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This is it!
Look Ma, I'm Cloaked!
Feel free to extend the game by adding more types of enemies and other content.
Coming along slowly
We also have to develop a model for all the enemies in our shooter; programming that much behaviour will be challenging!
Proposed Rules Change
I propose we change the 'Innovation' category to 'Use of Theme'.
Without a judged category on 'Use of Theme', there is no reward for a team to really deeply integrate the theme into their game. Giving their game a glancing / passing nod to the theme, just enough to avoid disqualification, will be enough. I'll give an fictional example. Let's say the theme is 'Robots'. Team A makes a platformer where you are a robot. Team B makes a game wher eyou design, build, and program robots to perform specific tasks. I would say that Team B followed the theme a lot better then Team A. I think Team B should be rewarded.
So, why get rid of Innovation? I don't think that you're going to get many well-polished, innovative games out of sort-term game compos like this. Games typically fall into 4 categories.
- Rehashing an old format with updated mechanics. Generally resulting in a well-polished game with a sort of 'I've been here before' feel.
- Innvoative games that don't really get completed. The game concept seems exciting, but the execution leaves something to be desired.
- I'm trying this for the first time games. Which are fine, but arn't really in competition to win the vote, so can be dismissed for this discussion.
- Games that break the dicotomy between #1 and #2 above. There's generally 1 or 2 of these in a given Compo.
The reason for 1 and 2, where more games end up, is that if you have an innovative concept, you're solving new problems, which takes longer and gives you less time to polish. If you revisit an old formula, a lot of the problems are already solved for you.
I'll leave it at that for now. Let me know what you guys think.