Hi Dark,
Being a game developer myself I think I can understand the lead developer's reasons well enough. It is pretty easy to get disenchanted and out right discouraged when creating audio games. I'm obviously a lot older and more seasoned than the lead developer for Dragon Slayer Games was, but even I feel like hanging it up from time to time. Although, my major gripe has to do with licensing issues.

When I first started writing accessible games I imagined writing games like those I use to play in the good old days when I still could see. I figured as the common person does that I would be able to make my own versions of Double Dragon, Castlevania, Tomb Raider, Star Wars, whatever, and the mainstream companies would leave me alone. No such luck. i found out the hard way when I got threatened with a law suit over Montezuma's Revenge, and now i feel pretty bitter about that. Especially, considering the fact that current laws grants these companies nearly godlike control over their copyrights, trade marks, and creations regardless of accessibility concerns. That alone killed many of my hopes and dreams for creating audio games.

Then, there is the technical aspects to deal with. If a developer wants to specifically program for Windows the sky is the limit. However, over the passed couple of years I have joined the ranks of blind computer users that use alternative operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS. This makes writing games tricky because it is hard to find any programming API, specification, that is supported on Mac, Linux, and Windows. There are some good ones out there like the FMOD Audio API, but it isn't free for commercial developers. Licensing can be steep, and a certain percentage of all sales will have to go into licensing the API. This isn't necessarily an acceptable situation given USA Games doesn't make all that much off our games to begin with. Basically, enough just to properly license, sounds, music, and perhaps an API like FMOD if we can afford it.

Finally, after all that there are complete jerks out there that will happily crack and redistribute the game to every disreputable blind person on the planet. To them it doesn't matter how long it took to create the game, how much it cost the developer to license this or that, and so on. All of that means nothing to them. Instead the game is something they can hack, crack, and pass around like bubble gum cards.

So, bottom line, there is a lot a developer can get disenchanted about. It is hard work for very little financial gain, and sometimes little recognition. I do it because I generally like the work despite the troubles, bologna, and other crap I have to put up with.


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