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anyone posting demo's?

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I was just wondering if any of you are gonna be posting demo's to your entrys before sending them off. Like maybe at the end of september post a small demo so you can get some people to test it etc. I don't know if some of you would think this is bad as it lets the others see exactly what your game is like and you might be worried that someone could steal elements (although I don't think this would happen). So is anyone gonna be doing this or have done already? I am thinking about releasing one so I can get others to give me feedback etc.

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I'd encourage people to post demos; it helps you get your game tested on a variety of hardware, as well as helping you measure how strongly the elements are being conveyed and which areas you need to focus on improving.

Of course, if you have to choose between making a demo and finishing on time, well... [wink]

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if I get a qualifying game together I'll be posting a demo to make sure it works on a multitude of systems. I wouldn't have found out about a chipset versus OpenAL issue without testing on a few different boxes.

I doubt the demo will be together much before the deadline though.

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We'll probabably make a demo of some sorts, although I'm not sure we'll show it here.

If we were to let you download and play the game, would that mean that the judges would do it? I guess it has both good and bad things to it - it'd mean that you knew it ran on their hardware (or not), but at the same time would they not be as "surprised" when they got to play it when the judging began. I mean, a lot of fun in a game can be in the first hour when you're learning to play it, especially in the smaller games that are released for contests.

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That is useful info.

I definitely plan to recruit some testers; in fact probably could do for stability testing now. But theyu wouldn't be testing much apart from - does it run without crashing?
Whether a public demo is released is less likely - I'll need every minute to polish the final version without wrapping a demo too!

I wouldn't worry about ideas being stolen too much - by late September the only people able to implement your ideas in time are those who are good enough to have already made something better! Apart from small touches anyway.

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I had the opportunity to test the base of someone's engine (I won't say the person's name in case he/she doesn't want me to tell). I also had someone test what I have running so far (BSODII). Perhaps I should start the 4E4 unofficial testing thread...

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I'd be happy to give people's demos quick test spins. I can't spend hours everyday doing it (if i had that much time I'd be entering myself), but I can say "yes it qorks" or "no it doesnt work" or comment on UI's and such, or even gameplay to a point, just not 3 different builds a day.

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Well, my game (an FPS) is only going to have 3 levels, so maybe I'll release a demo with one level or so.

Then again, its only going to take a couple of hours to make each level, so this is probably the last thing Ill do so any demo will be like 2 days before the contest ends ;)

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Are the entries that we submit immediately available for anyone to download, or only after the judging? If the latter I guess I'll release a public version when the contest entry is submitted.

Maybe there should be an extra prize for the GameDev members' choice? Or we can just start a thread and vote amongst ourselves when it's over!

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Are the entries that we submit immediately available for anyone to download, or only after the judging? If the latter I guess I'll release a public version when the contest entry is submitted.

Maybe there should be an extra prize for the GameDev members' choice? Or we can just start a thread and vote amongst ourselves when it's over!


A prize where the people on GDNet vote on whom should win? Damn that would make this whole thing tons more political [smile]

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