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Other places to promote an AGS game?
« on: 29 Apr 2015, 08:50 »
This has likely been covered before but times change and so do popular websites, so I'll ask!

What places do you guys use to promote your games? We're talking freeware here. I've got my game mentioned on the completed games thread, and I put it on facebook, and some point and click facebook page, and that's about it. I want more people to play it!

Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #1 on: 29 Apr 2015, 11:43 »
http://rpgmaker.net/
Really cool site even though they're mainly an RPG Maker site,they still accept games from other engines and they let you customize your own game page(with restriction of course),but you can change the background,the bar/font color,add your own banner etc.

I also use Indie DB but I don't go there very often,also there's Game Jolt which I never use.
« Last Edit: 29 Apr 2015, 12:05 by Yitcomics »

Fitz

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Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #2 on: 29 Apr 2015, 14:36 »
Try GameJolt. The interface is a little tricky, you'll need to prepare banners cut to a specific size, etc. -- but it's a friendly platform with lots of things going on, such as gamejams, weekly features (my game Gray got featured once), etc. Plenty of AGS'ers on there, too. Desura is a platform for commercial games, mostly, but they do accept free games, too. Haven't tried it myself -- but I think it might be worth a shot. IndieCity, on the other hand, is hard to recommend -- they have this long approval process of about four weeks, and then the game gets much less exposure than it could've due to the site's mandatory download engine that requires registration.

Anyone have any thoughts on IndieVania?

Retro Wolf

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Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #3 on: 29 Apr 2015, 17:05 »
I've made a weebly site, a tumblr, a twitter account, game jolt.
I think the trick with Twitter is to just follow people, but make meaningful follows. I tend to follow game developers, retro gamers, gaming bloggers, and gaming sites. A lot follow back, that way you get suggested to be followed by the right audience.

Just increase your internet footprint.

If you're lucky you might get a mention on adventuregamers.com or some random PDF newsletter.

I tend to average 10 visits a day on my weebly.

I went through a phase of working at promoting my stuff, but it didn't really pay off. And I realised that I haven't really made anything that deserves promoting.

I think the best thing to do is make an awesome game though. If you build it they will come.
I have yet to make an awesome game, probably will never get round to it!

kconan

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Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #4 on: 29 Apr 2015, 20:02 »
  I had kind of a bad experience on GameJolt, though I guess the site was less to blame and was more a user's fault.  There are lots of freeware sites around.  After I put my game up on a few of them, other sites e-mailed me asking for permission since it is free content for them.  Gamershell.com was one of the better ones; I had a good back-and-forth convo with one of the people on the site.  One webpage, which I can't remember right now, played my game and put up their own screenshots which I thought was cool and also gave me some helpful feedback.  Really I spent about a week on-and-off just putting the word on the street at various web-sites.  Sounds like you are off and running already.

Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #5 on: 29 Apr 2015, 21:25 »
Very helpful, thanks! Gamershell, blimey they still going, I forgot all about them! I used to get demos from there!

Retro Wolf: You saying my game isn't awesome? Ha just kidding, I don't think that was aimed at my game, although I wouldn't say my game IS awesome, although I'm pleased with it! Weebly? I'll have to look whatever that is up!

Fitz and Yitcomics: It's certainly worth a try with this gamejolt, the challenge might be worth the reward!

Retro Wolf

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Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #6 on: 29 Apr 2015, 21:34 »
I haven't played any of your games yet, though I bet they're orgasmic! ;)

I'll get round to playing some AGS games again one of these days!

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Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #7 on: 29 Apr 2015, 22:21 »
I emailed Gameboomers about my free game and they put it in the Free Games Galore section.  http://www.gameboomers.com

Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #8 on: 04 May 2015, 21:30 »
Hey retrowolf, the funny thing is, I just recently discovered my game already has been featured on adventuregamers.com along with Mess Goblins and another game, fantastic!

Retro Wolf

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Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #9 on: 04 May 2015, 23:25 »
It can be quite surprising what you find when you Google your own games.

Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #10 on: 05 May 2015, 08:14 »
This article from a while back is pretty interesting:

Why selfpromotion as an author won't work

The conclusion is that it's not worth promoting works through social media.
For games I would suppose getting your game featured by mediasites would get the word out there. Let's plays could be another thing. Even though I think they are a doubleedged sword when it comes to graphic adventures.

Retro Wolf

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Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #11 on: 05 May 2015, 08:45 »
A 12 year old did a let's play of Moustache Quest, it was amusing to hear him mispronounce "gynaecologist".

I agree with the article, there's just too many other people doing the same things.
Thanks to the internet anyone can become a games developer, a comic book author, a movie maker, or porn star.

There's 500 new iOS apps a day! How on earth do you get noticed?!
This is partly why I've chosen to embrace the title of Amateur, I've accepted that I'm never going to be internet famous or successful. Just to enjoy the hobby.

Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #12 on: 05 May 2015, 09:39 »
I've got mine on Indiedb.  I mostly link there since it's a lot easier to manage and do updates right now, given my absence of PR / web dev type personnel.

Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #13 on: 05 May 2015, 10:58 »
Matt - drop me a PM or Tweet me and I'll post about your game on my sites, indiegamenews.com and pcgamereviewsandnews.com.

I have also recently been told that indiegamestand.com are starting to feature freeware games as well, although I'm not sure if you can just ask to add your games or need to be invited by their staff.

Fitz

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Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #14 on: 05 May 2015, 16:43 »
Cap, I took a look and it looks like you can submit your game here by registering -- though the free game distribution service isn't there just yet.

I like the link Mathias posted. A nice read -- even if I don't agree with every argument, on the whole the dude makes a lot of sense. I'm interested in reading more of his other article, the one about the DO's of self-promotion.
« Last Edit: 05 May 2015, 16:47 by Fitz »

Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #15 on: 05 May 2015, 19:39 »
Retrowolf: I don't know what you're talking about! Google my own game, ha.. as if.. pshh.. ah.. uh.. yeah you totally got it right. I totally googled my game.
Yeah I am a jack of all artistic media, master of none! I like writing music, making games (duh), drawing cartoons, used to write stories, reviewing games (rarely) and there's my own directing of music videos (including stop motion) and daft shows! Yet none of them are widely recognised. Probably never will! But darn it I can't say I didn't try!

Silverspooooooook: Hello! Indiedb huh, I'll try them too!

Captain D: Awesome I'll PM you ASAHP! (As Soon As Humanly Possible)

Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #16 on: 05 May 2015, 22:03 »
Fitz - I wasn't sure as I got an email from the guy who's running the new freeware service there inviting me to add my games, but I know him anyway, so he may have only been reaching out to a few of his existing contacts before it all went public.

Matt - PM received! :grin:

Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #17 on: 06 May 2015, 11:37 »
There's 500 new iOS apps a day! How on earth do you get noticed?!

Sigh...,thinking about this always lower my confidence if I decide on going commercial one day :~(.Too many games and so little time...
« Last Edit: 06 May 2015, 12:07 by Yitcomics »

Retro Wolf

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Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #18 on: 06 May 2015, 15:59 »
That number covers more than games, but it's still too many. Android is probably worse since it's a lot easier to get stuff on there.

Re: Other places to promote an AGS game?
« Reply #19 on: 07 May 2015, 19:52 »
Indievania is "offline", whatever that means, and links to itch.io. Is anyone using itch?