I believe we are looking at the situation from different angles.  If I were 
simply looking for a marketable game, then I completely agree with you.  More 
money can be pulled from an an existing game design, as long as you twist the 
story and game play enough to be entertaining.  I, however, am not marketing my 
games, so my goals in creating them are not the same.

For me, when I am working on a game, I am trying to stand out and to offer up 
something new and innovative.  If 100 people specifically told me they would 
pay money for a pacman game that had a high score system, as an example, I 
probably still wouldn't make it simply because it goes against my efforts to 
innovate.  Some other developer, who has more of a marketing goal, would be 
able to swoop in and punch out exactly what the people are willing to pay money 

You always need both kinds of people.  One group of developers profits by 
giving people what they specifically ask for, and the other group hopes to give 
people what they didn't even know they wanted yet.  Out of the two roads, I am 
clearly taking the more difficult, and less financially rewarding one.  lol, I 
suppose I am literally admitting that I'm foolish with how I do things.  Oh 
well, I guess I can't change what makes me happy, so I'll have to just continue 
down the road I've chosen.

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