Quora not only gets your questions answered, but it also gets your questions answered by professionals of the industry. As a small scale developer, it is imperative for you to receive feedback on your projects. Large scale companies like Zynga, Popcap and CrowdStar have resources that a smaller development firm does not have. For example, all of the above companies have a development team…do you?
If you are a small scale firm, most likely you do not. In fact, you may even be the only one who creates, designs and tests your games. Without any type of feedback from others, your game will lack the creativity it deserves: ideas from a few brains are better than ideas from just one.
For instance, an individual had a question regarding increasing his game’s MAU. In response, the questioner received answers from multiple sources -including myself. To appropriately answer his question, I directed him to my article on Social Times, which provided him with a different outlook on increasing his MAU. Without my input and the input of others, the questioner’s game would stay stagnant, which is not what we want in the industry. We need games that are evolving with the times.
Now, I understand that Quora cannot be used fully as your development team: the professionals on Quora will not — unless they agree to it — test your games out. However, they will provide you with answers to the majority of your questions. In order to understand how to be successful, you must learn from the best in the business — that’s what Quora allows you to do. It provides you with an avenue to get some free consulting.
Just take a look at the questions under Facebook Games. I’m sure some of those questions look familiar to you. If they do not, maybe you’ll learn something from just browsing — maybe something you did not even think of.
Being creative with Quora is what will get you farther than other small scale developers in the industry. A lot of simple questions can be answered by just looking through some of the social gaming categories. However, it is important that you just don’t ask any question, but the right question.
Ask something that is something not known to small scale firms. Try to think about what the larger companies are doing, and then ask how they are doing it. If you have a theory on what’s going on in the industry, ask the question and see what type of response you’re getting. Sometimes you may think of something that may not be anything big, but other times you will hit the nail on the head. When you’re out of questions, wait until one pops up.
Finally, being a bystander is fine, but don’t be afraid to ask a question. Take a look through all of the different questions being asked on Quora. Maybe one of those questions will lead to a question of your own. Once you’ve mastered Quora, your ways of generating information are endless.
CJ Arlotta covers the world of social gaming for development firms as well as the average consumer. Currently, he is accumulating more knowledge of the international gaming market to follow and understand what global developers may need to compete with already striving markets.