[MUD-Dev] Working with Franchises (was Star Wars Galaxies: 1 char per server)

Michael Tresca talien at toast.net
Sun Jan 19 17:08:55 New Zealand Daylight Time 2003


Dave Rickey posted on Sunday, January 12, 2003 12:16 PM

> My paycheck says different.  Especially the part of it that comes
> directly from the profitability of the game.

This isn't a slam on your game, Dave.  But Who Wants to be a
Millionaire was drek -- and it made a lot of money, ABC relied upon
it completely, and then it collapsed.  It was not a good business
model.  It was not necessarily a "quality" show -- but it made a lot
of money.

Then, the well dried up, quite suddenly actually.  Sustainable
business models are about making money in the long term -- not get
rich quick schemes.

Millionaire was a great example of how to make money fast.  It's
also a terrible example of a sustainable business model.  All the
folks who worked on that show can point to their paychecks and say,
"I made a lot of money off of this."  So can the higher ups at
Enron.  Doesn't mean it's a good business model.

Mike "Talien" Tresca
http://www.retromud.org/talien


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