[kwlug-disc] Choose your price for five Linux indie games

Insurance Squared Inc. gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Tue May 11 16:30:51 EDT 2010

As someone who's actively interested in online marketing, the model - 
and success - of what they're doing is very interesting.  This is viral 
marketing at it's best.

My initial take on this is that much of their success has been through 
targetting linux and tech type folks.  In fact, I'd suggest that what 
they've done here is very similiar to what happened with Google.  All 
the techs emailed everyone about the new search engine.  Now the techs 
spread the word about these games.  And look what happened.  I bought as 
the result of a post on a linux forum and also posted in the software 
section of a technical forum where others bought.  Very grassroots stuff.

I just have to figure out a way to get the linux community to move on my 
business model :).  Then I'll be rich I tell ya!

On 11/05/10 04:16 PM, Insurance Squared Inc. wrote:
> Unbelievable.  The game is getting pirated anyway:
> http://consumerist.com/2010/05/awesome-game-offer-removes-all-incentives-for-piracy-gets-pirated-anyway.html 
> On 11/05/10 03:18 PM, Chris Irwin wrote:
>> On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 14:22, Chris Irwin<chris at chrisirwin.ca>  wrote:
>>> On Tue, May 4, 2010 at 14:22, Darcy Casselman<dscassel at gmail.com>  
>>> wrote:
>>>> No, it's not free software, but it is kind of awesome.
>>> They announced that if they reach one million dollars, they will
>>> release the source for Gish, Lugaru, and Penumbra Overture. I'm not
>>> sure what license specifically, or if that also covers artwork and
>>> resources, but it is definately interesting.
>>> I threw in $25 and grabbed the Linux builds. They are currently at
>>> $976,723, with about 1.5 hours left. Looks like they might make it.
>> The're currently at $1 003 575. I'm interested to see how the source
>> release is handled.

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