I know that you’re not supposed to point your finger at people, or laugh at other people’s misfortunes. As it´s neither mature or polite to do so. But i´m going to be brutally honest about Kotaku and Polygon´s articles about Playtonic Games Kickstarter game Yooka-Laylee (a game which is made by the creators behind Banjo-Kazooie and DKC).
As both Patrick Klepek (Kotaku) and Katie Chironis (Polygon) made Yooka Laylee look really bad in their articles. How? By claiming that Playtonic Games has been lying about (or hiding) their game budget costs. That´s a really bold claim of course. But it´s nothing more than a pure lie and ragebait/clickbait tactics on their behalf (which they are notorious for).
As the Yooka-Laylee F.A.Q states very clear what the Kickstarter project will cost and what the money will be used for (just visit the Kickstarter page and see for yourselves). What about Polygon then? Well, they messed up just like Kotaku did. But Polygon did it with their own Yooka-Laylee article (it´s called”‘Big indie’ Kickstarters are killing actual indies”).
In which Polygon pretty much claimed (stated) the same thing that Kotaku did. That Yooka-Laylee (and Playtonic Games) has misled the backers and supporters on Kickstarter with false budget costs for the game.
“Right now, passionate, optimistic backers who want to see their favorite old franchises return to life are being misled right and left about the “real” costs behind a game” “Campaigns like Yooka-Laylee” “The amount asked for initially has nothing to do with the real cost of making the game.” – Katie Chironis, Polygon
I may not know all that much about lawsuits. But both Polygon and Kotaku has dragged Yooka-Laylee´s name in the dirt with their articles. So they have hurt the trustworthiness of the Kickstarter campaign. And i´m quite sure that you could get sued for that. So what did Polygon and Kotaku do in order to repair the damage which they have caused? Simple, they just removed their articles and pretended like it was raining.
But as most of you boys and girls know by now. Nothing EVER gets deleted once something has been uploaded on internet. It´s there forever (pretty much). I don´t think that nothing of this will affect the big success story of Yooka-Laylee though. As the game has already collected over 1,7 million pounds (the original goal was to collect £175,000) so far, and there´s still 22 days left on Kickstarter as well.
But there´s more to this. As i i stumbled upon Playtonic Games forum just now. And the Yooka-Laylee fans are really upset over Polygon and Kotaku´s misleading/clickbait articles (and rightfully so). Just take this comment by Johnathan Taylor for example:
So i think it´s safe to say that Polygon and Kotaku has hit an all-time low with their Yooka-Laylee articles…
Robin “V-Act” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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