Recently I've noticed we've been getting a handful of people uploading their physical games to itch.io. I'm really happy to see this. The physical games section was kinda added as an afterthought though, so the filtering and classification options are very minimal. I'd like to improve that. I don't know much about the space as I do about digital games, so I'm asking for you help on how to organize things.
itch.io uses tags as its primary classification system, with some tags being part of groups that can be filtered together. The easiest way to see this would be to checkout the sidebar on our Games page, or see the Directory page. Here's things we need:
- What categories should show up on the sidebar of the physical games section: https://itch.io/physical-games? These include high lever filters and important tags
- What tags should we make available to suggest when people are creating their project pages? Many of the tags that are available in the drop-down now are digital game specific
- We have a special Genre tag that is collected separately for digital games, should this exist for physical games, and what should they be?
- What types of classifications should we have that aren't easily represented in this system? (Player count? I think we already have that for digital games so many the same thing can be used)
And lastly, please share anything else you can think of to make publishing physical games better on itch.io