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So, what does it cost to make an indie game?

As promised in yesterday’s post, here is a very useful link that will help developers do some back of the napkin guesstimations. Not to be confused with proper projections or calculations, this napkin scrawl is still far superior to the Dinofarm formula: ‘Big indie’ Kickstarters are killing actual...
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Lessons learned. Failed Kickstarters and where the $ went.

In video game forums and comment sections, there’s a common theme. Customers, and sadly enough, even “developers,” haven’t a clue as to what game development costs. Some of this ignorance has been purposely perpetrated by developers as part of an ill conceived strategy. In a popular blog post...
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Costs data.

As with yesterday’s sales data, these figures should also be revised downward. Again, these numbers are dated but remain good case studies. It has gotten significantly cheaper to produce video games over the last 3 years. Star Command http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/starcommand/star-command-sci-fi-meets-gamedev-story-for-ios-an/posts/208395 Auro http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/177512/kickstarter_for_the_average_indie.php Dustforce http://hitboxteam.com/dustforce-sales-figures Hope this was helpful! Keep...
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Sales data.

I’m re-themeing this week as financial data week. Monday’s post will be revised accordingly. These numbers are dated. Given the current problems of discovery (marketing), the projections for games of these types should be revised downwards. Don’t forget though, production costs should be revised downwards too. Reasons include...
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Some clarity.

This week’s posts shaped up to have a theme – retroactively. That theme is the economics of #gamedev and so I punted this Monday’s VR post down the road. In its place I’m linking to this: http://steamcommunity.com/app/274500/discussions/0/405691491102673468/?tscn=1456139312#c405692224242982114 Upon reading its context will become clear. There is a chasm...
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Screenshot Saturday! Which hairstyle is best?

There’s one or two that I’m leaning towards, but I don’t want to prejudice the results. Which do you like best? Hope this was helpful! Keep up the good work and the good luck will follow! this website the forums @NickelCityPixel youtube channel Please remember to comment and...
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