I made a post over at Reddit concerning distribution of software (my Ignition Impulse beta to be precise) in Archive and Installer form. Basically I had gone to game forums to ask for feedback on my game, and someone told me that he preferred archives to installers for random games off the internet. His reasons were good: ease of install, uninstall, and no adware surprises.
It also seemed to solve a portion of a problem that had perplexed me for the last few days, namely that about 25% of the people who made it to my Ignition Impulse beta forum post, which contains a direct link to my beta installer, never downloaded it!
Since then, about 18 hours ago at the time of this posting, I’ve put up three flavors of archive (rar, zip, and 7z) and taken a look at the download numbers:
57 of the exe installer (60%)
20 of the rar archive (21.1%)
10 of the 7z archive (10.5%)
8 of the zip archive (8.4%)
Note that there was some overlaps – that is, some IP addresses downloaded multiple versions of the beta. I removed those numbers from the above but have appended them at the bottom of this post. I should further note that the order of the links provided, from top to bottom, was exe, rar, zip, then 7z. That may have influenced some people – I don’t honestly know.
The other thing to mention is that I didn’t post the file sizes (which I should have – oops), so people apparently downloaded purely based on file format/install preference/blind shaky mouse hand syndrome.
Using the above numbers, only about 15.8% of people who visit my forum post end up walking away without downloading my game.
Multiple download numbers:
– Three people downloaded all four versions.
– Four people downloaded the exe and rar versions.
– One person downloaded the rar, zip, and 7z versions.
– One person downloaded the rar and 7z versions.
Including these numbers, about 13.8% of people who went to my forum post left empty handed. It’s entirely possible that at this point 13.8% of people look at my YouTube teaser, screenshots, and game description, and decide that they’re just not interested in my game at all. Bummer, but my game can’t appeal to everyone.