Posts Tagged ‘Kongregate’
I’ve posted a post-compo version of Hunter to Hunted on Kongregate. This article focuses on said event, making it a post-“post-compo post” post. The new version fixes the bugs you never encountered, includes online high scores that you can only watch from the sidelines while drooling (most likely out of retardation rather than admiration), and adds a help menu to wrap your pathetic minds around those colorful funny things moving on the screen. Radical changes weren’t needed because one can’t improve on perfection.
Not that you’d deserve to pick the fruits of my efforts. Not that I’d expect you to understand the revolutionary nature of the gameplay after you’ve rated my entry #461 in Fun. I’m no mathematician, but it seems to imply you implied there were 460 more fun games in LD25, and that ain’t right.
I also wrote 25 pages of witty remarks, but they’d be wasted on a bunch of illiterate rednecks, so I’ll cut this short.
Now go to hell, and take my game with you. So you can try it out.
So I just noticed this
It links to an own sub-section of LD-games on Kongregate, which is currently arranged by “highest rating”. This might explain how my play-numbers doubled in one day
It is also interesting because these rankings will most likely determine who will win the Kong-Contest. It’s a bit sad though that most of the traffic will be funneled through the top-entries.
(Note: I just wanted to share this. I present this neutrally without opinion on the validity/integrity of the “controversial” contest)
Read it here for nice formatting and style.
Let me say this at the outset: I am in favor of the Kongregate move. Now let me clarify some points:
- Kongregate is not offering monies based on how well you do in the Ludum Dare ratings. Instead, they use the popularity rating system of their own site. This means that those who do not choose to submit to Kongregate are not in any way forced to participate. If you are for whatever reason steadily opposed to the idea of being involved with Kongregate, go nuts. Block all the entries hosted there. Really show ‘em who’s boss.
- Kongregate is not paying the hosts of the competition for the opportunity to conduct this separate competition. They are choosing to spend their money in a way they feel will be beneficial, to who or for what reason is outside my knowledge and the scope of this writing. They are not “paying off” McFunkypants or Kasperzak to take the jewels of our fine competition. They are simply offering another opportunity.
- Kongregate is well within their rights to do what they are doing. They have in no way broken any law, written, assumed, or otherwise. What they do with their money and site is their business. If they want to have an incentive for great coders to host their game on Kongregate, good for them.
- This does not go against the spirit of the competition. The idea of this competition is to make games, and have fun while doing so. It is beyond me how someone could feel that money somehow removes the fun-factor. Money is used to motivate fun in *every* competitive sport! If you ask an average athlete why they play their game, they’ll tell you it’s because they love what they do. Same goes for us game developers.
- A chance to win a prize will indeed increase the popularity of the competition, but not necessarily the quality or focus of the games. Fun games get played. Crappy games get tossed. If your game is a fantastic one (and web-based), it will probably win both competitions. If it sucks, you’re not going to do well in either.
- This is great for publicity of the competition. Duh.
- This provides another way for coders to gauge the quality of their game. More feedback in the form of their rating and comments system is just another way to improve our processes.
- Making money for an indie dev is a good thing. Some people take issue with involving money in the competition. WHY?! If a person who is new to the competition x-posts to Kong, and realizes they can make money off of their talents, the industry and their lives are bettered. Of course, this creates more competition, so there will obviously be resistance to this idea.
So why are we fighting this? Why not embrace the next stage of this wonderful competition? Lets all accept that this is happening, and figure out how to best utilize it for our industry, and the fun it involves.
I just finished porting My Ludum Dare #35 (Originality) entry, Eternal Life, to Flash and yesterday I uploaded it to Kongregate…where it already has 329 plays!
What would happen if we could really live forever? Take a look at the answer with Death as your tour guide in this game made for Ludum Dare #35 (Originality) in 48 hours and converted to Flash as an exercise in learning the language.
Play it here!
Thanks to ThirdEyeWild for helping me with the Flash version!
Okay, even if October had some more days, the ski camp wouldn’t be opened on the 34th of October, as a little polish takes way too much time ! But it was really fun and the game is already enjoyed by all the beta testers we got, so we released it online and will continue ! For the next Ludum Dare, or any project if you want too, I made a count down window that you can display right within Unity (of course, that assumes you use Unity). Between wolves and timer, the post continues here after… (more…)
…almost nothing. I will be using FlashPunk for my game (yes, I decided to start a new one), and will try to get the $1 via Kongregate ads.
As for the game itself, I have a few pieces of an idea, and that’s it. I’ll post more when I’ve done more.
The idea is to progress these games polish them and improve them over time.
So don’t just leave your LD game on the shelf go back to it improve it, enhance it and get it out there where people can see, play and enjoy it!