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What if Introversion fails?

Postby OpenFlow » Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:17 pm

What if PA is a massive failure and doesn't capture the target audience and not enough copies are sold?

What if the UK slip into a deep depression after the Olympics and the core elements of Subversion is never figured out?

Will this be the end of the bedroom programmers?

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what are the chances that IV will release PA source code for free and give it a public domain license?

and how about all the code/tech behind subversion project? can that be opened up as well? maybe upload to sourceforge?
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Postby shinygerbil » Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:28 pm

What if people were not allowed to make new topics until they have spent a certain amount of time on the forums?
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Postby Xocrates » Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:43 pm

Tune in for the next episode.

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Re: What if Introversion fails?

Postby xander » Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:49 pm

OpenFlow wrote:What if PA is a massive failure...

IV could very possibly fold. Or not. Who knows?

OpenFlow wrote:...and doesn't capture the target audience...

"Target audience?" Sounds like marketing-speak to me. Do you mean "What if PA doesn't capture any audience?" In that case, see above.

OpenFlow wrote:...and not enough copies are sold?

Define "enough."

OpenFlow wrote:What if the UK slip into a deep depression after the Olympics and the core elements of Subversion is never figured out?

Then the core elements of Subversion won't be figured out. So what? Every day, some company announces some product or technology that ultimately fizzles. If this ends up being the case with Subversion (which already seems likely, even without your silly doomsday scenario), it will be sad, but it won't be an unusual event in the world of gaming.

OpenFlow wrote:Will this be the end of the bedroom programmers?

Quite the opposite. When IV got started, there had been a history of small studios doing good work. Most of these studios had been shuttered in the early 2000s, and IV represented one of the last to open. At the time, it looked like small studios were on the way out. Since then, hundreds of indie studios and one-man-shows have opened up. In some ways, IV is/was the last of the bedroom programmers, but the first of the indies.

OpenFlow wrote:what are the chances that IV will release PA source code...

Given that the source for Uplink, Defcon, and Multi/Darwinia have been released, I would suspect that the Prison Architect code will also, ultimately be released in some form. It may not happen for another 5-10 years, but I would imagine that it will, eventually, happen.

OpenFlow wrote:...for free...

Unlikely.

OpenFlow wrote:...and give it a public domain license?

A "public domain license" is a contradiction in terms. Intellectual property is either in the public domain, or under copyright. If it is in the public domain, then there are no restrictions as to what may be done with it. If it is under copyright, then a license controls what can be done with it. I suspect that your question is more of the form "Will the PA code be released into the public domain [No], or will it be released with a permission (e.g. open source) license [Again, probably not]?"

OpenFlow wrote:and how about all the code/tech behind subversion project? can that be opened up as well?

See above.

OpenFlow wrote:maybe upload to sourceforge?

Why? IV already have their own code repositories.

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Postby Feud » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:06 pm

I used to love playing the original Fallout. Since then, Interplay has failed (several times) as a company. I've moved on, and while I will sometimes play their old stuff I now mainly play games that are newer from other developers.

If IV goes down then that stinks. But this is my entertainment, not my religion.
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Postby jnuyjuikiklvtgt » Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:53 am

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Postby Deepsmeg » Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:18 am

I've Karen Miller Multicolored! Can I make new topics now?
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Postby tabasco boy » Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:47 pm

Deepsmeg wrote:I've Karen Miller Multicolored! Can I make new topics now?


No you can't as you haven't done Karen Millen Clothes yet :wink:
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Postby Mas Tnega » Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:04 pm

I kind of skipped to <the last one the spambot said; we all know bert/jelco will just edit this bit out and chastise me for mentioning it>, can I?
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Postby bert_the_turtle » Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:37 pm

It's no fun if you expect it :(
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Postby Mas Tnega » Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:10 pm

Having the resident deities tell you you've been a naughty boy/girl/nuke/whale isn't much fun either.
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Postby Jordy... » Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:17 pm

boy/girl.. which one. That's the question.
Cuz fuck logic
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Postby Mas Tnega » Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:20 pm

Don't discount nuke/wales. And stop obsessing over it; there's no good reason to.

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