About Will Edwards
Dreaming of making indie games is, sadly, still just a dream.
Will Edwards's Trophies
Huge Data Processing
Awarded by SaintHeiser
on September 14, 2014
Outside the Box Game Idea Award
Awarded by blubberquark
on August 31, 2014
Gamification of Rating Games Award
Awarded by ViliX64
on August 26, 2014
Awarded by udo
on August 29, 2013
Prettiest Text Adventure Award
Awarded by royvanrijn
on April 27, 2012
Will Edwards's Archive
After a slight hiccup using some LD29 thumbs in my previous LD31 mosaic, I thought it best to offer up a corrected mosaic for your viewing pleasure:
↑ your game is in this mosaic! ↑
After you’ve played my game, feast your eyes on yet another mosaic made up from all the LD30 games:
Your game is in that mosaic, I promise! Happy hunting
This time, the tiles have been placed optimally using a Kuhn-Munkres solver for the Linear Assignment Problem! Terribly interesting algorithm, terrific result!
This isn’t the first mosaic I’ve made; you may also like these, made by random swaps and buckets of runtime:
Last Day of rating time left, folks! Get playing, get commenting!
And after you’ve played my game, you can ponder these stats:
This shows what percentage of contestants have commented on others games.
I had suspected that a lot of players comment in quick succession on different games, suggesting that they hadn’t actually played them in any depth. However, thankfully, the stats really don’t back that up. There are some examples, but really surprisingly rare. People really don’t sit down and speed-rate and comment a lot of games; lets hope for the best that they are playing them instead
As my game relies on people commenting, I’m eager to get everyone commenting. Here’s my game’s penetration:
We are tracking the location of 721 LD30 contestants.
524 contestants have successfully used the game, entering their user name and looking at the map; that’s 20% !!!
56% of these have been back more than once! The median is 3 repeat visits!
450 contestants have updated their location in the game; the other 74 were satisfied with the game’s guess.
But, here’s the kicker, only 324 have rated my game
And only 202 people have have commented on my game. A handful are not contestants, but the rest … I can’t see you light up on my map Here’s how my map is lit up when I check it now:
I would like you all to go comment on other people’s game, not just my own!
Last Day Now… you know what to do!
Now Go Play and Comment!
I’ve been tracking commenting habits on Ludum Dare as my game depends upon it.
Comments are a good proxy for ratings, and comments have been dwindling.
Why am I posting? It seems nobody is here reading
It’ll be interesting to see if comment rates pick up as the deadline looms.
Games with the most comments:
239 Close Your Eyes – nonetheless (Web, Source)
230 Sinister – Joe Williamson (Web, Source)
221 Connecting LD30 to the Real World – Will Edwards(Web, Source)
206 Heart Star – AdventureIslands (Web, Source)
189 Chipset-0 – deepnight (Play (flash), Source (Haxe), Timelapse)
163 Waterfly Octus – gillenew (Web, Source)
160 Starpiercer – Alexander Kulikov (Web, Windows, OS/X, Linux)
159 This Little Piggy… – InfectionTeam (Web, Windows, OS/X, Linux, Behind the Scenes Video)
150 NOODLE FEELING – Magdev (Web)
149 Super Alien Bro – nerd burglars (Web, Linux)
646 ConnectTheWorlds – mrexcessive (Web – HTML5, Source)
331 Alice Anxiety – jukimv1986 (Web, Windows (21mb))
235 Star Tycoons – MechanicMoon (HTML5 (Web), Windows, Android)
235 Salvation – 43iscoding (Web, Source)
224 Symbiosis – vividhelix (Web, Source)
224 Connected Retro Worlds – yodamaster (Web, Source)
216 Data-Man – Hyoga-3D (Web, Linux)
200 Super Alien Bro – nerd burglars (Web, Linux)
191 Where Did The Stars Go? – mechabit (Web (Unity), Tumblr, Twitter, Website)
187 Collision – Sunflower (Windows, Source)
The good news is that, compared to last week’s stats, now only three games have no comments:
< None – alie (Windows)
< The Plague – Zim the Fox (Source, READ BELOW!)
< None – Hob623 (Web)’
You know what needs to be done … now go play and comment!
The USA is reporting a stronger-than-previous presence in Ludum Dare, but Europe still dominates!
Over 600 player positions are now known! There’s 198 players reporting in from North America, 25 from South America and 378 from Europe.
PLEASE FILL IN YOUR OWN POSITION, we’re all dead interested to see how it all turns out!
The Snake in the Amazon, Tiger in India, Dragon in China and the Wallace Straights are just some of the art still to be uncovered on the map.
After you’ve played my game, you can ponder this lovely stats table:
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How to read it: the columns and rows are labelled by the terms I searched for. The numbers in bold for each column show the total entries, and its also split out by jam and 48-hour comp. The other numbers show the intersection of two groups, e.g. there were 8 entries that provided by Linux and Android links.
In my own game, which was a kind of meta-game, I originally meant you to be able to filter people by target. Sadly time run out and the feature was cut
Ergo, LD31, focus on a web game!
Interestingly, there were 1685 “web” entries, and 5 Unity entries did not mention a “web” target…
After you’ve kindly played my game, you can ponder this:
If you take the game thumbnails (pretty mosaics here!) and average them all together, you get – logically – the average LD entry! And here it is:
See the faint Windows window border title bar at the top? Undeniable proof!
How average is your thumbnail?
After you’ve played my game, you can feast your eyes on these stats ↓
As my game scrapes the LD30 game contest entries, I gather a lot of stats about who comments on whom. And, I believe, comments are a good proxy for playings and ratings.
We’re over a week into the 3 week voting time, and already the activity on the site has dropped significantly.
Here’s the comments over time (PDT):
The high peaks are at 12 noon each day; it seems people play and rate in their lunch hours! Even as the number of comments per hour drops steadily, it still has a local maximum at 12 noon each day.
I know I play, rate and comment during my lunch breaks … but I’m not in the PDT timezone.
In fact, I have the supposed location of 617 players so far (seen my game?) so I could actually do an ok job of determining the local time they comment, and perhaps its not their lunchtimes? I may do this…
I was expecting the comment rate to pick up again at the weekend, but seemingly not.
There are 2,539 entries, of which 1,044 are jam entries and 1,495 are 48-hour comp.
There are a staggering 43,495 comments!
3,536 of those comments are replies by the entry author, commenting on their own entry.
764 of those comments were posted by 365 Ludum Darers who didn’t enter LD30.
18 entries have no comments at all, and 1 entry has only the entrant commenting. Sad! I’ll put a list at the end so you can go do something about it!
The top-10 commented-on games (so far) are:
212 Close Your Eyes – nonetheless (Web, Source)
195 Sinister – Joe Williamson (Web, Source)
187 Heart Star – AdventureIslands (Web, Source)
175 Connecting LD30 to the Real World – Will Edwards (Web, Source)
161 Chipset-0 – deepnight (Play (flash), Source (Haxe), Timelapse (soon))
AFTER you’ve played and commented on my game, you can feast your eyes on this mosaic ↓
↑ Your game is in that parrot! You just have to find it… happy hunting
I picked a parrot picture because in my game there are still some wild animals to be found on the map in some of the jungles… happy hunting there too
You may also like my interactive map of Ludum Dare participants ↓
Its really really fun to watch your pins appear on the map when you play my game, and light up and reveal the ahem annotated map as you comment on other LD30 games!
Please do comment on my game too so you light up my map when I play my game! That’d be the nicest compliment of all.
This isn’t the first mosaic I’ve made for this Ludum Dare 30; you may also enjoy hunting for your entry in this map: