The Infamous Noob

April 20, 2009

Quality vs. Quantity

Filed under: Design, Games, Real Life — infamousnoob @ 12:08 pm

This is the age-old question. When you’re marketing a product, do you make it really, really, REALLY good, or just make it good enough that you can appease the masses?

I’ve had an idea brewing in the back of my head for a while about a nebulous game-like thing that I’d like to create. But some big questions that I hav about it are whether I want to appeal to the general public, or if I want to make a specific “niche” game that will only appeal to a relatively few gamers, but have a higher quality in some aspect. Now, I’m not saying that I’m a wonderful game-designer and that I can produce results for either one of these scenarios. But I think that it’s an important question to consider.

From what I’ve seen in the world around me, it’s ALWAYS more profitable to make a lower-quality product. Microsoft is almost the embodiment of this principle. Mac OS is better, but more expensive hardware. The Xbox is hardly more than a Windows machine masquarading with controllers, but it has more market share that either the Wii or PS3 (sadly).

People say that they want things of high quality, but I think that when the dust settles, they really just want -things-. Quality is very nice and will win out over a very long period of time (sometimes a generation or more), but for any product/business that wants to turn a profit soon, just putting a product out there (and having a lot of units available) is the sure-fire way to start the cash flowing.


1 Comment »

  1. Another thing to consider when producing a product is that producing a high quality product will probably be more enjoyable than producing a low quality one. If you’re only doing something for the chance at easy money low quality is probably ok, but if you want to continue production you should probably opt for a higher quality.

    Comment by Alan — May 17, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

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