Ludum Dare 31 — December 5th-8th, 2014 — Theme: Entire Game on One Screen

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by anokta - Compo Entry

DEBATE simply is an online debating arena. Shout your way to rule the arena!

The entire game takes place in one screen, literally, one arena for every single candidate.

You must always keep calm to survive:
- Debating (shouting) to other candidates pushes them away and relieves your anger level, unless you're being shouted at the same time.
- Shouting for no reason makes you angrier.
- Staying silent retrieves peace back, unless you're being shouted.
- Keep in mind that the angrier you get, the powerful you become.
- Finally, once again, try not to be shouted.

- AD/Arrow keys : movement (horizontal only)
- Space : shout (interact)

The current version is - should support - up to 16 players. I will try to keep the server up and running as long as possible.
Nevertheless, please excuse me in advance for horrible connection problems which may likely occur.

Hope you enjoy it! :)


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Mincemeat says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:23am

I can't really rate it because no one was playing :(.

Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:29am

I tried to play with my friend, but we couldn't.

anokta says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:14am

Thanks for trying out @Mincemeat, such a shame, I suppose that's the main drawback of making multiplayer games. Hopefully, more people will give the game a try, making EVERYONE happier! :)

@Nuclear Napalm, sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, the server I run the game on tends to be unstable from time to time. It should be up right now, if you'd like to give it a second chance. Thanks! :)

Fede3751 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:47am

Damn, why no one playing this? I wanted to try it but I was the only one in the room :(
I'll come back later to rate it! Can't do it now!^^

FloatingGhost says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:31pm

There were a few people on when I played, it has potential.

Art style is lovely :)

hexagore says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:59pm

I couldn't see anythign except a title screen. Sorry :(

hadesfury says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:02pm

I was alone :(

lisac says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:16pm

Same as everyone else, I can't play because I have no friends :/

I'll try again later. :)

Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:29pm

Couldn't play since no one was there. But i understand the concept well enough. Cool idea, awesome graphics and good sound. However the intro lasts far too long. Tried all my buttons to check if the thing actually worked.

Wilson says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:29pm

Great art style, fun concept, but gameplay was a bit unclear to me though - wasn't entirely sure when I was winning or losing :)

Zwergesel says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:35pm

Unplayable? I only got a title screen and saw no way to start the game. (Web)

anokta says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:41pm

Thanks everyone! Sorry to ones got stuck in the title screen, the game attempts to connect to the server automatically while you're in, but the server apparently crashed once again which I just recovered.

Hopefully, you should be able to join back if you try it again now. And many apologies again for my crappy server. :)

yodamaster says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:51pm

Weird ...

badlydrawnrod says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:53pm

It seems that volume and anger triumph over reason and balanced argument, which makes it quite a realistic simulation! An intriguing idea.

sputnik says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:02pm

Really interesting idea! Love the simplicity and the mechanic metaphor.

Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:00pm

very cool idea. would be great with 16 people on the server.

Drtizzle says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:30pm

Superb concept! I shouted at a guy and he left :)

mrexcessive says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:04am

Hi there. Like the idea as described, the general noise sfx was good... nothing happened though, tricky to rate multiplayer when no-one else there.

allurious says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:31am

Haha, I really liked this! It's a simple but really effective concept and I think it's awesome you did an online game in such a short time. 10/10 got to yell at people.

anokta says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:52am

Cheers for all the feedback!

Sorry to hear all the loners out there who couldn't find any candidates to yell at. I try to play the game whenever I find the time to join you guys, but it's indeed tricky to find enough people in the arena to debate 'properly'! :)

I suppose it was a bit too risky decision on my side to make a solely multiplayer online game for the jam. Maybe I should organise specific time periods, so that more people can join at the same time. Anyhow, thanks again all for giving it a try! Muchly appreciated! :)

hypnoticbytes says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:38pm

I had the chance to play it and I loved it. Nice entry and well done. It's rare to see a multiplayer game here... Great work!

ThatsMyJam says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:39pm

I debated myself to death accidentally :D

wilpel1234 says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:39pm

Love the clean look of the game!

Louisload says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:39pm

excellent concept and idea! i dont know who I argued with but i am sorry I had to shout :DD ahah
the graphics style is perfect for this kind of game

Demy says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:34pm

Funny, looks nice. After i won 4-5 debates no one appears and i got text "You got debated..." (no, i didn't press the button to debate myself).

Catwheel says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:45pm

I rather liked this. Pressing space bar rapidly felt pretty analogous to "yelling".

cyrus says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:48pm

Best online shouter I played so far! :D

Nikteddy92 says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:57pm

Wooooah! Nice concept! Well done!

udo says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:14pm

I liked the idea a lot. The UI could have been a bit more approachable, but otherwise: good job!

Taldius says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:23pm

Very fun game, I love how the squares are debating with tiny voice xD
Good job! :D

Geckoo1337 says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:35pm

Lol. I got debated :)
Nice simple concept ++

Larzan says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:50pm

Haha, that was fun, somehow, but it sometimes looked a bit random if you won or not, but great idea, very innovative concept! :)

xgeovanni says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:59pm

Why do people use Unity and then not make a Linux build? It takes like 20 seconds.

anokta says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:12pm

Thank you a lot guys! Glad to see more people enjoying the game! :)

@Demy thanks, it's likely that your connection might have been lost, it's a bit misleading as there is no additional message for that, sorry for that!

@xgeovanni fair point! put the 64-bit Linux build link above (couldn't test it though please let me know if it works out for you.).

Vulture Tamer says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:25pm

hahahaha :-)

great, I was alone at first in the background but suddenly I got shouted xD

very cool idea, a little (really a little) more gameplay, throwing money/slamming a door/quit the job/cry/pull up a wall/jumping/... would be cool though, as I understand the one that presses space the quickest wins? :p or is there more? :p

anyway, I think when you make a multiplayer for LD you should always try to make some sort of bots aswell, since that allows people to really play the game even if there is noone arround
even if you're shit at AI, people wont judge for that, but people that are just alone will not be happy because they cannot see any gameplay at all

omaha says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 10:54pm

I was debated.

I really loved the little audio sounds. They felt both melodic and as if they were trying to communicate something. It's a shame I didn't have any opponents. I'll try back again later :)

Backterria says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 2:16am

I like it's idea and the colours are just peacefull!

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