Here is the plan for the Indie Project area (think more developer oriented than necessarily game-oriented):
Give members a place to:
a) Show off the game or tool you are working on with all those glorious screenshots, videos, etc.
b) Share updates on the development process through your developer journal (shows right on the project page)
c) Recruit others to help through posting help wanted ads that are not only JUST for your project but appear in an aggregate list for others to browse
And as a bonus.. Make it so that you can take all that data (game descriptions, journals, news updates, screenshots, videos) and repurpose it for anything (I will need community help on this one!) such as building a third-party website for your game when ready, creating press kits, etc.
Some of the changes will involve:
- Screenshot Saturday Showdown will become Screenshot Showdown - Member screenshots can now directly compete in the showdown and work their way up to become IOTD
- Indie project news stream will appear on the frontpage - giving members a chance to promote their project - but take note that your ability to promote your own project just on Gamedev.net will lead to more exposure on the site. Basically the more people you can get to follow your project and upvote it, the more power you have to gain spotlight time on the frontpage.
- You can directly sell via your OWN third-party website - commercial products are absolutely okay
Two links to share:
Screenshot Showdown screenshot listing that is associated with a project (still under development):
Single Project Listing (also still under development):
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