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July 16, 2008 5:53 PM

E3: It takes all kinds in the games industry

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

LOS ANGELES -- I got an email yesterday from Bill Dugan of Torpex Games, a collection of video game industry vets who are bootstrapping it in the growing downloadable games market. He had good news: Their game, Schizoid, shipped last week.

As I head home from the E3 Media and Business Summit, Dugan's success was a reminder that the games industry is not all about the blockbuster titles and multi-million dollar marketing extravaganzas like this one.

Dugan, who leads the Torpex team from his Newcastle home, writes:

"In retrospect it is remarkable to me that we were able to make this game on a shoestring with such a veteran team -- it reminds me of independent movies made with stars participating like Harvey Keitel or Robert Duvall who participate for the love of the art of it. I don't know of any other games that were made with this sort of development model and I think the model is new -- it would not have been possible before downloadable games, certainly."

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