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I have to say, speaking as someone who's been there, done that for several years, I agree totally with arawnsley/lmj - the RISC OS games market went down the pan years ago.

That said, I *do* have a small number of games projects either in the early stages of development or simply at the planning stage - but due to my hectic schedule of a) (paid)work and b) trying to have a life, it's literally a case of 5 minutes work here, 5 minutes work there - not to mention that when time does actually permit, I'm more inclined to work on WebChange anyway - so progress is slow enough to make a snail's pace look rather hasty. The incentive to prioritise on the games just isn't there - I know damned well that if/when they are completed and on sale (which will be at a budget price, obviously - that's my ball, man), I *will* make a loss based on development time.

To develop a 'full price' and substantial (to make that full price fair and reasonable) game from scratch, it will take more than 2000-3000 if you want the level of sophistication and decent graphic design, and sound/music, etc - because you would be talking about a team of programmers/designers, and several months work at the very least. For me, because I'm cheaper than most (I'm a veritable bargain, but that's also why I'm always so damned busy!), 3000 (plus VAT!) would enable me to commit to two, maybe three, solid months work on that one project (in theory - in practice I have too many long term work commitments to be able to work solidly on one project). That would definitely enable me to finish one of my games - and possibly even make headway into another - but these are /budget/ titles, being developed by a lone developer.

If I decided to live off my savings for the duration, there is absolutely no way I would recoup that money in revenue. I'm looking at a 5 (inc VAT) price point - to recover 3000, I'd actually have to sell just over 700 copies. Just to break even. In the RISC OS market, that simply wouldn't happen.

I've rambled a bit, but I think the relevant points are all covered.


 is a RISC OS UserVinceH on 5/6/05 6:41PM
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