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I got quoted on VentureBeat!

Posted by Alex Jordan on

Over Thanksgiving weekend, I traded emails with Stefanie Fogel at VentureBeat about Cute Things Dying Violently and developing for the PC. Well, some of my quotes have appeared in her latest article about Xbox Live Indie Games developers switching from Xbox to PC, and you should read it here.

First off, I should point out that I'm quoted in this article alongside the likes of Edmund McMillen (Super Meat Boy, The Binding of Isaac), Robert Boyd (Cthulhu Saves the World), and DJ Arcas (FortressCraft). That is, to be blunt, a huge fucking honor. These guys are all players in the indie community and are talented developers with great games on their CVs.

Also, to be blunter, I don't necessarily deserve to be quoted alongside them. As the article points out, Cute Things has only sold 17,000 copies so far and will probably only gross 30k or 40k by August 2012. These guys all have popular, well-known games that passed 100k sales with their eyes closed. In short, I'm not a peer, I'm a wannabe. That doesn't make me any less awesome, mind you! Just not as awesome as these guys. But one day...

Another thing worth mentioning is that Stefanie only shared a few snippets of the quotes I gave her and the things I discussed. The two paragraphs in her article that discuss me blend a few disparate subjects: I discuss that Cute Things did pretty well but also that the poor filtering on the XBLIG Marketplace scares away potential customers. I also have a bland throwaway quote about how the PC is great for indie developers (no shit), and then that comment about how most of the Uprising developers have abandoned XBLIG.

A few sentiments missing from the article are that I appreciate (and I do!) the huge success that Microsoft and others have afforded me through XBLIG. I don't relish biting the hand that feeds, and I don't think Boyd (a former XBLIG developer) does either. But there are superior opportunities elsewhere. That's just the way it is. 20k copies sold on XBLIG versus 100k copies sold on Steam is a no-brainer.

Speaking of which, I say in the article that I'd love to get my game on Steam, and I would, although it's certainly not a foregone conclusion. I'm certainly not trying to be presumptuous... just because I appeared in a prominent article alongside some wonderful, prominent developers doesn't mean everyone should hang on my every word, or that my game is destined for greatness. I still have my work cut out for me, and I really want to earn a spot alongside those developers.