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What Makes a bad theme?

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 11:04 am

A theme should be interpreted in multiple ways, and instead of limiting what the user can do, Just serve as a starting point for brainstorming. Looking through the themes for 34 and 35, considering one of the two themes from 34 was “two buttons” I figured alot of people just don’t know what a good theme should be. Not going to specify “Only vote for themes of this archetype” I am going to say some things that definitely shouldn’t be the theme.

  1. Specific Genres/ Platform Limitations (IE: Roguelike / 3D / Mouse Controls) – These kinds of themes limit, not only what kind of games get made, but who can enter the ludum dare that year. I, for one, don’t have a large amount of knowledge in any 3D platform that’s widely accessible (I doubt anyone is going to want to buy half life 2 to run a source mod). So i wouldn’t be able to take part.
  2. Specific elements rather than mechanics (IE: Unicorns, Lasers, only 2 colors allowed, procedural generation) besides the obvious issue of GOOD procedural generation taking longer than 48 hours to code by itself, It also means you can’t build alot of different types of games. How are you going to make a card game using procedural generation? Unicorns? how specifically do they affect everyone’s game? These just aren’t good starting points when you are trying to create a game.
  3. Themes that go against core design conventions (IE: Backwards Progression) – There are places to break the meta, but when it comes to progression… there’s just no way around it. You want a game with a difficulty curve that makes sense, you want to be able to teach mechanics to players one at a time, Players want to see more as they play. not less. Backwards progression just ignores all this for the sake of a gimmick. This isn’t the only theme of it’s type that I’ve seen thrown around, but It is the only one I can think of. I saw it during voting for 34, I see it for voting for 35, and I can tell you, If it gets selected, I’m not going to be making a game this april. It’s just plain a bad theme


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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 5:34 pm


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