Steam most important thing that's happened to indies in 10 years, says Gone Home dev

The Fullbright Company developer said Gone Home was priced with Steam sales in mind.

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The Fullbright Company's Steve Gaynor said that Steam is "an incredibly positive thing, probably the most important thing that's happened to indie games in the last 10 years," and that Gone Home was priced with Steam sales in mind.

"You have to be thinking about Steam sales before you set your price because if you get on Steam and you do start selling the game, it's just a known issue that like 75 percent of your sales or more are going to come from Steam, and especially the Steam sale stuff," Gaynor told GameIndustry International.

One criticism of Gone Home was that it wasn't long enough. At the moment, one of its most popular user-defined tags on Steam is "Short," right between "Indie" and "Walking Simulator." As Gaynor said, it takes two to three hours to complete depending on how thoroughly you want to explore the environment.

Gaynor said that The Fullbright Company obviously believes that it's an experience that was worth the $20 price tag Gone Home had at launch, but that people who were on the fence could pay much less only a couple of months later thanks to Steam sales.

"That's a reality in the online download market now. Not that many people, relatively speaking, are going to pay full price," Gaynor said.

These type of Steam sales, coincidentally, are just what indie developer of The Castle Doctrine Jason Rohrer recently said have a negative impact on indie games. "To put it bluntly: sales screw your fans," Rohrer said. "Your fans love your games and eagerly await your next release. They want to get your game as soon as it comes out, at full price. But they are foolish to do that, because a sale is right around the corner."

Gone Home was on the best games of 2013 lists of several GameSpot editors. It's also nominated for several Game Developers Choice Awards, including Game of the Year, the Innovation Award, and Best Narrative.

Discussion

123 comments
meleemastermaa
meleemastermaa

While good games get 3/10, this bs have 9.5/10?! Haha... (´;ω;`)

ghost59
ghost59

gamers   dont  like games  with out, shooting, killing,punching, or anything with out killing. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

The Steam tags for Gone Home haven't been kind, but that's now temporarily solved. "Walking simulator" is a pretty fun insult, though. It isn't vulgar like other tags for that game. TF2 is called "Hat simulator", which is equally funny.

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

"Jason Rohrer" is a whack job. fair price brings fair sales. the most important is to do a good game, expose it so it can be fully seen, played. get it reviewed and voila. the rest is BS. (when I think I spent 10€ for 3h ...)

djpetitte
djpetitte

I would consider Gone Home a pretty amazing Indie game.  It's priced but I picked it up onsale this weekend and have had the itch to play is since I got it. Id suggest it if youre into that sort of game.

Penguinlord1
Penguinlord1

There are a lot of absolutely amazing indie games on Steam, half of which I wouldn't have even bothered to play if Steam didn't price them so cheap. Steam definitely is the place to be if indies are your thing.

lostn
lostn

Gone Home won IGN's PC game of the year. Am I the only one who thought it was an overrated piece of crap? It's not even a game. You just go around examining things, most of which don't do anything (like tissue boxes, shampoos, skin lotion, etc which only serve to waste your time when you pick it up and spin it around examining it from all angles looking for clues that don't exist). 


To add insult to injury, they want $20 for it.

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

"Indie games" are very overrated, they are not unique or original they are just taking a business model of quantity over quality approach to gaming due to an influx of casual gamers from all the all the tablets and smart phones

Talavaj
Talavaj

Gone Home is not a game just a poorly paced movie that requires you to do nonsensical tasks to proceed further, yet it costs twice as much as a regular movie ticket but has virtually no production values in comparison.

Justify me the price tag now please.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

I agree with him about Steam . Lot of great titles are coming out from independent developers like The Forest , Routine , Dreamfall , etc etc etc . Thanks to digital distribution and openness of the platform that allows them to easily publish their games themselves instead of finding and then borrowing a ton of cash from publishers .

Godlikan
Godlikan

Gone home is interactive novel that is not so good, but not bad either. Its absurd to glorify it so much and its obvious that ones doing so don't read books very much. Said that its not a book but a game ofc. but non the less its not so great.

Fabian85
Fabian85

Indeed.. really looking forward to stomping land early access and final version of planetary annihilation.

Kamina85
Kamina85

I could see how steam sales are helpful to certain indie developers, but I would think Kickstarter is the most helpful thing of the last few years. Lots of great indie projects may have not seen the light of day if it weren't for that site.

couly
couly

These Devs should Go Home. €20 for a  hour simulator that is an hour and a half long.

musalala
musalala

@Hurvl  lol one of the tags says Patriarchy smashing simulator

djpetitte
djpetitte

@lostn

I really enjoyed the game, the price was definitely outrageous but if you can get it during a sale its well worth if you like exploring creepy atmospheres and reading.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@guardianofhonor  That's true for a lot of games but some of them are truly worth money and of the quality you'd have found (and can no longer find) in the old days. For example, Valdis, Teslagrad, Rogue Legacy, FTL, The Bridge, Don't Starve, Outlast, Castle Crashers, Closure, A Valley Without Wind 1/2, Limbo, Game Dev Tycoon are all very good, solid indie games.

snakebite6x6x6
snakebite6x6x6

@couly  It wasn't the length that bothered me, as I only paid 4 dollars for it. What I didn't like was the lackluster story. I think it only took me about 1 1/2 hours to find out where all three missing family members were. 


If you can get it for cheap (under 5 bucks), it's a way to waste an hour or 2 while you wait for something better to download. 

Hell, you may be in the minority of people who actually like it. 


I'd happily give you my copy if at all possible.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@couly  

Don't ever get caught giving an exception to a short game that you like then. ;)

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@gamerno66666  That's the list of "popular tags." I tagged it Lesbian Myst, but no one else on Steam is creative or intelligent enough to think of the same thing apparently.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

@gamerno66666 If you go on the main page it has four: Walking SImulator, Short, Indie, Exploration.

That's actually really good description in a nutshell.

lostn
lostn

@djpetitte @lostn I didn't find anything creepy about the atmostphere, unless you find a thunderstorm and rain to be creepy. I still wouldn't call it a game. There aren't any puzzles other than finding a couple of safe combinations.

couly
couly

@snakebite6x6x6 @couly  I already played it!  otherwise why would I give my opinion?  played it, felt ripped off. She wanted her sister to find her diary, yet she hides it away and there's clues all over the house. Pathetic. 

lostn
lostn

@snakebite6x6x6 @couly It's not a minority that likes it.. it was nominated high up for awards, and won some, including IGN's Best PC game.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Gelugon_baat @ShepardCommandr  We can't do that. The dev's deserve to make money off of anyone dumb enough, including us, to buy it. I bought it for like 2 bucks expecting nothing and I received nothing, so have only myself to blame, not Valve.

gamerno66666
gamerno66666

@GSGuy321 @gamerno66666I got it from gamesradar.

Poodger
Poodger

@Gelugon_baat @gamerno66666Finally someone who gets it. The word overrated is a garbage term that only the most illogical and arrogant of people use to put down things others like. Only people who believe their opinion is better than everyone elses uses the word "overrated"

Gagomkd
Gagomkd

@lostn Holy s**t it won Best PC game???Wtf is happening with the video game industry?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Poodger @Gelugon_baat@gamerno66666It's only "natural" (another useless term) that "overrated" is an overrated term when arguing whether something is good. Imo, arguing whether something is good is irrational, since it depends on your opinions. 

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@road_rage_april  

No, you deserve kudos for catching me on not being aware of how the context of my post can be twisted.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@warriors30 

I don't want to look at review numbers if I don't have to.