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#51 chance

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 01:59 PM

Can your kid help with the game dev? Scribble art or sound effects?

I don't think she understands the concept of drawing - but smearing things on other things comes naturally.

Jackson Pollock became a legend doing that. So you never know.



My aim for this Jam is to come up with something completely unexpected.

Me too. I plan to make a decent game. Nobody will expect that. :P
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#52 @Alex@

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:15 PM

I'll be offering a few promo codes for Kings. One for each of the top 3 , 1 for the best use of theme and 1 for the best reviewer. Undecided if I'll be participating or not but hopefully I'll have more than 3.5 hours to make something.
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:20 PM

Guys why are you trying to guess the theme already? It takes a lot of time to find things and it takes off the fun of the jam. Nocturne I think you shouldn't give letters so fast, maybe one or two in the last three days or something. It is really annoying that 90% of the posts in jam topics are always theme guesses. :sleep:

Nocturne is good at keeping it very ambiguous until near the end. How else are we supposed to entertain ourselves? Making ridiculous guesses at the theme is all I have and all I know. O_O

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#54 greep

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

Guys why are you trying to guess the theme already? It takes a lot of time to find things and it takes off the fun of the jam. Nocturne I think you shouldn't give letters so fast, maybe one or two in the last three days or something. It is really annoying that 90% of the posts in jam topics are always theme guesses. :sleep:/>/>


Other than "I'm in" there's not much else to say :whistle:

Also, let's do some detective work: last person to win made games involving turtles, apocalypses, and time machines. Perhaps the second word is time? Dualist time story? I'd totally love a time machine theme for an entire jam :o

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:21 PM

Guys why are you trying to guess the theme already? It takes a lot of time to find things and it takes off the fun of the jam. Nocturne I think you shouldn't give letters so fast, maybe one or two in the last three days or something. It is really annoying that 90% of the posts in jam topics are always theme guesses. :sleep:/>

Nocturne is good at keeping it very ambiguous until near the end. How else are we supposed to entertain ourselves? Making ridiculous guesses at the theme is all I have and all I know. O_O



</sarcasm> right...... because no one ever guesses the theme beforehand, especially ever since gmc jam 5 <sarcasm>
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#56 Saijee

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:24 PM

I'm in on this contest!

From what I remember, the thing I spent the most time on is getting all the resources worked/found. Soooo, this time I'm going to prepare ahead of time! I'm going to get my brothers and myself to generate a crap load of graphics/music while I create and find some killer sound effects and what have you.
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#57 AhmedElyamani

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:39 PM

If i finish my project before this, I'm in. even though i haven't done very good in previous jam's :P .
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

Guys why are you trying to guess the theme already? It takes a lot of time to find things and it takes off the fun of the jam. Nocturne I think you shouldn't give letters so fast, maybe one or two in the last three days or something. It is really annoying that 90% of the posts in jam topics are always theme guesses. :sleep:

Does it matter? There are so many guesses that, if we do manage to guess the correct theme, it'll be meaningless by the point we do find out about it. No one will cheat and create an engine before the starting time based on a random guess that might be or not correct. In a mechanical point of view, it's ridiculous.

About the Jam, never participated in one. I wanted to, but it's bad timing for me as I will have an exam on the 28th. Really wish to know what it feels to be in one of these things.
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:04 PM

Guys why are you trying to guess the theme already? It takes a lot of time to find things and it takes off the fun of the jam. Nocturne I think you shouldn't give letters so fast, maybe one or two in the last three days or something. It is really annoying that 90% of the posts in jam topics are always theme guesses. Posted Image

Does it matter? There are so many guesses that, if we do manage to guess the correct theme, it'll be meaningless by the point we do find out about it. No one will cheat and create an engine before the starting time based on a random guess that might be or not correct. In a mechanical point of view, it's ridiculous.



Agreed! Half the enjoyment of the topic is guessing the theme... And people HAVE guessed the last 3 Jam themes before the start and although I'm sure they didn't start before the time, they had a head-start in the planning, which is often more important than the coding.


Also, IT'S FUN!!!!

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:05 PM

Oh, and talking of themes...

THEME: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ O _ E / _ _ O _ _


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:15 PM

Nocturne just broke a rule... You double poster!

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:13 PM

I'm totally in on this one. ^_^

Also,
VIOLENT LOVE CLOWN.
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:15 PM

Genius Love Moron

It will be about love games when a genious falls in love with a moron?



Never mind forget it.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:27 PM

Arghhh stupid typos...
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#65 Saijee

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:04 PM

Armored Core Clone
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#66 greep

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:23 PM

<something> home alone XD
<something> love story!

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#67 MishMash

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:37 PM

I Definitely want to enter this one :D! skipped out on the last few due to school work and such D:!
And, i hope someone guesses the theme, bit trickier when there are 3 words XD!
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#68 greep

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:44 PM

Lol. Just realised "vampire love story" fits.
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#69 Shadow Link

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:04 PM

^Oh god no

<A bunch of stuff about time zones!>


Haha, nice effort in that post! Though, I think to spare a few headaches, it might've been better to just link to a GMT Clock. No fussing around with calculations or time zones, and you just have to know the begin/end times. But hey, education is awesome too!


Sheesh, 1 day and already 4 pages in this topic! I've updated my clock, as I was sleeping earlier. I also encourage peeps to drop by the #gmc IRC channel if you haven't already. ^_^
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#70 MishMash

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:04 PM

OH GAWD NO!

edit: damn someone else said the same thing like 2 seconds faster D:!

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:12 PM

Updated possible theme list:

PERFECT LOVE STORY Likeliness: 50%
SHOOTER GONE LOONY Likeliness: 30%
EXPLODE MORE BLOON Likeliness: 10%
CRIMSON GORE SPOTS Likeliness: 5%
FRONTAL LOBE BLOWN Likeliness: 5%
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#72 Greg Squire

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:29 PM

Do you guys realize that this game jam overlaps the Global Games Jam, which is happening the same weekend? I'm already committed to the Global Games Jam, but I was planning on using GameMaker. Is participation in both jams permissible if the game can fit the themes of both jams (that's the tricky part)?

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#73 NAL

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:45 PM

Do you guys realize that this game jam overlaps the Global Games Jam, which is happening the same weekend? I'm already committed to the Global Games Jam, but I was planning on using GameMaker. Is participation in both jams permissible if the game can fit the themes of both jams (that's the tricky part)?

I don't personally see any issue with it. It's not like you're at an advantage, and it means more entries for more contests :lol: It should also be noted that you're not totally required to follow the GMC Jam's theme/handicap, you may just not rank as highly in people's eyes if you don't.
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:31 PM

Bwahahahahahaha! We have a handicap!!!

HANDICAP : _ _ _ _ / _ o _ / _ o _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ o _ /_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _



And I can assure you all that it fits PERFECTLY with the theme! TheSnidr and Lolligirl could not have chosen better had they known!
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:47 PM

Theme = Unusual Love Story?

Handicap = Must not contain (sounds for cutscenes)* ?

*Very wild guess

Edited by GameDevDan, 18 January 2013 - 09:51 AM.

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#76 Floofpaws

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:10 PM

Handicap: MUST NOT COMPILE DESIGN FOR WINDOWSXP
That's not fair!
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:17 PM

Last jam I had to convert my game from Studio back to 8.1 in the last few minutes because it wouldn't work on XP due to a problem with Studio games where it crashed if you tried to change the window size on XP. :(
It was a real bummer as it made some of the stuff I programmed not work very well, but I only noticed the XP problem just before the jam finished.

That's since been fixed so hopefully this jam I will only be using Studio.
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#78 chance

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:43 PM

<snip>
...so hopefully this jam I will only be using Studio.

I'm switching to Studio for this Jam too. Last Jam, I hadn't completely made the switch from my physics DLL to Box2D. But now I'm pretty comfortable with Studio's Box2D.

So I won't be going back to 8.1 again.
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#79 The Legend

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:33 PM

finally, I have a place to put my new found mplanning skills to the test....
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#80 DJ Vinyl Scratch

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:18 AM

Oh, and I would like a team if I may request that.

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#81 Lian16

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:26 AM

Sorry for the dumb question but... What is "HANDICAP"?
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:30 AM

We're still guessing! heh.

But seriously, a handicap is basically something that hampers your performance. For the gmc jam, it might be something like "you may only use three sprites" or something

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#83 land of games

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:34 AM

We're still guessing! heh.

But seriously, a handicap is basically something that hampers your performance. For the gmc, it might be something like "you may only use three sprites" or something


Yeah, but generally the handicap forces you to think outside the box, but wont actually decrease the quality of the game (or troll participants)

Think along the lines of "you may not use text" or "the game must use NES color palete" and not along the lines of "only 3 sprites" or "the game must not have music" etc.

EDIT: also, the handicap wont relate to code (because that isnt enforceable). So no "you may only use 1 object" or "you must have under X lines of code"

Edited by land of games, 18 January 2013 - 01:35 AM.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:01 AM

Hopefully, I will enter this time.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:14 AM

Hopefully, I will enter this time.

Hopefully?!! What's stopping you?
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:30 AM

Hopefully, I will enter this time.

Hopefully?!! What's stopping you?

Life, it likes to keep me busy. You will learn someday young grasshopper.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:06 AM

Life, it likes to keep me busy. You will learn someday young grasshopper.


Haha, obviously you haven't read his post here.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:23 AM

Hopefully, I will enter this time.

Hopefully?!! What's stopping you?

Life, it likes to keep me busy. You will learn someday young grasshopper.

Yeah I notice that your profile says you're 20 years old. I'm far off from being a "young grasshopper" to a spritely young lad like yourself! :P
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:46 AM

I'll enter next time.. Yeah, next time. Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:36 AM

I think I might just do this.

Edit: if we know what game genre we want to make the game in, is it fine to go ahead and create the resources/scripts necessary for said game genre?

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:18 AM

I think I might just do this.

Edit: if we know what game genre we want to make the game in, is it fine to go ahead and create the resources/scripts necessary for said game genre?


Not really... Put it like this, the GMCJam is supposed to be about spontaneity and experimentation. So, the idea is that you get the theme and the handicap and you go and do something that you would never have done normally... you think "outside the box" and do something that is outwith your comfort zone. So, by preparing things beforehand, you are NOT being true to the spirit of the competition and are also not respecting the other participants who DO keep the GMCJam spirit in their games. You are also more likely to go with something that you know, and in which you trust your programming skills and knowledge will be able to create, which is just not what this is all about!!!

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:01 PM

It is an excellent guess and would make a great theme too... But it's WRONG!

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:11 PM

I wanted to experiment with reading word lists using Javascript, so I made this: http://stuffbydavid....jamthemeguesser
You can edit the revealed characters if you want. Please don't use it to cheat. :thumbsup:/>

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#94 Nocturne

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:32 PM

Brilliant! Thanks Davve! Link going into the first post...

Oh and 45489906 possibilities... LOL!!!!
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:36 PM

Brilliant! Thanks Davve! Link going into the first post...

Oh and 45489906 possibilities... LOL!!!!

Many thanks, I expect the amount of possibilities to decrease dramatically as more characters are revealed. :wink:/>

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to start planning my Jealous note acorn game. I have a good feeling about that one!
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:49 PM

Annoyingly i have something planned for the Sunday, i really wanted to make a quality entry this year, was too ambitious last time. If i get an artist to work with me and have the time i will endevour to enter. Plus if i enter ill put up some prizes like last time. look forward to seeing the entries/hopefully making something awesome else Ill enter next time!
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:04 PM

[...] Half the enjoyment of the topic is guessing the theme... And people HAVE guessed the last 3 Jam themes before the start and although I'm sure they didn't start before the time, they had a head-start in the planning, which is often more important than the coding.


Also, IT'S FUN!!!!
[...]

If I ever win a Jam, I reserve the right to come up with the theme and release the hints myself. :P
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#98 NAL

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:09 PM

If I ever win a Jam, I reserve the right to come up with the theme and release the hints myself. :P

I've gotta be honest, picking the theme is a generous portion of my motivation to try and win the thing :lol:
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:08 PM

I think I might just do this.

Edit: if we know what game genre we want to make the game in, is it fine to go ahead and create the resources/scripts necessary for said game genre?


No. That's outright cheeting.
Thanks for asking though. Some people would have gone ahead and done it without asking :D
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:16 PM

I wanted to experiment with reading word lists using Javascript, so I made this: http://stuffbydavid....jamthemeguesser
You can edit the revealed characters if you want. Please don't use it to cheat. :thumbsup:/>/>/>

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Of course, it clearly has to be Athlete Pope Tooth! :D
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