In this episode of Dialogue Tree, Eric Brasure interviews game developer Jonas Kyratzes about the reactions surrounding Steam’s Greenlight and what it says about both indie games and videogames in general.
02:10 “I thought this is very peculiar because there's no real system for checking what people are submitting...”
03:40 “A lot of indies are struggling to make it.”
08:50 “You can say 'I'm a hippie' or whatever - then a couple of years later they'll be selling you little hippie badges...”
10:20 “I think it's a pretty normal blind spot for people who have money.”
18:30 “It's impossible to get a $25M movie financed but you can get a $200M movie financed more easily.”
20:00 “It's not pixel graphics. It's not 3D graphics. I don't know what it is, therefore it's bad.”
21:50 “You're told this can't be successful.”
24:00 “I think games... more than any other medium, are obsessed with categorisation to such a degree.”
25:00 “Even a negative review from a major website is more likely to drive traffic to you, and to get you sales, than some small site.”
26:30 “...and to them, the history of indie games begins with Minecraft.”
30:40 “People get very angry when you suggest that maybe something is wrong with the [capitalist] system.”
31:50 “...but the ship is still sinking.”
33:50 “...I don't see most people claiming that the greatest work of literature in human history is Twilight.”
37:00 “In general, we see [games] more like something which is 'used up'...”
38:30 “The mainstream gaming industry is so obsessed with realism that their games look like shit after ten years.”
44:10 “But people are starting to think... why am I working myself to death for, you know, a few cents?”
49:50 “...while the systemic process that creates a million poor African children goes on unchecked.”
51:40 “That's pretty much human history right there - unlikely, but not impossible.”
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- Featured music: Cars Can Be Blue - "Hey Hippie"
- Jonas Kyratzes' site
- The One Hundred Dollar Question (Jonas Kyratzes)
- The Sea Will Claim Everything
- Steam Greenlight
- Addendum on Classism (Jonas Kyratzes)
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