so overtime i've had to try and explain to game communities why devs cannot "just" implement things, or why something takes months and not a week.
here is my non-exhaustive list:
- making sure it works on all devices
- ^ mobile devices in particular are a nightmare with all their different versions, updates, and operating systems
- if being ported to different devices, needing to rework the art/UX
- legal blockers (contract revisions, approvals, etc.)
- abiding by appropriate media and platform policies
- potentially breaking servers for millions of people
- making sure it's actually fun
- if doing stuff with external partners, fitting their timelines, events, specific requirements or additions to your game
OK quick tips for press/influencers on reaching out for keys when a game is days away from launch.
I already have little patience to deal with vague inquiries, and when we're nearing game launch?? hooOOoo boy
1) My inbox is a wreck.
Games generally get the most hype and requests the closer to launch. Every single day I'm getting at least 10 emails for keys (depends hype of the game.)
I have NO time, so I need you to help me make it as easy as possible to justify giving you a key.
2) Tips on ur outreach email:
- A way to verify your email
- Sentence about relevancy/why this game is interesting to ur audience/how does this benefit me if I give you a free game?
- STATS. Page views! Concurrent viewers! Community size! Etc!
So one of the things I think deserves attention is the charisma a community dev needs to do their job!!
Charisma is based on 4 main things:
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All charisma is required, but one of the strengths of a community dev is knowing which to use depending on the situation!
And everyone is stronger/weaker in the different types of charisma, of course.
🏋️♀️ Authority (confidence, power)
You already know we deal with the angry gamers/trolls. We need to appear confident in stressful situaitons to not only get rid of the riff raff, but ensure no one panics/is uncomfortable or feels like it'll happen again.
The longer you wait, the longer the situation becomes detached from them and they forget exactly what they did, how they felt, and feel blindsided when it's brought up weeks after.
(Make sure you're mentally calm though.)
Bring it up privately.
GENERALLY (again, situations vary), you shouldn't call them out publicly. When ppl are called out, a normal gut reaction is to get defensive and it only increases when they're around ppl they like/respect. This gets in the way of reflection and change.