In general I've only funded games I either think need something like Kickstarter or are from a dev studio I have confidence in to want to support. They also tend to be the lower cost ones. I tend to avoid things that are in the order of hundreds of thousands of dollars...
FTI: Faster Than Light
Very happy about this one. Came out pretty quickly with a very playable beta version. Played dozens of hours and they just kept adding to it. Will probably go back to it in six months time to get all the versions of the ships.
Updates are slim, but it's a big game. I expect to be in the long-run for this one.
The only one where nostalgia was a factor (I came to Fallout 1&2 late, so wasteland doesn't count here). The videos & details they've put out in updates make me pretty certain I was right about this one.
Tropes vs Women in Video Games
Because whilst this is not the best way to deal the 'the problem' it's someone doing something. I don't buy a some of her analysis. Her flavour of feminism is not one I would entirely buy into. But feminist voices need supporting, regardless of the constant in-fighting between feminist positions.
Also: for the sake of being really hipster, I was reading Feminist Frequency before this kickstarter and funded before she went public about the harrasment. I'll probably wrap some of her work into my feminism lectures. Getting undergrads engaged with feminism is a fucking up hill struggle at the best of times, might as well link it directly with pop culture.
See Wasteland 2
Because Ice Pick Lodge.
Also their updates are bloody wonderful. From the start the whole project toys with fiction, reality and absurdity. Like many good stories it starts with an enigmatic letter.
Sir, you are being hunted
English countryside Stalker. Sold. Updates have been regular and full of info.
All other kickstarter projects: See Sir for how to do updates & keep supporters feeling like something's happening with their cash.
I <3 these kinds of games, and maia is purty. More updates would be welcome...
Fairly confident about this one. Just release the damned thing already!
This is basically "Geography: The Game". I'm an academic geographer, so this gets my money. Played the old version, so a polished, complete one will be welcome. I'm expecting this to be a shortish turnaround.
Because Kingdom of Dragon Pass
Too early to say much about this...