For those of us interested in constructive criticism, and to help push others to want the same, how many of you think that the TDC forums should have a section specifically for people searching for crits and comments on their games? I don't see why it wouldn't work, as some other forums (pixel art forums come to mind) have showcase sections and sections for requesting critique.
No wishy washy crap. If you want critiques expect others to deliver them to you as they are without sugar coating anything in order to help improve your games , and expect to do others the same favor.
I believe a handful of people could gain some incentive from something such as this and become more motivated to the point of finishing their games and improving possible flaws.
Why not? A feedback forum could be great. Though mr. Frogster, you should really think about the fact that CC is not only putting down peoples' work and telling them how they should have done it, it's pointing out what you found good about it AND what you think could use improvment(if so, preferrably in what manner).
That would be a good idea. There is a system like this on Flashgamelicense which works really well. There is a huge difference between getting feedback while working on the game and getting it when the game is done.
Originally Posted by Eternal Man [EE] Why not? A feedback forum could be great. Though mr. Frogster, you should really think about the fact that CC is not only putting down peoples' work and telling them how they should have done it, it's pointing out what you found good about it AND what you think could use improvment(if so, preferrably in what manner).
Well of course. I'm all for constructive criticism, but its kind of hard to get through to people given the fact that
1. Their games are usually already completed.
2. The download comment sections can be hard to read and sort through at times.
3. Fewer people (sometimes) frequent the download comments sections less than the forums.
4. Most people just say "awesome game, but I didn't like X in it - >insert star rating here<" and then they're done.
Like Hayo said, getting feedback while a game is in progress and after a game is finished are almost two totally different things. In a forum environment most of the non-criticising comments will be weeded out and the developer can much more easily focus on the constructive ones.
Originally Posted by Eternal Man [EE] One thing though, don't name it Critique, name it Feedback, since we're not looking for critique but rather, feedback.
Why wouldn't you look for critique?
Critique helps people find what is potentially wrong/bad with/about their creations and also helps them to fix them. Nothing is held back in a true critique, and receiving 100% honest critiques should be an offense that merits much thanks
On feedback vs. critique: Same thing. It's just that critique looks a lot like critical (well, it is being critical. ), which might scare people. We could call just it a Feedback forum to make it less intimidating.
Flava, is it possible to move all topics from one forum to another? I'd bet that this would be too big of a mess to bother with, but having both the General and Miscellaneous forums does seem redundant. (and maybe even so with the Klik and Non-klik coding forums as well.)