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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:27 pm 
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craiglocke wrote:
Is Bill Mays reviewing Introcomp 2017?


You better believe it! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D


Also, my list of retrospectives from 2016 was much longer than the single entry I had just posted, but deleted them out of concern that they would garner little interest. I'm going to interpret your simple question here as MASSIVE interest for that list you knew nothing about prior and will be posting it in this topic later on today....

Among other things, I go into why I loved Color the Truth then as I still do now and why I slammed the creative writing in certain parts of that game within my review despite the fact that the creative writing in the game was/is amazing and clearly deserving of the 10 I scored it.

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I still don't know why, but I'm sure it'll be a fun journey getting there.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:04 pm 
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I'll freely admit that creative writing is my weak point, which is why my introcomp game is an adaptation of a Sherlock Holmes story with all text by Arthur Conan Doyle.

I look forward to your huge list!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:04 pm 
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craiglocke wrote:
I look forward to your huge list!


It was really only 7 or 8 points...maybe? But ok, there seems to be a lot of enthusiasm brewing up around here regarding my retrospectives, so yes, I will produce one huge list of them much later on today.


In the meantime, here is another retrospective of mine from the 2016 IFComp:

I had contacted Peregrine Wade (please correct me if this was somebody else) for the very first time after the results were released to convey my anger and confusion as to Ventilator's low placement. After some back and forth, Peregrine suggested that I copy my reviews from here and place them in the IFDB under their respective titles. I responded that I would even though I had no intention of ever doing so. That was because writing these reviews in such a candid manner is what I imagine driving at night loaded up on cough syrup must feel like: exciting and similarly terrifying.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:17 pm 
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craiglocke wrote:
I'll freely admit that creative writing is my weak point,


I think you're grossly underestimating your talent here.

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which is why my introcomp game is an adaptation of a Sherlock Holmes story with all text by Arthur Conan Doyle.


Thank you for entering! I can't say anything else regarding this until after judging.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:04 am 
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craiglocke wrote:
huge list!


Yeah, sorry, I had a difficult time coming up with a "huge" list of retrospectives. Including the several I had already posted, I think I may have been able to get to 11 or so if you're willing to accept that at least 4 of them were pure padding. I think I'm going to release them here periodically until I run out of retrospectives or the feverish demand for them subsides.

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I eagerly await retrospectives and padding alike!

I'd also echo what Peregrine said about cross-posting to IFDB. Anyone who wants to migrate their reviews from the forum would help the database grow. I don't think it's a drawback that yours are candid. If you'd rather not, of course, that's understandable. I just think it's a good idea to encourage in general.


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CMG wrote:
Anyone who wants to migrate their reviews from the forum would help the database grow.


OK, I'll consider doing that over the next couple of weeks if it will help the IFDB.


CMG wrote:
I eagerly await retrospectives and padding alike!


Then here's one that falls into the retrospective category:

I feel in hindsight that I penalized The Queen's Menagerie and Stuff and Nonsense too harshly for their shorter lengths. Both of those games still to this day evoke happy thoughts when I remember playing them, and while I did award or deduct points for length in my final judging metric for all of the games in the comp, I just feel that I judged these two games a little too harshly on that criterion of mine.

Here is the judging metric I use to score/review any IF game I've ever played (in order starting at most important to least important):

1. How much did I enjoy it?
2. How long was it (with preference directed towards larger projects)?
3. Font selection (with a huge preference for standard, agreeable fonts because I just want to play a game, not read a ransom note).
4. Any game breaking bugs?
5. Typos/music/sound effects/graphics/animation/video: Not usually on my radar, but something I do appreciate when an author makes a nice decision here.
6. Anything that randomly pops into my head at the time.

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