@NPT: These games may be on the last page, but why does that mean that they are any more deserving than the other games with bad screenshots? Now lets adress your points... Oh, and mind you, I didnt report tutorial edits with legitemt screenshots, and I was very, very generous. I could've gone on a mad rampage tagging all games with bad screenshots, but I didnt. I left some alone.
Chances are they are relatively new Game Maker users, they're probably young, and they are proud of their accomplishments. Are their accomplishments huge? No, not really. But they are probably very meaningful to them.
Why should we care about an 8-year old posting his first game that is just an edited Space Cleaner that he calls his own? If they are legitement authors, they will simply be asked to add a real screenshot, and they probobly will. Half the time the people who make tutorial edits never come back.
YYGs provided them with a resource to upload their games, and they put them there so they can show their friends and families.
If they want to show there friends and families, then why cant they just load the game up on there computer? Or are you talking about people who live far away?
Are these games hurting anyone? Probably not. They're not displacing the top played games, they're not displacing the top rated games, they're not displacing the spotlight games, they're not being presented first when searching games. They are doing no more harm than some kids vanity video uploaded to YouTube.
They are doing harm. Why? Because they are wasting valuable server space. It may not be much for one game, but collectively its alot. If YYG never had these games uploaded, then they probobly wouldnt have had to put ads on the forum, because they wouldnt require as much server space.
They are doing no harm and not using any kind of measurable resource.
They are using server space, and as i said before, collectively, that is alot.
Meanwhile you flag and delete fascists are potentially doing harm. YYGs put up this space and encourage people of all skill levels to Make and Share their games. You believe you are representing YYGs and their best interests, but still we have heard nothing from those who really do represent YYGs.
Just because they are new doesnt mean they have the right to post a slightly edited example and call it "their first game". Perhaps they may even learn something from this experience. What, you ask? To take real screenshots and to not upload tutorial edits.
I don't think you are representing YYGs positively at all, and I don't think that some of these potential Game Maker customers will be thrilled when their games are deleted or flagged because they don't have "a decent screenshot".
If they can make a space cleaner game, they most likely have Game Maker Pro(as far as I'm aware, Space Cleaner uses image_angle). And did you consider the fact that most of the bad screenshot games are from like, 2007-2008? And you know what? The author has uploaded that game, and never came back. So do you think they will care if we delete there pacman sprite screenshots?
Cripes, if you guys are now sharing tips to help find these games, then it's pretty obvious to me very few people are accidentlt stumpling upon them. The fact that some of them have only a few plays demonstrates pretty conclusively that they are not causing problems.
That "tip" was sarcastic, goddamnit. I'm suprised that someone like you wasnt able to recognize it. And what do you expect us to do, search whatever is popular and go through 50 pages just to find bad screenshot games? Sorry, but not everyone has the time or patience.
End this stupid event.