Ben Kuchera

  • joined Jan 01, 2014
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Here’s the problem in a nutshell: People are taking this article as some sort of attack on the Xbox One, where there is none. This isn’t a comprehensive piece about what it takes to publish on consoles, this is one person sharing their anecdote about what it cost to publish on a particular platform, and he was willing to answer my questions about it. This isn’t political coverage, and I don’t feel like we have to talk about every other console when sharing a story about one in order to head off an argument. This is a story about one console, not all of them, and it ends with a quote from the developer talking about it being a success.

As for $5K being “not a lot of money” or bringing up that number as an attack, I’m going to disagree on both counts. $5,000 is a shit-ton of money for a small developer. I know individuals who have developed games you know and have likely played who have trouble raising a few hundred dollars for simple expenses. Smaller devs cut cost to the BONE, and $5,000 when it comes out of your pocket, with no guarantee of sales, is a risky thing. People think that self-publishing means you just get to put a game on a platform, when the reality is it’s expensive. When you’re trying to pay rent, $5,000 can be prohibitive.

You have to have to have to stop seeing the world through the lens of a console war. You can tell a story about a console without it being an attack. You can absolutely talk about one console without giving the other one equal time. This is a real-life anecdote of a gentleman who published a game on a platform and shared what that meant. Nothing more, nothing less.

It’s interesting to hear how one week the entire site is biased towards one console, and then the next day be told that you’re attacking the same console. It’s silly, there is no secret, ever-shifting agenda to favor one console over the other.

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I don’t get it, this is how the story ends: “Yes, the game has already sold well enough to recoup the cost and I’m pretty sure I made a living wage for a change,” he told Polygon. Making money, it turns out, costs a pretty large amount of money.

This is a story about what it costs on one platform, the Xbox One. So the title tells you it’s about the Xbox One. It ends on a positive note. If you want to try to make this sound like it’s advocating for one console or another, I’m just going to have to disagree.

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I miss Animaniacs as a whole. So good.

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That play was amazing.

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Someone complaining about something in the comments? QUICK, TO THE toaster. I’m going to make toast.

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Right, and today we’re talking about girls. That’s not only OK, but necessary from time to time.

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Your heart is in the right place, but the number of times people speak with, and listen to, the fears and needs of teenage girls in development is just about zero. It’s worth talking about when it happens.

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No, it doesn’t. In that story Thor’s body was changed to that of a woman. In this case a woman will wield Mjolnir and take on the mantle of Thor in the main continuity. Wonder Woman has picked up Mjolnir, but never took on the role of Thor for any length of time.

If I’m wrong, happy to be corrected.

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No. Read the story.

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We argued about this a bit, actually. Did Maurice say they saw humans two years ago, or just saw signs of them?

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