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Read January 02, 2006, 10:23:21 PM #0
Elig

Publishing question

My wife is an author, so I know a great deal about the world of book publishing, however, I suspect it's very different from the video game publishing world. I'm working on a game that I hope to eventually get published currently, but I have some questions about the way that game publishing works. For the record, my game is an FPS with pixel and vertex shaders, which I realize is probably a little off-topic for this forum, but what the hey.

Anyway, in the world of books, even if your book gets published by an online only publisher with a low distribution, it can still help your long term career out greatly. Publishers in the book world almost never accept manuscripts whose author isnt already a published author. Though online book publication isnt the best, "real" book publishers are much more likely to view you as a published author if you've gotten something published online. I was wondering if it works roughly the same in the video game industry.

If was to, say, get something published through Garage Games, would other publishers be.. More receptive in the future, knowing that I had a previously published title? Or does computer game publishing even work like this? Are publishers in the computer game industry much more willing to look at someone with a prior publication than they are to look at someone who has never published anything? In the book world, it's very hard to get your first book published, very few people are willing to even consider publishing a book from an unpublished author. Is it as rough for first time developers in the computer games indurstry?

Well, anyway, sorry for asking so many questions.

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Read January 03, 2006, 07:11:23 AM #1
joe

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Are publishers in the computer game industry much more willing to look at someone with a prior publication than they are to look at someone who has never published anything?

Definitly yes. BUT: If you have a very good game that is finished and you sent it to publisher I'm sure most of them will review it and if they think they can make some money out of it you will get an offer from them.

But: If you only have a prototype or game concept and asking for money from a publisher they won't trust you if you never have finished a product before, because they want to be sure that you are able to finish the game (else they have wasted a lot of money).


Jochen Heizmann, Germany
Absolute Blue - Side-Scrolling Shoot'em'up-Game
www.intermediaware.com
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Read January 03, 2006, 11:48:25 AM #2
Matt McFarland

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I think you will find this site very useful: http://www.indiegamer.com

Regards,


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Read January 04, 2006, 04:50:03 AM #3
Elig

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Thanks to both of you for the help. The link looks quite helpful for a variety of my questions.
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Read January 28, 2006, 06:49:18 PM #4
gamesmad

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I would say that having anything about your game being published on you game dev CV would be a good thing when trying to get it professionally published by a major company.  Its not going to do you any harm to publish it with a smaller company like GarageGames anyway.

Will
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Read February 15, 2006, 12:12:20 PM #5
Polycount Productions

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I beliebe this article might be of some use:

'How Do You Get Your Game to Market?'
http://www.gameproducer.net/2006/02/09/how-do-you-sell-your-game-to-customers/


Owner of Polycount Productions - independent multiplayer games company
Game Producer Blog for beginner game developers
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Read February 15, 2006, 04:06:03 PM #6
Matt McFarland

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Thanks alot Polycount!!


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