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    Ludum Dare 24

    August 24th-27th 2012 :: Theme: Evolution

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    The Debate - KevinWorkman - Jam Entry

    It's pong between Darwin and Jesus. The winner finally decides the debate between science and religion.

    I only had 4 hours to start and finish my game, so I stuck with something super simple. Hopefully it still says a little something about the conversation to whoever plays it.

    So sit back, read some interesting quotes from each side, and reflect on the ridiculousness of it all.

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    Ratings

    Coolness52%
    #20Humor(Jam)3.59
    #75Theme(Jam)3.15
    #172Mood(Jam)2.48
    #194Fun(Jam)2.50
    #206Innovation(Jam)2.31
    #218Overall(Jam)2.58
    #273Graphics(Jam)1.36

    Comments

    Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:00am

    Had a Laugh!
    My favorite quote was "Roar"

    KevinWorkman says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:43am

    Haha thanks! That's what you get for asking people for their favorite quotes on science and religion.

    djtjj says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:12pm

    I like how reading the quotes raises the difficulty level (less concentration on the ball).

    Puzzlem00n says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 1:49am

    Interesting. This does, after all, show us something: This debate will go on forever, back and forth monotonously. Like pong. Good job, despite it not having much work in it.

    tastive says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 2:24am

    Just like the real debates. Eventually, the less dexterous player flubs it and loses. :P

    Andrew says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:14am

    This is... why didn't I think of it first? Cool concept though one does not necessarily disproves the other. Except in the US.

    RawBits says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:18am

    "Roar" - Any dinosaur XD

    This is a very good idea for a 4 hour entry. Science and religion ping-ponging with quotes. I like it. What is surprising is that you implemented momentum for the paddles. It's nicely implemented but it just make me loose every single time. There should be an option to select sides!

    Btw, the description on your site says 'A' and 'S' not 'A' and 'X'.

    iandioch says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:14pm

    Great for 4 hours' work! And I did like the idea of Evolutionism and Creationism fighting it out in a PONG game. Although, I did notice the lack of functionality to play from the side of Creationism...
    And that AI is really hard D:

    zakchaos says ...
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 5:41am

    Fun little game, really cool little twist on a classic. the quote selection was really good too.

    marudziik says ...
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 12:55pm

    Very good concept and for 4 hours, it's pretty playable. Now I think that every argument can be solved using pong! :D

    vilya says ...
    Sep 4, 2012 @ 12:48am

    Liked the quotes, but I kept missing the ball because I was reading them. The inertial control was a bit difficult too - for Pong you really want to be able to change direction quickly. Great work for only 4 hours though & a clever way to interpret the theme.

    goffmog says ...
    Sep 9, 2012 @ 5:37pm

    Lol, good stuff :) As one of those people who doesn't see how you must exclusively have either God, or evolution, this appeals to me on many levels :)

    Spotline says ...
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 1:44am

    Haha made me laugh

    lurkingshadow says ...
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 7:56am

    haha awesome little wast of time thanks :D

    pjchardt says ...
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 4:31am

    Wonderful idea. Controls really bothered me, but this game has an amazing numbers of level it works on.

    Gabriel says ...
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 9:41pm

    Haha, loved the concept! Had some laughs as well! Even the Pong mechanics got a nice twist with the acceleration thing, which makes it more interesting and difficult.

    On non-game-design-matters, I don't think Campbell's quotes really belong to the religions' side, since his ultimate meaning is that 'god' or 'spiritual' are just ways to understand what is beyond rational understanding, but if these things really exist or not are a matter or personal faith. I think he should be in the middle. And I'd love to hug him. hahaha
    Oh, and the dinossaur's quote is AWESOME, really got me laughing here!

    But here's the greatest thing: most people make excuses to not participate in Ludum Dare. You actually dedicated the 4 hours you could in the jam time and did *something*. That's the right attitude man, you have my respect! ;)

    Zelen3d says ...
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 12:49am

    I liked how the quotes disconcentrate you. You should add MOAR quotes. MOAR. more. so they don't repeat themselves.

    Just like in any real debate, having an argument at the precise moment and saying it with conviction works, even if the argument doesn't make sense.

    jfroco says ...
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 2:37pm

    Nice idea, I liked that reading arguments distracted you from the ball!!!

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