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Monday, October 09, 2006

Lionhead and The Spiral Of Doom

Possibly the most forceful part of the presentation was the Lionhead duo's comment: "Don't be pulled into the spiral of doom". Specifically, this relates to signing a new game in order to use some of the new resources to help finish existing games - an extremely tempting thing to do, but a harbinger of doom for any firm that does it. (The Lionhead co-founders noted that they'd been tempted, but had never done this.)

Something that came up in the Q&A, but functioned as a major talking point for indies as well, was the subject of developer/publisher contracts for gaming. Molyneux suggested that the way these deals are negotiated is "completely flawed" for the independent developer, as he urged: "There needs to be a mindset change in this industry".
-- Gamasutra - LGS: Molyneux Talks Development 'Spiral Of Doom'

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