People posting their website in the Web Site Announcements forum at the GMC are often met with a barrage of complaints about their choice of web-host, particularly if they have opted to use FreeWebs.
Let’s take a look to see this in action at the GMC: Sheepdawg Games – the first response simply reads ‘>.< freewebs’, Stubbja Productions – again the first reply tells the user not to use freewebs. Undead Gaming hold the record for managing not to have their choice of host mentioned until, wait for it, the third reply. Until that is someone with a username of at least 25 characters who obviously thinks that they look like a monkey replies with the highly intellectual phrase seen below:
monkey member can’t spell. And so full of reason, I like the way he justifies his attack on freewebs with a double b by doing nothing.
An article posted on the GMC last year attempted to explain What is wrong with FreeWebs, it summarises by giving 5 main points:
- FreeWebs contains ads, and other addons which most people never need.
- FreeWebs is a premade web builder, and it proves to be better to make a site by yourself.
- They have guesbooks, bad hit counters, and background music, which can distract people in some cases if your going to make a game site.
- The templates on FreeWebs rarely correspond to what content you use on your site.
- FreeWebs is becoming a mock-up copy of MySpace.
I don’t think that offering a wide range of addons is a bad point, nor is the fact that FreeWebs have their own WYSIWYG editor. Although it’s true, everyone does seem to use the same darn layout , ,  but you can’t blame FreeWebs for the lack of creativity that some people who use their services posses.
P.S My first gamemaker website was hosted by Freewebs, in fact it is still online but is not maintained and so is several years out of date.Read More »
Issue 3 of the MarkUp magazine has been released today.
Details about the magazine and the contents of the May eddition are avalible on the MarkUp website, so my advice to you is go there and download the mag.
My article on the importance of game manuals is on page 19.
Annoying trait 2:
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A quick look back at what has become of issues mentioned during the previous week on gamemaker blog.
My first article has been included in the next issue of MarkUp gamemaker magazine, I’ve seen it in the final draft copy. The magazine will be released at the begining of May. And more of my content may be included in future issues of MarkUp.Read More »
On Saturday morning I received my first unsolicited Personal Message at the GMC.
It was from FullForceGames and was an attempt to get me to join their gamemaker team (I think), unless it was some crafty way to try and increase traffic to their website.
Here is the PM in full:
Hi, we are starting a new website that will have a large collection of free downloadable games for everyone to download, we are making our own game and and we want people to help us out
We are going to get as many people as we can to join the team, so games can be made faster and better
When we have got everyone, we would send you a pm about the game which is being made next, and if you want to help out with it you just need to pm us saying that you want to help, and what you want to help out in, and then once the game is finished your name would be put in the credits
We need, graphics artists, people who can animate sprites, People to make background music and people to make sfx
If you would like to join the FullForceGames team pm me asap
Now, I’ll admit it – I send unsolicited PMs, meaning that I send Personal Messages to people who haven’t requested that I PM them – but there is nothing wrong with this if it is done correctly. The PMs I have sent have been to alert the people behind mygmgame.com that they had porn on their site and I have also contacted a couple of people related to articles in this blog, namely the owners of the sites concerned.
Now I can’t prove it, but I guess, from the wording of the PM that FullForceGames are sending this PM to lots of people. Quite why they assumed I may be interested in joining their ‘team’ I don’t know. I guess they just saw that I had been active in the forum so decided to PM me. Too bad they are looking for help with graphics, which is coincidentally the thing I am worst at. Maybe I should accept their offer and *help* them with their projects 😀
Now I wonder whether I should drop them an unsolicited PM to let them know that their unsolicited PM is featured on this blog… 😛Read More »
I was pleasantly surprised and impressed to see that GMC member Dinsdale has made use of YouTube to deliver a trailer for his Lander Remix game. The 1 minuite trailer has been viewed around 20 times, and shows a useful and modern promotional technique that can be used to promote games.
I expect that most, if not all, of the views came from the GMC so the audience reach is probably no wider – however by embracing the growth of user generated content sites such as YouTube from almost nothing a couple of years ago, Dinsdale manages to demonstrate his game.
There was however, as is inevitable, a let down. Firstly the trailer did not include any sound despite the fact that the game, which I downloaded because of the trailer, does. If in-game sounds could not be recorded using the software which was used to record the visual aspect of the game then a musical overlay could easily have been added in Windows Movie Maker.
The trailer also failed to include any real information about the game – ideally the game’s name would have been shown, and a download URL could have been included. Features of the games could also appear as overlays to encourage people to go and get the game rather that watching what is quite a dull trailer.
So overall, I am impressed with the idea – but I think it could be done so much better to give the game the promotion it deserves.
Added: 26 April 2007
Annoying Trait One
Starting Every Signal Word With A Capital LetterRead More »
A couple of days ago I came across an excellent article by GMC member and fellow British blogger and moaner Grego on the subject of clone forums.
These “Wannabe Forums” as Grego calls them really drive me insane too. Going back a few years to when I was using gamemaker the first time these forums were there, and today on the official gamemaker forums there were at least 3 posts advertising ‘clone’ gamemaker forums. Some of the members creating these forums are upfront and admit that their Invision free forums are copies of the gamemaker forum, one even describes his forum with a total of 1 member as being “..a mimic of the GMC with the same forums”. This from someone who has been a member of the GMC for just 20 days.
All three of these forums were being spammed, sorry ‘advertised’, in a forum where the rules specifically state that forums are not allowed to be posted. Read people, read. Read and think. I agree entirely with the points Grego makes on his Public Life blog, these copycat forums are not worth the free advert-ridden website they are hosted on.
Below: One of the many GMC clones, this is actually one of the better ones where a design has actually been added and a logo has been made.
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