Has anyone seen the Indie Developers documentary? This guy is an arrogant tool.
Agreed. Phil, Jonathan Blow & Tommy from Team Meat all come across as very difficult to work with. Phil's partner was tired of him so much he left the company (I'm sure there was more to it than that), Jonathan Blow pretty much admitted he doesn't/didn't like working with others and Tommy has ADHD iirc so he gets very irate. However, there is plenty of others like the RCR dev (forget his name right now), or Lanning from Oddworld who all share the same sentiments so I don't doubt for a second their "essentials" and demands are frustrating to work around. They made sense when XBLA was in it's infancy but they're desperately outdated today. That's why it's going to be such a problem for the X1 too IMO, they don't seem to be doing anything to solve them.
Before anyone mentions BUILD, I really couldn't give a **** about it. It's not going to be the turning point for MS & major restructuring is required.
I'm pretty sure I remember people saying Sony charges for you to push out game updates as well. One could say there's a incentive in charging devs this. While on one hand it sucks because the little guy can't pay the costs right away, if it all, so the game takes long to get patched or never does. On the other hand, if you know this policy ahead of time, and all of them did going in I'm sure, then all the more reason to beta test as much as you can before you send it out.
Both MS and Sony charge for updates which, if you believe Double Fine, amounted to $40K. There obviously needs to be some sort of quality control in place to stop developers releasing buggy games. It shouldn't be there to stop people releasing "crapware" as some call it. One man's trash is another's treasure yadda yadda. That overhead needs to be paid for so it will never be free. Is it really worth $20K at a time? I don't think so, especially when they don't get it right and we see TU after TU from some.
Can you offer any examples of devs who've had their fees waived? There might be some, but I've never heard of it.
If they are waiving the fees it completely negates the point of having fees to discourage poor development.
While maybe not exactly what you guys were talking about the biggest example would be Minecraft iirc. The updates are both free to push for 4J and download for gamers.
I know Major Nelson has spoke about it before on his podcast and depending on the negotiations they will waive them too. So you could assume that means they'll let them update freely if they stay exclusive or something.