Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Salaries, The World, and You

So, Joystiq is bemoaning Satoru Iwata's low salary. He makes $770,000 per year. Tell me one remotely-reasonable thing that he couldn't afford.

As long as he didn't buy Nintendo stock when I did (Goddammit), he probably makes a hell of a lot more than $770,000 per year. I wish more companies followed Nintendo's model, and gave CEOs, rockstar-employees, and headline-makers far lower salaries, enough to live a very comfortable life, but nothing on the 7-to-8-digit obscene salaries that Western companies pay to their big players.

A company's success should belong to that company. It should NEVER belong to that company's leaders, nor its peons, because neither one is solely responsible for said success. That money should be reinvested into R&D, marketing and customer benefits. It is an insult to all involved parties to see that wealth distributed in unfair ways.

Monday, June 28, 2010

IGF Call for Submissions

So the time has come, once again, for all good indie game developers to...well, to make indie games and submit them to the Independent Games Festival.

My company, Gendai Games, is looking forward to seeing our users submit some awesome work this year. If you're interested in participating in IGF, you could do a lot worse than to head to GameSalad.com and whip up a killer app!

Best of luck to all the participants!