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GOTW #268: Smash Face Volley
News posted 26th January, 2008 by The Chris Street  
Smash Face Volley, created by Beppo (you know - he of The Line fame) wins this weeks GOTW award - congratulations are in order, methinks! A close second was Shroomlocks game Legacy of Flan 4: Flan Rising, which missed out by just three votes.

Click here to download the GOTW

This weeks entrants - Magnetball (Engine), Bird, School Escape 1, Santa Dog, The Lost Stones Chronicles: Kingdom Realms Freeware, Hickory, and Armor.

There were a few other entries this week, but since they are either demos, abandonware or multiple submissions by the same person they cannot be accepted. Nonetheless, plenty to chose from :)

Posted by Joe.H 26th January, 2008

"Game of the week"

So why do we include engines again?
Posted by The Chris Street 26th January, 2008

Because they can be helpful to others
Posted by Tim 26th January, 2008

Bird FTW
Posted by Hill Gigas 26th January, 2008

Well, congratulations! You certainly made quite a following for your game, which is the most important thing of all!
Posted by Vertigo 26th January, 2008

Thanks Tim the Cat but my game was like only downloaded 14 times until now and i submitted it when this week was half over... oh well, Smash Face Volley kicks ass anyway
Posted by Sphax 26th January, 2008

Congratulation !

Now, I'm curious to know, since "Magnetball engine" and "Racecar engine" are in the GOTW poll, why PhysicDraw is not in the competition...
Even if it's a conceptual game with no real goal, it's a game and can give fun...
Comment edited by Sphax on 1/26/2008
Posted by Flava 26th January, 2008

I'm guessing it wasn't added because it was a 'beta' whereas the downloads in the poll are all final releases. So I'm sure your engine/game will be added upon its final release.
Posted by The Chris Street 26th January, 2008

Posted by viva/volt 26th January, 2008

Argh RSS feed playing up... It used to have no line breaks now it has double line breaks!

Anyhow good work Beppo. I'll second that Bird FTW also.
Posted by AndyUK 26th January, 2008

I have to say I disagree with allowing Engines in the GOTW.
Imaging how pissed off you would be if your game lost to an engine.

I mean, Engines are like less than a demo surely?
Posted by kmhvslj™ (Your Friendly Non-Bot Clicker) 27th January, 2008

May I say (without playing Bird mentioned on this page) that I liked Hempuli's idea/realization of a game called Bird better ):

Still looking forward to Bird 2, Hempi!
Posted by Sphax 27th January, 2008

The beta versions are not authorized but the engines are... well... strange... because a beta version is more advanced than a simple engine.
Posted by Flava 27th January, 2008

It's nothing to do with how advanced something is - it's to do with the fact that a beta is not a final release, just like a demo is not.
Posted by Sphax 27th January, 2008

Well, we could debate a long time and I think it has already be done before but: An engine is not something finished, it's something for someone or another game, it's like a tutorial.
Posted by Joe.H 27th January, 2008

an Engine is not a game.

This is called game of the week.

If you intend to include anything other than games, shouldn't it be called "Download of the week, but not including shareware, abandonware, demos or multiple submissions"
Posted by AndyUK 27th January, 2008

I don't know, it just seems unfair on the game's maker for an engine to compete with it. Games take an awful lot more time and effort in the majority of cases.

What about abandoned games? they're final releases right? do they get put in the poll?
Posted by Flava 27th January, 2008

So are shareware games. We're basically just following the GOTW 'tradition' or rules that have been happening for the last 3 years or so. The rules haven't changed so why complain about them now? Image

If you want to discuss it then feel free to start a forum thread - this isn't the place to do so.
Comment edited by Flava on 1/27/2008
Posted by Tim 27th January, 2008

Was like that "Mario Galaxy Platform Engine" thing that PixelTheif made... that shouldn't have even been there in the first place!

Silly, silly, silly. -_-
Posted by Knudde (Shab) 27th January, 2008

Didn't we just go through all this GOTW crap like 3 months ago?
Posted by alastair john jack 27th January, 2008

Yes, yes we did.
Posted by AndyUK 28th January, 2008

Which is why I'm not making a thread about it. The rules were decided already.

But that doesn't mean I wont be hacked off if an engine beats one of my games.
Posted by Pixelthief 29th January, 2008

Eh, didn't my SMG engine already win GOTW once? I assumed that was why it wasn't submitted. It might have been built from the ground up, but a game shouldn't win GOTW twice.
Posted by Snakesoft 30th January, 2008

This argument will continue coming up periodically if such silly rules are kept against the will of the website's user base.

Totally OK only finished stuff, but deny shareware games and allowing engines and applications it's simply off-topic.
Posted by Phredreeke 30th January, 2008

Snake: Shareware games are allowed now.
Posted by alastair john jack 30th January, 2008

Its ok everyone! Just continue making good games
Posted by Knudde (Shab) 30th January, 2008

"This argument will continue coming up periodically if such silly rules are kept against the will of the website's user base."

Such a shame that that very userbase chose the rules.


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