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Op Ed

GamesIndustry International - Fez, Fish and The Problem with Patching.
Fez has grossed over a million dollars, and even after Microsoft has taken a lump of that, it would be outright negligent and irresponsible of Fish not to have money left over to cover an unforeseen problem like a reissued patch. Catch-22. If you're able to complain about it, you're also able to pay for it, and your users are quite entitled to excoriate you for using them as hostages in a debate with Microsoft which is of no real relevance to them.

"I don't care how indie you are, or how free and loose your ideas of commerce and creativity may be - once you've taken a million bucks from consumers, professionalism isn't optional" Equally, though, one can have sympathy with Microsoft. The company gives one patch for free, and charges for subsequent patches - not because it's greedy and avaricious (it does lots of other things for those reasons, of course), but because it doesn't want to see XBLA games being released buggy or incomplete and patched repeatedly. The Xbox is a console, and players expect not to be confronted with the kind of endless match of bugs and patches which so often afflict PC games. Microsoft has a duty to its consumers to try to enforce that, and ultimately, Fish bears responsibility for creating a patch with such a serious bug in it.

31. Re: Op Ed Jul 22, 2012, 06:40 ChaosEngine
Having watched Indie Game the movie, Phil Fish struck me as kind of a pretentious dick (I also didn't like they way they bad mouthed his ex-associate without giving him a chance to respond).

But that said, let's look at the article. Let's say that Fez did make a million bucks, and let's pretend that MS didn't take any of that. So Fish made $200k a year over the 5 years of development. Still loads of money, right? Well, that $200k isn't pure profit. At the very least there would have been dev costs, marketing, business loans to repay (I'm sure he didn't live for free for 5 years). After all that, another $40k is probably a reasonable chunk of his capital. Not to mention the time required to reproduce, diagnose and fix the bug.

So, my feeling is that both parties are in the wrong here. $40k seems like a pretty hefty sum to charge for patch distribution (and clearly Microsoft's own certification doesn't add much if they missed the bug themselves). But Fish signed a contract and he should honour it. It was his decision to go xbox exclusive. Now he has to deal with that.
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