On last Saturday we were lucky enough to be invited to a computer engineering school in Bordeaux named EPSI, and got a chance to make a public demonstration of “Beware Planet Earth!”. A LAN party was organized and between two games of Counter Strike, we showed one the earlier levels of Beware, in their Alpha version, to around thirty students.
This demonstration was important to us, because it was the first time we were showing our game to people other than our friends or family, and we were worried we might receive negative comments…but the demonstration actually went very smooth and some students got a chance to play the game. Their reactions were really positive and the game mechanics were reasonably well learnt and understood, in spite of many lacking sounds and visual feedbacks, and in spite of some bugs! :)
We gathered a lot of remarks and suggestions and we have already improved “Beware Planet Earth!” thanks to them! It was extremely motivating and reassuring to show the game to people who didn’t know us at all and to see that many of them liked its concept and style, especially at this critical, final crunch time in the project. Last but not least, it was a good occasion to see that Fabrice and Quittouff had got a bit rusty, StarCraft-wise! The winners of the various tournaments will get a free copy of “Beware Planet Earth!” when the game is ready!
To put it in a nutshell, it was a very good experience that helps us step back and watch the big picture again, while teaching us to be more efficient when showing the game publicly.
We’d like to thank again EPSI’s Student Union for inviting us, and we can’t wait to make another demonstration to more people soon!