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I guess an additional question is would everyone be fine with ‘open source’/‘freely licensed’ graphics being allowed in the competition?
The reason it hasn’t been done before is that it adds an extra layer of complexity (do we (partially) judge based of pure art now? type questions) and it could hurt developers that are stronger on the art side if they compete with some of that stuff. (They have to spend time making and perfecting it, while everyone using the open art would not be using this time)
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Regarding dates, it looks like the first date is pretty popular along with the later dates. I think its going to be one of the two later dates, but that isn’t set in stone. I want to see if a few more date related comments roll in before making a choice.
Curious Gaming got all of his art for the farm game from the previously linked site, and that’s irrelevant. He would’ve got my two points even if he had used placeholders.
On the other hand, I remember lobstershow winning (or at least getting tons of votes) with his unfinished 30 second games just because “nice art”. And while good graphics are always appreciated and I love lobstershow’s drawngs, this is the programming forum and I feel that the less important aspect of a programming contest are the graphics.
Hell, that’s the whole point of the GiTD template and those python scripts to generate music; the point is that the programmer can focus in making the game, instead of wasting time designing a GUI, drawing stuff and making music.
If we’re ok with open source libraries and free audio, why would there be a problem with using free graphics?
Everyone in the world! There will be public service announcements, giant blimps, parades, TV specials in your favorite shows’ slots, presidential (or dear leader’s, depending on your location) speeches, and a major motion picture.
**GiTD #27. 10/25/2012. Are YOU ready?**