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18. Re: Steam Greenlight Adding Listing Fee Sep 5, 2012, 14:28 Beamer
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Sep 5, 2012, 12:35:
Few tiny indies are going to fork out a hundred bucks just to enter a popularity lottery in hopes that maybe their game will be sold on Steam.

If you are an obscure indie author you might as well throw your hundred in the trash can for all the chance you will have.


Well, the $100 helps, though. Everyone thinks more choice is great, but when you get to a point more choice is a terrible thing. Two reasons:
1) People actually suck at making choices. There are a few very famous studies on the paradox of choice, which do things like feature two supermarket displays over 2 days. One has 3 jams on it, one has 20 jams. While the same amount of people go over to the display and try the jam, significantly more people buy from the 3 than the 20. People just make choices more readily with fewer options, after that it's rapidly diminishing and even negative returns

2) When the choice is mostly crap, everything gets buried. People get tired of looking for the needle in the haystack and stop even bothering to look. This is what cable is experiencing with its 400 channel offers - people only watch 3-8 and ignore anything else. In essence they watch less variety than when they had a more manageable number of channels


So, without that $100, the store becomes so cluttered no one bothers. With it the store is less cluttered and people are more likely to find that tiny little gem. But man, 757 games within a few days? That's more or less already way too many to search through.
 
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