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as I am approaching the end of development of my iPhone game I find it increasingly difficult to approach magazines / youtubers and bloggers interested in replying to me and featuring a preview of my indie game. The problem are:

  • the game is not finished yet and so I can only show a video
  • some of them receive over a thousand contacts per day and hence is nearly impossible for me to be noticed unless the game is released and I can send them a proper demo
  • sending a press releases without a video link is kind of bad (but I don't want to put the video on youtube yet) hence would add credibility/value if I could add a link of some external website talking about the game

However there must be websites where I can list my game and game preview as in imdb. I found http://www.indiedb.com and I am trying to build a comprehensive list before deciding where I will submit my game preview.

Could anyone please provide additional references / databases? And ideally, could people also say if the website is authoritative or not (I use the number of Facebook likes as metric, but might not be 100% exact).

PS: Mine is a iPhone game, so I would really appreciate sites listing also smartphone and/or iPhone games.

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closed as off-topic by Sean Middleditch, msell, Byte56 Jul 14 '13 at 22:17

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about generating a list (and an opinion-based one at that) rather than seeking a concrete answer. –  Sean Middleditch Jul 14 '13 at 18:22
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Ben Kuchera had a great PAX Dev 2012 talk on this topic, some notes I found on it are at sites.google.com/site/tommyhanusagames/paxdev-notes-home/… –  Sean Middleditch Jul 14 '13 at 18:25
    
@SeanMiddleditch sorry, did not realized that was not allowed. It would still be extremely useful for me to gather this list as it will allow me as indie developer to promote my game. Is there any section of this website where I could ask people to fill this list? The chat is not of much use in this case.. I find that other forums are less good because in gamedev you can upvote the questions and answers and so I could filter them on a quality base.. :) –  mm24 Jul 14 '13 at 19:56
    
Also, I believe having an authoritative list would help indie developers to protect their IP because one of the ways to protect the intellectual property of artwork and soundtrack prior publishing the game is actually to publish it on other channels. The idea is that if you have a list of 5/6 indie developers databases then a developer could publish the game entry in all of them at the same day and reduce the probability of loosing the publication date (if one of the sites goes off) –  mm24 Jul 14 '13 at 20:34
    
+ increases probability of having a judge doubting of the validity of one of the entries dates (in case of controversy). In other words, the more sites refer to "your" unpublished game the less chance you have of loosing the publication date and this protects your IP. Getting published / featured in a magazine or youtube channel is hard but getting published in those databases should be easier and having a degree of authoritativiness of the website gives an idea of how reliable the website will be (in my humble opinion an authoritative website is more likely to run for years) –  mm24 Jul 14 '13 at 20:37