Guest Art: Maki Naro
The horrors of Shovel-wareAnonymous
Spare a thought for the poor developers at a company that produces crap at an alarming rate. Shovel-ware if you will.
Often the company is own by a single man who has final say on everything. We are trying to make the best game we can with the constraints of a power mad dictator throwing tantrums day after day because people aren’t buying his crap games.
The hours are no less grueling.
The verbal abuse no less cruel.
The withheld pay while we wait for publishers to pay. (The boss is still driving his fancy Mercedes of course while you are using credit cards to pay rent)
Then when we get it all done and ship a game we can’t point to it on a shelf and be proud.
Um, it looks like Janet (I had to look up her name) dressed as The Man with No Name in the desert holding a bottle with a note in it. Not sure I get the reference?
Tale is pretty much standard "working at a shitty place sucks" story. Although one wonders how many "pay withheld until we get check from the publisher" loops one has to go through before quitting and finding a job that, if not better, at least pays on time.
Thinking about the guest art more, I think the joke is Janet wears a shawl, which is reminiscent of the poncho that The Man With No Name wears. Still not sure about the message in a bottle.