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#201 Sean T. McBeth   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1634

Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:46 AM

screenshot/download page is up now

I don't know what's going on with the last judge. He told me yesterday that he was only a few minutes away from being done, but for some reason he still hasn't sent me his picks.

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#202 d000hg   Members   -  Reputation: 828

Posted 14 February 2006 - 06:28 AM

Thanks for the comments. I really wish I'd had an extra 20-30 min, to make more of a level progression and add sound.
The standard certainly seems to be better this time round. I don't know if the top games are better, but last time there was a big difference between the top 1 or 2 games and the rest. This contest it seems all entries are quite accomplished. I might likely use my text-mode emulator in future contests.

#203 DrewGreen   Members   -  Reputation: 370

Posted 14 February 2006 - 12:42 PM

Sorry about the delay. *shakes fist at real life*
I've sent my choices now.

These are more or less the notes I made - some are essays and some are bulletpoints, they might seem blunt in some cases - this is not an indication of how I ranked anyone.

Beandog
:- complete entry
:- nice idea
:- update is very fast, perhaps too fast (seizure-enducing mouse pointer!)
:- too easy - got to level 7 & still no challenge
:- get rid of the blinking cursor & hide mouse during the game (or maybe use it as a control method for added difficulty)
:- why didn't I get eaten by the black hole?
:- sound is a plus.

d000hg
:- simple enjoyable gameplay = fun
:- update rate was perhaps too smooth for the style, but not a major issue
:- wish there was more than one level
:- neat building collapses
:- hidden depth - not all buildings need to be defended
:- star collector is too far away to comfortably glance at buildings very often - perhaps move collector closer and make stars a bit faster to compensate.

DrPetter
:- first attempt - read readme, run game, impressed by graphics, watch as my character falls to his death before I've put my fingers on the keys, say "what?".
:- figured it out, though it took a few tries - it could use a restart option. I nearly gave up out of frustration but it turned out to be worth a second look - any kind of log rolling simulation gets my vote :)
:- very convincing console emulation.
:- Sound, it exists at least.

Endurion
:- the kind of game that takes a while to get into but is probably one I'd come back to again and again.
:- Graphics could be better & I was never fully sure why far away sectors were marked as dangerous (flashing red), I never encountered any enemies & had enough fuel to get back to the mothership

GroZZleR
:- ... loose association with theme :)
:- nice explosions
:- instructions are short & sweet, but vague - turns out you can't move left and right, which did confuse me until I figured out where my ship was
:- didn't feel complete, not much of a challenge & it seemed possible to go on forever, given willpower.

matt_j
:- I played this after d000hg's entry but it's a good take on 'catch the falling stars', nicely done - has potential
:- tearing on blue portion of screen
:- possible to win without moving much
:- method of destruction was a cool idea - worms, kind of.

Nagromo
didn't run on my machine

Unhandled Exception: System.DllNotFoundException: Unable to load DLL 'ConsoleLib.dll': This application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x800736B1)
at ConsoleLib.ConsoleLib.InitConsole(String title, Int32 width, Int32 height)

at CSConsoleGame.Program.Main(String[] args)

scgrn
didn't run on my machine

The instruction at "0x7c93426d" referenced memory at "0x00000000". The memory could not be "read".
OK to terminate, CANCEL to debug

second attempt:
crashed with no error
I did get to the title screen on the first attempt & it did grab my attention, even looked promising :(

ToohrVyk
:- cool idea, text adventures in text mode
:- slightly loose interpretation of the theme
:- north, NORTH, examine pool, look pool, walk north - no matter what I tried I couldn't figure out the commands. I guess I just suck. Instructions would be nice though - it just wasn't possible to progress (for me anyway) without the walkthrough. I looked at the level data afterwards & got a rough idea but the parser needs to be improved bigtime - perhaps not the best genre choice for the time limit, brownie points for the attempt at something different however.

Specs:
Processor: Pentium4 3.0GHz
Memory: 1024MB pc2700 RAM
GFX: Geforce 4 Ti & latest nV forceware
Sound: SB Live! Value & Onboard audio
OS: Windows XP Pro SP2
Other Software: JRE 1.4, .Net 1.1, .Net 2.0(probably), DX9c (not sure about MDX), OpenAL 1.1


To Nagromo & scgrn: I don't know why I couldn't get your entries running - as far as I know I've got the same specs as capn_midnight's, could you tell me what I need to run them? Maybe it's a .net 2.0 issue, though I'm fairly sure I've got *a* version of 2.0 installed already. By the sounds of things it's a close race so I don't want to potentially wreck the ranking when it turns out to be my fault by not having the correct api or something.

The standard of entries was particularly high this time round, (even from screenies of ones I couldn't get working) probably because of how long it takes to design a sprite/model compared to how long it takes to make an ascii version.. so there's way more time available for tweaking gameplay. Perhaps there's something to this & a lesson to be learnt for future competition themes? ("make a game based on these sprites only" or something)

FANTASTIC job everyone!

[Edited by - DrewGreen on February 15, 2006 11:42:45 AM]

#204 Sean T. McBeth   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1634

Posted 15 February 2006 - 01:38 AM

After much deliberation amongst the judges, we have the winners:

  1. BeanDog

  2. d000hg

  3. DrPetter


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#205 BeanDog   Members   -  Reputation: 1063

Posted 15 February 2006 - 04:30 AM

w00t! How do I claim that sweet PI T-shirt?

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#206 d000hg   Members   -  Reputation: 828

Posted 15 February 2006 - 05:38 AM

Excellent! 3rd last time and 2nd this time round. I've not played any other entries yet but now I know which to try (first)!

Beandog, did you win last time 'cos the name is familiar...? And DrPetter are you the guy off DevImg who I chatted to about car physics a way back?

Capn, who were the judges and can we see their results? Or is that secret to save them any bother - or did I just miss the announcements in this big long thread?!

Oh and an updated version. If I'd submitted this with some sound, would I have won?

[Edited by - d000hg on February 15, 2006 12:38:25 PM]

#207 DrPetter   Members   -  Reputation: 132

Posted 15 February 2006 - 06:09 AM

Hmm... car physics eh? Might have been, I tend to do that :P
EDIT: Ah, the profile page has been fixed - you mean Island Racers? I remember commenting on that one, yeah.

I'm fairly surprised I did so well considering how harsh my game apparently is... with comments like this:
"- first attempt - read readme, run game, impressed by graphics, watch as my character falls to his death before I've put my fingers on the keys, say "what?"."
you don't tend to hold much hope ;)

I should definitely have added a restart button, don't know why I didn't take the extra 15 seconds to implement one. I just panicked like crazy when there were 10 minutes left or so. Next time (if there is one) I'll probably try to take a more chilled approach.

Congratz to prize winners! (and everyone else who finished)

#208 Sean T. McBeth   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1634

Posted 15 February 2006 - 06:30 AM

Quote:
Original post by d000hg
Capn, who were the judges and can we see their results? Or is that secret to save them any bother - or did I just miss the announcements in this big long thread?!

yeah, it's an ideological decision on my part. I've been judging various types of competitions for the last 5 years, and the two things I've learned are: always go with your gut feeling, and, telling contestants how you came to a decision offers nothing other than complaints from contestants that didn't win. I'd like to make the judging a double-blind system as well, but I don't quite have those resources yet.

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#209 DrewGreen   Members   -  Reputation: 370

Posted 15 February 2006 - 07:21 AM

Quote:
Original post by DrPetter
I'm fairly surprised I did so well considering how harsh my game apparently is... with comments like this:
"- first attempt - read readme, run game, impressed by graphics, watch as my character falls to his death before I've put my fingers on the keys, say "what?"."
you don't tend to hold much hope ;)


:) just to clarify I didn't hold it against you/anyone else - I made sure to play every entry I could until I'd both won & lost, but always bearing in mind how tight 3 hours can be.
Generally I think of more negative comments than positive ones (they are implicit if there isn't a negative :) ) but try to give at least a hint of constructive criticism. Basically I wasn't expecting to start playing immediately - a pause via a start countdown or menu etc gives me a chance to get ready is all.

edit: I did say some of them were blunt..

[Edited by - DrewGreen on February 15, 2006 1:21:34 PM]

#210 BeanDog   Members   -  Reputation: 1063

Posted 15 February 2006 - 07:38 AM

Quote:
Original post by d000hg
Beandog, did you win last time 'cos the name is familiar...? And DrPetter are you the guy off DevImg who I chatted to about car physics a way back?


No, I've never placed in this contest before. I've been around these forums for several years, though.


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#211 Endurion   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3685

Posted 15 February 2006 - 08:41 AM

Congrats, BeanDog and the others. I liked your entry very much, very complete, good idea and nice music too.



#212 DrPetter   Members   -  Reputation: 132

Posted 15 February 2006 - 08:49 AM

DrewGreen: Don't worry. It seems to be a common reaction, and something I sort of expected. It's probably impossible to do well on your first attempt, you have like 1 second to find the right key and press it :)
My game is definitely one you have to try and retry many times if you are to get any kind of fair impression from it (which you obviously did).

#213 d000hg   Members   -  Reputation: 828

Posted 15 February 2006 - 09:11 AM

Can 3H-GDC be held once a month please? Timezone constraints would mean everyone sensibly has the chance to 1/2 or 2/3 of them and I think we could all spare 3hours every month or 2. I also like the idea of a 5-6 hour contest. Maybe it could alternate between a 3 and 6 hour version or something... I'd launch a 6-hour contest but I'd want to enter it!

Of course the judges might be harder to find... but the contest might slowly gain a reputation across the web if it's a regular thing. I'd be happy to judge the contests which started at 4am in my country.

I guess the automated submission capn keeps going on about would be a big help [wink]

#214 paulecoyote   Members   -  Reputation: 1060

Posted 20 February 2006 - 05:06 AM

Well done BeanDog!

For some reason lost track of this thread, and just thought of it again just then. Well done everyone else whom managed to get something in too, that is a great achievement in itself!

Great contest, look forward to the next one. Great stuff capn_midnight! U deserve beer for setting up the contest or sommit [wink]

#215 Sean T. McBeth   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1634

Posted 24 February 2006 - 06:48 AM

Quote:
Original post by paulecoyote
Well done BeanDog!

For some reason lost track of this thread, and just thought of it again just then. Well done everyone else whom managed to get something in too, that is a great achievement in itself!

Great contest, look forward to the next one. Great stuff capn_midnight! U deserve beer for setting up the contest or sommit [wink]


hehe, thanks.

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