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CCP taking risks? Well, they are Icelandic…

By on October 8, 2010
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Alec Meer of Rock Paper Shotgun wrote a polemic about why I shouldn’t have published Ten games businesses that are doomed

That’s his prerogative, and I am currently working on a post explaining my rationale.

But in amongst the feedback, Keith Neilson made a comment that explained why CCP is so comfortable taking a big risk on Dust:

“Doomed? No, Dangerously Risky? Absolutely. But what do you expect from a nation that lives on an active volcano, poking it for its electricity.”


About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve:
  • Xewleer

    I did not view that comment as racist. It’s fairly true. As a person living on the new madrid fault line, I understand them. Though I never had the desire to poke it.

  • Harry H

    For what little it’s worth, I loved the ‘doomed’ article and agree with most of its contents. Good job on getting the world to notice!

  • Oh please, I live in Iceland. And the people are wonderful. It does explain a lot about the Icelandic mindset though that they do live on an active volcano. They attempt the impossible because they might not get the chance tomorrow.

    Keith Neilson (aka Mandrill)

  • Ouch. I thought that Keith’s comment was funny. Sorry if you didn’t.

    Shame about all the swearing too.

  • Sync


    “Well, they are Icelandic”

    You’re fucking racist. If not, you sound like your Imperialist ancestors. Fucking SHAME.