After performing additional fact checking, research came up empty handed in attempting to identify the creator of the Radio the Universe Kickstarter known as 6e6e6e. The findings show that the persona first appears via YouTube with the username sixesixesixe, created in January 2012. In February 2012, the first footage of Radio the Universe makes its appearance in a FPS test video showing particles being created with the familiar main character sprite from the game-play footage seen on the Kickstarter page.
In of itself, there is nothing terrible in the creation dates of the persona, but in conjunction with several new accounts created and the existence of an older handle called Sevenee on DeviantArt and SoundCloud it all points to a digital fingerprint that has no real public identity. Even the handle Sevenee is only about a year old, nearly matching the age of 6e6e6e which was created 11 months ago. This may make providing funded to an ambitious looking project an uneasy venture.
It’s amazing that an indie project like Radio the Universe can come out of no where to impress so many on Kickstarter. The project is just under 200% funded as of this write up, pulling in $23,439 for the original $12,000 being asked with 26 days to go until the Kickstarter deadline. However, with how accountability works on Kickstarter, the project currently falls on the shoulder of a fictitious name with a digital finger print only leads to sites that do not require a real name or has privacy policies that protect it.
The concern of Isometric Robot is in Project Accountability for the year long development planned out for Radio the Universe. As discussed in Isometric Robot’s review of Radio the Universe’s Kickstarter the expected delivery date for digital copies of the game is March 2014. With 6e6e6e’s YouTube video showing game-play footage of the core game mechanics in February one can postulate that the game has already been in production well over a year.
When asked regarding his identity 6e6e6e responded thus:
@Michael J Pierce of Isometric Robot: hi. my name is john s park and i live in the dc area in fairfax county, virginia. i’m a hobbyist artist/musician/gamedev and i’ve spent the last few years doing smalltimer freelance work, attending school, and developing radio the universe.
kickstarter has my full personal info and amazon has my verified legal/tax info (creators are actually not permitted to launch a kickstarter until that happens) so there’s also that in case anything goes haywire, but i’m fully confident that i can deliver. [sic]
Searching for a John S Park in the region came up with no results, in contrast there were hundreds of results for John Park in the same region search. The name John Park does not appear as of this writing on any of the URLs provided on 6e6e6e’s official website.
One major concern is the possibility of 6e6e6e being a minor or having no public accountability. According to Kickstarter’s blog on accountability, responsibility of project delivery is on the creators and the inferred responsibility of holding project creators accountable belongs to the backers:
Who is responsible for completing a project as promised?
It’s the project creator’s responsibility to complete their project. Kickstarter is not involved in the development of the projects themselves.
Can Kickstarter refund the money if a project is unable to fulfill?
No. Kickstarter doesn’t issue refunds, as transactions are between backers and the creator. In fact, Kickstarter never has the funds at all. When a project is successfully funded, money is transferred directly from backers’ credit cards to the project creator’s Amazon Payments account…
Kickstarter has developed its accountability policy further in May 2012 for Design and Technology projects to include “information about their background and experience, a manufacturing plan (for hardware projects), and a functional prototype.” Should a similar guideline be applied to the games category?
6e6e6e’s response to Isometric Robot regarding their personal information and qualifications is the first mention of this information. No other game projects have been listed to date on all the URLs associated with this Kickstarter creator.
As of this writing, Isometric Robot has backed this project. However, Isometric Robot will be withdrawing its backing prior to the Kickstarter deadline if unsatisfied that the project creator can be adequately contacted or held responsible if there are delays in their project or if the project goes undelivered.