Personally I think adding a forum to your website is one of the biggest mistakes you can make.
A blog post by Grego advising people on how to create a half decent forum, if they insist on having one, reiterated many of the points I had spinning around in my head.
There is no point in adding a forum to a site where it won’t be used, and as Grego and I have both mentioned before clone forums suck. Currently my sites have a grand total of zero forums – and I am quite proud of that. It shows I am not prepared to waste my time setting up forums with rows upon rows of empty boards. Of course this leaves me to waste my time on other matters and also shows that none of my sites are popular enough to warrant having a forum.
One of the sites which I run, an Internet Marketing site which specialises in sending raw traffic to sponsors sites, did have a forum – however now it doesn’t. Quite frankly a forum for a small site is more trouble than it is worth, especially if – as was the case here most of the posts on the forum were just spam.
Often I see forums with rows upon rows of zeros down the page – for the topic and post counts, or perhaps rows and rows of single digits numbers from a grand total of 3 or 4 members. Sure, forums do have a part to play in communicating online. GMKing’s forums are probably the smallest forums I visit and they do certainly serve a purpose. But the number of people who will waste time creating advert-ridden, poorly designed, buggy, and downright pointless forums still amazing me. These people expect others to come and visit their site and build a community. I’m sorry, but it doesn’t work like that – build and they will follow. Build content that is, not an empty forum.
Now what did this post have to do with Game Maker?
No idea, but many users of Game Maker produce these forums.Read More »
A post on the GMC:
I dont know why i am doing this,and im probably gonna get done in real bad because of it but…
can i have some1’s Activation/Registration key/code ?????
You don’t say,….
(Topic has been deleted from the GMC)Read More »
From the recommendations topic in the Distributing Games forum at the GMC:
There wasn’t all that much of a comparison in my last post about game file hosts as I reviewed the first file host mygmgame. At least now I have something to compare further sites I test with.
Next in the firing line is Host-A which appears to be one of the most popular file hosts currently at the GMC judging from the number of people who post Host-A download links and claims to offer ‘free file hosting for the masses’, as opposed to what?
At registration I am pleased to note that my 120 character e-mail address, as we all have, was acceptable – however the captcha test was a little tricky for my liking.
The dashboard is certainly better than mygmgame – however I have to admit I’m no fan of sites with dark backgrounds and light coloured text. It appears you can get extra bandwidth if you refer new people to join Host-A using your link, however this suggests that bandwidth, as well as storage space, is limited. Indeed 550MB of bandwidth is all that a new account is given for a month which really is pathetic.
There’s no progress bar or indication as to how much of my file has already been uploaded as I wait to see if the file is accepted by Host-A. What joy, what joy an error appears. So I go back and try again.
This second attempt is more successful and the file uploads. I am given an option of two linking methods and code can be generated in either HTML or BBCode – a feature which was lacking with mygmgame.
The link provided appears to link directly to the file however when it is visited up comes a page prompting me to select a mirror – I have a choice of 1, or download directly from the site. I take my time selecting the only mirror available, it’s such a hard choice and the download begins after about 5 seconds.
Or when I say begins I mean prompts me for a save location. The file does not actually start to download.
So Host-A is a miserable failure in this test. File space is limited to a measly 20MB, whilst bandwidth has a pathetic 550MB/month limit. Despite the fact that my download didn’t actually commence by bandwidth was still used up. The site seems more concerned about having people upgrade to get features which available free elsewhere such as reasonable amount of bandwidth and storage space.Read More »
There are loads of sites out there who want to let you have the privilege of storing your game on their servers for download. Indeed there are so many of these sites which I see advertised daily in people’s signatures at the GMC and in the download links provided that I am amazed by the poor quality hosts some people choose to have.
Today I am going to examine the features of 3 of the best game file host sites used by the gamemaker community, and I will also highlight some of the appalling hosts some people insist on using.
The hosts I am featuring are ‘instant upload’ hosts, so fully fledged webhosts such as parahosting which half the GMC seems to have fallen in love with are not going to be included in this article.
To test the various sites I am going to attempt to upload and host a 1,365KB .zip compressed folder containing a very simple gamemaker creation on all of the sites.
First up is mygmgame [gmc] [url], a site which enables users to upload webpages as well as files for download if they wish. The design here seems to change at a rate of about twice a month, but from what I can make out new features are being added as the site develops.
The site has had problems from spammers in the past, in particular, porn has been posted on the site on at least once occasion and was not removed instantly even when I notified the site.
I click to register as I assume this is what I must do to upload a file although there is nothing other than my instinct to suggest this.
Straight away the site looks poor – the register page has a different design from the rest of the site. Not quite sure why they want to know my time zone, but these extra questions and checkboxes certainly don’t win it any extra marks.
After I submit my details up comes a page which looks like it is supposed to be the members dashboard, it certainly doesn’t win any marks for design or ease of use. Indeed I have still not come across any directions of how to use the site. Guessing my way along I decide to upload the file, I’ve no idea what the ‘Directory’ box is for, perhaps I can choose where on the server my file is stored – I’ll leave it blank.
It took a long time but eventually the progress bar was completed and it appears my file has been uploaded, ‘Upload Succsesfull!‘ says the site hopefully. No URL for me so share with my friends is present, but by clicking on the uploaded file name in the dashboard I am taken directly to download the file. The download takes 30 seconds, with no nonsense ‘click here to start download’ pages.
The site could be a lot more user friendly, but it serves its purpose. The file downloads.Read More »
Annoying trait 8:
Insulting someone else’s game purely because the owner criticised theirs:
(courtesy of Grego).Read More »
If you’re wondering why there haven’t been as many updates or long posts recently it’s because I am currently (no, not as I type) sitting some exams.
When I have some free time I will work some more on the GMAS and on writing some longer articles and reviews for gamemakerblog and MarkUp.Read More »
Nothing amazing but I hope you will agree it is an improvement on the total lack of design which was there previously.Read More »