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    A History of Evolution (The LD Theme)

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    August 16th, 2010 5:57 pm

    Here’s something amusing. Evolution has made it to the final round in almost every Ludum Dare. And in this latest Ludum Dare, the tradition continues.

    LD18 (YES): http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ld-18-voting-round-1-of-5/
    LD17 (YES): http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ld17-theme-voting-round-5/
    LD16 (NO): http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ld16-theme-voting-round-4/
    LD15 (YES): http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ld-15-voting-round-3-of-3/
    LD14 (YES): http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ld-14-voting-round-5-of-5-final/
    LD13 (YES): http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ld13-round-4-final-round/
    LD12 (YES): http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ld12-theme-voting-round-2/
    LD11 (NO): http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ld11-theme-voting-round-4/
    LD10 (YES): http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ld10-theme-voting-round-3/

    That’s 7 of the past 9 compos.

    29 Responses to “A History of Evolution (The LD Theme)”

    1. LoneStranger says:

      Now we just need a history of Zombies….

    2. xhunterko says:

      I want that countdown on my facebook wall.
      (please?)

    3. hdon says:

      I actually started voting against evolution for this reason.

    4. hdon says:

      Actually, the voting system must be a little funny, because these numbers don’t add up:

      “Enemies as weapons” got 119 + 47 + 67 = 233

      “Evolution” got 120 + 47 + 70 = 237

    5. Jonny D says:

      Nothing like good ol’ consistency on the url naming, eh PoV? :p

    6. bluescrn says:

      And every time, I’ve been voting down Evolution…

      I’m sure there must be a few people with awesome Evolution ideas that they’ve been planning for several years now… but for the rest of us, I’m still convinced that it’s just too difficult a theme for a 48hr compo – which would cause a whole lot of people to drop out!

      • Jonny D says:

        I usually vote it up. I don’t have any idea at all what I would make, but I’m sure it would be easy to figure something out.

        • bluescrn says:

          To be fair, it’s an awesome theme compared to some of those that made the shortlist this time

          Kittens? Hitchhiking? Bondage? Relaxing? Smoking? Surgery?

          Some of those are really scraping the bottom of the theme barrel….

    7. Fiona says:

      And every time I go “Yeah come oooon Evolution!” :( It never wins.

    8. ClubEd says:

      Maybe next time we should put it up against “Creationism” and see how it fares.

    9. Cirrial says:

      I don’t understand the hate for this theme. It’s such a broad and easy to work with theme! Apart from the more obvious interpretation, there’s interpretations along the lines of improvement, advancement, changes over time, progression, and many more. Several games that exist would fit along these ideas nicely!

    10. What you guys fail to realize is…

      If it wins, we’ve lost a tradition! This is our tradition!

      And… well…

      Nah, maybe it should win. The hell with tradition!

      I guess I’m rambling now. Let’s consider the fact that it’s our tradition, though. C’mon, folks! ;)

    11. Milo says:

      I like the theme quite a lot just for making a game, but I think I’d be disappointed if it were chosen for the Ludum Dare. Much of the fun of the Ludum Dare, at least for me, is not knowing anything about your product at the start. I’ve put far too much thought into how evolution can be used in a game to truly create something spontaneously.

    12. free_napalm says:

      Why don’t you vote for Evolution? It’s a natural choice.

    13. pighead10 says:

      -1′d evolution, for tradition!

    14. Zanzlanz says:

      -1′d it without even reading this >.<

    15. DavidErosa says:

      You finally made it for LD24, evolution. Congratulations :)

    16. mohammad says:

      Evolution is the Kenny of Ludum Dare.
      What to say. :)
      “Oh my god, They Downvoted evolution!”
      “You Bastards!”

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