The girlfriend of a fairly prominent game developer (who shall both remain nameless for the sake of privacy) recently tweeted that she was having a bad day because she ran over the curb while driving his $70,000 sports car around the city. The tweet has since been deleted but statements like this make one start to wonder if game developers and consequently publishers really should be making enough money to afford $70,000 sports cars to begin with.
Brings to mind how a $60 game like Gears of War: Judgement launched with $70 in Day1 DLC.
Because someone who is a successful college graduate shouldn't be able to afford a $70K car? We don't know that he has paid for it or how he lives the rest of his life. He could be one of those car guys who has a shitty apartment to afford his car.
Edit: Also, we only know he is "prominent" and don't know the game he works on. I'd expect the lead designer of League of Legends to be disgustingly rich because they took big risks that paid off huge with one of the best games ever made. He should be able to afford a ridiculously expensive car. . though I'd never spend my money that way.
Yeah, I don't get the point here. So the guy can or can't afford a Lotus. So what. Should developers drive crappy cars so we can get cheaper games? I really don't understand the connection. If you don't want to pay $60 for a game it is very easy. You wait a few months after it is released before buying it. I didn't pay $60 for a single game last generation. You have to sacrifice the day-1 gratification but you really should have multiple hobbies in your life. Makes for a healthier mind and pocket book. Amazon always has games at $40 like 3-4 months after release.
I have no wish to disturb a man sleeping in a gutter; I assume until proved otherwise that he belongs there.
This guy is 100% clown shoes. If he's sold himself as an authority on the game industry, his credibility is hopefully now in the toilet. In other new, since Stephen King is wealthy man, all writers have more money than god.
As capitalism has resulted in haves and have nots. REALLY big gaps now. The haves need larger and larger margins to define success. Every Blizzard employee that writes production code makes over 100k. They drive whatever they want. Why? Because Blizzard doesn't care about 150k/yr, they care about what they can get. They get good developers. They pay them their pittance of under 1/4 mil and call it a day. Ironically, the writer doesn't realize that a payscale that allows a 70k car was established in the 90s. Wait till he does actual research on where capitalism has taken these companies. This is a non-story.
I would argue that capitalism has raised the financial standards and quality of life across the board. Now, CRONY capitalism is another story altogether. So what if he drives a 70k car? Haters gonna hate.