First let me say that my self-deprecating tendencies demand that I point out that I think my game is terrible and I can’t imagine why anyone would want to steal it anyway. But I have come up with an art style that I think is quite appealing and that I haven’t really seen in a game before. It would also be incredibly easy to imitate. So I am somewhat concerned that if I show it off as a work in progress there’s a chance someone with much more talent and motivation than me could make something similar, but much better.
Is this something I should actually be concerned about? Or on the other hand is it possible that it would be better for me to put it out there, and build up my association with it, so if someone does imitate I’ll still be identified as the originator? For example, I’m thinking of Fez, which got a lot of reputation well before its release based on its unique aesthetic and 2D/3D gimmick, and as far as I know didn’t suffer from plagiarism.
And yes, I do feel ridiculous for even daring to compare my crappy game to Fez, but hey, I’m trying to take this whole game dev nonsense seriously.
EDIT: Changed title to clarify I’m more concerned about the aesthetic/art style.