2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

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2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Postby HanClinto » Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:46 pm

Welcome to the annual Christian Game Developers Speedgame Event!

Click here to vote in the 2010 Speedgame Theme Poll

This year marks the FIFTH year that we've had the event, but that doesn't mean we've figured everything out. We're going to be experimenting a little bit with the theme this year, and we hope you like what we've come up with.

In years past, we've really enjoyed seeing the ways that people work creatively within limits to explore a common book or theme. This year we'll be focusing it even more, by picking out a selection of verses that we think could work well in a variety of games. Even moreso than in years past, we are interested in seeing the entrants tackle the same problems from a variety of viewpoints.

We have tried to pick verses that:
1) Reveal a contrast or tension
2) Illustrate a simple concept, with deeper layered ramifications.
3) Could be illustrated through a game mechanic.
4) Could be illustrated through a storyline.

So while we think we've picked out a decent selection of verses, we would like YOU to be involved with picking the final set of three verses that will be used for the event. We have created a poll with options, so please tell us which verses you would most like to see be used for the event!

We have created a poll that we would like all entrants to vote in, that will select the final three verses that will be used for the competition.

Please vote on which themes and verses you would most like to explore as a group this year!

Click here to vote in the 2010 Speedgame Theme Poll

The top THREE verses will be chosen for the Event, and entrants will have to use or incorporate ONE of them into their game in some fashion.

So thank you for your interest, and we look forward to seeing your entry into the competition!
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Re: 2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Postby D-SIPL » Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:14 am

Voted :)
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Re: 2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Postby JoeJoeZ26 » Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:36 am

I didst vote, yea verily.
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Re: 2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Postby HanClinto » Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:09 am

I've been getting a few questions regarding the new method of picking a theme, and I just wanted to take some time to share with you why we're changing things up the way we are.

In years past, the admins have chosen a book of the Bible (or broad selection of verses in the case of "The Parables of Jesus"), and after the theme was announced, people would spend time pouring over the book -- studying it, picking things out, and brainstorming game ideas based on that book of the Bible.

We really liked the way that people would dig into the Word with that method, but having such a broad-brushed theme often resulted in people struggling to adapt such an unfocused topic into a game.


So this year, rather than just habitually doing things the way we've always done it, I wanted to change it up and experiment with how we develop games. We took the ideas from this CDN thread: Communicating the Gospel

We tried to take all of the "gospel nuggets" that people suggested, and identified verses that addressed those topics.


It's up to you to identify the themes and ideas communicated in each verse, and to choose which you think would be communicated best in a game.

We hope that people will not take these isolated verses as excuses to not read and understand their full context -- but rather, that people will use this focused theming as an opportunity to really experiment with how to communicate nuggets of truth through their games -- not just do shallow theming.

Thanks!
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Re: 2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Postby CPUFreak91 » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:49 pm

Voted. Wish I could participate. :(
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Re: 2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Postby ArchAngel » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:50 pm

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Re: 2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Postby HanClinto » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:52 pm

CPUFreak91 wrote:Voted. Wish I could participate. :(
Perhaps you could participate through sponsorship. ;)
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Re: 2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Postby Angelboy » Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:24 pm

I voted!
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Postby CPUFreak91 » Mon Aug 09, 2010 6:34 pm

HanClinto wrote:Perhaps you could participate through sponsorship. ;)
Well, when you put it like that... I'm in :D
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Postby Mene-Mene » Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:28 pm

Voted
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Re: 2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Postby GraceWorks » Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:59 pm

Just voted.

Not to be too much of a pain, but if everyone votes "high" on them - will that drown out others that did a "spread" of votes?

I know for me, I liked all of them! But I tried to do a spread - but it did end up being top heavy.

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Re: 2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Postby HanClinto » Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:14 pm

GraceWorks wrote:Just voted.

Not to be too much of a pain, but if everyone votes "high" on them - will that drown out others that did a "spread" of votes?
I think it will be fine, but I'll keep an eye out for blatant vote manipulation. In general right now, things seem pretty balanced.
GraceWorks wrote:I know for me, I liked all of them! But I tried to do a spread - but it did end up being top heavy.
Definitely! It's hard to really "lose" with very many of these verses, but if someone is absolutely dry for inspiration on one of them, providing a set of three final ones to choose from will give everyone something to work with (provided they can work up the creativity).
GraceWorks wrote:Thanks for organizing it! I'll be a sponsor again.
Wonderful -- thanks so much for sponsoring! I'll contact you regarding this.
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Re: 2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Postby ArchAngel » Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:36 pm

Out of curiosity, would we be using a system like this for community voting?
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Re: 2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Postby HanClinto » Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:49 pm

ArchAngel wrote:Out of curiosity, would we be using a system like this for community voting?
That is a VERY good question.

Honestly, while we have ideas, we haven't completely decided yet. There were VERY mixed feelings regarding the voting last year, and we'll be trying to take peoples' suggestions into account as we change things up for this year.

As usual, please feel free to contribute suggestions.
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Re: 2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Postby tonnyx » Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:32 pm

I too, have voted. If I knew how to program, and if I didn't have two small children to take care of, I'd enter. :)
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Postby VisionaryCynic » Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:43 pm

Voted. Planning on entering as long as school's not too demanding.
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Re: 2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Postby bugala » Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:00 pm

@tonnyx, you can team up with someone.

Maybe you can make music, graphics, design levels, find sounds, write instructions, anything.

Actually i think there should be out up a thread for those interested in grouping ith other people.

I would be otherwise interested in grouping, but im most of the competition time away from home, so i dont really know how much time i can use for my entry, and therefore i dont think its good thing to group up for the sake of the others. For its not good if otehrs are seriously spending time on this, and then it happens that i can use only 2 days in total and cant get my entry even to the phase i could show even unfinished product.

Plus i actually figured out (or actually stole someone elses idea) a way to save lot of time in making graphics. Im going to use digicam pictures.
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Re: 2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Postby Mene-Mene » Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:28 am

bugala:
You forgot the babysitter position... I think she should team up with Clint.
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Re: 2010 CDN Speedgame Theme Poll: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Postby HanClinto » Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:51 am

Just wanted to let you all know that we've updated the rules on the Speedgame website:

http://speedgame.christiandevs.com/

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks!
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