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« on: April 29, 2009, 10:10:30 PM »

I saw this today, and thought I'd share it. It's a member of Introversion describing how 2008 was for them. Lots of things went wrong.

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2009, 10:41:21 PM »

Ouch. Yeah, I can see how something like that can be pretty devastating, and it's nice to see that they're still going. Never retreat, never surrender. Or so they say.
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2009, 11:18:31 PM »

Damn, that sounds painful. Let's hope darwinia+ nets them some cash so they can continue working on Subversion. I really want to see that finished.
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2009, 12:26:20 AM »

The sales counter story is heartbreaking.
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2009, 12:27:53 AM »

Yeah, that one I can imagine being a very depressing day.
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2009, 01:52:47 AM »

Well maybe if they didn't spend their original Uplink riches on new cars and all that luxurious stuff they described in various interviews they wouldn't be having this problem now. I find it hard to feel sorry for people who spend their money like that. When you do well, save it, don't spend it.
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2009, 02:35:14 AM »

Is it amusing that "the last of the bedroom coders" now consider themselves "'older' indie" or is that a bit too convoluted.

Also the darwinian in part 2 looks a little uncomfortable in the junk area.
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2009, 08:37:03 AM »

It's obvious they made mistakes, and were a bit overexcited by the money they got. I hope they learned their lesson.
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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2009, 08:56:55 AM »

I'm pretty sure they did.
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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2009, 10:07:11 AM »

Ugh, I forgot about the speedboats. Speedboats!
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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2009, 10:14:22 AM »

Why don't they, I don't know, release a game?
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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2009, 10:28:48 AM »

Did you, I don't know, read the blog?
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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2009, 10:37:55 AM »

Is it amusing that "the last of the bedroom coders" now consider themselves "'older' indie" or is that a bit too convoluted.
That slogan never did make a bit of sense.

I do hope they finish subversion, it looked really fascinating!
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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2009, 12:21:14 PM »

A heartbreaking story that many can learn from.  I'm preparing for all the bullshit that I will encounter on the road ahead, and this is quite a frightening tale :I
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« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2009, 12:21:24 PM »

Maybe they meant they're the last of the bedroom coders who actually have office space, a marketing department, and 1 million British pound budgets for their games.
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« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2009, 01:02:01 PM »

When you make enough money to buy a fast car, you buy a fast car. When you don't make enough money anymore, you just sell the car and use public transportation.
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« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2009, 01:03:52 PM »

Yes, but they were using the *company's* money as if it were their own. Money earned from a product needs to be reinvested in a company, it's not like they were only spending the money they earned as some sort of salary, they were using everything. They spent 10,000 british pounds in a single joy week during the gdc for instance -- that's as much as some people make in a year.
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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2009, 01:16:28 PM »

They were the whole company, though, and probably got a bit carried away when they suddenly landed £160k+. They made a mistake and they know it. I don't know why that would disqualify them from a bit of pity now.

And yes, the "last of the bedroom programmers" thing is a bit outdated.
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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2009, 01:35:51 PM »

Because most normal people would not get carried away like that; it says something about their character.
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« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2009, 01:36:37 PM »

Because most normal people would not get carried away like that; it says something about their character.

It says something about your character that you constantly try to pick apart other people's decisions.
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