Soupspoon wrote:... "I support Indie Developers (but only because I see them on Steam)" new 'customers'
Someone wanting to use an easy interface to find/buy/play their games is bad?
It's not so much the "wanting" as the "limited to".
*checks what I wrote to check I remember the context*
Yeah, basically, under Steam it's likely to be a new partnership of game and (potential) player created by The Algorithm. I doubt the Google algorithm did much spontaneous introduction to the game by linking "mining simulator" or "capricious god game" searches, instead it's words-of-mouth and the cropping up of things like this thread that made DF "take 17 years to be an overnight success". And I'm sure that this has been better for the slow (but inexorable) development cycle.
I'm half worried that even with the Steam Splurge of glossy representation it'll still be too uncompromisingly 'raw' and part-formed to be considered by the Algorithm as worthy to recommend beyond the adverse feedback of the first few recommendees upon Steam release, even while I'm excited to anticipate the extended audience that might experience the joys.
Maybe no longer will I be drawn into conversation on the train*/etc and find the subject somehow drift over to me trying to describe DF (because it actually sounds like the other party might be interested) and hoping that I've intrigued them enough to look it up because they've never heard of such a thing. But will it now be more like "oh yeah, that
thing" as if I've just described K-Pop to a guy in a Death Metal T-shirt (or maybe better vice-versa?) rather than an admiring "Wow, you were actually
at Woodstick, maaan?" sort of vibe.
Hopes and fears. Out of my hands. Good luck to the process. I don't think
I'm being too elitist/hipster about my appreciation for this still half-formed project, but I wanted to explain the hedging of my bets about people being optimistically spoonfed a game that famously refuses to keep up the spoonfeeding
. I can't even claim to have joined this ride on the ground floor (it had already just
become 3d before I was properlyintroduced to it, so the Boatmurdered-age people have far better claims to "before it was famous" following) so never mind about that.
And, since the prior post I made, I've read more of the (now deleted) Steam conversations that were then referenced by a OneAngryGamer** critique (and specifically the comments section to that). It's taken some of the shine off of my optimism - though haters gonna hate so I know I shouldn't be surprised, and hopefully it'll push through despite them.
* Not applicable in London.
** The clue is probably in the name.