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#21 jbadams   Senior Staff   -  Reputation: 19428

Posted 25 July 2013 - 11:33 PM


Btw, this type of stuff does go on here in "Your Announcements"..

...and journals, and to a lesser extent IOTD with the older version.

 

I don't think TIGSource necessarily have a larger amount of development going on than happens here, they've just collected it all together in a prominent, highly visible collection and ensured that the really note-worthy stuff is highlighted.

 

We've probably had just as much impressive stuff, but a lot of it goes unnoticed or slips away into oblivion after release.

 

 

A couple of examples:

 

I think what we really need to do is organise this stuff and make sure we're presenting it front and centre, and that the archived stuff is still discoverable without having to remember what to search for (as I just did for those examples).  We have members regularly releasing smaller games, demos, prototypes, and posting progress updates, but it all gets lost in the noise.  A gallery (similar to the front page of TIGdb) of some of the most impressive stuff both past and present could potentially go a long way towards this, perhaps with a few random front-page spots reserved for new stuff.  We have the content -- we just need to present it properly, and encourage even more contributions!

 

 

Also, LOVE the "challenges" idea Mike! smile.png



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#22 Stormynature   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3422

Posted 26 July 2013 - 07:42 AM


A gallery (similar to the front page of TIGdb) of some of the most impressive stuff both past and present could potentially go a long way towards this, perhaps with a few random front-page spots reserved for new stuff. We have the content -- we just need to present it properly, and encourage even more contributions!

 

This! I raised this issue previously Re-invention of the showcase which seemed to sidetrack on that thread -- but I do feel that this site could do more in terms of bringing actively participating member's games, projects into the forefront without getting drowned out in Announcements. I must admit though that my hope is that the indie project page currently being built will go some steps in this direction. Creating a new game is not an easy or fast process and if members who do such things are also taking time out of their day to be a part of these forums I think some recognition should be given to their works outside the Dev Journals or your announcements or IOTD.



#23 IcedCrow   Members   -  Reputation: 264

Posted 26 July 2013 - 07:55 AM

I think that with the right organization and categorization that this site could be a very useful community of independent developers working together on projects... so to answer the original post question - yes focus on game development and design more please =)


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#24 Casey Hardman   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2251

Posted 06 August 2013 - 03:53 PM

I'm all for the idea of promoting more game development, but I've only recently started thinking about it, so I haven't had enough time to let my ideas ferment...

 

Right now, all I can really think of to suggest is, if you have a showcase area for a project, maybe you could add some way of listing all of the people who are contributing to the project as well?  The owner of the project, who sets it up, could give each member a title (e.g. artist, programmer, etc.)






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