Originally Posted by bdkennedy1
Being a former QA tester at a popular gaming company that has been at both the bottom and top I can see where Trip Hawkins is coming from. He wants the $10,000 foosball table in his $10 million office developing the next $1 billion dollar game.
Gaming is changing. People are sick of paying $60 for a game and $29 for additions when they can have fun for under $10. Developers can now sit at home and write games which hasn't been possible since the early 1980's.
If anyone is greedy, it's Trip Hawkins. I suggest he wake up or he's going to be a middle aged gamer that can't find a job.
This is key. The history of gaming, especially console and computer, is that all titles were relatively close in price. Say $40-$60 and this didn't matter if a game sucked or was good.
So people were forced to sometimes choke down a $40 bad game. Now given the choice to kill some time, people are saying I don't mind paying $1 to play this game that might not be as good as that $20 game but will still be fun and let me kill some time.
We never got to see that before because the $1 game would have been $20.
I think it is changing for the better with opportunity for smaller developers once again, which is something I think most people thought was gone forever. Back in the early days of computing most games were done by individuals or very small companies. Kind of cool to have that spirit back.
If you make a good product you will likely suceed in the App Store. Sure at this point it will take some MARKETING to get you exposure, but you will not have to do extensive traditional marketing to drive all your sales. If your product is good enough and it gets noticed it will be driven to awareness and then take off from there.
The problem is most programs are not that good, and that is what developers have to come to grips with...
I still think there is a market in the IOS ecosystem for big time games that are more expensive. They just need to be really well constructed though, and very entertaining. They can't be twice as entertaining for 20x the money.