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#ActualMalabyte

Posted 18 August 2013 - 07:11 AM

    Weird but interesting question, it kinda makes me curious as well. Would've been a cool thing for some people I guess. The only problem with a competition, as I see it, is the difference between this and just pitching your idea to a publisher the standard way. Either it's the big guy (i.e. publisher) who decides the winner, in which case its just like pitching your idea normally (and thus redundant). Or, it's decided by vote, in which case the publisher must potentially forego his own Brand and preference to cater to a public opinion determined by random people. Not only do they need to have actually heard of this competition, but decided to participate as well (which in sum may not be an adequately large or accurate focus group, unless the competition is thoroughly adverticed).

 

    Both are unlikely, IMO. Some publishers might perhaps try this, though. It could be interesting to make games based on public opinion, as long as that opinion comes from relatively educated people. For anything factual, meritocracy is usually better than democracy. But I imagine that one could advertice this competition on Gamasutra, Gamedev and various zines (IGN, PC Gamer, GameSpot, and so of) as a major event. It could be an annual or similar event. That would at least attract the attention of a good number of fellow game developers, hardcore gamers and design enthusiasts (which might be good and relevant enough for a publisher to consider it).


#7Malabyte

Posted 18 August 2013 - 07:11 AM

    Weird but interesting question, it kinda makes me curious as well. Would've been a cool thing for some people I guess. The only problem with a competition, as I see it, is the difference between this and just pitching your idea to a publisher the standard way. Either it's the big guy (i.e. publisher) who decides the winner, in which case its just like pitching your idea normally (and thus redundant). Or, it's decided by vote, in which case the publisher must potentially forego his own Brand and preference to cater to a public opinion determined by random people. Not only do they need to have actually heard of this competition, but decided to participate as well (which in sum may not be an adequately large or accurate focus group, unless the competition is thoroughly adverticed).

 

    Both are unlikely, IMO. Some publishers might perhaps try this, though. It could be interesting to make games based on public opinion, as long as that opinion comes from relatively educated people. For anything factual and scientific, meritocracy is usually better than democracy. But I imagine that one could advertice this competition on Gamasutra, Gamedev and various zines (IGN, PC Gamer, GameSpot, and so of) as a major event. It could be an annual or similar event. That would at least attract the attention of a good number of fellow game developers, hardcore gamers and design enthusiasts (which might be good and relevant enough for a publisher to consider it).


#6Malabyte

Posted 18 August 2013 - 07:08 AM

    Weird but interesting question, it kinda makes me curious as well. Would've been a cool thing for some people I guess. The only problem with a competition, as I see it, is the difference between this and just pitching your idea to a publisher the standard way. Either it's the big guy (i.e. publisher) who decides the winner, in which case its just like pitching your idea normally (and thus redundant). Or, it's decided by vote, in which case the publisher must potentially forego his own Brand and preference to cater to a public opinion determined by random people. Not only do they need to have actually heard of this competition, but decided to participate as well (which in sum may not be an adequately large or accurate focus group, unless the competition is thoroughly adverticed).

 

    Both are unlikely, IMO. Some publishers might perhaps try this, though. It could be interesting to make games based on public opinion, as long as that opinion comes from relatively educated people. For anything factual and scientific, meritocracy is usually better than democracy. But I imagine that one could advertice this competition on Gamasutra, Gamedev and various zines (IGN, PC Gamer, GameSpot, and so of) as a major event. It could be an annual or similar event. That would at least attract the attention of a good number of fellow game developers, hardcore gamers and design enthusiasts (which might be good and relevant enough for a publisher to consider it).


#5Malabyte

Posted 18 August 2013 - 07:00 AM

Weird but interesting question, it kinda makes me curious as well. Would've been a cool thing for some people I guess. Only problem with a competition, as I see it, is the difference between this and just pitching your idea to a publisher the standard way. Either it's the big guy (i.e. publisher) who decides the winner, in which case its fairly the same as just pitching your idea normally (and thus redundant). Or, it's decided by vote, in which case the publisher must potentially forego his own Brand and preference to cater to a public opinion that's determine by people who've not only heard of this competition, but decided to participate as well (which may not be an adequately large or accurate focus group, unless the competition is adverticed thoroughly).

 

Both are unlikely, IMO. But some publishers might wanna try this, could be interesting to make games based on public opinion. I imagine that having this competition on Gamasutra and adverticing it on Gamedev and through some zines (IGN, PC Gamer, GameSpot, etc) as a major event (maybe once per given period), would at least attract the attention of a good number of fellow game developers and enthusiasts (which might be good and relevant enough for a publisher to consider it).


#4Malabyte

Posted 18 August 2013 - 06:58 AM

Weird but interesting question, it kinda makes me curious as well. Would've been a cool thing for some people I guess. Only problem with a competition, as I see it, is the difference between this and just pitching your idea to a publisher the standard way. Either it's the big guy (i.e. publisher) who decides the winner, in which case its fairly the same as just pitching your idea normally (and thus redundant). Or, it's decided by vote, in which case the publisher must potentially forego his own Brand and preference to cater to a public opinion that's determine by people who've not only heard of this competition, but decided to participate as well (which may not be an adequately large or accurate focus group, unless the competition is adverticed thoroughly).

 

Both are unlikely, IMO. But some publishers might wanna try this, could be interesting to make games based on public opinion. I imagine that having this competition on Gamasutra and adverticing it on Gamedev would at least attract the attention of a good number of fellow game developers (which might be good and relevant enough for a publisher to consider it).


#3Malabyte

Posted 18 August 2013 - 06:57 AM

Weird but interesting question, it kinda makes me curious as well. Would've been a cool thing for some people I guess. Only problem with a competition, as I see it, is the difference between this and just pitching your idea to a publisher the standard way. Either it's the big guy (i.e. publisher) who decides the winner, in which case its fairly the same as just pitching your idea normally (and thus redundant). Or, it's decided by vote, in which case the publisher must potentially forego his own Brand and preference to cater to a public opinion that's determine by people who've heard of this competition (which may not be an adequately large or accurate focus group, unless the competition is adverticed thoroughly).

 

Both are unlikely, IMO. But some publishers might wanna try this, could be interesting to make games based on public opinion. I imagine that having this competition on Gamasutra and adverticing it on Gamedev would at least attract the attention of a good number of fellow game developers (which might be good and relevant enough for a publisher to consider it).


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