Braben: 'WiiWare a launch pad for radical ideas'

Braben: 'WiiWare a launch pad for radical ideas'
Will Freeman

By Will Freeman

October 13th 2009 at 10:16AM

To many developers use digital channels as a dumping ground, says Frontier founder

Speaking to Develop in a special feature looking at the return of LostWinds to WiiWare, Frontier founder and famed developer David Braben has talked up the potential of digital distribution channels, lambasting games makers who use them to farm out out poorly made releases.

"One of the things that really annoys me is when people see XBLA, PSN and WiiWare as a dumping ground, in terms of ‘you don’t need to put the same amount of effort in’," revealed Braben.

"Actually, it’s quite the opposite. It’s like how novelists approach short stories. It’s a way to try out a radical idea, and quite often a lot of those do become novels later on. What I don’t like is the idea that people can scratch one out at the bus stop, which I’ve overheard at conferences.”

To read the full feature, in which Braben and Frontier MD David Walsh look over the relative perks of the likes of WiiWare, and discuss the development of LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias, click here.