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How do you feel about Paid Alpha/Early Access for games?

#41ElementalWindPosted 11/1/2013 7:07:21 PM
Would you do a job as well if you were paid beforehand?
Most people who work on long-term projects do expect to get part of their pay before the project is completed.
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#42SuperemppuPosted 11/1/2013 11:54:49 PM
It gives small companies the option to stay independent, without having to get a publisher that might start to steer the production into a direction that they feel best. It gives the option to work on the game longer and make the game better because they have income during the development and less pressure to release the game ahead of it's time so that they can actually eat and stuff. I have the feeling that most small companies and one man projects are done mainly for the love for making games, not so much with $ signs in their eyes. Although making a living with gamemaking might be part of the first dream.

Coming back to minecraft, it has come a looooooooong way from it's initial alpha release. And even though people can rightly say that it's still not finished, it's still a magnificent game that has kept people gaming it for years now.
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#43arleasPosted 11/2/2013 6:47:24 AM
From: Superemppu | #042
I have the feeling that most small companies and one man projects are done mainly for the love for making games, not so much with $ signs in their eyes.


The thing is, Steam right now has such power that they can make or break a small developer. It's why the game I mentioned before (Towns) was rushed from alpha to "ready to buy on steam".

There was a guy who made a cool game, got it funded through kickstarter, finished it, and then.... no sales or very few sales..
They even had to make a website to draw attention to all these games that weren't on steam. http://notonsteam.com/ But that sale is already over...

http://www.penny-arcade.com/report/article/why-a-successful-indie-game-that-cant-get-on-steam-isnt-a-successful-indie

That's the story I'm referring to. Everyone wants on steam because if they're not on steam, they might as well be invisible (Unless they have the money to advertise/market themselves, which most don't). Of course he did eventually get enough attention to get past greenlight.

Being able to go on steam as "early access" helps out quite a bit...
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#44kyler45Posted 11/2/2013 7:08:16 AM
As long as you're guaranteed to not have to pay for the full release if you paid for alpha, I'm fine with it.
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#45Lady Une(Topic Creator)Posted 11/2/2013 11:49:13 AM
kyler45 posted...
As long as you're guaranteed to not have to pay for the full release if you paid for alpha, I'm fine with it.


That is one thing I didn't really factor in, a good amount of games that do the early release thing usually charge less if you buy early.
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