As part of the way to get the word out for our game and to validate it, this year we went to Anime Expo 2012.
We had 2 goals:
1) find out if our game so far is something the public would want. We need to know if this is a point where we need to pivot!
2) get the words out for our game.
The night before, Chad had setup our booth with all the items we're giving away to attendees to try our game, and we had 2 ipads ready with our game to demo on.
On the first day, there were 3 of us there. We finished setting everything up at around 9:30am, and we got ourselves ready for what's to come...
We were ill-prepared for what arrived.
Nobu and I worked nonstop from when the exhibition hall opened at 11am (it was delayed by an hour) until 5pm.
We barely had time to eat or go to the bathroom.
By the end of the day, we were exhausted, but it was an amazing experience!
Seeing the joys on all the people's faces when they played our game? Absolutely pricesless.
Also the folks over at Ktdata stopped by and interviewed us!
I had to call Chad to warn him about all the people that weren't able to play our game since we only had 2 iPads. So we got together and found 2 more iPads for Saturday.
On Saturday morning, we had 5 people at the booth, with 4 iPads. This time, we ARE ready
... or so we thought
All 4 iPads were in use nearly 100% throughout the rest of the weekend.
We were blown away by how many people loved our games.
A lot of the times, we saw people calling others to come over, and coming back over and over again with friends.
All in all, over 1,000 people had seen our games and loved it. There were a lot of constructive feedbacks that we've taken to heart, and there are even more positive feedbacks.
If you are a developer, definitely go to an expo you can. Besides the public exposure, seeing people play your game is MORE fulfilling than ANYTHING else in the world. If you work for a game development company, go to an expo yourself at LEAST once. You will see that all the time you spent in the trenches, is worth it.
-Be prepared with as many demo stations as possible.
-Try to bring at least 50% more people than there are stations. People need break.
-Anime Expo isn't where you normally find games. If you can, go to a PAX, Comic Con, Game Dev Conference, or E3. There will be way more press coverages there.
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Also, please check out our kickstarter page to help make our dream even better!
We want to make the game even better, add more depths, more story, and bring the kind of gaming you normally see on PC or console to the mobile game environment.
Thank you everyone for reading this.