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Simon Carless's Expert Blogs

So, video game pricing. You'd think this was a simple subject, but I'm convinced that at least 50% of all people launching games in 2019 get it wrong. And the core of the reason is this - you're undervaluing your game.


This week's roundup includes Remnant: From The Ashes and Telling Lies, as well as a new Westworld VR title, 20 years of Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Steam China, the six months after Anthem's release, & more.


Why don't all video game stores have prominent, detailed real-time charts showcasing new & trending games using actual sales, versus obfuscating them under 'featured' titles or complex menu navigation?


This week's roundup includes looks at standout new titles including Dicey Dungeons and Rad, an analysis of Patreon as incremental funding, and lots more.


Posted by Simon Carless on Wed, 14 Aug 2019 02:02:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Console/PC
In the interests of focusing on one particular part of game discoverability, I’d like to concentrate this piece on one particular hidden gem of a statistic - Steam’s follower count.


This week's roundup includes a look at new Zachtronics title Eliza, the moral panic about Fortnite and 'good play', and the incredible Wii Sports speedrunners, among a host of other interesting pieces.


Posted by Simon Carless on Wed, 07 Aug 2019 11:32:00 EDT in
Let’s say you’ve put $20,000 into your game, or $200,000 dollars, or $2 million dollars. And you still want your money - or your investors’ money - back. You should probably look at how crowded that genre/game feature is.


Posted by Simon Carless on Sat, 03 Aug 2019 02:29:00 EDT in
This week's roundup includes a couple of looks at Epic's Fortnite World Cup, analyses of Nintendo's new Fire Emblem game and Wolfenstein: Youngblood, as well as time loops in games, Candyland, Elsinore and lots more besides.


It’s possible to divide the eras of video game discoverability into roughly three parts - each of which bleeds messily into the other. Here's what you might be confused about if you grew up in one of these eras.


Posted by Simon Carless on Sun, 28 Jul 2019 10:02:00 EDT in
This week's roundup includes a history in progress of Grand Theft Auto Online's near-infinitely trailed casino addition, multiple cloud gaming analyses, articles looking at 198X's debut and The Division 2's latest updates, & lots more besides.


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