Thank you to everyone who has submitted and played the games! We are now at the end of Feedback Fortnight!
As always, just because the event is over does not mean you can't still play the games, and leave meaningful feedback on them. It does mean that you will no longer be able to submit new games. Don't worry, there will be another FF coming soon -- usually in about 6 months but the schedule is not set yet!
Making a game is hard work. Showing a game can be fraught with emotion. There was a quote in a magazine I read recently that struck me:
"Anything beautiful or meaningful now seems like a miracle when I consider how easily it might not have been made, and I imagine the odds it had to beat just to exist."
--Aaron Cometbus, from Cometbus #59
One of the reasons I do the things I do here at Alakajam is to promote new beautiful and meaningful things. While it is easy to throw your hands in the air and decide it is not worth it, or there will not be an audience, or that we can't make it beautiful enough for our discerning critics, I feel it is worth to let the insanity carry us and try to make new artworks anyway.
With that crazy thought, Alakajam #14 is coming soon! Try to make something wonderful! Don't despair if it doesn't come out beautiful, and remember we only get better with practice!
It's time to play games! If you haven't submitted your game yet, do not despair! We will leave the submission window open until the end of the event.
Go! Play the games! Give the authors of these games your ideas, your constructive criticism, and your feedback! Try to answer specific questions they may have, and try to give them new ideas so that they can come up with new questions!
If you didn't submit a game, that's okay! Anyone can play these games and give their feedback!
Remember, there are no ratings. Please, remember that there is a person who is showing their craft who will be reading your comments, so please do not be mean with no other value. Instead of saying "this game sucks!", try "I am not enjoying this game because …. , but maybe it could be improved by making changes like ……". There is a lot written on the topic of giving criticism, and I can not rewrite it all here. But please try to be considerate while still giving good feedback!
After some short delays (we love you Kajam!), we now begin the second edition of Feedback Fortnight! We know that you have been working on something, perfecting it, but it just needs, it just needs someone else to play it! And tell you if it is fun or not! And tell you if you succeeded in doing the awesome things that you have been prepping for!
All you need to do is take your project - any project - and submit it. It can be your Sekrit Prodject Made In Your Basement with glowing lights, it can be something from a previous game jam, or it can be a future commercial game - and submit it to our ruthless, but very kind, game players. Then, you also become a game player, and play everyone else's game. Leave constructive and kind feedback, there are no ratings or scores of any kind.
If you do submit a commercial game, we require that you make it freely available to the other game players during the time of Feedback Fortnight. After all, if I am playing a game for you for the purpose of constructive criticism, would you really ask people money for that?
Games can be submitted in any state of development - anything from "buggy mess I can't play this to" to "almost done" or even "I just have screenshots and some ideas!" We can't guarantee everyone will look at everything, but the easier you make it for us, the more likely we will!
With all that introduction, let the Feedback begin!
Due to the Kajam running a bit late, the Feedback Fortnight will be delayed by about a day and a half. We will start Saturday 27. We apologize for making you wait. The individuals who have made these decisions will not be sacked. :)
I hope you all have your projects in working order to show everyone! If they aren't in working order, that's okay, get your non-working projects ready to go and get set for Feedback Fortnight 2021 #2! Yes this is the second one in this year, and we hope to keep doing them twice a year! Don't you need feedback on your projects more than once a year?
So with further ado, we can't wait until we open up the website for your submissions tomorrow!