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[Table] IAmA: I am Sos, who made McPixel and gave out free codes on Pirate Bay. Ask me anything!

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Date: 2012-08-17
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Do you find it Ironic that you'll likely see a large boost in sales, after posting free codes for your game on TPB? Haha, I don't. But I can't tell if that happened (no data). But it makes a good point, on how pirates are not thieves, and that they are really cool :) Ok, I shouldn't use the word pirates, whatever, I hope you get what I mean ;)
Why are you so chilled with people downloading your games for free, and what are your thoughts on piracy in general? See other comments that just popped up for 'reasons of piracy'. People just pirate games for a wide range of reasons. Other's despise it. Others don't care. Some of the torrentors buy the game if they like it, some can't afford it!
Could you elaborate a little on how you've done financially? I'd be interested to know how many donations you've received vs. how many times your game has been pirated. I sold around 1k copies so far. No idea on amount of pirated ones. But I guess it's always proportional to sales. Somehow.
Congratulations! I really want to check your game now. Edit: that sounded really rude, is not, sorry :( Haha. No worries :) Look the game up on youtube to see what's this about! Link to
Did you pay Jesse from OMFGcata to commercialise your game? Hell no! He just picked it up and started playing! Also, I don't think I could afford such thing. I also don't think Jesse would do that.
I'm at work, so I can't check now. Can you tell us a little about the game for those of us that don't know it? Ok, McPixel is a save the day guy, like MacGyver or MacGruber. The game is a point'n'click adventure. But you traverse short simple levels. Each level has a bomb fused at 20 seconds and you have to use whatever's on screen to disarm it. Then you end up doing something totally awful and it blows up.
How greenlight works? i want it for steam!! People vote for games to get them on Steam!
What's you position on horse-sized ducks? Misionary.
What language did you use for game? and what extra libraries? I have no idea what your game is and have not played it, but I heard that it's good, but I can't get it, but I just want to know. Thanks! AS3 + Flashpunk. Here: Link to
I haven't actually played the game, but have watched Jesse Cox of OMFGCATA play it. I was wondering, has youtube playthroughs had a noticeable impact on your game's traffic? Super friggin awesome impact. Better than any reviews and other stuff. And it's really fun to watch people play it! I suppose the game is 'photogenic' in a way :)
PewDiePie started a Let’s Play of McPixel yesterday and he likes it quite a lot. How much do you think that his 1.5 million subscribers will increase your sells? It increased my sales really much! I think around 1000% even (from 10/day to 100/day)
How did you get in to creating games? I wanted to do that since ever! I was toyiong with computers as a kid and breaking them and creating awful C64 BASIC games. In the end... I became a teacher! :P But then lots of things happened and I now make my own games for a living! And It's a thing I always wanted to do and it feel really cool :)
What language/software/framework did you use to create your game? Did you use any external libraries? Is the level creatoeditor a separate application to the actual game? How long did it take you to finish development? Cheers. Ok, here we go: - The game is made in AS3 using Flashpunk - I used flashpunk, as I said :) - The creator is an unlockable part of the game - It took me roughly 10 months to make that game. It was started during Ludum Dare 21 one year ago. LD is a 48 hours game making competition. The version made during that time can be played here: Link to
How long did it take you to create the levels? I imagine some the bonus levels took a ton of time, like the bonus stage of chapter 4 with all those bombs. Which level did you have the most fun creating? Also, thanks for creating the game! It was great fun playing through it. Some levels took 2h to make, some took whole day. Mostly depends on the amount of re-used graphics. I don't know! All the levels! i had olots of fun, but it also was a lot of work!
I assume from the menu that you'll create DLC now, but what's your plan after McPixel? Sequel? Or a different game / genre? Any plans you can talk about already? No plans for now It's Uncle Frank! Link to Mosty McPixel Characters didn't have names, but this one was created when I planned for them to have names.
How did you motivate yourself to actually develop the game? And, what experience/training do you have? I look in my fridge and have to make a game before food runs out :P Haha, well not all the time, but that happens to everyone. I have a tiny industry experience (worked on an startup MMO that failed ) I have been learning making games by making games most of the time, because that's what I love to do and what I always wanted to be doing in life! (Ok, except for taking over the world)
How long have you had your company and would you count yourself as succeeding at what you aim to do? I am not a company! Ok, I am, but just for tax collectors. I consider myself successful, because I do what I love. I make games that people enjoy! My aim reaches no further than that! At least for now!
Have you considered getting this sold on steam? GOG? humble bundle? I don't know the logistics, benefits, or anything else about this, just curious :) Yes, Yes and yes! I'm looking forward for the upcoming Steam Greenlight launch (on 30th) to try and get it to Steam!
Can you actually live from being a small indie developper? Yup! But it can get rough on you.
Please will you tell us when you're websites back up so we can buy your game? (or tweet when it happens, that works too) I surely will!
Proof? Oh, Link to Sorry, I'm not a good redditor :P.
I just watched the launch trailer and I am torn between awesome and wat? How long did this take to develop? 10 Months roughly. First version was made in 48 hours for Ludum Dare competition and you can play it here: Link to It had 6 levels. Making all 100 levels took a long time, and I made few other games in the meantime too.
What are all the possible endings in level 1? Got every other level gold but the first. :( No spoilers! Take a break and make sure you clicked everything. The actions are different when you hold or not hold an item, keep that in mind too!
How much money has this game made you? How much did it cost you to make? It costed me 10 months of living to make 9you know, food and stuff. I sold around 1000 copies so far. I will use that money to make more games!
So did you have money in savings during those 10 months, or did you work a regular job at the same time? I had money savings from Thelemite sponsorship. In the meantime I made Super Pig and got some money too. Then I was a part of Indie Buskers, then I launched Super Office Stress. So I had to take breaks from making McPixel to make other games to be able to survive. Sorry for no linkies!
Heya! So I study, among other things, game design as part of my University education. It's super fun, because I think that the soul reason programming languages exist is to make games from them. I got some questions about your perspective on the indie scene and maybe some about game development processes. It is 2AM I can't think of any more questions. I like your game. I loved the fanart thing. Got a favourite piece of user art? Indie games is indie love! I always make sure to speak about fellow indies cool games when they come out, same with all the other indies. It's like a big family thing :)
Link to Is this a legit website too buy your game from, or should I buy it through your own website? Yup. My website is back up tho, and you get a desura code too.
Dude, your game looks hilarious. Is there any way to buy it while your sites down? No way to do that, sorries :(
Huh? You can buy it on Desura ... Oh I forgot about that, sorries. Anyways, site's back up!
Any plans for a new game? Not yet, I need to answer some questions first!
Would you put the game on a humble indie bundle? I am watching the you-tube game play right now and it looks amazing man! Great work! You have my support. I would! and I hope too in the future!
What do you think of space butterflys? It's not that. It's what the great Space Butterfly thinks of me that matters!
So, pretty much every level in this game is completely random and nonsensical, not a single thing in this game makes sense.. Which is why t's so awesome. So how did you come up with the ideas for these completely ridiculous and hilarious levels? I did not 'come up' with them. I just drew stuff midlessly and it came up like this. It was really hard to 'come up' with 100 levels, so I just went 'what the hell, i'll just start drawing'. And it worked :)
So how is the viral advertisment business going lately? Unexpectadly unexpected. I am kind of full of panic now :P Ok, perhaps I saw this coming from afar when posting the TPB comment, but no way I thought it would get this much recognition.
Your nickname looks familiar, some Slavonic roots? I live in a small town near Poznan. Are we acquainted?
As a someone who is interested in game development, what do you suggest what should i start learning first? Just google tools. try Stencyl, Construct, Love, Game Maker! Use whatever you like!
Pancakes or Waffles? Waffles!
Can you describe the short-term effect (apart from crashing your site) that the reddit attention had? My fingers hurt, I got some review copy requests pumped my twitter followers.
How do you come up with ideas for your games? Do you have an idea of what type of game, you are gonna do next? Do you watch all videos of people playing your games? :) I know you watch mine, and I've seen you comment on others. Alright, that's it. Stay awsome! Not all, but I do. I stay tuned on your Super Pig playthrough tho! Looking forwar dto the rest of Super Pig :) Oh and by the way, you need an Armor Games account to get onto the scoreboard, make sure you have that before you finish! I forgot to change that in the help!
What was your mental state when designing the levels for McPixel? It was nonexistant :P.
of all - how successful was the Indie Buskers event? Indie Buskers was really great! We made around $800 each! And we made some cool games too! Anbd had fun! It was a great experience :)
, what is your relation to S0phieH? Sophie is a friend and a fellow indie game developer! I haven't met her in real life tho.
I am rabiat! Am I the only one to see through this obvious publicity stunt? I can do nothing but raise my hat to you, Sos. Your stunt succeeded and the hive-mind didn't suspect a thing. You're not the only one. But it is not true. I got ambushed by reddit while sleeping soundly.
Sos you're awesome and truly an inspiration to the rest of us aspiring game devs. May I ask any plans for more games in the future? Thank you :) I plan to keep making games! I don't know what will it be yet!
You probably won't see this. But, the music at the intro of the game and menu is very similar to some music from the first episode of the 2005 Season of Doctor Who with Christopher Eccleston. Is this intentional? Oh, I did not know that. Can you link that please?
Well couldn't you also accept google wallet? I was just too lazy to code it :P.
Don't take this the wrong way but, what the fuck were you thinking when you made that game? Haha. This is the tough kind of question. :P I'll just say that the original tagline for McPixel was "Facepalm yourself to death"
I just played the demo and i need to say it's really funny. so are planing to make something like an update with more levels? There are 100 levels in the full version, and I will proceed to make additional Free DLC promptly!
Have you thought about putting a Bitcoin address in your post on Bittorrent? That way people who download your game can send you money right there. I'm considering adding other options ot the website after reading through the comments. I need to look up on the different methods, tho!
Cheers :) Please accept this: Link to Oh crap I replied to the wrong post, my brain is shutting down. I haven't had enough sleep, sorry! Anyways, try the game and see for yourself!
What's your favorite game, besides your own? :) Oh man, so many of them. Let me pick and underdog you should totally play. Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu (NES)
Can you explain to me what the game is all about ? i watched some Pewdiepie videos about it but... its so random, i dont even know xD but im looking forward to try it ! Cheers :) Please accept this: Link to
Are you going to produce levels based on The Great Space Butterfly, our glorious leader, and ruler of all? If you honestly do, I will buy your game. If you don't... I'll still buy it because the game looks awesome and you're a cool dude for doing this AMA and caring about your customers. I will produce one level based on that, yes! Thanks :)
When will you give out free codes again? Now! Link to
Hmm... I had a math teacher who went by 'Mr. Sos,' and I actually can't tell if that is you or not. Does Mendocino ring a bell? It's not. But I was a teacher too! :)
Are you Swedish by any chance? The trailer sure looked Swedish. Haha, nope, I'm Polish!
Hello Sos! What a cool game. I do have one question for you, though. How many cakes have you eaten in one sitting? Nuit.
Is it true there will be a space butterfly level in the upcoming dlc? Yup!
Do you have proof this wasn't a ploy to get reddit to buy your game? Yes, I do. But I prefer you just trust me. I would feel bad trying to prove my right.
So whens the space butterfly level coming out? I will do my best to push it by the end of the week!
Just wanted to tell you I was interested in buying your game, but I really dislike paypal. So I'll be waiting until you hit the Android market for my phone, or steam if that pans out. Otherwise, thanks for making games. I don't think I say that enough to developers. Thanks :) PayPal has an advantage of being popular, regardless whether people like it or not. Android version is coming reeeeaally soon, and I hope to get on Steam, with help of the people (Greenlight).
You should go back and watch it once you've done the puzzles, though, because Jesse is honestly hilarious. Haha yes he is!
Dubstep. Bloom. Heavy DOF. HD textures. First person. Snipers. Noscopes. 360 noscopes. A ranking system. Prestige mode. Your game has none of these ;_; It has bloom!
I think this is the most appropriate time for me to wish you a happy cake day. Happy cake day!
I HAVE CREATED AN ART FOR YOU. IT SPEAKS MY SOUL. Link to This is so awesome! Please submit to the website! Thanks!
Because of TPB, I will buy the game. Enjoy my $10.00. Thank you! I will use it wisely!
Mentioned in another reply that he was a teacher, probably made the game during his free time. I quit teaching a year before i went full-time indie.
I'll send an Sos to the world. Hello, this is the World, WTF did you just sent me!?
Hello World!
I saw "I'm SOS" and got so excited that Spurrier was on Reddit. Then I read the rest of the title. I am now disappointed, but I will say that while you are not the OBC, you seem like the kind of person we need in the game development and distribution industry. Keep up the good work! Sorry! I did not know there were more Soses :) And thank you!
I can see your game getting pretty popular. You have people like pewdiepie playing and that will get your game some much deserved attention. Great game friend! Thanks :) It's really great to see people enjoy my game!
My fingers hurt, I got some review copy requests pumped my twitter followers. Also, my nap got disrupted.
I can see like a 500% sale boost for you since the post about TPB comment. Nah it was not that much actually. And Pewdiepie posted a new LP video today too, so it's hard to tell what influenced the sales more.
Get some sleep. x. Is this the massage? More to the left please.
You're great for doing this! Just want to let you know, I'm torrenting the game now because I'm impatient, but I'll buy it ASAP. I watched a couple minutes of the playthrough and I was just laughing through it. Great job on this. No worries, grab the game! Link to
Piracy isn't bad itself - our system makes it bad. Think about it. (just like automation by machines is only taking our jobs in the current system but is not a bad thing after all) Also if OP reads this: thanks for this great act! Cheers!
Link please for legit version! Link to
Just wanted to say I really like your website. Thanks :) I hope you don't mean the DDoS notice!
Pewdiepie. That is all Brofist!
If you post a discount code for reddit users, I will buy the game without even looking at the video. That's what being a good guy developer gets you. Brofist. I don't have reusable codes promgrammed, so I'll just leave few discount codes here: 02E9-7813-FECA 02E9-7814-2DC3 02E9-7814-38CA 02E9-7814-414B 02E9-7814-4925 02E9-7814-5CA1 02E9-7814-6857 02E9-7814-7027 02E9-7814-77F4 02E9-7814-7FEC.
Hey. Just wanted to say that I bought the game after Jesse's first McPixel video (so I played the other parts before he did) and I loved it! :) Thanks! It's great to hear you enjoyed it :)
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