Sure, some of those bets won't pay off, but welcome to venture capitalism.
Absolutely not. If you believe that your kickstarter donation is anything like "venture capitalism" you need to hit up Wikipedia for some definitions.
When you invest venture capital, you are getting a piece of the "venture". Your return on investment is directly tied to the success of the venture. The more success, often, the more return.
In crowdfunding, you are basically giving someone on the money based on a promise that gosh, they will try their best to maybe get around to building a game. Or not.
And crowdfunding has led to "early access" which has led to a whole bunch of crappy, unfinished games. Maybe requiring developers to get real investors who will hold them accountable is a good way of self-limiting what's past off as "development".
If you've ever been to an "indie game conference" you'll know what I mean. It's a bunch of navel-gazing hipsters comparing trailers and kickstarter campaigns who will never, ever create a game that's worth anybody's time. It's a way of paying the bills while they effectively prolong their undergraduate experience and avoid like hell having to actually produce. It's the equivalent of the magnificent ideas you come up with when you're smoking pot with your friends. They're so grand but they never see the light of day.
I think it's a pretty exciting time for the gaming industry, and I'm happy I'm in the middle of it.
I think you just explained your comment. You're an indie game developer, so you're in the middle of the milieu I described above. It's great for you. I wish I could come up with a cool idea and have people give me money with no strings attached and little expectation that I'll have to do anything. It's kind of like having rich parents, except you don't have your dad complaining about your grades. For people who just love games, it kind of sucks.
My only hope is that there are some people who are actually developing some skills so when the inevitable shakeout in the "indie gaming community" comes and most of those people have become baristas, the ones who are capable will go on to create some great games. But they won't do it on kickstarter.