Super Amazing Wagon Adventure is a fantastically bizarre randomly generated horizontal-scrolling/dual-stick shooter that riffs on The Oregon Trail. It's a buck and you should all buy it because it's only on Xbox Live Indie games so no one else will.
Double Fine has spent over $400,000 of their Kickstarter money on the prizes and giveaways and shit for the donation bonuses they promised. That's $400,000 I would much rather see go towards the game, even if it meant I don't get the stupid shirt and artbook or whatever I'm getting for giving them a Franklin.
The kind of people who would donate to this at such an extreme know exactly what they're getting. I'm not going to cry for them because the spent their money to get a goofy donation prize and it was lame.
Opportunistic cunts? They're a webcomic that relies on advertising and merch sales. They would like to not have to run ads but also want the financial security that running ads affords them, so they turn to the fans. If no one's into it, nothing changes.
Seriously, where is this unbridled rage coming from, aside from the usual place of "mik comes up with another reason to bag on something he doesn't like"? If donating to them so they can focus on doing things other than trying to make sure they have ads is worth it to you, then do it; if not, then don't. Penny Arcade means nothing to me so I won't. Who fucking cares.
I think it goes back to the Bayonetta argument - people focus so hard on the exploitation aspect that they miss the fact that the game is often directly commenting on it by being as exploitative in every single aspect as possible. And both of them usually pull it off pretty well.
I'm only about halfway through and I have a Suda proclivity so of course I'm gonna give it the benefit of the doubt, but yeah it's awesome. They made No More Heroes 3 and put a Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Return of the Living Dead spin on it. Some of those minigames, though... I had to turn off aim-assist on Chainsaw Blaster to beat Zombie Baseball, it's obscene.