As you probably know by now, I am a big fan of indie games. They represent the foundation of what makes gaming open and indie game developers have the freedom of creation that many develops higher up the ladder seem to lack much of the time. Indie developers are the ones who will replace those people in the future though and it’s important to support them so they can make it to that point.
Making games isn’t cheap though, even if they are small titles. A developer who has to work a full time job to support himself isn’t going to have much time left over to finish a game in a reasonable amount of time. They also often lack the sponsorship and funding from publishers that normal developers have so they can get paid for their work. It’s difficult to get funding for indie games during development because typically people are not going to want to pre-order your game unless it looks especially awesome early on (like with the Overgrowth alpha.)
A good way of getting funding though is through donations and that is what 8-bit Funding is centered around. Indie developers can submit their games and have it included among a database of other indie games seeking funding. This allows users not only to see new indie games that are in development in one place but it gives them the option of easily contributing to the games development through donations. This actually works pretty well too. Many games on the site have received $3000 or more in their effort to develop their games. I suppose people are more than willing to help support a game financially if they really want to see the game released. It’s glad to see this happening to keep proper gaming alive.
While indie devs have been accepting donations for a long time now, no site has ever made it easy to do while also advertising a game at the same time. I fully support the idea behind this site.