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Larian Studio's Swen Vincke blogs again. Read about the woes of an indie dev and why spending marketing money is a good thing. Or is it?

Because I’m the caveman, and couldn’t figure out the answer, I called our publishing guru, Sergei and asked him to explain to me again why we’re spending 45KUS$ on E3.

Without a hitch, he started lecturing me:

“Look, I just talked to a good friend of ours who is publishing a game of a good friend of ours which is being published now, and he just sent 560 copies to journalists, in Germany alone.

When we go to E3, we get in touch with hundreds of journalists that we don’t know and who we otherwise wouldn’t reach. Call them unidentified PR if you want.

Every day we’ll have back to back meetings with up to 6 journalists per session. Perhaps they are not from the most important magazines in the world, but it’s the only chance we have of showing them our game and telling them what our vision is.

We did the same thing at Gamescom. We showed the same presentation of the game to anybody who cared to stop by, and we didn’t even ask them from which publication they were, because we just want to get the word out. Remember how pleasantly surprised we were when it turned out that that young guy was in fact an incredibly influential writer ?”
 

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It's like that old adage, you have to make money to spend money.
 

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Unfortunately, it turns out you can’t because only union workers are allowed to do anything on the show-floor, and I really mean anything. Needless to say that with such a monopoly, the prices of these workers aren’t exactly competitive
Those union deal are some of the most ridiculous things ever...only Kwa's Land of the Free could create such a absurd system where they force you to hire their shitty workforce.
 

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Sergei's comments are all kinds of real-talk, lovin' it.
 

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Unfortunately, it turns out you can’t because only union workers are allowed to do anything on the show-floor, and I really mean anything. Needless to say that with such a monopoly, the prices of these workers aren’t exactly competitive
Those union deal are some of the most ridiculous things ever...only Kwa's Land of the Free could create such a absurd system where they force you to hire their shitty workforce.
OK, now I understand why Americans are often ranting about the evils of unions. Such a racket would be illegal here in socialist Norway.
 
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Holy fucking crap, it sounds fucking insane in US. I can understand the need to justify and profit from running such an organisation but the shit they charge for... is just ridiculous.
 

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Unfortunately, it turns out you can’t because only union workers are allowed to do anything on the show-floor, and I really mean anything. Needless to say that with such a monopoly, the prices of these workers aren’t exactly competitive
Those union deal are some of the most ridiculous things ever...only Kwa's Land of the Free could create such a absurd system where they force you to hire their shitty workforce.
OK, now I understand why Americans are often ranting about the evils of unions. Such a racket would be illegal here in socialist Norway.
I remember that in Zappa's book there was lot's of passages on how unions were a disease to every business....stuff like taking his own crew of audio technicians to record a live album in a city, then being suprised by a lawsuit by a union of that state, saying that he had to pay them something like $200,000 for the "services of recording"...
 
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"The caveman who discovered fire"? As in, "I don't understand how it works but I use it anyway" or "it hurts but I need it to live"?

Probably a more appropriate analogy would be "How I learned to live with leprosy"
 

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