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The GWB Contest has ended and the contestants have posted their code to the server. Time to raise our glasses in the air and congratulate each other on a job well done. Just completing and having something to show people to say "I made that!" is a pretty awesome achievement. I'm really excited too because each contestant tackled a different gametype and focused on different types of technologies. Should be plenty of nice examples to improve my own coding skills and have those "oh THAT's how I should have done it" moments.

I submitted my game last night (partly because I'm a little OCD and partly because I just wanted to be able to relax tonight) and it was pretty fun coming in to work this morning and seeing some people huddled around a computer as a guy was playing my game. That was a good feeling. Then I kept getting emails during the day of little glitches and hacks they had found in the game that they could exploit. Those are exploits to MY game and that's pretty cool.

One of the weirdest feelings happened as I was play testing the other night and I threw my hands up in the air as I failed yet again in completing the "Follow the Leader" level and said, "It's like they want me to lose?" and wifey said "Who's they? You mean you?". Yep, I wanted me to lose and that was a strange feeling. No abstract "they" to blame for making the game too difficult or tricky, just me.

Making this game has been a very satisfying experience. Is it perfect? Not even close, but it is playable and in it I see the potential of what I could do if I would just focus and put the time in. Now I just need to start planning my next game...

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2006 7:52 PM GWB Game Design Challenge | Back to top


Comments on this post: Congratulations to the GWB Game Contestants who made it to the end!

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George:
Congrats on a great game. I played Bob the Fish last night right after you posted it. I really liked the Follow the Leader mode and, like you, I was cussing the machine when I lost my long line of following fish.
I was also impressed with how compact the code was. It made the interaction with Direct-X look fairly straightforward. And the game screens and colors have a great look and feel.
Left by Scott Miller on Jul 01, 2006 3:06 AM

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"Wifey" told us on her blog that you won the Game thing. Just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS George!
So Sorry I missed you when I visited.
Left by bob on Jul 12, 2006 6:12 PM

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Just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS George!
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