Duncan Belfast said:
For an "outsiders" point of view you've pretty much summed it up right there, you even added references of solid logic to describe an entertainment industry.
There is one thing though, they can be compared somewhat fairly in some areas, pretty much any area that's subjective (as opposed to the absolutes of "more in depth story" or "more realistic graphics") can be one where you compare an Indie game to a AAA game on even ground.
March Mayhem is a fun little contest, the reason theres so much flaming is there is no set criteria to vote on
. People usually say whoever made your "favorite" game, and some people like to go by who's made the "most" titles while others compare by lack of failure, but at the end of the day someone wins because they got more votes for a variety of reasons, thus, you can NOT
say that ANY
developer in March Mayhem "doesn't deserve" to win.
Edit: slight addition: I hate Zynga, ok, I hate them with a fiery passion and consider them a scourge on gaming. Yet I can still accept the fact that they "deserve" to win a March Mayhem as much as anyone else does, because they got votes for whatever reasons the voters felt like having. Same with Sony, Sony have fucked themselves over to the edge of hell imo, they still "deserve" to win just as much as Bungee, Bioware, Valve and Mojang do.
Please note this mini-rant is not actually directed at Duncan, he merely got me talking