I am wondering what people's thoughts are on BYOND games and money.
On the one hand, I like the idea of programming with no expectation of reward except for the joy of it. On the other hand, it is reasonable to ask for monetary compensation for a project that requires a significant amount of effort.
So, is it best to ...
A) Forget about money entirely?
B) Solicit donations but have them be entirely voluntary?
C) Make the game fully playable for free, but have some bonus content for paid players?
D) Have a free demo and require payment to complete the game?
Obviously, it will depend on the nature of the project. It would be ridiculous to ask someone to pay for a Tetris clone that I threw together in an hour, but at the very least I would ask for donations to compensate for developing a Final Fantasy scale game.
Think about what seems reasonable and proper from the perspective of a developer as well as a gamer. As a gamer, I am happy to support good indie projects, but I've seen plenty of rip-offs as well. The one thing I expect as a gamer is to know upfront what the developer's expectations are and what I will get for my payment.