Hi Dark,
By and large I personally agree with everything you said below. However, I can think of a few exceptions to the rule. One of them being the need for more cross platform games. As you know accessibility for Mac and Linux has really opened up over the last couple years or so, and more and more blind computer users are turning to Mac and Linux as an alternative to Windows. Unfortunately most of our games can't be played on Mac or Linux without some sort of emulation, and sometimes not even then. In a case like that creating a cross platform version of Monopoly, Blackjack, Aliens in the Outback, whatever would be perfectly reasonable. After all, there are a number of games that could be rewritten to be cross platform compatible, but there is not enough accessible game developers interested in doing so. At any rate I think this falls under a good reason why to rewrite or at least copy an existing title. As for myself I am not the type to run with the pack. I'm perfectly capable of creating new and original content which is something I hope to do as soon as some of these games are cleared away. Even if the game isn't 100% original such as my Tomb Hunter games they are still quite a bit different from what is already out there currently to be of interest to customers. Which is something I think our little community needs.


Smile.


dark wrote:
True again Tom.

also though, i would point out, that this is all the more reason for when a developer is just rehashing an existing game and passing it off as a new idea, ---- which I'm sorry to say has happened on a couple of occasions i can think of, ---- it's all the more important for the community and the other devs to set them right. Q9, Superliam, Tomb hunter, ----- and even Tarzan Junior ar significantly different games, ---- I own and enjoy playing all of them. if however a developer stated an intention to create something like another space invaders game, a self-voicing single player black jack or a modified version of boppit, ---- they'd have to offer a pretty good account as to why such a game would be a worth while use of their time and skills which could be put to work in writing something we have more need for.

such justifications are possible, ---- as Liam proved with judgement day and it's many unlockables, and Che proved with his online playable tournament black jack, ---- but I'd say a developer would do well to considder all accessible games available before sitting down to code, ----- especially if they expect to sell such games.

I don't want to name and shame here, ---- but I can certainly think of a couple of developers who imho have very much wasted their ttime in creating just another game of a familiar type, ---- and, what is worse in several cases, expecting people to spend money upon it.

This could've been avoided if they just looked around to see what was out there first, or honestly admitted that the couple of extra sounds they stuck in the game didn't make it in any way original or worth the asked price.

btw, this is on my mind, sinse the audio games database is back up and running, ---- and in considdering some new entries I'm finding it quite hard to stay at the very least neutral when describing certain games.

with the database though, Where as I'll always say anything good that imho should be said about a game, ---- I don't make negative comments, ----- however deserved I might think they could be.

I'll freely say what I want here and on the forums though, ---- sinse they are less official.

Beware the Grue!

Dark.

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