SPOnG reported earlier this very week on a worrying late-night blog rant from games development legend Jeff Minter
, who was clearly annoyed that older arcade games on Xbox LIVE Arcade (Frogger
, in particular) were selling far better than original titles (Minter?s Space Giraffe
, pictured here, in particular!).
Well, it now seems that Minter has decided that he IS going to keep making games, but he?s just going to stop telling us all about the process on his blog. Which makes SPOnG sad, as we enjoyed reading his regular rants, thoughts and updates on the joys and pains of making games - it made a refreshing change from the usual PR spoon-fed information we receive from most other developers.
The cynics in the SPOnG office have suggested today that Mr.Minter's decision to not be so outspoken on a public blog was probably brought about by a friendly word in his shell-like from his paymeisters at Microsoft.
Minter?s latest blog entry simply reads:
?I'm not going to be writing about game development here any more after this. Yes, I had a bit of a rant the other night because frankly yes, it is a bit disappointing to see a repackaged MAME rom doing much better than original content, but hey, that's how it goes. People are more inclined to buy stuff they remember rather than stuff that's new.
"We're invested in XBLA now, and we *need* to re-use the Space Giraffe framework for a couple of reasonably quick games - I think that's the way to make it work out for us, we just need more games in the pipeline. I'm already halfway through the next one and I just want to get my head down and get on with it.
"To those who came on here to have a go at me and tell me how much I suck - just piss off, I don't care. If you do that I shall delete your comments and ban you. Guess what, I think you suck too, and I don't give a rat's arse if you don't like my games; they aren't made for you anyway.
"And thanks to those who gave me a bit of encouragement at a low moment. Rest assured I'm not giving up; I'm just getting on with it quietly.
"So no more dev stuff here, from now on this will just be about sheep and plushies and other such non-work-related stuff. There will be no talk, no press, no screenshots and no videos of work in progress except as and when we are ready to release them, at the appropriate time, through the appropriate channels."
Great news. Keep up the good work Jeff. SPOnG, as ever, salutes you.