Direct2drive & Steam fought for a long time, with selling Indie Games. And this weekend, 'Sale War' begins.

Direct2Drive started first attack.

Best of Indie Bundle : 5 games 17.75$. Ends at 9th. Aug.
[Cogs] / [Defense Grid] / [Democracy 2] / [The Path] / [Zeno Clash]

I already purchased 2 of them, [Defense Grid] & [Zeno Clash]. But if not, I might purchase that set, even I'm not familiar with [Democracy 2] style simulator.

So Steam counter attacked.

Steam Weekend Deal : 10 games for 29.99$, 5 games for 19.99$
10 games - [Audiosurf] / [Blueberry Garden] / [Braid] / [Crayon Physics Deluxe] / [Darwinia] / [Everyday Shooter] / [Gish] / [Mr Robot] / [The Path] / [World of Goo].
5 games - [Blueberry Garden] / [Braid] / [Everyday Shooter] / [The Path] / [World of Goo].

Just the problem is, I already have 6 from 10 games / 2 from 5 games. If [Crayon Physics Deluxe] is in 5 games list, I'd definitely buy. 

Both of D2D & Steam sales are good. However if you only get 1 set, Steam list is much better. Of course, it's best if you purchased both of them, even [The Path] was featured in both sides. :)
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* My own opinion. You could think differently, of course. *

via n4g.

Tale of Tales, developer who are famous for [The Path], interviewed w/ Netherlands local webzine 9lives. I can't read Netherlands, so I'd just quote n4g news here. According to that, they experienced "Sony is too hassle, MS might be much better." Well, is it true?

You could think it from different view.

Q : How many teams might contact SONY / MS?
A : (Just I guess) A LOT. or MORE THAN A LOT.

Well. That's not just for Platformholders. Even Steam is not always very friendly to every Indie developers, and (365 games update / 1 year) Big Fish Games accepts multiple enquires than they could update. Workers at those companies are also human like us, and they are always full of work. It takes time & effort just to check the games. and needs more time to make contracts w/ each developers. Every websites / stores / platformholders might be full of work & enquires.

So... What could be good way to deal with SONY / MS / Steam / ... etc?


1. Very lucky.

(I guess) Just 1 worker might check your game1, when your game is approved. If he likes your game / not very busy at then / just happy at that day / doesn't have other games to present his boss, you might be lucky. If not, well...


2. Through another Publisher, which already does business with them.

If Capcom or Square Enix publish your game, what will be next? If not so hugh publisher, how about going through Meridian 4? Sony or Steam already has done several business w/ them, already has done big contract & several jobs to each other, know each other's style - which means less work & stress. Publisher might already 'pick up' games, and Sony / Steam workers will feel better. Of course, Sony or Steam doesn't have to sign 1 of each individuals, and that's better condition.


3. (Very) Famous already.

If your game is famous as [Everyday Shooter] / [Braid], SONY or MS will contact you sign the contract. Of course, these games were famous while making & it's special case. But if your game became famous, how about next project? [Alien Hominid] became HD, and [Castle Crashers] was released through XBLA. Even if you're not super famous, just somewhat famous, everything could be much better & easier. :)

Footnote.
  1. As I learned, Venture Capital is same. If you can't pass 1 worker, you can't pass anything. At least, that's how it works in Korea here. [Back]
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Steam does 'Family Games' sale!

Steam call them 'Family Games' rather than 'Casual Games', and started sale up to 50%.

At first, somewhat shocked to know 'so many casual games' are selling through Steam. [Nancy Drew] enters steam, 1 of best selling series for woman gamers in US. And Steam packs Mumbo Jumbo / Sandlot Games / Popcap whole pack, while they pack some series pack. Of course, [Plants vs Zombies] is on sale, too.

Check out another approach & change of Steam, even you don't purchase.

P.S. : In fact, this is the most important thing that Steam calls them 'Family Games' not 'Casual Games'.
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LucasArts -> Steam!

According to Press Release, Classic LucasArts game will be sold through Steam from 8th. July, and claims that 'follow for further re-issue' at Twitter.

Just the problem is, not everything is Classic.

1. Armed and Dangerous
2. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure
4. LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure
5. LOOM
6. Star Wars Battlefront II
7. Star Wars Republic Commando
8. Star Wars Starfighter
9. The Dig
10. Thrillville: Off the Rails

For running these older games, they will NOT use SCUMMVM nor DOSBOX, instead they all have self-running executables for Windows, according to
Twitter.

But...
GOG could be much better for such older games.
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5 Reasons : Why Team Fortress 2 is good?

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You might like [Team Fortress 2], as I do.



1. Even Casual Gamer could survive for a whlie, even kills some enemy.


I'm very bad at FPS multiplay, always die within seconds. I'm casual player at FPS multiplay. But in [Team Fortress 2], I could survive longer than seconds, in fact minutes! And even I can kill somebody, make some scores.

3 minor reasons. (1) This is hugh Team Play. If our team has good players, I could gain benefit. (2) I could choose supporting job as Engineer, even if I'm not 180 degree turn-double jumping-headshot tech. (3) It's rather 'Party Game w/ unknown people', rather than serious hardcore FPS.


2. 19.99$ only, better than 'Free 2 Play', no need to buy item.

There are many 'Free 2 Play' games including FPS, especially in Korea. We could play for free, if we don't purchase anything. But if we start paying real money, well, fee will increase really high. 'Gain lots from few payers', that's the way how 'Free 2 Play' earns money.

For [Team Fortress 2], you could pay only 19.99$ & no more, unless if you donate some server fee. I don't have to buy additional item, because others don't.


3. Animated Gore, but not so serious.

If we shoot enemy, we'd like to see good feedback. Gore could be good feedback, because it really happens when we got shot, but we don't like to see serious Gore. [TF2] found really good answer, 'Animated Gore but not so serious'.

When got bombed, arms here - legs there, all scattered. But it's not so shocking, because it's 'Animated Gore but not so serious', while we good really good feedback to kill 'em all.


4. Still updating, because it's Steam's main bait. They will never give up, for a long time.

I've not played for a while around 1-year, started again recently. I got shocked how much it was updated. Same game but different, much better for several things.

Why Valve is still updating? [TF2] is 1 of main bait, to let people use Steam longer & longer. Unless Steam closes or [TF3] appears, they will never stop updating. That's not for the money, for much bigger business strategy.


5. Still could play with other people, many of them.

There are many Multiplay games, or Singleplay games which supports Multiplay. For Multiplay, if people don't play, that game dies. To our happy, we could find lots of buddies / enemies for [TF2].
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