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Hey Tadhg,

Great post, I agree with your take. I just wanted to clarify what I was getting at in my talk - that wasn't the point I was trying to make, but since only the slides are up and not the meat of the talk, that's pretty much my fault.

My thought is that when most indies start off, I feel they are motivated in large part by the drive to create and have not truly considered what it means to commit oneself to being a commercial artist. To illustrate that, I set up the Darger vs Zynga line, saying that if you took it to a complete extreme, you've got Darger on the one end, doing work that he did not share with anyone. On the other end, you've got Zynga, a company that is world-class at making money.

I asked people to really consider why they wanted to go indie before making a big commitment. If they found that they really were driven to create but were not interested in dealing with the nuts and bolts of running a business, they should instead look at staying a hobbyist for the time being. If you're going to go quit your job and try to live on your own creative output, you really need to consider it as a business at the same time that you consider it art.


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