Pre-emptive Good Intentions

In a previous blog I spoke about a looming update that would reduce the difficulty, and then went onto explaining how. That explanation, albeit with good intentions was pre-emptive.

Don’t grab those pitchforks yet as there is still a patch coming. It will include 15+ changes, mostly minor but they should accumulate to a big improvement in making Death by Game Show more accessible for a broader audience.

So, when will it come? We wanted December 2016, failed. We are hoping for the end of January 2017 at this point but the reality is, it will probably be the end of February where we can launch it with another sale and marketing push.

We’ll keep you posted on developments but hope there will be no further delays.

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Another Year, Another Consideration

We’ve had some more feedback during the Steam Winter Sale and it’s pretty darn clear Death by Game Show is too hard, too unintuitive and worst still, doesn’t fit our envisioned target audience.  

The reason it’s too hard is simple, it’s meant to be old school arcade and we’re still being blamed for players not reducing the difficulty.  

The reason it’s unintuitive is simple, it’s not an obvious hybrid and requires trial and error.  You need to know the inputs and react, or plan to win – like in Dark Souls.  All of which making it less familiar and more complicated than traditional casual strategy games.  

The big realization is that we’ve been focused on pitching Death by Game Show as an action strategy game for twenty something core gamers but our art style, humor, and genre hybrid isn’t resonating with that target audience.  

With all three in mind, our next patch which has been in the works for a while (thanks to Unity changes) will focus on reducing difficulty via AI speed and HP.  It will condense as many inputs as possible, automating or removing where possible so that it is more obvious for casual gamers – and finally – all marketing going forwards from the patch will target casual audiences.

Fingers crossed 2017 will become year of the Game Show!

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Death by Game Show Giveaway and Super Sale

From December 22nd to January 2nd Death by Game Show is fighting the Indieapocolypse and needs your help!  

Each day we’ll give away a number of game keys on varying YouTube, Twitter, Websites and Steam Groups.  The amount we giveaway is completely influenced by YOU!!!!

The more you share, like and retweet the source you found that key the more we’ll give away the next day.  It’s that simple.  So support this network, be loud, be vocal and most of all, earn free keys for all!  

And don’t stop the fun there, if by the 2nd of January we can get a further 5000 Death by Game Show keys activated we’ll give away Steam Cards to those on the leaderboard.  

So double dip this Winter and help Death by Game Show out the Indieapocolypse by spreading the word about our mad, end of the world, giveaway antics.  

You can find out about keys at Lava U, the link is below:

https://twitter.com/Lava_U_Gaming

You can also check out our new trailer on YouTube:

Good luck, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Kickstart Death by Game Show Part Ugh

It’s been sobering and alarming how the Steam marketplace has changed since we plotted the creation and release of Death by Game Show.

The statistic revealing 70% of Steam’s current content has released since 2015 is something any and all PC developers should be noting down at this very moment.

For all developers who have released in 2015 and 2016 to find Steam a barren land, this glut of releases is possibly part of the reasoning. Especially if you didn’t reserve 50-80% of your games budget for bribes, marketing, and sexual favors.

With this brand new knowledge we’re thinking of running a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough funds to wine and dine the gaming media, to bribe them into laughter while streaming and to subconsciously influence via blatant product placement.

It’s that or use Kickstarter to try and move Death by Game Show to console…

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Please support creativity and difference this Black Friday

As a gamer first, and a developer second, I am tired and frustrated by the overwhelming support cookie cutter games continue to get.

On a weekly basis creative games fade into oblivion because they get no coverage. The risk takers are dying off, creative roles are being lost to data scientists because of familiarity and obviousness guide design, more than ideas.

With this in mind, when looking at the amazing deals on Steam this Black Friday please consider games that are different. Death by Game Show being just one of many that were made specifically to be different to the norm.

Consider the importance of what your purchases signify to publishers and developers. Vote with your wallets and don’t just follow the status quo or influencers. Your actions do change the industry, consider the influx of simulators, survival horrors etc.

It is time gaming once again became about creativity and innovation. Thank you for reading.

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‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la la.

Quick question. At what point did the holiday season become all about Black Friday?

Regardless, in honor of this years sale-extravaganza, we’d like to announce that over the coming season sales Death by Game Show will be scattered across the internet at an ultra-low discounted price.

Forget 50%, 60% and even 75% off! Death by Game Show will be going on sale for 80% off. That is $9.99 to $1.99!

That means for less than a Big Mac you can own Death by Game Show, a game without microtransactions, with a huge freedom to modify and enough content and challenge you’ll never make it all the way through.

Good luck and have a very wonderful Black Friday!

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We’re not in Kansas anymore

Games aren’t games anymore, they are visual representations of scientific laboratories chemically tricking your brain into addiction, false social value, and self-worth. And yes, we are game developers admitting that.

Everything you see is timed and limited to a set of principles of how best to create dopamine and then cut you off before the senses nullify. It’s constant with mobile games and now, overthrowing indie and AAA with analytics showcasing the best way to extract every dime from your wallet.

Games have become manipulation, and we’re now in a rat race for who can manipulate consumers the best because a good game can’t compete with a chemically induced nirvana built for the lowest common denominator.

It sounds like a Publishers and Developers wet dream, simple games that earn money, but it is a scenario grown out of necessity rather than choice.

Users have more variety and have an infinite ability to be fickle with new experiences and ideas. Some users if they get stuck, they leave. If they die, they give up. If they have to learn-to-play rather than instantly win, they blame the game. Everything leads to a user refunding or never loading the game again – both outcomes are bad considering 80% of a budget these days is being spent on User Acquisition, paid ads or other paid coverage.

The truth is, Publishers and Developers make familiar, safe games because they want the masses to buy (or play).

So to all those gamers who are screaming out for something different, something challenging and unique – if you don’t support such titles with your wallet Publishers will never care about you and therefore games will continue being made for the lowest common denominator in the masses. And we know that is a pretty low bar.

Support the creative. Support the different. Support honesty and perhaps the games industry will once again be driven by creativity rather than quantitative values and dopamine tricks.

From old school hard to newschool friendly

Since Death by Game Show released a fair amount has been made of its difficulty, frustration and learning curve.

We listened to the vocal majority who demand challenge and gratification via skill. The problem being, the most vocal aren’t supporting the game.

With this in mind, it’s time to forget our own goals and look at what can become of this game if the challenge is re-shaped.

What this means is increased rewards, reduced early challenge, and refined freedom.

Expect more information soon as our next patch is defined and fully announced.

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Huge train on Steamgifts that is helping us get noticed

In what has been a turbulent eight months since release and a journey where we’ve met a lot of wonderful people, Tchii and LavaU have broken the mold.  

Not only are they streaming the game regularly but Tchii has started a fantastic Steamgifts train which is both immense in scale and generosity.  

You can find the train here.  

We just want to thank Tchii and the LavaU group for their support.  

We also want to thank everyone who has played the game, provided feedback and helped us grow.

Please support us by checking out the trailer and letting us know your thoughts.  

As a little thank you, if we can reach 10,000 wishlists the game will go on a week long 60% sale in October.  

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If you have Death by Game Show please leave a review on Steam

With Steam’s change in viewing reviews, we ask all who have Death by Game Show to leave a review on the store page.

It is only through your reviews that we can demonstrate that this game is worth looking at and perhaps worth owning.

We already have the support of some fantastic communities and individuals on Steam and would love to hear from any and all who have the game.

How can we improve it, how can we show it off better, what can we do to make you, the Steam community support us, an honest indie developer who has tried to make something different.

Thank you for your time, have a wonderful day.

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