How do I promote my computer game?
March 13, 2008 5:07 PM Subscribe
I'm writing a little shareware game for Mac/Win/Linux. But I have no idea how to promote it apart from putting it on Download.com and del.icio.us. How do I get people to notice it?
posted by anonymous to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Basically, I know lots about programming but nothing about marketing. So I've ended up with maybe a few hundred people actually noticing the development version I've put out and trying it out. Most of them like it a lot, but I'd really like the game to reach a larger audience.
Are there web sites that write about indie games in development? If yes, how do I get in touch with them? Do I just send them an email saying "please write something about my game"? Are there other large download portals apart from VersionTracker and Download.com I should put the game onto?
I don't want to "astroturf" the game, or just cold-post it on a zillion forums. And it's a bit to early to advertise for it - I will do that once it's done, but it still needs work.
(I made the question anonymous because I know the answer to "How do I promote my game?" is empathically NOT "spam Ask MeFi with a link to it". Hence, there is no link to the actual game. I will put it up on MeFi Projects eventually, so if you browse that you'll see it.)