LOS ANGELES — I got an email yesterday from Bill Dugan of Torpex Games, a collection of video game industry vets who are bootstrapping it in the growing downloadable games market. He had good news: Their game, Schizoid, shipped last week.
As I head home from the E3 Media and Business Summit, Dugan’s success was a reminder that the games industry is not all about the blockbuster titles and multi-million dollar marketing extravaganzas like this one.
Dugan, who leads the Torpex team from his Newcastle home, writes:
“In retrospect it is remarkable to me that we were able to make this game on a shoestring with such a veteran team — it reminds me of independent movies made with stars participating like Harvey Keitel or Robert Duvall who participate for the love of the art of it. I don’t know of any other games that were made with this sort of development model and I think the model is new — it would not have been possible before downloadable games, certainly.”