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Double Fine imposes post-launch review embargo on Broken: Age's Kickstarter backers    

  Double Fine imposes post-launch review embargo on Broken: Age's Kickstarter backers
Added by Kaos2K on 15.01.2014

They seem to went crazy

Kickstarter backers can't talk or write about the game they have purchased until February 27

 

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So this is it, welcome to the new age where a company who had received your money to fund a game forbids you to talk or review the game you have purchased. Check it out what VCG247 wrote about:

Broken Age developer Double Fine will get the game’s first-act into the hands of Kickstarter backers today, but there’s a catch: backers with blogs or who are members of the press can’t write about it until two weeks after launch.

In a Kickstarter update sent to VG247 today, Double Fine wrote, “Right now we’re working on a press release that will go out tomorrow morning. This will announce the public ship date of the game and a new trailer showing off Vella, the female protagonist!”

That date is today, January 14. Broken Age’s first act will release exclusively for backers, but the press and gamers have been placed under embargo until January 27. It’s an odd situation.

The post continues, “We’re also preparing to send out review codes to press, who will be under review embargo until January 27. This embargo also applies to any of you backers who are in the press or have blogs—we are requiring all formal reviews be held until January 27 at 10am Pacific time (6pm GMT). The same time limit applies to the press as to backers; everyone is in the same boat! We’re trying to be as fair as possible given that backers will have access to the game before everyone else.”

What do you make of the above? It essentially states that backers who have laid down money for the game are unable to write about a product that is already released. Typically, such embargoes come pre-launch, which is understandable, but we’re keen to see how many backers actually stick to these rules, and what he penalty will be for those who break the request.

To ask ordinary gamers “with blogs” to refrain from writing about their game is abnormal, but it’s unclear where the line sits. Should they also refrain from tweeting or posting about the title on Facebook? The rules are hazy at best.

So, what do you think? Will Double Fine retract or not?


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