Top 5 Brilliant Crowdfunded Phenomena
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Crowdfunding video games through services like Kickstarter and Indiegogo is still a relatively novel practice, though it is no longer unusual. We're seeing new indie developers like Stoic struggle to make their dreams come true, and we're seeing larger studios take to Kickstarter for games like Shenmue III so they can afford to dream bigger than ever. Sometimes these projects don't go exactly as planned and investors are left waiting and frustrated – I'm thinking of Mighty No. 9, which has been delayed three times. Sometimes, though, the final product turns out better than anyone could have anticipated, and the whole of the gaming community profits from the generosity of a few. Here are five crowdfunded games that turned out better than expected, proving that we're moving ahead into a new paradigm of creative freedom and collaboration between developers and players.

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