Brill! I already downloaded the games individually, so I for one would really like to know about any updates so I can download just that particular game later, instead of downloading the lot all over again. [emote];)[/emote]
I would if that game were an actual playable game file. [emote]:)[/emote] It looked amazingly cool, and if I get someone to play it with I will, but I currently haven’t the time nor the inclination. Nor the someone.
Hmm, I think I’m going to have to redownload the lot. I got the originals/updates mixed up.
Normally I’d look at the serial numbers to see which is the most recent, but it’s the darndest thing - in both Gaia’s Web and Garbage Collection, the version I downloaded before and the version I downloaded after the update have the same release and serial number! But I know they’re different because GW has a different filename and GC has been recompiled for a different VM!
I’ll probably wait on the big zip. [emote]:)[/emote] Who knew imaginary games would be so hard to keep track of? Actually, now that I say that out loud, it seems only logical…
I’m not sure whether it works in Open Office, but in Excel you can resize the protected cells by selecting a range of cells that includes them (click down at the bottom and shift-click up to the top) and then selecting “Format–Rows,” or something like that.
…and in case anyone cares, the reason that the two versions of Garbage Collection are compiled for different virtual machines is that I first compiled it for Glulx, because that’s the default, and then I was curious to see whether it would fit into the z-machine. Then after I compiled it for the z-machine I noticed a bug in an edge case.
I love the premise of the jam. I’ve read imaginary reviews of imaginary books by Lem and by Borges, and I think it is a brilliant and fun genre. I think everybody in the competition did an excellent job in applying that to game reviews. My favorites among the reviews are A Game Played By Galaxies (because of the mind-blowing, megalomaniac conception), Garbage Explorer (because of the satiric component, and the lovely details about garbage exploration) and Unreal City (because the review makes me want to play it!).
I started playing the games, too:
(1) I like how the ShadowCast review is maximally intruiging in proportion to its brevity, and I think the posters are a great illustration of the idea. I could not open the .exe file on my Linux system, though.
(2) I played Seachange, and the author implemented the annoying crafting-your-character-in-vain experience described in the review nicely in a CYOA game. Some of the other details from the review also made it into the game. I was hoping to see a bit more dragon and… Civil War action, though. The choices do not seem to matter at all, but that’s fair enough in such a short showcase story.
(3) I love A Game Played by Galaxies. I think it is a perfect implementation of the idea from the review. What I especially like about the review is that it describes an almost unimaginable game (I like fake reviews best when the described book or game is not just non-existing, but impossible), and what I like even more about the implementation is that it makes the game not only imaginable, but actually playable. The instructions sound totally reasonable, and the gif proves that it can be played (while eating a banana). I haven’t tried yet, but: it even looks like fun! So that’s definitely my favorite review-game-pair so far.
I’ll try out the others in the next few days. Many thanks to the organizers and participants of the project, I’m enjoying it.
Thank you! Although I should explain that the “satiric component” as it exists in the game is perhaps more “hasty in-universe explanation of why I was only able to implement as much as I did in the time I gave myself.”
A plea here that everyone should play Mayfly. I’m a bit biased because it was my review, but it is way better than the game I imagined in my head.
That link reminds me of a Catherine Tate character. Seriously, every sketch that’s pretty much what’d happen - she’d cause one of those awkward situations and then try to save face by being either worse, random, cowardly, or all three.
Erm… off topic? Me? Why, what on earth do you mean? Surely you’re imagining it.