Greebo wrote:Puso isn't fully capitalist by any means! You can become an Elite member for the equivalent of just $10 if you're feeling mean. Like shark, puso is a part timer as far as games are concerned, and they both need money to support their websites and servers -- they aren't millionaires like Mark Shuttleworth, the entrepreneur who supports the free Linux distro, Ubuntu, and his company, Canonical, funds the distro by selling service contracts. How would you fund the sites of our two game makers from an ordinary income and with a normal family to support? Why should they pay for our penny pinching?
I think what he meant was that Puso's site is now really a commercial endeavour. The parts of the games he does (plan to) release are obviously meant to lure in customers and are intentionally "incomplete" (i.e. they don't tell the full story, leave a cliffhanger, etc.). There's a large difference between this and the way shark works, where donating merely gets you early access to content that will eventually be freely accessible. I think there you can still talk about donating and donators, while for Puso it has really become paying and customers, since the way I see it there's no complete, free content being released anymore.
Besides that, the income he's generating (judging from the posts made by customers, the top of the iceberg, I think) is way exceeding what he would need to just keep up his website/servers/etc. From that perspective, if it were really just to covers his costs and get a little bit of money out of it for himself, then he could do so with the same business model shark uses. Yet, he doesn't, and I can't explain that other than just going for pure profits.
That's not to say I don't understand that he would want to make some money off of his talent. But, given that the description of this forum is "You found a free
sexy game on the Web, share it with the buddies", I get fusdarii's point that Puso's new games really aren't free anymore.