GOD execs found Gamecock

Former Gathering of Developers executives start a new company aimed as "a welcome solution...to the bloated and originality starved industry."

109 Comments

Mike Wilson and Harry Miller, respectively the former CEO and president of publishing house Gathering of Developers, have formed a new independent game publisher called Gamecock.

They describe the company as "a new independent artist driven" venture, and state that they believe the game industry is stale--something they want to change. Wilson said, "The major publishers have been focusing on safe bets--large budget games often attached to major licenses or sequels." The publisher announced that it has "several" titles in development, including one from Wideload Games and Alex Seropian (the creator of the Halo franchise).

Among the titles Gamecock has named are Fury and Insecticide. The first, developed by Auran, will be a PC massively multiplayer player-versus-player game scheduled for a fourth-quarter 2007 release. Insecticide, developed by Crackpot Entertainment, is a film noir action/adventure game set in a decaying world run by bugs, and it will also be released for the 2007 holiday season, on PC and at least one unspecified handheld.

Also on the slate is Mushroom Men, developed by Red Fly Studios, which is set in a future where mushrooms have taken on humanlike features and are embroiled in a civil war, and it's slated for a spring 2008 release on a console and a handheld platform. Hail to the Chimp, developed by Wideload Games, is an "impossible to classify" party game based on the politics of the animal kingdom, set for spring 2008 on consoles.

The final title announced is Hero, developed by Firefly Studios and described as "a brutal but comical romp through the 'real' world of medieval dungeons." Hero will be coming to the PC and undetermined consoles in spring 2009.

The Gamecock Media Group is based in Austin, Texas. As to why the pair decided on the unusual choice of name, Wilson describes himself as "a rooster enthusiast."

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 109 comments about this story
109 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for racerx737
racerx737

their ideas for games are definitely unique, I'm not sure how interesting they will actually turn out to be, but they are definitely unique...

Avatar image for cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

At least the name is original. We'll see how are the games...

Avatar image for TryMe01
TryMe01

gamescock, what's in a name? this just made Wii sound even better!

Avatar image for Runningflame570
Runningflame570

Don't be coy..you are saying that you guys have junk and other developers don't. Oh yeah and while we are at it...AUSTIN, TX BABY!!! My city is very big in the gaming world. :)

Avatar image for _DeadlyFred_
_DeadlyFred_

Yeah yeah.. we Americans, gona be moronic, ha ha. Or maybe just having a sense of humor.

Avatar image for Oni_Kurai
Oni_Kurai

Yep... He loves roosters...

Avatar image for capthunt
capthunt

lol nice name.. wonder how long it took them to make that up

Avatar image for Redsyrup
Redsyrup

How many times have we seen this, top tier artists splitting from their companies to produce something 'new and different', and in the end we get derivitive and same. It's going to take cheaper and easier to use development tools to yield inovation.

Avatar image for Spartan1017
Spartan1017

gamecock, well, i 'm, not saying anything about that. but th interview is good, i like there outlook and i think Hero and Fury look good.

Avatar image for Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Let the jokes begin :D

Avatar image for ElectrolightSH
ElectrolightSH

he he he... GameCock

Avatar image for tuff_gong92
tuff_gong92

Where is Founding Fighters?

Avatar image for Pete5506
Pete5506

They were good at one time

Avatar image for fonzieahmed
fonzieahmed

GOD games used to make good stuff if i remember correctly.

Avatar image for Bruin4ev3r1520
Bruin4ev3r1520

diablobasher I was gonna bring it up, but y'know these Americans, none of them actually know what a cock is, so their just gonna be moronic about it regardless. But yeah, a gamecock is a rooster (male chicken) bred specificaly to be aggressive/to fight. Hence it's actually a pretty good name for an underdog company. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oh gee. Thank you for educating me. You see, I'm just an American so I obviously dont know anything. :roll: Just because somebody makes a joke about the name, it doesnt mean they are American. It means that they aren't completely mature. I bet many non-Americans were cracking jokes about the name too.

Avatar image for nobeaner
nobeaner

Thanks for explaining diablobasher. My dad use to raise gamecocks when he was a kid. That part of my family is Filipino and cock fighting was pretty big where they lived.

Avatar image for mark_unix
mark_unix

xbox360 "how predictable" (highest bider wins) and Microsoft is well known for wasting millions on the dumbest games in history..

Avatar image for omgwtfsonofab
omgwtfsonofab

Gamecock and Wideload, two of my favorite companies.

Avatar image for gokunj2
gokunj2

Now that I read on them a little bit more, I like what they're doing. Here's hoping they release some pretty awesome games.

Avatar image for chineolee
chineolee

They should have called it gameflange. More appealing to the male demographic than gamecock.

Avatar image for TavLok
TavLok

gezz-us what a name

Avatar image for gozalo
gozalo

i liked the GoD games....

Avatar image for WR_Platinum
WR_Platinum

diablobasher I was gonna bring it up, but y'know these Americans, none of them actually know what a cock is, so their just gonna be moronic about it regardless. But yeah, a gamecock is a rooster (male chicken) bred specificaly to be aggressive/to fight. Hence it's actually a pretty good name for an underdog company. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1) You should not say that NONE of us Americans do not know what a cock is, makes u sound ignorant. Plus have a sense of humor. 2) Even if they thought of putting a name like that to make em sound like they are fighters or sumthin, they will still joked on for a good while cuz that is funny. They just owned themselves. lol 3) Gamecock.... skeet skeet skeet skeet LMAOOOOOO The End >=)

Avatar image for Vulpis
Vulpis

Soooo..basically it's a company designed to do nothing but publish those $10 'budget' games? Meanwhile, Mushroom Men--didn't the Mario franchise do that already?

Avatar image for SimuLord
SimuLord

So they didn't learn their lesson the first time when GoD failed? Plus, nobody who isn't a South Carolina grad should be allowed to use Gamecock as their corporate name. In other news, expect a slew of Alice in Chains references as this company's inevitable financial troubles start getting reported...

Avatar image for diablobasher
diablobasher

I was gonna bring it up, but y'know these Americans, none of them actually know what a cock is, so their just gonna be moronic about it regardless. But yeah, a gamecock is a rooster (male chicken) bred specificaly to be aggressive/to fight. Hence it's actually a pretty good name for an underdog company.

Avatar image for klactose
klactose

Outside of the minds of teenagers and prepubs, there is actually a legitimate definition for gamecock that has nothing to do with the human anatomy.

Avatar image for RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

They must have known what they were getting themselves into when they chose such a name.

Avatar image for weeeoops1520
weeeoops1520

i feel bad for their marketing team.....

Avatar image for comthitnuong
comthitnuong

thats a nice name they came up with there...at least they have priorities right. the industry is pretty stale right now

Avatar image for gokunj2
gokunj2

I predict a name change soon.

Avatar image for Vraeth
Vraeth

I have to admit, this article seemed like a joke when I first read.

Avatar image for gamecube120
gamecube120

"...a future where mushrooms have taken on humanlike features and are embroiled in a civil war..." W....T....F....That's definitely original. Oh yeah, you said 'cock'....and so forth.

Avatar image for thisisjosh
thisisjosh

austin, i'm there everyday! yay!....gamecock? hmm...gross.

Avatar image for Stedmister
Stedmister

I think they just using the name to compinsate for something...

Avatar image for Tamz
Tamz

"a rooster enthusiast." ......................................HAHA

Staff
Avatar image for Trisetta
Trisetta

Hmm ... a bunch of 13 year olds on this forum, eh?

Avatar image for anarchicgoth
anarchicgoth

GameCOCK well at least its an hour away from me- i wonder what the building looks like lol

Avatar image for IggieTheMad
IggieTheMad

Wow, surprised no one's even brought up what a gamecock really is, outside of the one rooster comment, which is correct except that gamecocks are specifically roosters bred for/made to fight. Of course, even so, the term is a comedian's dream in how easy it is to make jokes from it, as even Bob Saget was sure to point out during his show here at the University of South Carolina last year. Then again, perhaps I'm just desensitized by this considering how many times I see the word gamecock on a daily basis. =P

Avatar image for JLCrogue
JLCrogue

Nice name! :lol: Anyway, I wish them the best of luck in coming out with some original, innovative, and awesome games.

Avatar image for bubnux
bubnux

Awwwww skeet skeet GameCock.

Avatar image for not-e-n-e
not-e-n-e

hahaha, gamecock and mushroom men in the same article! this is funny news

Avatar image for Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

now this is what I want to see! I am getting more optimistic about the whole PC gaming business! :) Big publishers cock-up games, so this is gamecock - cocking a gun at large publishers heads....!!!!

Avatar image for iMuffins
iMuffins

I choked on my milk when I saw the title ^_^

Avatar image for AA7
AA7

*childish giggles*

Avatar image for dholmes19
dholmes19

gamecock?? come on now...

Avatar image for stealth89
stealth89

i lol'd.

Avatar image for GFofgaming
GFofgaming

Gamecock? HAHAHAA