I don’t care who you are this is funny!
There’s bleeding in the streets. Electronic Arts is laying people off. Activision lays off 7% of it’s workforce. Atari is on it’s last legs, taking Infogrames down with it. Lionhead lays off 20% of its workforce. PC sales are down 14% in 2005. Etc., etc.
How does Rockstar handle it?
Oh, but it is next generation. This cracks me up.
These are the same guys that publish Grand Theft Auto, Midnight Club, Max Payne, Smuggler’s Run, Manhunt, and Red Dead Revolver. I wouldn’t even pay attention to this, but it seems to me that just a few years ago, when they were riding high on GTA, they were spouting all this crap about how nobody in the game business had a clue, and how they were going to change the game industry with adult titles, real stories, sex, and violence. And now, after all the failures and crapola maybe they can save their company with Ping Pong?
Oh yeah, the best part is that their parent company, Take Two Interactive, is rumored to be on the sales block. Hmmm. I have some free advice for anyone out there. Don’t buy the stock.
Why did I write about this in a blog about how to make a living making Indie Games?
Because it is just so damn cool to not have to worry about Wall Street, sequels, industry upturns/downturns, sex, violence, or “transition years.”