I Am Alive Creator Insists He's Not Opposed To PC Port

Yesterday, Stanislas Mettra was quoted by IncGamers as saying some, well, very inflammatory things about why I Am Alive, the upcoming downloadable title for Xbox 360 and PS3, didn't have a PC port. Mettra's now written us -- not to give the usual misquoted, or out-of-context dodge -- but that if his words sound a little extreme, it's because he is not a native English speaker.

It still doesn't soften his remark that many PC gamers who complain about these decisions really don't intend to buy the game. To be fair, I've levelled the same accusation at those who offer tendentious complaining about sports video games. Of course, being a native English speaker I can nuance it as "tendentious complaining". Mettra called it "bitching", and that sounds a lot worse.

"We have worked hard to resurrect this project and we would love to have the PC build as well," Mettra told Kotaku in an email overnight.

In remarks to IncGamers that Mettra forwarded to Kotaku, Mettra says that "some sentences of me have been reported and somehow strongly focused on, leading to me looking like despising PC gamers.

"I would really love to see a PC build of the game and I don't think I meant to say, 'the game won't happen on PC.'" Mettra continued. "It's probably an English language miscommunication. What I meant is that the pc version did not happen yet. But we are still working to see the feasibility of it, which is not necessarily simple. I gave some examples to illustrate the problematic, but obviously it is not in my hands and not my part to talk about this."

Mettra did, however, saying that issues such as piracy and depressed sales of PC games made a hypothetical 50,000 copies sold not worth the effort of a port. Still, his position is not that no port ever will be done.


    Nobody has any guile in the games industry, they're all so diplomatic.

    I wonder how long it'll take developers to acknowledge that piracy is also rampant on consoles...

      It is but that's like comparing a leaky tap to a waterfall.

      You are right, it is just as rampant - but for different reasons.

      Piracy on consoles: Region locking and price goughing? Forget this!

      Piracy on PC: COME ON! I paid for this and the key was in a sealed box! Now I have to get a crack to get around the DRM - again!

      While I am aware that some just do it because they can, I personally think that piracy on PC these days is because publihsers are so paranoid about not meeting market predictions they have DRM so tight they almost need their list of requirements so one knows what optical drives, etc, are compatible with them.

      Seriously, I had two cases where the game would not work because the DRM was unreadible on my optical drive. The first was Serlock Holmes and the Awakened (installed but could but the executible would not run afterwards) and the second was Broken Sword 4 (would not even install - kept reporting that the installer files were corrupt).

      In both cases, I had to use an external drive (a 360 HD DVD drive of all things) to get them to work.

    In fact this whole stunt is rather clever, a good way to get people to know about a game is too tell the PC crowd they cant have it.

    Hell i had no idea the game existed until i read these "no PC" articles.

      +1, same here

      This is mainly because it was announced like 3 years ago, had one article a couple of months ago, and that's preeeetty much all the news we've had on it, besides this whole thing.

    Sounds to me like the initial reporter heard what he wanted to hear, and figured he'd get famous out of misconstruing someone's comments.

    Yeah whatever, just make good games and I will pay for them, simple as that.

      Exactly - it's not the platform that matters. It is the game.

      If it stinkins on a PC it is going to stink on a console and vice versa.

        Wisehacker that is not true at all, certain games are only going to be good on one or the other.

        RTS games suck on consoles, Sim games suck even more.
        Party games suck on PC, I'd also say certain RPG's can't be pulled off on a console too.

    Why would I want to buy a crappy console port anyway. There are stacks of console game not released on PC and it hasn't bugged me one bit ... Except for perhaps RDR. Anyway ... we have mods for Skyrim and MMOs, so what's the problem?

    Why would I want to buy a rubbish console port anyway. There are stacks of console game not released on PC and it hasn't bugged me one bit ... Except for perhaps RDR. Anyway ... we have mods for Skyrim and MMOs, so what's the problem?

    I love backflips. Backflips for everybody.

    Piracy as an excuse for just about anything is bullshit 99% of the time.

    Anyone else smell that? That smell is the burning caused by someone backpedaling at 15000rpm after they said something stupid to an online media group and are now being ass-raped over it and pc-using public that reads it

    What is really funny is that the sentences up there seemed to make less sense like they were actually written by someone who doesn't fully understand English, however the previous excerpts sounded perfectly fine like they were written by a Native english speaker.

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