NEWS: GDC 12: Marcin Iwiński’s talk now available for download
08.03.2012 @ 19:14 #1
Of course these are just slides without any additional commentary, however GDC participants will be able to download the full video from GDC Vault at later time. Interested in increasing your game’s odds of success in the market? This document is for you!
08.03.2012 @ 19:34 #2
But yeah, I read it and it's quite an interesting insight. I also feel it kinda brings CDPR even closer to gamers, letting us know some of the "kitchen secrets"...I don't know, it feels honest.
Also, those spreadsheets are cool
08.03.2012 @ 20:05 #5
A lot of it is restating things that in hindsight should be obvious. But with businessmen, you can never restate the obvious too many times, and even then some of them will miss the point when it comes time to execute those lessons.
Knowing your market is the first key. Many well-meaning critics of the Witcher games miss the importance of that. You will not be everything to everybody. But you can be the Best Thing to Some People, and doing that well and consistently is a very good living.
"When the man dances... the piper pays him!"*
* "Rock Island" (Meredith Willson, The Music Man)
All desire to shirk,
Shall during off hours exhibit his powers
To Madame Tussaud's wax-work.
[G&S, "A more humane Mikado"]
08.03.2012 @ 20:45 #6
But... if you, after all your experience with the original Witcher and these forums, still think that your market is exclusively, or even mainly, male, I feel almost offended and find myself thinking we should maybe withdraw our girly purses the next time around...
08.03.2012 @ 21:01 #8
But jokes aside, it was an interesting read. I wish some other devs out there had an attitude like this towards game development, customer support and the industry in general.
Kudos CDPR. Continue like this and I'll keep supporting you. Just like in the past.
08.03.2012 @ 21:52 #10
The closer the release, I'm more and more tempted to buy a second copy, on Xbox this time.
So I can play Iorveth & Roche's path simultainously
08.03.2012 @ 23:48 #11
MALE?! ALL your players are male? I don't think so!
Petra Silie has been a moderator here for more than four years, has translated numerous witcher-related things into German, and has generally been a huge booster of all things witcher, and she's a woman.
Hexenmeister Raven took third place in your Djinni contest by making a new adventure that fans are still enjoying today, and she's a woman.
Game Widow has been working on your wiki DAILY for years and years, and she's a woman.
Secondchildren is a moderator, started a Witcher-themed Deviant Art group, and translated the wiki into Italian, and she's a woman.
Dona's gathering of fan-made artworks from all over was recently mentioned by the president of CDPR, himself, and she's a woman.
Darksavior has written reams of witcher-themed fan fiction, and she's a woman.
Arkray made the adventure "Poet's Pride," and she's a woman.
Delightful McCoy made a popular mod for TW2 that gives Geralt his white hair back, and she's a woman.
Dragonbird has made several popular mods for TW2, and she's a woman.
Cassandra is translating Sapkowski's books into Greek, and she's a woman.
I've made three adventures, fixed several bugs in TW1, helped stuck players for years, and made a bunch of little mods, and I'm a woman.
The Witcher world would be a hell of a lot poorer without its female fans. Don't sell us short.
Hrmph. Reconsidering that automatic pre-order of TW3, here.
09.03.2012 @ 00:17 #13
09.03.2012 @ 00:18 #14
I noticed that too and couldn't help but feel a bit offended. Time to finish my article about TW and women :|
Because it was marketed to men and females are still shy about getting involved in the gaming community because of the treatment they receive (not in this particular community, but globally). And they won't start buying these games if they keep alienating them. A vicious circle, that one!
(LOL at this being posted on International Women's Day...)
09.03.2012 @ 00:26 #15
No, it's NOT a reality. They say that the people who buy their games are male, period, end of story. They don't say that 60% of them are male or 70% of them are male or whatever the actual percentage is.
"Everybody knows" that gamers are young men, even though the most recent data we have available says that the average gamer is 37 and that 42% of gamers are female.
Don't want to sell to that 42%? Keep pretending that they don't exist, and they'll buy somebody else's games.
09.03.2012 @ 00:31 #16
D o n a said:
I propose to send to Iwinki a giant poster (via email) of TW all signed by the female-Witcher community, Intern and Polish, in pink ink.
09.03.2012 @ 00:34 #17
- male badass protagonist.
- lotsa sex with pretty ladies, some of them whores.
- set in the 1200's when women were met with suspicion not respect. I know it's fiction, but the influence of historical reality weighs heavily on the flavor of this game.
* All this said, I respect the women on this site, and of course the people Cory listed. My experience in both Witcher games would have been lacking without their contributions.
09.03.2012 @ 00:37 #18
09.03.2012 @ 00:41 #19
- women love male protagonists, in case you haven't noticed
- oh my, are we back in middle ages where sex is purely for man's pleasure? right, women absolutely hate sex. I am so sorry I forgot this invaluable information :[
- FICTIONAL 1200s. TW games are full of anachronisms. a woman like Saskia couldn't be a leader that easily in realistic 1200s, but it happened in the game.
It is ALL about society, culture and the standards. Men don't buy lipsticks because they aren't marketed to them, but they probably would if there was no social shaming involved. If they were told they are beautiful rocking that new Viva La Glam by Lady Gaga or wearing the new shiny eyeliner~
There's a huge movement of women fighting for equality in gaming circles going on right now, our dear CDPR folks may as well ride the wave. They don't need to change the game to appeal to women - quite the contrary, take us seriously for once and you'll get customers for life.
09.03.2012 @ 00:54 #20