Hello everyone, just thought I'd post a news update to remind you how to use the basics of The Daily Click, since some people are spectacularly inept at doing so. Nice long post follows...
How to get your downloads accepted:
Firstly, write a paragraph or two about the game. The first paragraph could be about the storyline, if there is one, or the overall objective. The second paragraph could be about the games features (i.e, does it have a Time Attack mode? A multiplayer mode? Online High Score Board features?). Then, you need to submit a correct working download link - and do NOT link to the c:/ drive on your computer. Depressingly, screenshots are not essential, but if you do include some, please don't make them bitmaps; they'll take ages to load and just annoy the heck out of everyone - especially admins. If you don't have any hosting for screenshots, upload them (courtesy of Flava) HERE. There really is no excuse for no screenshots with this feature. Finally, do not EVER submit games in the forms of continuous streaming demos. For example, a certain individual may make a game called Mr Stumps Dentures 2 and submit a demo as DEMO ONE... and then a week later release DEMO TWO as a new download. Don't do this! Instead, edit your original download and make any necessary modifications!
How to get your game on the front page:
Best way: Make sure your game has screenshots, a decent description, a working download link to a GOOD host. And even if your game does have these qualities, it does not automatically guarentee front page, or indeed GOTW contendership status. And make sure you do NOT ask the admins to put the game on the front page! Especially myself! We all have a lot of work to do, and have this little thing called a "life". When we return to our computers we don't want to sift through a sackful of requests. From now on, I personally will ignore any such requests, be it from klikkers who I don't know, or even klikkers who I get along with. And it won't be anything personal, I just have better things to do. I don't want to be portrayed as the Nasty, Cruel, Vicious Selfish Admin ;) Other admins may do things differently of course.
How to write a preview:
I've seen loads of recent previews that tell us what the author is planning to do. A pre-planning stage, if you will. And the majority of these previews will end up as nothing because the author will realise they are out of their depth. If you submit a preview, make sure it's at least 20% finished, with working screenshots. We don't want "concept art" either. Just get the job done or don't bother submitted the preview.
Only submit links which are relevant to game making. Your own personal websites, unless they contain your own games, are not welcome and probably won't be visited. Slight variations, such as links to your own original MIDI collection or open source sprites are acceptable, but you should probably ask an admin about this first before submitting the link.
How to act in the forums:
With courtesy and pleasantness. Don't go around looking for arguments and trying to provoke reactions. Keep the peace.
Well, thats the end of the snivelly whingy post. These sorts of posts really shouldn't be as common as they are, and if you follow these guidelines, then your relationships with the admins and everyone else at TDC should run along smoothly.