I wonder how much you can earn by selling a shareware game. Let''s say you sell it $25 ant it''s nearly as good as a commercial one.
Are shareware a viable place to start ?
Prosper / LOADED corporation
Let''s assume that the game is not an excellent one. It is not Quake 3 or Unreal Tournament. It''s just quite a good game. The kind of game fun to play but not worth the usual commercial price (about $55 in France).
The advertising would be light : there would be only ads on the internet and the game would be sent to all majors video games magazines.
The real question is : can you earn enough money to live (buy food, rent a room, etc...) selling such games ???
As long as you''re serious about what you do, I think you can do pretty well selling shareware. Take a look at Spiderweb Software (www.spidweb.com), I really like their games and they''re a lot cheaper than most stuff you can find on a shelf these days. Keep in mind, however, that they do lots of advertising for their games. You can''t just upload your game(s) to a server or two and think that the cash will start raining from the sky, you have to let people know it exists.