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Survey Asks How Important Online And Trophies Are For Minis

Got two minutes?

If our recent minis coverage has clicked with anyone in any way it’s probably because the platform’s lack of trophies and online options (such as leaderboards) is widely seen as a serious issue, hampering – to some degree – sales.

We’ve got some ideas going forward on this, but for the meantime we’re asking our readers to contribute to this very quick survey – it’ll literally take you a minute or two.

Click here, tick a few boxes, and feel good about yourself.

The results will be published around the web, and we’ll let you know what the outcomes are once the statistics come back – obviously the more that get involved the better.

Thanks.

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28 Comments
  1. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    Done.
    Wouldn’t say it takes two minutes though, less than 30 seconds.

    Hopefully you’ll get a lot of people filling this in and then you can start to make an impact in some way.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 08:46.
  2. artojas
    Member
    Since: Jun 2012

    I’d suggest adding a question or two about playing. Trophies may or may not encourage purchase when you think of it, but playing one or another type of the game — usually does. For instance I replied, that Trophies won’t encourage me to buy more and that’s the truth. If you’d ask if Trophies would encourage me to play more, I would reply with yes, because well designed trophies indeed does miracles on re-playability and exploration of the game. The again… whenever I see a Mini i’d like to buy, I start to doubt if I’ll play it after the purchase, I never think about trophies, but only about my past experiences playing this type of games.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 08:57.
    • Alex C
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Just to confirm – these aren’t our questions, we’re just passing on the link. =)

      Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 09:02.
      • tonycawley
        Pint! Pint!
        Since: Feb 2009

        Oh, the article heavily implies it is a TSA survey!
        “We’ve got some ideas going forward on this, but for the meantime we’re asking our readers to contribute to this very quick survey”

        Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 09:07.
      • Alex C
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        It’s set up by http://indiegames.com/index.html and being (hopefully) distributed amongst as many sites as possible to get one centralised result set.

        Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 09:11.
      • ron_mcphatty
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        They seem very leading in their wording, not quite the normal TSA style, which is a good thing :)

        Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 09:14.
      • IAmJacksMedullaOblongata
        Member
        Since: Nov 2011

        The article definitely reads like this is a TSA survey.

        Who is running it?

        Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 12:47.
  3. jimmy-google
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    The paying more for bigger games with better graphics is a strange one, isn’t that just a standard PSN game?

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 09:11.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      Yeah, they are basically asking if a minis developer could get the funding, would you rather see something like velocity (for example) as a full PSN game.

      To which i of course replied yes! :)

      Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 09:49.
  4. freezebug2
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    Done!
    For me mini’s are better suited to handhelds far more than home consoles. Perfect for PSP or Vita in short bursts as most are ideal for pick up and play, I’d much rather utilise PS3 time with mainstream PS3 titles. Trophies would help mini’s sales tremendously I think, but I’d still rather play them on a handheld console trophies or not, but portable console time can be and usually is pretty limited!
    Just my 2 cents worth ;)

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 09:19.
    • cam the man
      Member
      Since: May 2009

      Same hear, I played more minis on the Vita in the short time since it’s release than I have on the PS3. Can’t remember when minis came along but it’s quite a while.
      Trophies wouldn’t make a difference for me.

      Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 12:04.
  5. Forrest_01
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    Done.

    The questions were a little weird, as they were made out as though you already buy minis (as in how many do you buy, would you buy more etc), which for someone like me just isn’t the case.

    Couldn’t give a toss about online leaderboards (usually just a way for my friends to make me feel insignificant) & definitely not DLC add ons (which would probably end up more expensive than the core game), but trophies would certainly push me into taking a look at a few titles. Only the recommended ones though, as i can imagine that they probably can be a bit ‘hit & miss’.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 09:53.
  6. parryman
    Member
    Since: Apr 2012

    id like more minis for the PSV

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 10:05.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      Don’t all minis work on the Vita then?

      Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 10:08.
      • freezebug2
        Member
        Since: Dec 2008

        Not on release, there was a list of 275 titles (PSP and mini) that were compatible with Vita, and Sony were working on making as many as possible compatible in the future.

        Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 10:29.
  7. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Finito.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 10:49.
  8. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    Questions are a little leading I think. Still completed it though.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 10:50.
  9. Klart
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    Done.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 10:55.
  10. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Done, I think the question regarding demos was most important to me, demos are the best way to get me to buy a game.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 12:01.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      See, that doesn’t work for me as the demo needs to be downloaded, requiring space on your HDD – However, if they just bothered to put a bloody video of gameplay on the store like they do with some titles, that would make a massive difference to me.

      Many a time i have gone to see what a game is like & there has been no video & nothing to promote the game other than a description. Which results in me promptly backing out.

      Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 12:48.