Thomas, I agree there will always be room to supply the nitch markets, I was just pointing out that the options are more limited than they used to be. Back in what I presume to be the audio games golden age, new developers were sitting on a huge well of game ideas. All of the mainstream console games, board games, and card games were ripe for the duplicating into an accessible format. For a long while, I'm sure the only thing slowing anyone down was the time it took to crank the games out, and most of those were probably each their own "first" in gaming style within the vi community. That old well has dried up, and I agree, mainstream sources still trickle new ideas into that old well, but it is a slow trickle compared to the old days.
- Aprone --- On Wed, 5/18/11, Thomas Ward <thomasward1...@gmail.com> wrote: > From: Thomas Ward <thomasward1...@gmail.com> > Subject: Re: [Audyssey] the spirit of game production - Re: > bringsbackmemories - Re: Fw: BlindSoftware.comBlog Feed > To: "Gamers Discussion list" <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 8:11 PM > Hi Jeremy, > > Well, what you say makes sense. However, there is another > angle I > think we, as accessible game developers, often overlook. > > For instance, you are saying you pass over an idea because > it has > already done before, or too similar to a game in existance. > That's > true if we are looking at the wider community, but there is > still > nitch markets for those games. I myself am using Linux and > there > currently is nothing like Troopenum, Hunter, Judgment Day, > etc > available. So I'd probably buy it if there was a version > built for > Linux. It is the same case for Mac OS users who have left > Windows for > Mac, and now are trying to find games for Mac that are > accessible. No > its not financially as big a gold mine as Windows, I'm > certainly not > saying that, but my point is just because a similar game > has been > created before doesn't mean it isn't of value to someone. > It just > means we as developers have to look at the big picture and > see where > potential customers are. > > For instance, over the past month I've put a lot of work > into > upgrading my game engine so it runs on Windows and Linux, > and I'm > pretty sure if I compiled a version for Mac it should run > on Mac OS as > well. So if I chose to use my engine to create another > Troopenum type > game I doubt I'd get many Windows sales, because its like > something > they already have, but for Mac and Linux markets I'm sure I > could make > a couple thousand or so in sales from those nitch markets > alone. Its > simply the old case of supply and demand at work here > again. > > Cheers! > > > > > On 5/18/11, Jeremy Kaldobsky <jer...@kaldobsky.com> > wrote: > > First off, this is the second time I've written this > post so it will > > probably be of lower quality this time around. > My browser decided to glitch > > and I lost a very lost post, that was probably a full > page if not a page and > > a half. > > > > As one of the new guys in the community, relatively > speaking, I debated even > > commenting on this topic. I wasn't around for > the "golden era" so my > > perspective is extremely limited compared to those who > have been around long > > enough to see the bigger picture. > > > > That being said, I don't doubt things have slowed down > with audio game > > development to some degree, I believe that is > normal. I do, also, agree > > with Dark that a well made game can still use old > ideas. > > > > Recently I assembled a list of the audio games and > tools I have released. I > > was honestly shocked by how short that list was! > I kept thinking I had left > > things out, and it took me a while to accept that the > list was accurate. > > The reason I felt like I had done more is because for > every game/tool I've > > released, I have 2 that were only partially > finished. While developing a > > new game, if I discover existing games that use the > same general idea, I > > will get discouraged. The same is true when I > read that someone else is > > currently developing a game with a similar > style. In those cases, I will > > just push my project aside and start work on > another. Part of the way > > through that design, there's always a chance the same > thing will happen > > again. > > > > Even if only half of the other developers are like me, > that is a lot of > > developers holding off on projects because they are > searching for a unique > > idea. Sure, if we stuck with it our games would > be different in some ways, > > but they are still similar to something already out > there. I always ask > > myself the question, "Why waste time when I could be > making something > > totally unique?" > > > > Over the years, many audio games have been created, > and they represent many > > different game styles. For anyone trying not to > repeat an existing game, > > this means our options are getting smaller and smaller > all the time. New > > ideas are tricky, and they take longer to develop than > the games based on > > old ideas. It is only natural for things to slow > down because of this. I > > believe that this would still be true even if the old > classic game companies > > were still around. They probably rode out the > market until the trends > > started to change. It was a smart move on their > part, if that is what they > > did. > > > > New ideas also run the risk of being rejected. I > released Daytona to be > > unique, and many people played it, but also many more > didn't even care to > > try it. That's not meant to put anyone down, but > it is just a reality. The > > more new and unique you make a game, the more likely > it is that you've > > narrowed down on your potential player base. For > this very reason I set my > > combat game aside because I didn't have faith that my > player base would be > > large enough to help me support the ongoing server > costs. I'm also fairly > > certain my next Daytona game will be completely passed > over by a sizable > > portion of the community simply because it requires > the mouse to play. I > > built Lunimals to be as close to "standard" as I > could, and I'm sure its > > recent popularity speaks loudly in support of my > theory. > > > > > > --- > > Gamers mailing list __ Gamers@audyssey.org > > If you want to leave the list, send E-mail to > > gamers-unsubscr...@audyssey.org. > > You can make changes or update your subscription via > the web, at > > http://audyssey.org/mailman/listinfo/gamers_audyssey.org. > > All messages are archived and can be searched and read > at > > http://email@example.com. > > If you have any questions or concerns regarding the > management of the list, > > please send E-mail to gamers-ow...@audyssey.org. > > > > --- > Gamers mailing list __ Gamers@audyssey.org > If you want to leave the list, send E-mail to gamers-unsubscr...@audyssey.org. > You can make changes or update your subscription via the > web, at > http://audyssey.org/mailman/listinfo/gamers_audyssey.org. > All messages are archived and can be searched and read at > http://firstname.lastname@example.org. > If you have any questions or concerns regarding the > management of the list, > please send E-mail to gamers-ow...@audyssey.org. > --- Gamers mailing list __ Gamers@audyssey.org If you want to leave the list, send E-mail to gamers-unsubscr...@audyssey.org. 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