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Offline appel

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Medals: 51
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I always win!


« Posted 2009-03-02 01:00:43 »

Very impressive!

We got 67 games this year, surpassing last year more than THREEFOLD, and other years also, which makes 2009 surely a great year, both participation-wise and also in game quality!

What is also cool is the number of programmers participating, but 42 programmers in total submitted their games into the contest. Never have so many participated before.

There is tremendous work ahead for the judges, but I'm hoping we can have the results ready in 2 weeks time.


I like to thank everyone for their participation!

Check out the 4K competition @ www.java4k.com
Check out GAMADU (my own site) @ http://gamadu.com/
Offline Hsaka
« Reply #1 - Posted 2009-03-02 01:12:11 »

Good luck to all the participants.

Whatever happens, the community wins!  Wink
Offline Eli Delventhal

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Medals: 42
Projects: 11
Exp: 10 years


Game Engineer


« Reply #2 - Posted 2009-03-02 01:13:55 »

I'm looking forward to writing 67 different reviews!  Tongue

Next year I'll be an official entrant for sure.

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Offline SquashMonster

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2009-03-02 01:25:26 »

Good luck everybody!

Any objections if I put a thread up on Reddit to get more attention for the competition?
Offline SimonH
« Reply #4 - Posted 2009-03-02 01:34:13 »

Sigh! I didn't have time to finish my latest... Never mind - 6/7 ain't bad   Smiley
I wonder why last year was so short of entries? All other years had roughly 60 entries!

People make games and games make people
Offline rdcarvallo

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2D Java games forever!


« Reply #5 - Posted 2009-03-02 03:47:34 »

I wonder why last year was so short of entries? All other years had roughly 60 entries!

Don't know the others, I wanted to enter last year, but I was completely blocked, staring at the screen without ideas...

This year, I posted the games I wanted to make... and someone picked part of my games, making better versions than what I was programming at the time. (4bideen fruit, I'm looking at you  Wink) The other ideas, I didn't finish them because they didn't get many feedback, and were more prototypes than games.

In the end, this year has amazing games, many of them will become 4k classics as my all time favorite Miners4K.


Offline Morre

JGO Knight


Medals: 2
Projects: 10


I'm Dragonene on IRC.


« Reply #6 - Posted 2009-03-02 04:34:38 »

Appel! Whatever happened to your lovely WIP game you showed off on irc? Cry

Offline StephR

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« Reply #7 - Posted 2009-03-02 08:06:06 »

42 programmers is an impressive number in itself, and even more when you think at its meaning revealed in Douglas Adams' Life, the Universe and Everything !

But what amazes me the most, is the number of games submitted by some participants, and all of them proving that quantity is not always the enemy of quality. So I can count 2 entries for Andy Cook, Mark Bernard, Markus Persson, rdcarvallo and soothsayer, 3 for Kevin Glass, 4 for MÃ¥ns Olson, 6 for SimonH and 8 for zero.one ! ( sorry if I have forgotten anyone or any game... )

I just hope that all of these people are making the fortune of the game industry in their professional activities ( I know for sure for one or two of them... ), otherwise it is really too bad for it !

Now courage for the judges to make all these reviews...
Offline kevglass

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Medals: 164
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Coder, Trainee Pixel Artist, Game Reviewer


« Reply #8 - Posted 2009-03-02 08:52:52 »

Great year everyone, more for amazingly playable games than anything else!

Kev

Offline Orangy Tang

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Medals: 56
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Monkey for a head


« Reply #9 - Posted 2009-03-02 09:31:28 »

There is tremendous work ahead for the judges, but I'm hoping we can have the results ready in 2 weeks time.
Oof, that's a lot of work for two weeks. Shocked

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Offline Markus_Persson

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Medals: 15
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Mojang Specifications


« Reply #10 - Posted 2009-03-02 09:53:30 »

Awesome job, all! =)

Play Minecraft!
Offline appel

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Medals: 51
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I always win!


« Reply #11 - Posted 2009-03-02 13:13:26 »

Appel! Whatever happened to your lovely WIP game you showed off on irc? Cry

I'm going to make a non-4k game out of what I had done.

For now, I'm making myself available as a backup-judge in the unlikely scenario that one of the judges drops out.

Check out the 4K competition @ www.java4k.com
Check out GAMADU (my own site) @ http://gamadu.com/
Offline Eli Delventhal

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Medals: 42
Projects: 11
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« Reply #12 - Posted 2009-03-03 08:01:44 »

There is tremendous work ahead for the judges, but I'm hoping we can have the results ready in 2 weeks time.

Can't judge it without that email that was supposed to say the format / where to judge it. Is that coming soon?  Smiley

See my work:
OTC Software
Offline appel

JGO Wizard


Medals: 51
Projects: 4


I always win!


« Reply #13 - Posted 2009-03-03 08:40:56 »

Tonite. I almost have it ready  Grin

Check out the 4K competition @ www.java4k.com
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Offline noblemaster

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Age of Conquest makes your day!


« Reply #14 - Posted 2009-03-03 21:12:37 »

Great effort everyone  Grin

Offline rdcarvallo

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« Reply #15 - Posted 2009-03-09 13:36:16 »

We're on Kotaku again.  Cheesy

http://kotaku.com/5166483/these-67-games-are-all-under-4k-in-size
Offline DzzD
« Reply #16 - Posted 2009-03-09 13:53:44 »

damn quality of some game is amazing this year.

I only tried : 4*4K / Anyone 4 Teninis / and Karting,

but wow 4K ? all games seems so well polished, very nice

Offline Markus_Persson

JGO Wizard


Medals: 15
Projects: 19


Mojang Specifications


« Reply #17 - Posted 2009-03-09 14:23:48 »


Awesome. But why is the title "Left 4k Dead: These 67 Games Are All Under 4k In Size"? Not that I mind.. Wink

Play Minecraft!
Offline rdcarvallo

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Projects: 5
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2D Java games forever!


« Reply #18 - Posted 2009-03-09 14:48:32 »

Awesome. But why is the title "Left 4k Dead: These 67 Games Are All Under 4k In Size"? Not that I mind.. Wink

It's the tag for all the posts about j4k, and the flagship tittle of this year's competition.
I'm already waiting December for J4K'10  Wink
Offline Markus_Persson

JGO Wizard


Medals: 15
Projects: 19


Mojang Specifications


« Reply #19 - Posted 2009-03-09 15:04:42 »

Me too. =D
For some reason J4k is by far my most productive environment. Tight limits, short project spans, and very very interesting technical challenges.

It still bothers me somewhat that such a big part of the competition is just about compression, but I guess that's inevitable.

Play Minecraft!
Offline Eli Delventhal

JGO Kernel


Medals: 42
Projects: 11
Exp: 10 years


Game Engineer


« Reply #20 - Posted 2009-03-09 18:35:23 »

I agree. I was annoyed to have to have spent so much time dealing with compressors. I just wanted to write my game.

Also, judging these games is nuts! There are so many, I've still got like 50+ left. Maybe my reviews are too long. I'm having fun so far, but there are almost no games I can simply write 3 sentences on, everyone has done so well!

See my work:
OTC Software
Offline Ranger
« Reply #21 - Posted 2009-03-09 20:46:02 »

Also, judging these games is nuts! There are so many, I've still got like 50+ left. Maybe my reviews are too long. I'm having fun so far, but there are almost no games I can simply write 3 sentences on, everyone has done so well!

Keep up the great judging!  Especially as my game is the last on the list!  Smiley  Personally, I wouldn't mind if the judges got more then 2 weeks to judge, as that works out to be about 5 games to play and review every day!
Offline Eli Delventhal

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Medals: 42
Projects: 11
Exp: 10 years


Game Engineer


« Reply #22 - Posted 2009-03-09 21:37:44 »

Keep up the great judging!  Especially as my game is the last on the list!  Smiley  Personally, I wouldn't mind if the judges got more then 2 weeks to judge, as that works out to be about 5 games to play and review every day!
Yeah, which is probably too much, and is at least more than I've been able to get to so far. I'm going to try to play catchup but if I can't then I'll likely see if Appel will extend the deadline. Otherwise the last few I review will much shorter.

And I've already played yours (and really liked it) but haven't written a review yet. I'm mostly going in sequential order but I've been occasionally breaking that order to review more interesting ones or my favorites (like L4D I already reviewed).

Either way, rest assured I'll get to all of them.

See my work:
OTC Software
Offline appel

JGO Wizard


Medals: 51
Projects: 4


I always win!


« Reply #23 - Posted 2009-03-09 21:52:27 »

I have a feeling the judges will need longer time, this is heavy work. I wanted to see how the work progressed before putting down a deadline longer than 2 weeks, but now I realize two weeks are insufficient time. I'll notify the judges this week, no reason to make them think they have longer time just yet Wink

Check out the 4K competition @ www.java4k.com
Check out GAMADU (my own site) @ http://gamadu.com/
Offline pjt33
« Reply #24 - Posted 2009-03-09 23:03:15 »

I'm mostly going in sequential order
Possibly something to think about for next year would be to give each judge a list of the order to use, either individually shuffled or shuffled once and then rotated so that they start at points equally spaced. It's more hassle for the judges, which I realise is a downside, but the upside is the marking should average out to be more consistent.
Offline Morre

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Medals: 2
Projects: 10


I'm Dragonene on IRC.


« Reply #25 - Posted 2009-03-10 05:20:59 »

Agreed.

Another suggestion for next year: Once the game is finished, show either the full list or none of the 2009 games on the front page; the effect has been somewhat less prominent this year, but last year, the games that were on the front page on the end of the compo were roughly the most downloaded ones.

Offline pjt33
« Reply #26 - Posted 2009-03-10 08:30:58 »

Another suggestion for next year: Once the game is finished, show either the full list or none of the 2009 games on the front page; the effect has been somewhat less prominent this year, but last year, the games that were on the front page on the end of the compo were roughly the most downloaded ones.
When I went to the page yesterday it was showing random games from 2009 rather than the most recent ones.
Offline appel

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Medals: 51
Projects: 4


I always win!


« Reply #27 - Posted 2009-03-10 10:33:00 »

Agreed.

Another suggestion for next year: Once the game is finished, show either the full list or none of the 2009 games on the front page; the effect has been somewhat less prominent this year, but last year, the games that were on the front page on the end of the compo were roughly the most downloaded ones.

I have already changed the front page of the site. I did it within a few days after the contest closed. Now random games from the 2009 contest are displayed. Maybe the last submitted games received slightly more time on the front page, but in any case this does not affect the judging.

Check out the 4K competition @ www.java4k.com
Check out GAMADU (my own site) @ http://gamadu.com/
Offline Morre

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Medals: 2
Projects: 10


I'm Dragonene on IRC.


« Reply #28 - Posted 2009-03-11 01:37:59 »

Excellent - thanks!

Offline CyanPrime
« Reply #29 - Posted 2009-03-13 20:56:38 »

It's been 2 weeks =0
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