> That's pretty fucking patronising, but the worst part is that
> there are people out there who will fall for their line.
All brand marketing is like that though. You say "fall", other people say "buy in". I know plenty of people who were happy about pre-ordering the pandora, although they were of course less happy when it slipped time after time.
> Let Ataribox shoulder 100% of the risk, get the product to market, and see it fail or
> succeed on their dime. Don't ask your customers to take a large chunk of that risk
> for you, then charge them for the privilege of acquiring one of your devices.
I would hope that it's a pretty safe deal, if they don't raise enough money to build it then they should return the money. If they raise the money then it's standard hardware in a custom box, that is easily priced.
The software will probably all be existing open source stuff with a custom skin, which they could knock up before the crowdfunding.
Then it comes down to pricing, if it's cheaper to buy an ataribox than a comparable PC then it's not a bad deal. If it's more expensive, then it's down to whether you want a linux steam box to happen or not.