Oh, well why didn't you say it was that easy! I'm sure every software company in the world will be willing to pay you thousands of dollars each to come talk to their employees about your revolutionary "bugs are bad" theory. And then there will be no more bugs. We should have thought of this years ago.
Exactly, just like Seth Godin is paid for his speeches.
No bugs means bugs should be fixed and Mode 7 has not made this its priority. There have been year old bugs, bugs that couldn't be fixed and led to feature removal. We can see in the current state that ironing out is not complete.
Problem solved! Now they have resources available for other things! Like bug fixes! And listening to us complain!
It's the other way around: they fix bugs --> problem solved no need to review games flagged as bugged --> more resource for all other aspects of the game.
I notice your calculations don't include the cost of an office or servers. Or, y'know, food.
Wrong, they were able to pay for that before the release. Now they have extra money.
That takes a lot of time, and customers aren't going to be giving them any money for the new game until it's finished and for sale,
Wrong, they started selling a "beta" version (at full price) one year before final release.
When technical support is needed it should be given and it's to the company to manage its resource to be able to do so.
on the blog Paul wrote:
A Quick Update - Thursday, June 9th, 2011
Commercially, the game has lived up to our expectations, and then some – we’ve made enough to keep working on the things we want to work on: we’re doing well enough to make sure FS hits its full potential
and then start up the next game.
I think there’s a bit of an assumption that if an indie game has a good launch that the money-hats immediately are donned and that everything is, in some way, completed: that’s only true if you’re Notch! This is really just the beginning of the journey for FS in my eyes.
The future of Mode 7 as a “real company” has been cemented: this is the right path and now the goal is to stay on it, making sure we do justice to our community.
P.S. again this is off topic.