I'm not that good (yet) at writing 4K games but at least I can write words so here goes a rant on the current state of affairs regarding the judging:I. Strange Inscriptions
There are some who misunderstand the concept of rules.Rules
An aid to the Judges to ensure that all entries are of the same type. In other words, its a way to constrain the type of entries.
In this case:
Basic rules are as follows:
* The final game package (byte code + resources) must be below or equal to 4096 bytes
* Must be a playable game (cannot be a pointless animation)
* Must be pure Java (no JNI)
* Must be self-contained- no external resources (e.g. loading an image from a website)
* No Pack200
* No external libraries may be used - you must use the libraries that come with the "public" version of the JRE
* No soundbanks may be used because they are not a default part of the "public" JRE. You will have to create your sounds at runtime rather than use MIDIs.
* The presentation (jar, class, or other) does not matter, as long as the code can be executed without a command line
* The target JRE is 1.5 (Java 5) or lower
There's not much more to say regarding this: the rules did NOT change!II. Strange Feelings
After a month of silence, to hear that the judges are going to change is a bit of a disappointment and anti-climatic.
However, you do not start "threatening/boycotting/withdrawing"tm things in life when you are disappointed. That's immature.[Edit]
The withdrawals did not take place due to the change in Judging System. Contact the people who withdrew to get their reasons.[/Edit]III. Strange Ticking Sounds
When you volunteer to do something it is expected that you will give your (full) attention to it. However, many times in life you just cannot get to the commitment you made, sometimes due to time being an issue.
"I'll put a PHP script whenever I have the time 'cos I have a job and go to school"
is not the same as what woogley said:
as soon as I finish writing a silly php script for it
If he was working on the system until the very end of March and ran out of time then we can just be a little more patient, especially since he got a new job and whatever.IV. Strange Warm Sensations
Saying that when the public votes that you probably would have written less or no games is against the spirit of game programming. [Edit]
You make a game for yourself, if someone else likes it then it's a bonus.
This competition is also a test of your OWN skills. If you are capable of doing "Extreme HardCore Things"tm and nobody apreciates it, well then f*ck them. You know what you're capable of.
Subjective [/Edit]V. Strange Systems: The Eternal Problem of Voting
Having a set group of judges ensures EVERY entry gets judged by EVERY judge.
Having only the public vote creates exactly that problem. There's also no way to ensure that the person actually plays the game or that they are objective. To prevent completely random users from doing this woogley said only users registered for a certain time may vote. But this still doesn't completely remove the problem.
The public can drop their opinions irrespective of whether they or a panel are judging.
So I'm not 100% sure as to why public voting is better
but I don't start "threatening/boycotting/withdrawing"tm things because I don't like the way entries are judged.VIVIVI. Strange Burning Hellish Letters
And about flaming (AKA "criticism").... I'll let Harry Truman answer that one : "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen".
The same to you, if you don't like the competition then off you go. But the heat woogley is receiving here is not part of his job description. He is being shouted at because of how the judges rated.
I entered the contest fully aware that I might receive opinions like "this game has too many problems" (no further explanation given).
That's not at all the same as being Flamed. Criticism is lifting out faults. The people who flame woogley are not lifting out faults, they are Flaming him because they didn't accept
opinions like "this game has too many problems"Inconclusion
I'm done and I don't remember why I wrote this or what I wrote. I feel old. And Strange.
I think I should rather write more 4K games.