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a couple of general questions

10-21-2008, 07:02 PM
#1
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 25
a couple of general questions

1)Whats the best program recommended for making games?
2) If i create a game and put it in the appstore for a set price do I actually get the cash or apple does?

note: i have a written down project and ready to complete a game far better than reign of swords... i just need these 2 questions answered b4 i proceed.
10-21-2008, 07:08 PM
#2
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 174
You choose the price. Not sure on #1

10-21-2008, 07:13 PM
#3
Answer

1: You can only make iPod Touch and iPhone games with Apple's SDK. Downloading the SDK is free. Putting stuff on the App Store requires you to be in the developers program, which costs a one-time fee of $100.

2: You choose price. Apple gets 30% of profit. App Store is the only place to sell games and apps.

Last edited by Rockey04; 10-21-2008 at 07:17 PM.
10-21-2008, 07:14 PM
#4
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Williamstown, NJ
Posts: 67
You set the price and get 70% Use the iPhone SDK. Its on apples website.

Top Secret Eyes Only
10-21-2008, 07:20 PM
#5
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 25
thanks for all the responses... $100 fee is gay... just wondering how many ppl are subscribed to that and why even bother subscribing when u can use your freind or another companies one... any suggestions there?

Last edited by junkster08; 10-22-2008 at 06:13 AM.
10-21-2008, 08:40 PM
#6
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 294
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Originally Posted by junkster08 View Post
thanks for all the responses... $100 fee is gay...
It's actually $99, and no it's not gay. You have access to millions of potential buyers. That's a godsend for indie devs without the distribution power of a huge publisher like EA.

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Originally Posted by junkster08 View Post
just wondering how many ppl are subscribed to that and why even bother subscribing when u can use your freind or another companies one... any suggestions there?
Why bother? Are you stupid? $99 is nothing, that is if you have a job. If you go to another company they will have a cut on your revenues. If you go to your friend, it goes straight to his bank account. All the info is on Apple's site, go read it before you draw you "insightful" conclusions.

Just make sure your shit is better than Reign of Swords, you already dug a hole and you don't even have an alpha build. Big mistake rookie.

Last edited by dudehuge; 10-21-2008 at 08:50 PM.
10-21-2008, 09:36 PM
#7
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Boston
Posts: 1,268
first, $99 is nothing, compared to the thousands you have to pay to be able to program on other platforms

two, i dont know how well you are with objective-C and touch cocoa, but that is what the iphone programming is...

also the SDK is free, but it will only work on a mac OSX system..so if you have a pc, forget about it or buy a mac mini..but that will cost you at least another $800 right off the bat

then, from my experience, it took me over 200 hour, about two months to learn how to program on the device where i can actually write a real application

a game like reign of swords was probably done by a team

and not to upset you or anything, but although you have an idea
the reality is there are more ideas than programmers and for all the programmers, they have plenty of ideas, and not enough time to program them all

i wish the best to you
but from my experience over the last two months
it is not easy
i would recommend that you have some programming experience, are good with logic and have a lot of time to devote to this
then when you are all ready, have your app programmed, there is a 52 page process of having your app digitially signed and packaged for distribution, and you have a bunch of contracts to sign and...just good fun

then...any money that you make, considering you probably haven't established a company structure like an LLC to reduce your liability...you will have to pay taxes on as a sole prop. or partnership.....then their are local, state, and federal taxes

a lot of things to consider
10-21-2008, 10:09 PM
#8
Junkster08,

Listen to mek. He/she knows what they're talking about. And yes, $99 is nothing. Most games in the Top 100 games list make at least that much every day, even after Apple's cut. The majority of them make much much more than $99 a day.
10-21-2008, 10:23 PM
#9
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Originally Posted by junkster08 View Post
my game should be out by early December barring setbacks
If you mean early December 2011, then I'd say that's about right. I'm not being sarcastic, just realistic. Considering that it's obvious you have zero experience in this area, it will take you a long time before you can even think about making a game better than Reign of Swords, much less actually do it. I don't expect you to listen to me, but if you do continue on this road, you'll find out for yourself. Just giving you a head's up.

--Eric
10-21-2008, 10:51 PM
#10
Joined: Sep 2008
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Originally Posted by Little White Bear Studios View Post
Junkster08,

Listen to mek. He/she knows what they're talking about. And yes, $99 is nothing. Most games in the Top 100 games list make at least that much every day, even after Apple's cut. The majority of them make much much more than $99 a day.
MEK! I never knew you were a He/She, cheeky bastard! JK little bear.

Yeah mek knows his stuff.