Hi Darren,

Yeah, I know. Unfortunately, even discussing this I'm afraid could
kick off another flame war since people are likely to be sensative
when it comes to discussing what is or isn't reasonable quality
control. It is true anyone has the right to create and play anything
they want, but, in my personal opinion, not every game meets a certain
mainstream standard of quality and development. This is somewhat of a
catch 22 situation since 99% of the developers here are self-taught,
figuring things out as they go,  and many don't have a real extensive
knowledge of mainstream games to begin with. In short, they lack
knowledge and experience that someone exposed to normal mainstream
standards would expect of them.

So if we hold up something like Shades of Doom as a type of goal or
standard we should aim for then a lot of developers are going to come
back with "that's too hard" or"that's unrealistically high" even
though that's exactly the kind of standard for mainstreamgames and
gamers that we haven't reached yet. We are in some respects still
trying to get there, and some developers are far too quick to publish
something simple like BopIt instead of waiting to officially release
something like Q9, Tank Commander, or Shades of Doom. If we wait for
those developers to walk before they can run then of course we would
have a lot of waiting to do. So its a catch 22 situation to either
accept x number of simple games until they can produce something
better, or not hear from them at all until they produce something
better. I'm afraid I don't have an answer or solution for that issue


On 7/31/11, darren harris <darren_g_har...@btinternet.com> wrote:
> Hi tom,
> I agree actually. I think part of the problem here is that when everybody
> comes across a new game release, whatever it is, everybody swoops on it.
> that's not really the right way to be to be honest with you.
> Boppit whilst it can be fun to an extent really it's a kids game and to be
> honest I would shudder to put that out in the Magazine. it has to be said, I
> look at some of the writing on this list and other places with regards to
> games, I see topics such as this and I cringe thinking good god what if
> mainstream people see this? Don't get me wrong, we all have the right to
> enjoy what we wish and to talk about it but there is and can be a very
> obvious trade-off as a result.
> I think serious consideration needs to be given as to what is and what isn't
> deemed appropriate material for wide distribution of the Magazine. that's
> not to say we need to say no x rated games can be mentioned or games
> containing violence or such things, it's more about quality control. There's
> nothing wrong for example in mentioning there's a new developer coming in
> and learning what to do and all that. equally there's nothing wrong with a
> question and answer section to the Magazine for example, when said
> developers can indeed get the opportunity to ask various questions and
> answers can be sent to them personally or sent to the Magazine for inclusion
> in future issues. Indeed it would be nice to see answers to questions and
> people who aren't interested in that section can pass up on it and move on
> to something else that takes their interest. But yes, I do think some
> quality control is necessary.

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