Joe Danger Dev Clarifies XBLA Comments
The Joe Danger developer was quoted everywhere last week after his session at Develop during which he said: "XBLA is kind of a slaughterhouse for smaller developers. There are games that do amazingly well. But there's two titles released every week and a lot of those are falling in that 25,000 or less category."
Murray moved to clear up the quote today, writing: "Obviously, XBLA isn’t literally a slaughterhouse. I could have said, “It presents a high-risk opportunity with a great upside”. That would be equally true, but it’s just not the way I talk, and I don’t know anyone else who does either. For instance, this morning I have already called six different people names far worse than jerks."
"Whenever I write anything for the press, I genuinely have to be really careful to make sure it can’t be summed up in a clickable "interesting" sentence, because if it can, then that's all anyone will see and EVERYONE will see it."
Murray said that he understood the intention of news websites though: "When I write one of these columns, I judge its success on the number of clicks it gets. It’s hard to judge if anyone gets any value from them, and I'd hate to know how few people really read to the end. Presumably most people don't, and I don’t know how I’d tell."
"Besides, if you think XBLA is a slaughterhouse, you should check out WiiWare." We're assuming that last bit's just a joke. Or is it?