dark wrote:Actually I think it is a perfectly good idea for them to develop for more than just the DC. From what they have said, it appears as if they are going to launch a development studio. In order to do this, they need to woo venture capitalists and angel investors and get a lot of money in order to stay afloat while they write software (pay for infrastructure like computers, office rent, and employee salaries). Since the DC homebrew games sold elsewhere tend to sell only a couple thousand copies at $50 and less, best case, that is probably only $150,000 (3000 at $50) - which sounds like a lot of money, but which would be swallowed up really fast if you are paying monthly rent for an office, and trying to live on small salaries of maybe 30k for a couple of people. At that rate, the studio doesn't look like an attractive investment at all for anyone to pony up say a $1 million seed capital. - the investor would never make his investment back.
Instead, if they can market themselves as a group that is developing interesting software for a popular platform like the iphone, they can forecast selling more than a couple thousand copies, the projected monetary return will be more substantial, and investors will have more confidence. Releasing a game for DC could still serve as a form of guerilla marketing to get some press and make their studio name more well known, but it is not sustainable for a business to only release games for DC because of the now small couple thousand person audience.
Well that's very nice for them and you make some good points about finance and profitability. But I don't give a fig about Reticon per se - I'm just worried about getting a DC game off them ! lol Fuck XBOX Live, Iphone and PSN - they've got enough games as it is
Honestly, I just assumed they were students with a passion and skill for coding(and maybe even retro consoles). I thought they picked the DC for a particular reason whereas as I'm now finding out they are budding entrepreneurs who want to make some money and go live in Silicone Valley someday.
I don't wish them to ignore their long term goals and dreams............yeah, go make your millions, but just make sure you finish our Dreamcast game first !!