any way out of line to be happily supporting in the way we do. Personally, I'm only giving a quite small amount. I imagine most of the other Patreon supporters share the following characteristics with me:
I love the webcomic Megatokyo, and want to see it continue to have pretty regular updates, and I am very glad to see a way in which we can directly support the comic now instead of having to buy prints which would in turn halt the comic. After a few years (before Patreon support was introduced) in which we sometimes would go a few months without a new comic, I personally am VERY glad to see updates on a more frequent basis than before. And, in knowing about Fred's situation, I personally have a good deal of compassion, especially having gone through a family health crisis just last year - and again, backers of the visual novel have VERY much justification to be very upset - but as someone who was not personally affected by the visual novel situation, I am lucky in that regard, so I am not affected by that. But those who are in the same situation as me - that is, those who support the comic through Patreon (and did not back the visual novel) are, in my opinion, not in any way out of line to be willingly supporting Fred and the Megatokyo comic through Patreon support. It's not a big pain to my wallet at all, and I am happy to support the comic and to support Fred in this difficult time. Again - backers of the visual novel have gotten very unfortunate results - but those who didn't back it, are in a completely different situation, so, in my opinion, we (that is, I and anyone else in the same situation as me) are not doing anything irrational or out of line by choosing to support in the way we do.
I guess most people here probably already agree with me on this. I just wanted to post my thoughts.