Pitching an indie game to publishers isn't easy, but it can be hilarious in an especially depressing way. Tim Keenan, developer of action puzzler A Virus Named Tom, decided to share some of his experiences pitching his game to publishers in a special video. In "Indie Life #2: Publisher" Tom plays reenacts pitching his game to publisher with toys used as puppets. Laugh through the tears.
It's important to note that the events in the video were based off of actual experiences that Tim's company Misfits Attic had pitching A Virus Named Tom:
@TrevorStricker Each scene was based on an actual experience. Being in this industry is great for comedic material... sadly— Tim Keenan (@MisfitsAttic) July 24, 2013
Tim also noted further on that there are good publishers out there, so as cynical as his video may be it's best not to consider it a condemnation of the industry or anything.
It's no secret that making video games is a very expensive process and that publishers end up being focused on the money rather than the gaming. They wouldn't be a publisher unless they made sure every game they shipped out could turn a profit. And as much as I wish every game could turn a profit if the creators just remained true to their vision, that's just not realistic.
Anyway, that's far too much serious talk for a news post that should be light hearted and fun! Check out Tim Keenan's video below and watch him play with puppets for a few minutes. Also, check out A Virus Named Tom if you haven't already. That's a damn fine game and it's available on PC right now.