Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Family Edition
[GA]NuclearShadow Mar 15 @ 7:42am
I have nothing against non-gaming software on Steam but...
I do have to wonder if any target audience even exists on Steam for this piece of software. Being tied down to a Steam account in this case makes this product even less attractive to buy. It's not like a Teacher is going to buy this software several times across several accounts. Nor would it make sense for a family like the "family edition" it claims to be for the same reason. Sure there is the family sharing on Steam now but that system denies the use of a entire library of games of one account if another user is using it.

Meaning if I bought this software for my kids and was foolish enough to put it on my account I would be shooting myself in the foot. Or needlessly punishing one of my children by sticking it on theirs when their sibling wishes to use this program. If anyone wants to buy this they would benefit more by not purchasing it on Steam and having to deal with the DRM by getting it elsewhere.
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Hunter Mar 15 @ 8:13am 
iirc there wasa pseudo-meme/joke style "Let's Play" video of this none too long ago by a relatively famous Lets Play-er.

I would wager that is the only reason it got on.
raixel Mar 15 @ 12:18pm 
I was wondering about the target audience too. I came to the forums to see what kind of commentary appeared, like people going "Cool, now I can geyt this to teach my kid to type" or whatever.

And judging from the feedback, there is one person who says he might buy this for his wife, the rest are postin' for the lulz. I'm not sure how much people buy any of the software, perhaps besides the music making and game dev'ing tools.
Fire Walk With Me Mar 15 @ 1:04pm 
The benefit is the game is naturally promoted through Steam. The benefit largely lies with the developer not the end user.
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ImALittleBear Mar 15 @ 10:19pm 
This is a rather new approach for Encore Software in order to expand it's availability to alternative audiences , or alternative platforms. Mavis Beacon is a well selling piece of typing tutoring software in the USA.
raixel Mar 15 @ 10:38pm 
Originally posted by ImALittleBear:
This is a rather new approach for Encore Software in order to expand it's availability to alternative audiences , or alternative platforms. Mavis Beacon is a well selling piece of typing tutoring software in the USA.


The thing is, Steam is 99% a *gaming* distribution and DRM service. Programs like the typing tutorseem to be purchased by a) computer newbies - who most likely wouldn't be gaming, especially not to the level of the average Steam denizen. They seem to prefer phone apps and facebook style "games" like that farm one. Or Nintendo consoles, for the ones that actually are starting to learn about games or b) schools and colleges for their keyboarding classes. Neither of which seem to be conductive to selling well here.

Just wondering why Steam would be a good platform for a typing tutor, especially when theres so many free ones out there. If you know enough about computers to set up a steam account, you probably know enough to type decently, if not "correctly".

IMHO, it seems the quality of offerings on Steam has severely declined in the past year. I used to spend hundreds of dollars here a month. Now, I maybe spend 50. And its not for lack of wanting to blow my "entertainment budget" on video games either. Gaming is my main hobby, I just cant find enough quality games on here to warrant the cash.
kiwimango Mar 15 @ 11:37pm 
Steam is quickly filling up with Early Access paid alphas, software like this and ComiPo, and crap that should have never been Greenlighted.

Good joke, pewdiepie. Very funny.
ImALittleBear Apr 20 @ 9:16pm 
Revisting this topic - I've been doing some research and Broderbund / Encore does have special deals where schools and purchase network editions for their students to use on a large number of computers. Being that there is a CD Key activation that's automatic in the process - You will never see this key - but you will also know if you installed this program too many times and the activation mechanism denies you the right to register the software beyond it's intended amount of computers it's allowed to be on.
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