Boy, he sure did generate a lot of press!
I have the greatest respect for Mr. Greg Costikyan and his inciteful writing. When I was on my own, and struggling to try and make something out of nothing in the games industry, his direct, take-no-prisoners style writing and clear thinking about what makes games games kept me warm through the long dark night.
Okay, so as far as I can tell, the pitch here is that the games industry sucks, and that the way out is for Mr. Costikyan to incite revolution (with a new company that he has announced very publicly) that will change the economics of games in a way that gives more money to the creators.
Foundational to this idea is the notion of Scratchware, a term he coined (watch out for popups on that link), which is defined as follows:
“The phrase scratchware game essentially means a computer game, created by a microteam, with pro quality art, game design, programming and sound to be sold at paperback book store prices.”
I would like to respond to the assertion that Mr. Costikyan and his brave revolutionaries are going to generate a whole new industry, filled with scratchware, and free himself (and other oppressed creators like him) from the shackles of The Man.
- PopCap Games
- Digital Eel
- – dozens of games
- Sigma Team
- – Alien Shooter
- + lots of Alien Shooter expansions (yaaay, shooting aliens!)
- Moonpod’s Starscape
- Wik & the Fable of Souls
- War World
- Alien Hominid
- RAKEINGRASS’s Jets’n’Guns (w00t! blow shit up!)
(Well, hell. I guess I’ll just have to include them all.)
- Game Tunnel (the Independent Underground)
WTF is he talking about??