This will rub some people the wrong way, but sorry, I have to let it out.
I’ve been rating some entries and I’m very disappointed of probably most of them. I understand the time limit won’t allow for masterpieces, and I’m not expecting any, but come on, I mean, there should be some sort of standard.
Unfinished games and half-assed attempts, I mean, why submit those? People even cynically admitting they didn’t even try hard enough to make it better, that they gave up midways, but what the heck! They submitted it anyways!
The problem with those is that they distract from the good games from people who busted their asses off to make something decent, but now many won’t see them because they will be burnt off after checking out hundreds of unfinished entries of people who didn’t put their hearts into it.
I know this is open to novice developers and Notches alike, and I think it’s great that you have the balls to release something crappy, because sometimes people who never finish anything is because they are scared to realize they aren’t that good. But, hey, at least have a standard for yourself. If it isn’t even playable, why bother? Learn the lesson and join the next competition. You are on the right path, but it takes time to get there, keep it up, soldier.
I’ll probably rate selectively from now on, because, honestly, I can’t rate all 599 games, I’ll be lucky if I can rate half of that, but I won’t waste my time on people who didn’t finish and half-assed it but still submitted it just to have a shot in the dark.
Decency, people!! Don’t take this rant the wrong way, I’m trying to encourage some quality. We don’t expect master pieces, but we expect something finished and hopefully enjoyable. Thanks for reading. :3