I like that blog but.. I work in the game industry and I know those guys (Pandmic) well. They didn't merge because they couldn't handle rising development costs, they did it for other business reasons. Costs in general are going up, but that wasn't really a problem for pandemic (and I'm guessing it wasn't a problem for bioware, but I don't know.) And as i think many people have already said, the increase in costs is exagerated for all kinds of self serving reasons. Pandemic started as a PC game company, and they moved to console. That's a completely different business model, especially as the PC business is changing. I like that bolg, but I think the post is a case of someone interpreting events to fit their own theory when the real reasons may be more mundane. I can't imagine what any of those companies have to do with indie development.