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Epic LULs: 7 Reasons Publishers Gave When Turning Down The Chance To Publish Joe Danger
Written Tuesday, July 13, 2010 By Dan Webb
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Before Sony snapped up Joe Danger for the PS3's PSN, Hello Games revealed to the Develop Conference crowd today some of the other things the small indy developer heard from other publishers when looking for someone to sign with.

Sean Murray, a programmer at Hello Games, refused to name names in his talk but was more than happy to give the crowd some direct quotes from some of the meetings in which the game failed to get a publisher. The 7 quotes the programmer gave were:


“Name me one popular game with motorbikes?”

”Collecting giant coins feels unrealistic to me”

”I can see this working as a Facebook app”

”We want games that are less about fun right now”

”We love the theme, but with a different game”

”We believe the iPhone will be largely unsupported”

”Can Joe be a monkey? We like Monkeys”



Monkeys!? Motorbikes!? Facebook app!? Less about fun!? iPhone!? Collecting giant coins!?

Joe Danger sold 50,000 copies on the PSN in its first week of sales and with reasons like this for it not being picked up by another publisher, it makes you wonder how out of touch those green-lighting projects truly are.

At least it made me laugh before the realisation dawned upon me that the future of innovation and originality in the industry relied on the shoulders of these people.

[Via Develop-Online]




 
 

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Comment #1 by gordjscott
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 05:12:32 PM
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Oh yeah, I'm dying for a game that is as 'un-fun' as possible.

 
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Comment #2 by guillermo
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 05:17:49 PM
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Noo this has to be a publiscity stunt beacuse i can't belive this, are people emplyed to bring us entertaiment really be this dumb OM'z

 
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Comment #3 by Webb [STAFF]
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 05:23:18 PM
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@#2 - Publicity? I'd call it a bit of a backhanded swipe from Hello Games =P Something that in this instance is much needed. They're so ludicrous they're funny =P

 
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Comment #4 by Catscan93
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 05:26:21 PM
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Funny reasons are funny.

 
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Comment #5 by wardo1983uk
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 05:40:12 PM
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A monkey on a moterbike? that'd be cool

 
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Comment #6 by Pesico
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 05:52:22 PM
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”We want games that are less about fun right now”

Hilarious.

 
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Comment #7 by netgrade
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 05:56:16 PM
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”Collecting giant coins feels unrealistic to me” Im guessing they arent fans of Super Mario?XD

 
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Comment #8 by The-Jack-Burton
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 06:10:28 PM
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Actually, Bobby Kotick said all of those but the one about monkeys

 
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Comment #9 by Skydog91
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 06:49:11 PM
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@7 so true!

 
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Comment #10 by Donkey-er
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 07:25:19 PM
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LMFAO! seriously!
what where those guys thinking!
motorbikes? we got tons of racing games with bikes!

 
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Comment #11 by DrakeHellsing
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 07:32:05 PM
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Ah, love that last one....would be awesome if he was a monkey XD

But man, those are some lame excuses, expecially the whole "less fun" ordeal lol.

 
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Comment #12 by Spikey654
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 07:32:41 PM
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@8

Yup, and he also wanted to charge 30 bucks for it instead of 15, and also have a 10-dollar online pass so that you could share your tracks with others.

 
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Comment #13 by coffinfodde6
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 09:15:26 PM
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Oh Yeah, I'm sure looking to take my game time in a less about fun direction.....

 
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Comment #14 by LaZY_BoY_09
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 09:19:12 PM
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erm burnout paradise had motorbikes, and that game was huge!!

 
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Comment #15 by 1galactus1
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 10:14:13 PM
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Thanks for posting. Thought it was funny.

 
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Comment #16 by harker26
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 11:03:36 PM
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I like Monkeys too!

 
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Comment #17 by ExSoldier-Marci-
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 01:03:03 AM
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@14 i was thinking the exact same thing

 
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Comment #18 by dementedlullaby
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 01:33:26 AM
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I want to know who said Can Joe be a monkey? They are my new favorite dev.

 
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Comment #19 by dementedlullaby
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 01:33:52 AM
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favorite publisher rather* head in the wrong place.

 
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Comment #20 by JROD0823
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 01:34:46 AM
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Joe Danger is a hell of a good game to just screw around in, I'm glad Sony was smart enough to pick it up.

 
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Comment #21 by Gamer Smurf92
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 02:32:55 AM
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Most of those reasons are lame lol. Games are supposed to be fun. Most games are also not realistic, are they?

 
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Comment #22 by Dhughes60
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 04:19:55 AM
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lol that was hilarious

 
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Comment #23 by Trellgoth
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 05:15:58 AM
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“Name me one popular game with motorbikes?”

Trials HD. Period.

 
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Comment #24 by SSJ_Bardock
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 05:23:39 AM
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i agree with the monkey comment

 
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Comment #25 by tsugarusatsujin
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 05:47:06 AM
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Hillarious

What makes it better is that this game is awesome

 
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Comment #26 by flamingice
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 07:03:35 AM
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Haha, that's really funny. The 'less about fun' one is the most entertaining. Makes you wonder how these people manage to stay in a job!

 
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Comment #27 by yazter
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 08:52:23 AM
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Veritable clucks.


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US June 08, 2010
Europe June 09, 2010

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ESRB: Everyone
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