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Stamper On The Forehead

I remember the meeting well, it was just before ‘crunch time,’ and we were all called into a room. On the board was a list of items we could buy with our royalties payout once the game had broken even. On it were purchases such as sports cars, houses and other expensive luxuries.

When we left the room, I noticed how inspired my co-workers were, willing to bleed and give up every weekend to secure that payout. I felt for them as I already knew the reality from a game released months before.

After many overtime hours worked their first payout equalled eighteen pounds and fifty pence.