Breaking News: Greg Costikyan Has Solid Brass Balls

Obey Costik

A couple of months ago, I pointed you towards Greg C.’s rant about the necessity for destroying the current game publishing paradigm. At the time, it seemed like one of those very sensible ideas that, because they are very sensible, are never implemented or heard from again.

But then Costikyan put his money where his mouth was, resigning his job to launch Manifesto Games and hopefully fulfill the plan outlined in his Free Play keynote address. The new company is intended to be (or become) “a viable path to market for independent developers, and a more effective way of marketing and distributing niche PC game styles to gamers.”

I’m hoping he can branch out into cross-platform stuff at some point, especially given the promise of the new Xbox Live system for distributing content for micropayments, etc. In any case, it’s a bold move, and one that’s long overdue in the games industry. I hope like hell it works out for him and anybody else that gets involved. As a bonus, he intends to blog the process, to give gamers (and his potential customers) insight and input into how things go. This, too, is a bold move and one I look forward to seeing in action.

So keep your eyes on Costikyan’s blog…things could get very interesting in the world of game publishing, and it appears now that it could be sooner rather than later.

Image: Found at Independent Gaming Source.
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Merrily We Jog Along

QI Commercial

Readers on this side of the pond probably aren’t aware that in Britain, quiz shows are not only thriving, they’re actually…you know, good. Here’s an ad that the people behind QI (Quite Interesting, natch) put together to promote their most excellent show. In fact, poke around the whole website. It has gone live.

Hey, check this out from the front page: If you’re not in the UK, don’t worry – QI may be coming to a shore near you soon!

Okay, now you bastards are just teasing us.

No Dread Pirate Keith?

Keith Richards and blade

Arrrrr, not to be the one to sport ill tidings on this glorious Talk Like a Pirate Day, but we’ve received word from the landlubbers at The Movie Blog by way of the The Disney Blog that scheduling conflicts have prevented Keith Richards from playing himself in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean sequels. So says Johnny Depp and we shan’t argue with him as a source, nay.
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Today, GTA: San Andreas. Tomorrow, High School Football!

Everything Bad is Good For You

If you’ve been rolling your eyes at the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas kerfuffle, then we highly recommend checking out this piece, written by Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad is Good for You. Here’s a snippet:

I’d like to draw your attention to another game whose nonstop violence and hostility has captured the attention of millions of kids — a game that instills aggressive thoughts in the minds of its players, some of whom have gone on to commit real-world acts of violence and sexual assault after playing.

I’m talking, of course, about high school football.

I know a congressional investigation into football won’t play so well with those crucial swing voters, but it makes about as much sense as an investigation into the pressing issue that is Xbox and PlayStation 2.

We like this guy more and more all the time. Found via Boing Boing.
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