[NetBehaviour] Steam

clemos cl3mos at gmail.com
Tue Mar 24 10:55:59 CET 2009


Thank you for all these insights.
About new audiences: I've first heard of "The Path" from TV. I don't
remember if it was on Game One, a french TV channel dedicated to
video-games, or NoLife, another french TV channel which name describes
its programs quite well (it's mainly about videogames/computers, RPG,
and J-pop). Anyway, both channels are run by gamers and watched by
gamers, and usually have very few to do with media art (the most
"artistic" thing I've seen there were old computer demos). So I think
the gamers community is more curious than it seems... Even very rude
critisism shows an interrest in these kind of games (geeks are always
very vindicative with what is important to them: see forums about
comics; very "polarized" too...); it at least shows that the guy has
downloaded the demo, etc...
The fact that you manage to sell a game like The Graveyard is also
very positive: the audience is warned that buying it brings very few
extra features (ability to die, no extra levels.....) so it obviously
means the buyer wants to help the dev team continue making such
Still the analogy with blockbusters vs indie games is true, but the
fact that both now share a same distribution model, that both can be
found on the same platform/network is very constructive and
encouraging. Of course nobody expects the revolution, but more choice
and variety equals more freedom. (or not: maybe the media art
community will get Steam and become addict to Counter-Strike...)


On Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 9:32 PM, Auriea <medusa at entropy8.com> wrote:
> geez guys, i (randomly) noticed that you're discussing my games!
> sorry i didn't notice it before!
> to answer sort of briefly
> yes we originally sold The Graveyard strictly from our own website and
> it sold okay. i mean, the selling was originally a pretty conceptual
> exercise.
> Michael made an (also somewhat conceptual) "post-mortem" of the
> project where he talks about how we made the game but also sales
> figures and a host of other issues:
> http://tale-of-tales.com/blog/the-graveyard-post-mortem/
> suffice it to say that on Steam, The Graveyard sells _better. Still
> not a lot but more than one would have thought. Thing is there are A
> LOT of people on the Steam network (something like 20 million) While
> the highest percentage is Counter-Strike players and such, there are
> also large pockets of people looking to do something else. The indie-
> games category is getting more and more popular and man people want to
> support this method of game production because they WANT there to be a
> wider variety of games out there. The Path is doing well enough that
> we feel it is a viable way to distribute our work from now on, if they
> will continue to have us. I could go deeper into our motivation for
> choosing to distribute our artworks this way... if it is of interest
> to you.
> On Steam and in general, among gamers, all our projects seem to be
> extremely polarizing. We get love letters and death threats.
> literally. its frightening sometimes how seriously some gamers take
> their hobby. and how threatened they can feel by a game about an old
> woman or a game with 6 little girls.
> We are trying to push buttons though. Just happy that Steam and other
> online distribution channels are happy to play along with us.
> We are _right_now_ at the Independent Games Festval in san
> franscisco ...i am writing this from moscone center....
> there are a lot of people who say The Graveyard shouldn't be nominated
> for an award.... that its not a game... that we are evil for making
> it....
> luckily there are also many who think otherwise... itz interesting
> times!
> but either way we are still outsiders
> even in a genre full of outsiders.
> with love,
> Auriea.
> [ToT] http://tale-of-tales.com
> The PATH, out NOW: http://grandmothers-house.net
> play for free: http://tale-of-tales.com/TheEndlessForest
> nominated for the 2009 IGF Innovation award: http://tale-of-tales.com/TheGraveyard
> On 23-mars-09, at 10:00, clemos wrote:
>> Hi
>> I have played The Graveyard, (randomly) downloaded via Steam, and been
>> very positively surprised to find such things on that platform. I've
>> been searching for other similar "artistic" games in the "Indie"
>> section, but without luck... I'll sure check "The Path".
>> It renewed my interrest in that platform (steam), because it indeeds
>> seems to make it possible for artists to reach new audiences (gamers),
>> and eventually to bring games and art closer from each other (or
>> actually to make their proximity more obvious). The economics behind
>> Steam and its impact on such "artgaming" production and distribution
>> is also very interresting, maybe promising.
>> Did you find any resource about these topics ? I'd be especially
>> interrested in reviews and insight from the team of Tale of Tales: did
>> they manage to sell their games ? how many downloads ? what's the
>> commercial deal with Steam ? ...
>> +++++++
>> Clément
>> On Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 1:14 PM, Corrado Morgana
>> <corradomorgana at blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:
>>> You might want to check out Tale of Tales' later stuff, 'The
>>> Graveyard' and
>>> 'the Path' both available from their own website and also from
>>> Steam, online
>>> videogames distribution stream; artgaming/games art, alongside
>>> indie and
>>> commercial games, making the distributional leap to large (huge)
>>> potential
>>> audiences (I'm not going to say mass market!)
>>> Steam absolutely rocks...
>>> Corrado
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>>> Ele Carpenter - http://www.elecarpenter.org.uk/ for tech inspired and
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>>> Auriea Harvey - for her part with Entropy8Zuper in early intimate
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>>> Endless
>>> Forest, Tale of Tales's bucolic social screensaver
>>> http://tale-of-tales.com/TheEndlessForest
>>> Mary Flanagan - for her energetic explorations as academic, educator,
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>>> and exploring collaborative approaches to thinking about values in
>>> http://www.valuesatplay.org/
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