Well, after our troubles last time, we didn’t learn our lesson.
What we did learn is that Dave Gilbert listened to our special episode with Infamous Adventures’ co-founder Shawn Mills about the problems they had recently gone through. And he offered to have a chat about the state of the business from the Wadjet Eye perspective. Which was jolly nice of him.
For those of you who don’t know, Wadjet Eye is one of those rarities in the adventure games market in that they are producing new games, with original stories and without the need to fall back on established games series or film/TV franchises. Given that so many noble, talented and hard-working companies have failed to do that in recent years, we ask Dave – who you gotta blow in this one horse town?
Apparently, fellatio is not a pre-requisite to success. Dave talks us through how the company was set up ten years ago, before the “revival” and Kickstarter bubble, and has grown steadily and organically ever since. He then adds context to, questions or confirms some of the observations made by Shawn in the previous episode.
Do you see? It’s a representation of the Kickstarter bubble. Oh, there’s far more jokes of that calibre in the episode, let me assure you.
You can listen to the very polite man refrain from swearing while all around him are effin’ and jeffin’ right here in the video, or at the bottom of the page for the podcast link.
Thanks once again to Shawn and Dave for talking to us. As an outsider to the business end of making games, it was illuminating to see just how much work goes into a game beyond simply pulling assets and stories together. It’s a labour of love, certainly, but it’s also one that requires a huge amount of interconnected decisions that may or may not pull off. Luck seems to have a lot to do with it, as Dave admits. But you get the impression, too, that it’s possible to slightly load the dice in your favour through making smart choices.
Who knows what the future will bring?
Hopefully another series of Back Seat Designers! Keep up with the twitters to find out when that will be ocurring in your ear balls.