Have you never seen any indie games, indie movies, punk rock, anything?
It comes from passion - working day jobs, and working on the projects with passionate coworkers. That's where the funding comes from.
Good post. I hate your screen name, but good post. Quotable.
I checked with my PA today (Tuesday) to see if my Amazon pre-order had come in. I was burned out with work about 3 months ago and let everybody know I'd be off the week before and the week after my 43rd birthday on the 21st Novemeber. Nice timing, huh? It hadn't so I decided to try Steam since a spare CD key never goes to waste for LAN parties and so forth. I ordered the Silver package at 5:30PM GMT and started playing at 9:00PM GMT. That's with no pre-loads. I'm using a fairly standard cable modem setup. Clearly the problem is that too many people in the US are technologically advanced enough to use broadband instead of a publisher to get their games.
And all that said. Loving it. A little pissed off that crouching doesn't seem to help aiming a la Far Cry and everything else but fuck me, why can't id just ask Valve to design their games? HL2 isn't a pretty game by D3 standards but it is the current most important media happening. 10 years from now people will marvel that there was once a time when people would willingly sit still for 2 hours to feel entertained (flashbacks to my wife there...). It helps that non-interactive movies are costing more and more to make. Meanwhile the rest of the world thinks Halo 2 is important. Pah.