In general, it seems that most entrants to game-design-competitions could get huge benefit from just a small amount of fairly simple advice and feedback.
I’ve been a judge on several game-design competitions. I’ve seen a lot of recurring mistakes and successes, and I’d like to see less of the former, more of the latter.
I’m hereby offering to provide *public* feedback to anyone who wants to send me their idea. I’ll publish your idea on my blog, along with my thoughts and reactions.
Here are my rules:
- MINIMUM of 300 words
- MAXIMUM of 500 words
- State whether it’s intended to be a Casual game, or a AAA game
- State whether it’s anonymous, or if you want me to include an email address and/or website URL (for people to contact you if they liked your idea)
- I will pick the most interesting ones, and publish the main text of your email, and my reactions, on this blog
- Email it to me directly, at adam.m.s.martin at gmail.com
- You must include the text: “I have read everything on the blog post, and understand and accept all the terms and conditions”
- If I can think of someone better-placed to comment on your idea, I *might* forward your idea to another industry-expert blogger, on the condition that they publish it on their blog with their own feedback, just as I would have done myself (unless you SPECIFICALLY state that you don’t want me to do this)
If you’re already entered for SXSW 2010, don’t bother sending me your idea until after the conference. I’m not going to allow this to interfere with that event.
Public vs. NDA
If you ask for an NDA, you’ve already lost. Forget it.
In general, the only people who would bother to “steal” your game idea are so incompetent / uncreative that the “best” game they could create – even using your idea! – would be so appallingly bad that no-one would ever play it or talk about it.
Spelling and grammar
I will judge you on your spelling and grammar. Get used to it. If you are so lazy you can’t be bothered to spellcheck your entry, you’ve just screamed:
“I AM TOO LAZY TO DESIGN OR MAKE A GAME, I WILL GIVE UP AS SOON AS IT GETS MILDLY CHALLENGING!!!”
Cheat, cheat, and cheat again
Anything you can do to make your pitch more convincing is acceptable. Within the 500 words limit, of course.
If you’ve got concept art, a downloadable MOD, or even better a faked gameplay video … include links!