Originally Posted by benjamin-benjami
so what do you say to the developers that have tried and failed, those numbers are real, so if you try something and it doesn't sell at all, you are just supposed to do it again?? i didn't post one isolated example, there is developer after developer that tried on the wii and the sales were abysmal..
That's a reasonable response, but that's not the way to succeed. You're right that if you try something and it fails, you shouldn't keep repeating the same mistake. However, there's more than one possible response to lack of success.
1. I worked hard but the people are incapable of understanding what I did and rejected it, so I don't want to try again.
2. I worked hard but the platform is inferior and degrades my work so people rejected it, so I don't want to try again.
3. I worked hard but missed the mark, and I don't want to try again.
4. I made too many assumptions and thought it would be easy, but I don't understand how to be successful with those people, and I don't want to try again.
5. I made an inferior port of a product that's been out a while and skipped a few things because I thought the Nintendo crowd would be grateful, but they stiffed me, so I don't want to try again.
6. I am okay with my current sales and distribution, and I'm not really interested in pursuing a hard-to-crack market for potential growth, so I'm not going to try again.
7. I worked hard but the people didn't get it and didn't want it; therefore, I need to understand better what they do want and will buy before I try again.
8. I worked hard but not smart, so I need to develop to the strengths of the platform if I want to create a compelling experience for the users when I try again.
9. I made an inferior port of an old game and no one was grateful, so I need to make better ports and make them sooner with a platform-specific hook when I try again.
10. I want to grow my business and have three solid revenue streams, so I need to appreciate the "culture" of each platform, learn what succeeds there, and stop living in the 20th Century when I try again.
Well, the number of responses is long, and somewhere between "I tried and failed, so I quit!" and "I'm going to keep doing the same thing over and over until I'm broke or have a hit!" is the balance point of learning and adapting in order to survive and thrive.