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Repost: http://www.overclock.net/t/1391632/gi-jason-rubin-metro-last-light-is-the-triumph-of-an-underdog
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It's a bit exaggerated.
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Update: Commenter Wildfire has pointed out this video, in which 4A’s offices can be seen. While it does look cramped, especially compared to the offices of larger Western developers, there are more than a few non-folding chairs, adding some clarity to Rubin’s picture. His claims of frequent power and heating outages, however, can be confirmed by other sources.

Honestly it doesn't look to different when compared to how doublefine for instance works (or many other smaller indie devs).

As for the budget yes its much smaller then you seen on AAA block busters but then again thous also piss away tons of money needlessly on advertising and what not. Its not like CD project RED has super deep pockets either.

The thing about having to smuggle in PC's did crack me up. Got to wonder though it they had so many frequent power outages why not invest in a UPS.
    
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Harder to smuggle a UPS...lol
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I feel so guilty for getting a free copy of Metro Light from TITAN.... how can I pay them now?
 
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Originally Posted by djriful View Post

I feel so guilty for getting a free copy of Metro Light from TITAN.... how can I pay them now?

Well its not like Nvidia get the bundle games for free so the devs got there cut. But if you really feel super bad you can always gift the copy to someone (like me for instance tongue.gif)
    
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Wow, you guys just believe whatever you read on the interwebz. Hey we're going to be invaded by aliens tomorrow, better dig yourself a bomb shelter.
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Update: Commenter Wildfire has pointed out this video, in which 4A’s offices can be seen. While it does look cramped, especially compared to the offices of larger Western developers, there are more than a few non-folding chairs, adding some clarity to Rubin’s picture. His claims of frequent power and heating outages, however, can be confirmed by other sources.

Conditions aren't as bad as Rubin states, the guy likes to exaggerate because he's spoiled by Western creature comforts and you guys should learn to question things instead of rolling over at the snap of a finger.
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What looks terrible to western devs is a normal working environment to most Eastern European devs. smile.gif This is a good example when the end justifies the means. Props to the team for commitment.
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Originally Posted by ghostrider85 View Post

Made up a sob story to redirect us from talking about their hard mode dlc.

Lol I thought this aswell.

As for working conditions, welcome to the poor side of Europe.

Spanish offices are better as in power doesn't go out so often or we don't suffer so much cold (partially because of the climate), but space and equipment wise, they aren't any better than these ones.
   
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Lol I thought this aswell.

As for working conditions, welcome to the poor side of Europe.

Spanish offices are better as in power doesn't go out so often or we don't suffer so much cold (partially because of the climate), but space and equipment wise, they aren't any better than these ones.

Yeah I watched that video and was wondering what was so terrible about the office. That's the majority of the smaller offices in the USA as well. Not everyone works for Pixar and such.

When I first read the article I envisioned rooms that looked similar to run down buildings in Metro. Broken windows, torn up wallpaper on the walls, busted up cement floors, run down tables and old rusty chairs. Bit disappointed it wasn't like that to be honest because that would have made them a hundred times more badass.
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It's a bit exaggerated.]The thing about having to smuggle in PC's did crack me up.

You've obviously never lived in Russia or Ukraine. The people who handle deliveries frequently steal valuable commodities. It's happened a couple times to me when I was sending money and gifts to my relatives. It does happen and quite often actually. I'm not gonna lie, developing anything in Ukraine or Russia is simply not pleasant business. There aren't as many resources and ****ty infrastructure does make power outages and heating a reality.
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