I began working in this industry at the end of 1999, and this is one of the slightly more interesting requests for proposal I have received during the past seven years. I don’t mean to post this to make fun of the guy, who I believe is serious (although I’m not 100% sure), but I hope it serves as a lesson to others who are in the dark when it comes to the costs involved with web development.
I need a website designed. This website is a first person shooter website. I would like it to use lots of pictures and background images. The site must look professional like a million dollar company owns it. My budget is $1500.
Here is an example of a website that I really like the look of, I think that it would do well for my application. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/ Notice the blood splatters in the background and the use of images. However, for my site I would like to use even more images such as bullet hole marks, bullets, guns, crosshairs, crates, and whatever else you can think of.
I’m looking for creative high-end website with lots of imagery that blends with the goal of my website. The mission of the website is; “It is Playerstart.com’s dedication to be the most comprehensive and relevant first person shooter gaming news site on the net.” We would like to offer weekly reviews, mod coverage, multiple daily updates, developer interviews, skilled players tips, interesting articles, trustworthy reviews, upcoming screenshots, hardware guides, interactive community, video trailers, and more.
What did I find so entertaining about this request? Sure, it’s interesting in that the guy wants a hyper-violent website with all sorts of blood and gore, but what really cracks me up is this line “The site must look professional like a million dollar company owns it. My budget is $1500.”
Is there any other industry that has to deal with this lack of reasonable thought? Think about how ridiculous the following statements would be:
“I would like a house on a five acre lot in Manhattan, and I want it to be just like a 5-million dollar house. I want to pay $10,000 for this property and house.”
“I would like to buy a new BMW from your dealership. I have $5.”
“I need the best lawyer in town to represent me in a lawsuit that could determine the next 30 years of my life. I have $100.”
And yet somehow in the web development industry people think things are cheap. People think they can get “weekly reviews, mod coverage, multiple daily updates, developer interviews, skilled players tips, interesting articles, trustworthy reviews, upcoming screenshots, hardware guides, interactive community, video trailers, and more” for $1,500. Heck, we charge $15,000 just for designing a standard corporate site, let alone a more complex site like a gaming site. Add in all the interactivity this guy wants and we’re talking about a multi-hundred thousand dollar website, and if it were Sony building it they’d probably spend over a million to build the thing. But this guy expects it all for $1,500.
Then again, this might all be a joke. It’s just that ridiculous of a request that I’m not sure.