There are three problems with Wombats anti-Double Fine rant:
1) Mid level developers are struggling to survive in general. If they can't get publisher backing then their game generally has little chance nowadays because they get buried in the marketing and press attention AAA budget titles get. This has little to do with the quality of the game or even public interest. It is about mindshare. Those with the money can buy the mindshare. This kickstart move was a means for Doublefine to get some mindshare for their product despite the fact that they lack a publisher or the deep pockets necessary to provide a huge marketing blitz.
2) There are many many people whose motivation to do well has jack shit to do with money. Maybe Wombat finds this hard to believe, but people who follow their passion as career are not really motivated to do their best by money. If this were the case, they all would have become lawyers or doctors rather than musicians, artists, or teachers. They usually value the freedom to follow they passion more than they value money. As a college instructor, I can tell you flat out if you offered one job where I made half the salary but was allowed to structure my own courses and another where I made double but had to follow a set course structure, I would not only take the first option in a heartbeat, I would work a lot harder because I am passionate about my teaching. What is going to drive Schafer and crew is their newly found freedom to make the game they want to make. If you fear a developer half assing a game you should have far more fears about all the greenlit sequels teams are forced to continually make.
3) Regardless of the situition, it is pretty shitty to automatically condemn someone you don't know as a "douche." It is even more shitty to call them this in public without explaining. Maybe you are so naive that when someone tells you something, you assume they aren't trying to put themselves in a positive light, that there is no telephone game exaggeration effect happening, and that what you are being told is representative of the person being talked about. If so, grow up. Most of us learned how stupid, self serving, and false gossip is when we were in middle school. The only people who deserve to be subjected to immature gossip is the type of person who spreads it. So I hope someone out there knows the shittiest thing Wombat ever did and that they then exaggerate it and spread it to thousands of people. He deserves it. I heard he was a douche.
Last edited by danchilders; 02-19-2012 at 12:48 PM..