It's been a crazy year in game publishing. As more big publishers are getting close to going belly-up, developers have been turning to consumers to fund their passion projects. Kickstarter has been a great boon to the video game industry this year, but it's also attracted a lot of failures.

For all the success we've seen, unscrupulous practices, embarassingly low levels of funding, and outright ineptitude have shown the crowd-funding revolution its worst sides this year. At the end of the day, this business model is still a gamble and like most chances taken on passion projects; some inevitably don't make it.

Still, it's not all doom and gloom, there have been some fantastic projects that are well on their way to becoming fully realized products that backers will enjoy in the new year. As the platform's biggest year comes to a close, it's important to take a step back and look at the greatest triumphs and desperate lows that crowd-funding has brought us.