Hey, remember back in the day when publishers were basically akin to an entire Greek pantheon’s worth of deities? According to this rather interesting article on Gamesindustry.biz, that’s changing quite rapidly.
We recommend that you give this one a read. Not only will it allow smug indie devs to pat themselves on the back some more (“We’ve cut out the middle man. And stuff.”), but it’ll give people a realistic perspective of what publishers do for the games that they take under their wing.
That, and it’s just a plain interesting read. Either that, or we’ve become really boring people.