Dreams has many creators, but needs more players

To dream won Games for Change’s Game of the Year 2020, and was also nominated for our own Game of the Year awards in the Best Family Game category. Despite being aware of the game, many creators feel that they are not getting enough attention for their creations. The problem, according to Kotaku, is that the game needs more people to actually play those creations.

Not just any game To dream offers tools and tutorials that allow people to create their own games, art, music videos and even memes. The result is thousands of creations published since the game was first released to early access in April 2019. With many updates since adding those features, such as PlayStation VR compatibility, the quality of some of those creations is quite high. While the game has attracted a large community of creators, it seemingly struggles to hold on to those who just want to play.

Attracting more players is something the creators try to do themselves, but the most effective solution is changes to the game itself. Most obvious is how those creations are put together for players. Aside from the homepage section that highlights developer Media Molecule’s content choices, the homepage is generally dominated by unfinished creations or lower quality content that uses recognizable characters or settings. New unique creations, in particular, suffer from a rapid decline in player engagement. At the moment, most creators try to draw attention to their creations through other means, such as social media channels.

Some of the higher quality content that has likely escaped the players’ attention is one Star Wars-inspired X-Wing level, a ‘new’ Crash Bandicoot game, billiards, home base God of war, and a fully detailed English breakfast. Those who want something a little more familiar can find remakes of it Metal Gear Solid, Ghost of Tsushima, Crash Bandicoot, Control, Fallout 4, Final Fantasy VII, The Simpsons: Hit and Run, and even the Unreal 5 Tech Demo. There are also PlayStation 1 recreations of it Cyberpunk 2077 and The Last of Us Part II. Without outside help, most of these creations would be missed, and that won’t help attract players.

[Source: Kotaku]