Posts Tagged ‘voting’
I’ve noticed that the major part of the rates for my game were done in first two days and then declined drastically. I only rated about 10 games in the first two days and got 50 rates back, but during the next week I rated more than 100 games and barely got 10 rates back. I suppose the situation for other games is the same – people rated some games from the beginning of the voting list and stopped after a day or two. That’s why I’m writing this post – to give you a reason to continue.
I didn’t stop rating games because I think it’s very useful for me, even if people don’t rate my game back. Here’s why:
I’m the game developer, but I don’t play games much by myself. I played lots of games before, but now I spend most of my spare time coding games, supporting players in my existing games, meeting with other developers offline, and spending some time with my family. So I actually play games for about an hour or two a month. That’s definitely not enough, but I’m not ready to commit my time to playing some large game while some decent small ones are hard to find.
And now I have hundreds of games made for Ludum Dare. They’re all pretty short, easy to start with, and easy to get new gameplay experience – because most of the developers tried to make them easy to understand in less than 30 seconds. So instead of playing just one game for an hour or two I play 5-10 different games per hour. I wouldn’t find such variety of game at any game portal, let alone Steam and other distribution platforms.
All Ludum Dare game are built around the same theme, so every developer tried to either make something completely new or implement some obvious idea in the unusual way. Yes, some games are very similar (I played at least 10 games about disarming bombs), but the implementation is always different. When you see some patter you start to focus on minor details, some cool features, sounds, or visual effects. All these little things bring you lots of new ideas for your own games.
After playing games like Spacecrap I think that the pixel-perfect art is not necessary to make the game feel real. Aereo made me think about drawing all my sketch art on paper first and use the scanned version in the game (instead of triangles and simple shapes drawn in Photoshop). The 10-second Murder made me think that adding some story with backstreet intrigues instead of fancy animations may make some of my games way better. And the Duellists gave me some absolutely new and amazing ideas about the asynchronous PVP fighting for our Facebook game.
I usually try to check profiles of the people who made the game I like. Some of them have Twitter accounts, some don’t, but I try to find them using google or other sources. Being in touch with people who produce some good stuff is priceless – you can get tons of ideas from what they do. Most of the people who do something interesting are usually open for conversation, they follow you back, give you feedback when you ask, and actually try to help you to succeed with your games.
The community is one of the most important things for game developer. You won’t ever be in the trend if you don’t talk to people. That’s why I consider Ludum Dare a great opportunity to meet active people, check what kind of games they do in their spare time, and how they do it.
Let’s rate some games!
If you didn’t rate any new games in last few days – don’t waste your time! You have only 12 days left. It may seem a reasonable wide time frame, but the amount of games you can rate is huge – 2213 games! If you don’t like the games appearing at the first page of voting – you can always use search to find some games.
P.S. Don’t forget to check my own game – it’s HTML5 so you can try it in your browser, no installation required.
Looks like I showed up late to the party, again, but I got some voting in before the final round at least — also, the link on the main page makes it look like Round 4 is up and ready, but when I got to it, it just says “you must be logged in to vote”. Maybe it’s just not ready yet? Seems weird that both would be available at the same time.
Anyway, here’s how I voted:
I took the results of the four preliminary rounds of voting and graphed them to see how popular certain themes are compared to the others. I ranked them by the sum of the pluses and minuses. The top twelve are in the Final Round.
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Looks like there are three themes that are obvious favorites over the others–End of the World, Construction and You are The Villain–with between 800 and 1000 plus votes (green) and around 500 minus votes (red). For the most part, pluses and minuses for themes stay between 500 and 800 of either kind of vote. The neutral votes (yellow) stay fairly flat, but you can see what appears to be climb on the left side of the neutral votes before it starts it’s up-and-down. I believe what sets those three highest themes apart from the others is that they managed to get more people than average to select plus instead of neutral, as well as have less people vote negative. In other words, they’re more polarizing. P.S. I don’t know what I’m talking about, look at the pretty colors.
My official prediction is that the top vote getter End of the World is going to be the final round winner. The timeliness is perfect and probably what drove it’s numbers in the first round. We won’t get this chance again, whether the Mayans were right or not.
UPDATE: I added another pretty graph. Since each round had a different open/close time there is obviously a flux in the number of votes cast in each one. Also, some people actually refrained from selecting an option, even neutral, for some themes. This graph shows the percentages of total votes plus or minus based on the number of votes cast for that theme.
I notice a number of similarities from some of the choices this round vs the previous round.
Inverse World – Parallel World
Trapped – Stranded – Quarantine
Afterlife – Ghosts
I suppose there are subtle differences, but not huge ones, and I wonder whether the selection committee could do still better by consolidating similar themes and giving us a more diversity.
Afterlife: I like for the same reason as I like ghosts.
Chaos: too abstract.
Claustrophobia: suggests interesting constraints on level design and could contribute to mood.
Growth: could combine nicely with Claustrophobia.
Infection: my previous two games have been about microorganisms, so I want something different.
Inside: could have potential, but i don’t feel inspired by it.
Parallel Worlds: I like this one more than Inverse World for some reason.
Science: too broad.
Shadows: I would like to play with a lighting system, this could be pretty cool.
Stranded: moody theme. Try to signal your rescuers? Wait around?
Surveillance: hmm, seems like it would result in a lot of slow-paced, boring games.
Time Loop: this seems more like a mechanic than a theme, and lots of inferior Braid clones.
I’ve seen a few posts from people talking about how they voted. Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about that. I like the voting to be an organic decision, not something engineered by campaigning.
That said, you can’t stop campaigning, so I guess it’s legit. So here’s my thoughts:
Overall, I liked all the choices in Round 1. All of them felt like viable themes. A few felt too close to previous themes, so we’re easy reject on that basis. Although, I’m not opposed to reusing avoid theme if it’s been a while – as the event grows there will be a lot of people should missed out on the theme the first time around. I had to adjust my thinking from “which of these *could* I build a game about to which do I *want to build a game about.”
On first pass I had 8 +, 1 0 and 1 – votes. Wanting to be more decisive, I took a second pass. Here’s what I thought.
Construction: previously used.
End of the world: I’m sick of zombie apocalypse and mayan calendar stuff.
Guardian: a game where you have to escort and protection could be fun.
Ghosts: I’ve had some ideas for a ghost game for a while, this could be a good time to do something experimental prototyping.
Inverse World: wouldn’t be a bad theme for a game, but I’m not sure how I would invert to make a unique game that was playable. There’s definitely potential, though.
Mirrors: I can imagine a few cool mechanics using mirrors, and some neat graphical tricks.
Outer Space: done to death. Admittedly, a great theme, but I feel like it’s tapped dry by now.
Quarantine: Just doesn’t grab me for some reason.
Salvage: I can imagine a fun game based on finding junk and trading it in for points, or building a New Thing with it.
Symbiosis: a player and a player-aiding AI team up. How would they synergize?
Trapped: Similar to Escape, true, but not necessarily. Maybe it could be a prequel for your Escape game
Unstoppable: all I can think of is the Halting Problem, and Blast Corps on N64.
After a long 4 months, the Hack-a-Jam is back, and starting in one week!
To join, you must create an account in the Posting section of the website, and then start posting! Note: All posts have been deleted since the last Hack-a-Jam, so that is why only I have posts there.
The Hack-a-Jam is a regular game development competition/jam where you must create a game within a set amount of time. However, it is not like any other gaming competition/jam. In the Hack-a-Jam, there is an infinite amount of winning categories, and no overall winner. While winners still must have superb games to win, there are no set winning categories, and there will always be multiple winners. Also, the theme will be voted on by the community, after they are submitted in the forums (Posting section) under the topic Theme Posting, in the Rules and Announcements forum.
To prove how unique the winning categories are, these are previous winning categories and other possible categories:
Most Psychedelic Visuals
Most Deaf People After Hearing The Game
Most Angry Bongos Involved
Most Suggestive Content Without Crossing The Line
Shortest Functional Game
Most Random and/or Annoying Sound When Picking Things Up
Most Things On Screen Without Lag or Crash
Like most game development competitions, there are rules, however, the rules here are more laid back and simple:
1. All game content must be created within the set time. Note: You can use other music, placeholder graphics, etc. as long as you are allowed to!
2. Your game is not required to follow the theme, but would greatly improve your chances of winning. Unless almost every other game is not following the theme, it is almost guaranteed that your game won’t win anything.
3. You must work alone, and you must create everything included in the game.
4. All game creation tools are permitted, such as GameMaker, Photoshop, Flash, Paint, etc.
5. All game extensions/DLLs are permitted. If you want to make it multiplayer (if you are using GameMaker), go ahead and use 39dll.
What do the winners get?
The winners will have the opportunity to post a message on the Hack-a-Jam website itself, whether it be something random and funny, like “I LOVE banana chicken pancakes”, or an advertisement such as “Play my new game TODAY!”. The winners will also get badges to show off to their friends and the gaming community.
The official 4th Hack-a-Jam starts in one week, so ready up for a double game jam week (if you are joining to Ludum Dare too)!
The compo is over, and while there are still some hours left in the jam, we can already begin voting on games. During my first Ludum Dare I was somewhat confused, so I’m detailing here how it works:
1 – List of suggested games. Your personal voting-site displays a set of games unique to you, so that if everyone plays the game on their lists, all games should get a good basic number of votes.
2 – List of games voted on by you – A screenshot and the name is displayed.
3 - The number of times the game has been voted on. It’s displayed in (brackets) after the name of the game.
4 – Your grades on said game for the compo. You can vote 1-5 stars in the categories overall, innovation, fun, adherence to theme, graphics, audio, humor and mood. Should you feel you can’t give a proper grade, you can also give a N/A.
5 – You grades for the jam. The same rules as above, but concerning games made during the jam. They do not compete directly with compo-games.
6 – A X appears should you have given a text-comment.
Sadly, it appears the coolness- and community-grades are not displayed. I don’t know whether they are permanently removed, or will be reinstated shortly.
I hope this helps
My favourite out of the them would be teleportation, I think that could result in some really fun games.. or really disorientating games
Rating entries is a damn hard job. I know many of you think very little about rating or even openly hate it, but IMHO this seems to also be an important part of LD. Especially commenting on people’s entries, giving some feedback to the community, some constructive criticism. And yet, I can still see many users with 0% coolness. There are 427 (71.29%) people with coolness under average of 3.523% and 190 of them didn’t rate any games… Why is that? I know everybody has a life and so on, but come on! You CAN rate at least 6 games or so! I mean, I’m not expecting everyone to leave their lives and rate games, but honestly – if someone has found the time to participate in LD, he or she should also participate in the voting (or at least commenting) process, even if just a little.
I spent on this more than a few days already, just trying to rate as many games as I can, because for a few days I’m not going to rate anything, as I’m gonna be without internet access (sounds horrible, I know).
A few days ago I was pretty bored and wrote a small program in Python to analyze stuff and help me pick games to rate faster, as I find the webpage with entries a little lacking. And because I like numbers and plots, too. Since I noticed that many of LD participants still have coolness around zero, I figured I could share this thing – maybe it will mobilize some of them to give some feedback. Or will be useful in any other way.
So, feature-wise, the script parses LD webpage with your ratings and generates a html file looking like this:
Here are the links:
- Windows binary package (py2exe) + source (tested on Win7 64bit) (py2exe site says it probably needs this)
- Python source only (clean Python 2.7.2, only native Python library dependencies)
- Login onto the Ludum Dare site, and go to the voting page with ALL entries (not the one with screenshots, the one with all your ratings):
- Save source code of this webpage to file data.htm and save it in the same direcory as analyze script/ binary
- Run the script (see README.TXT for more info anyway)
- Analyzer data is saved to log.html in current directory. Open it with Firefox or something similar
- To refresh data stored in log.html, you need to repeat this process