OK, people, ECTOCOMP needs some attention. I know you’re all feeling very full of IF as IFComp draws to a close, but please don’t let the ECTOCOMP authors down. We need you to get us to a respectable amount of ratings that aren’t just all of us rating each other. There are some amazing games by stellar authors there, so please make an effort to play and rate just a few of them over the coming week. Surely playing a Grand Guignol game and an itty-bitty Petite Mort game is a reasonable goal for most of you this week.
Last year’s winning game, by no less a personage than Ryan Veeder, only had 12 ratings! You’d think a long, fabulous Veeder game would draw more players. Can we show this year’s authors a little more love?
My motto is: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit by me.”
To pimp this comp further, I have a story. Alert readers will know already that my husband is NOT an IF fan. At all. There’s a game in this comp that I made him play, because I keep trying. And he played it, put his head on the table, wept, and then said, “Does this author have any more games?”
That’s the kind of game you will find in this comp.
To help people pick a Grand Guignol Game, I’ve categorized them. If you only have time for one or two, you can pick your poison from this list.
Dark and Disturbing:
Gothic: The Trials & Tribulations of Edward Harcourt
Mysterious adventure: The Sun Doesn’t Shine Here
Historical: The Spectators
Natural Disaster: You’re In Deep
Creepy cult: God Is in the Radio
Word Play: Civil Seeming Drivel Dreaming
Puzzlefest: Escape from Hell
Parody: This Old Haunted House and The Haunted Help Desk
Sweet: The Good Ghost
Alternative reality: A Pumpkin?
Social Commentary: Euphoria Brighter Than a Comet
Shoot ‘em up: Zombie Blast 2023
***Edit: If you don’t like my categorization of your game, just let me know and I’ll change it to one you’re happier with.
As anyone will tell you, an author needs only to tag something with “sci-fi”, and I’ll start skittering around it, inspecting it like some strange insect.
Okay, I do have a heavy bias against the use of zombies as a narrative element, but I gotta know how an IF title got the “shoot 'em up” tag. I think I’ll just pack my bias away for a moment, and see what happens here. I don’t wanna be the person who shows up with a spear already in hand.
Consider this adequately pimped.
I can’t guarantee I’ll finish what I try, because I’m actually really terrible at playing IF lol.
You can leave a review in the submission page (where you leave a star). Saving your rating is independent of your review. You can also leave your review on the game page (where you play the game, if it embeded).
Most if not all entries have also an IFBD page, if you want to leave a review there. Or create a thread in the Forum like other reviewers have done.
I usually recommend the following: if you have constructive feedback, probably criticism or negative feedback, you can either put the review here to at the competition section for the game (the same one where you can rate the game).
If your opinion is favorable, or high praise, you can comment in the very comment section of the game’s main itchio page so that other players can see your glowing review. Alternatively, you can paste your review/recommendation here, and at IFDB
One thing I would add is that reviews are really great to see, but optional. What we need most are ratings for the competition entries. So if folks are short on time don’t worry about whether you can write a review, but just play what you can and record the rating on the competition page for that game.
I managed 4 games this morning and hope to get through more tomorrow.
This is really helpful … sometimes I’m in the mood for something funny and sometimes I’m not. And I want to be in the best mood I can be for an entry.
As a participant, I prefer seeing reviews here or on IFDB, but I also really appreciate comments such as “I did X and Y and saw bug Z.” They can be checked off most easily. It can be awkward to put “oh hey I liked this game but I saw this really minor issue” in a review. (Another way is to collapse trivial stuff into (details) / (/details).)
I’ve been there too! I generally have a list of basic ideas for reviews, and if anything catches fire, I post it. It’s tough to walk away and say “oh gosh I didn’t have as much to say as I thought I did,” but yeah, a lot of times I let that get in the way.
Sometimes it winds up that I charge through 4 games and need a break and a review is the perfect way to get one, though!
I hadn’t thought of the traffic angle. I still have trouble navigating itch.io for that. I’d like to do more, whether it’s just browse other games or whatever. It’s fun reading a lot of comments on a popular game and being able to participate on threads. The only IFComp game I’ve seen get traction is 4x4 Archipelago–and that was neat to see what others saw. But sometimes I feel like I’d just largely be at itch for the popularity–I mean, we all are, but I’d like to be able to contribute in some meaningful way.
With github it was really easy to create an email filter to say “Okay, if someone does anything in my repos, sort this into the high priority folder.” But I assume it’d be easy enough to add a filter so “if COMMENT in subject and mail is from itch, send it to the high priority folder, too.” (Also, I’m more used to github than itch. But it seems well worth it to spend more time on itch.)
I’ve woken up with a cold this morning so I think it’s the perfect time to try to race through as many petite morts as I can and because I have a bad habit of streaming myself doing stupid petite mort related things I think I’ll stream it. Depending on whether my throat plays ball I should be on from about 2-6pm GMT if anyone wants to watch
Well, you may’ve missed 500, but you now have an outside shot at being vote #600 now from the looks of things (I will still be voting). Uunless you were part of the vote dump that got us close to 540, which is 15 reviews per game.