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Adventures of Shuggy dev shares his sad story

Justin McElroy

We love to hear about success stories like the Humble Indie Bundle, but we try to remember that there are plenty of other deserving games out there that, for whatever reason, never seem to break free of obscurity. The Adventures of Shuggy is just such a game.

David Johnston, the game's creator, lays the whole story out for Edge, including the thrill of finding a publisher for the XBLA game he's worked on since 2007 -- a thrill that turned to despair as he watched his game slip through the cracks when the publisher was absorbed by Activision.

Johnston (who is considering leaving game development) paints a pretty dire picture for developers who don't have the light of Microsoft promotion shining on them, a somber reminder that, sometimes, having a good game just isn't enough.

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