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“Ghost” – Post Mortem

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 5:53 pm


This is my first Ludum Dare. It was awesome!
I’m proud of myself for making a (more or less) complete game in only 48 hours. this is the first game I have ever finished all by myself.
I had a great time making it, and I’m happy with the result :)
Still, I’m thinking about a few things I could have done differently…
First, the genre. I’ve chosen to make a point-and-click adventure game, because my programming level is pretty basic at the time being (and I also LOVE adventure games). But I didn’t take into account all the design work that comes along with the making of such a game – Thinking about all the different results of every possible action takes time. I mean, people try some really weird stuff when playing adventure games…
So, next time, I will consider choosing a different genre. Hopefully my programming skills will get better by then :)
Also, I didn’t leave enough time to make a proper ending. My ending is just “You won! The end.” which apparently piss people off, especially if they had invested a lot of time in the game. They wanna get their rewarding ending. I understand because I’m the same way too :)
The last thing is too much stress during the contest, which resulted in stupid little mistakes. For example, there was this annoying little bug I tried to solve for like two hours, and ended up submitting the game without fixing it completely. Then, I woke up the next morning, sat down and fixed it in like two minutes! I’m not exactly sure how to solve this stress issue, but It would probably help to get more sleep / food during these 48 hours. I will try to pay more attention to such things next time.
All in all, I had a great time, and now it’s time to sit back and enjoy the other games :)

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