I agree that pointing out another bundle site is perfectly fine, but posting a link/mention to another bundle for EVERY GAME in the bundle is spammy.
Out of curiosity, has this even happened?
DON'T post links or mention that you vote no because it's available at whatever site in the game suggestions thread
I respect your stance on this, because that's not a ridiculous request, but consider a few things. If a game is currently available in another bundle, and IGS is considering having a sale on it, it's a completely valid reason AGAINST everyone here wanting it for sale here. If you don't allow people to say "x game is available at x site right now" on a suggestion thread, it should at least be allowed to say "this game is/already has been bundled" as a point against it being offered here. Let me elaborate on this.
Put simply, your prices are higher than most other bundlers. No, $1 isn't going to break the bank, but we're in a VERY competitively priced indie game environment right now. It's far less appealing to grab a game here when you can 5 games on HIB (almost all with Steam keys) for $1, or 10 games (both Steam and Desura) on Indie Gala for $2 (through a group buy). There's a reason (no offense, because IGS is still fairly new) that not a great deal of sales happen on this site. 1. The price isn't extremely competitive, as indie games constantly go for under a dollar per game in other bundles, and 2. IGS frequently offers games that have been available elsewhere for cheaper.
I'm a PC gamer with a lot of games. My steam account is nearing 600 games, my Desura account probably has over 100, and my DRM-free collection would take ages to number. How do I have so many games? It's not because I have a lot of money, it's because I find the best deal. If you, IGS, aren't offering a great deal, I'm not going to buy it. Granted I've bought games from you on numerous occasions, but the point is that the problem here isn't people pointing out that games you're considering offering, the point is that you're considering offering/are offering games that are already available/have been available previously for cheaper!
IGS is simply being eclipsed by the bigger indie sellers. I'm not saying this to be rude, but I'm a gamer who follows all of the bundle sites. It's not hard to see this. Every time an IGS deal pops up lately, I get excited, then click to look and am disappointed when I find a game that's already been in a bundle (meaning I probably already have it) or a game that just isn't all that appealing. Your selection is uninspiring, and sadly even when you have offered games that haven't been bundled yet, I pass on them, wait a month, and then pick up that same game for cheaper in another indie bundle. In my opinion, for this site, these are the wrong games to offer. I'll elaborate on the games I think you should offer at the end of this post.
Not to say there's anything wrong with the games you put up, the problem lies in the games you put up (repeated games) + the price of the games (higher than elsewhere). Not all your deals are bad, of course. Hell, the current one, Scoregasm, is a solid deal since the only bundle it was
in happened years ago (in point #1 below, you'll see me say that games like Scoregasm are perfect games for you to offer). However, when you put up a game that was just available elsewhere (or is CURRENTLY available elsewhere) for a price higher than it was/is available elsewhere, you're not hitting the market right. I've seen this happen quite a few times here, and you've usually only made 500-1000 sales in these cases.
Sorry for rambling, this IS going somewhere! So where do you guys need to go? What do you need to do to avoid these problems? Two things (or maybe two and half things). 1.
Offer games that were previously bundled... a LONG time ago (1+ year/s), and have only been bundled once or twice. These are games that many people missed, and are harder to come by nowadays. This is especially true of games that were in Indie Royales, because Indie Royales are fairly expensive bundles. I'd go as far as saying that bundling recently/currently bundled Indie Royale games is a very good move for you guys. Indie Royale bundles generally sell for $4-6 for 4-6 games, so selling a game out of one of these bundles "a la cart" is something that's going to appeal to a lot of people, including me.2.
Offer niche titles that haven't popped up in other bundles and likely won't. Groupees is an excellent example of this. Bundles like their current "Build a Doujin Bundle" offer games that you never see elsewhere for 75 cents a piece (and cheaper if you buy more at once). If IGS sold similar niche titles for $1, that would be much more appealing than what you're (usually) currently doing. Further on this, pursue "special editions" of games that were previously bundled before. A prime example of this would be Cafe 0. The game is currently available in the Groupees bundle, but the version they are selling is the cheaper, non deluxe version, with no voiceovers. If you look on the Desura page
, you can see the deluxe version with voiceovers. Getting that up on IGS would technically be a repeat, but it would be a repeat worth buying. I think IGS can afford slightly higher quality games because you're selling a single game for a slightly higher price than other indie bundlers. Not to say you only have to offer Japanese indies, of course, but visual novel (VN) games are another great pool of games for you to look into offering.
I droned on for awhile there, and I'm sorry if some things I said were harsh, but I only say all this because I do like IGS, I've bought from you a number of times in the past, and I want to see the site succeed. I want the site to get better, too, and offer more appealing games. I hope you can take my input and find it useful.