Y'all probably don't know this, but I get about six thousand requests every day from indie developers who want to post about their games. Obviously we don't generally allow people to pimp out their products, but denying everyone means that we could be stiffing some great games out of badly needed publicity, and stiffing forumers out of finding some gems that they might love. It's not like the latest triple A game isn't going to get a thread made for it after all, but some tiny budget indie game is probably shit out of luck.
One of the solutions we're throwing around is a dedicated forum for people to post about their games. Some of the rules would be
1. Small indie studios only
2. The game must be either finished or at a playable beta stage. No kickstarters, as always.
3. All developers have to ask permission first
. One of the things I'm thinking is that devs apply to me, then I make the thread for them as the only person with thread creation rights in that forum. Anyone who posts first and asks later gets all mention of their game banned from the forum, even by fans.
4. All games must either be free to play or have a demo available.
5. Failing that, all devs have to have a certain amount (let's say 10 for now) of free codes to give away exclusive to our forumers.
What do you think? Would you post in it? Would you care about it? Is it a terrible, despicable thing that you would hate?