The first thing I’d like to do is distribute the team ARG games out into their requisite categories instead of just grouping them together.
I do however think it would be awesome to make an ALTERNATE cart that can be downloaded too that has all of the games sorted by developer and includes only games made by developers who have made 2 or more games!
I humbly suggest that my ArduboyLightMeter deserves a spot under either Demos or Application. After all, it ranked in the top 10 of “most useful” entries in Game Jam 4.
The Sample2-Complex example in the ArdVoice library by @igvina is good for showing off the Arduboy’s ability to speak, as well as demonstrating some of the capabilities of the ArdBitmap library, also by @igvina. It may have to be given a more meaningful name, though.
At the risk of offending… and without wanting to belittle the amazing community contributions…
Will there be some level of curation for the GoldCart? There are many demo’s, little apps and kinda broken / half-baked games that perhaps add little value …?
I’m thinking the FX Kickstarter will introduce Arduboy to a new audience and the offering here really should be the best 20(+ ?) games to draw people in. I think for the KS it’s important to avoid the impression of ‘shovel’-ware…
I love Arduboy, the community and the creativity shared everyday here. However, in truth there’s probably only a dozen games I’d recommend to a friend or I’d want instant access to. For all of us, if you had to demo the Arduboy to friends / family, I imagine you immediately think of 3 top games, but perhaps struggle to name more… I’d rather be able to find those games really quickly than having to scroll through many others. Perhaps this can be solved adding some functionality to the boot loader to ‘Fave’ (/star) certain apps and then be able to see just our personal ‘Favourites’ category …? (In effect we allow every player to curate their own list).
I’m going to be the decider, but yeah the “high quality and polished” games will be at the top, with more general proof of concept demo type things at the bottom. If they have significant bugs, glitches or fail to present the player with any meaningful content, I’ll end up removing it too.
The purpose here was to get the conversation started, and to start with too much and whittle down to what is a production version.
And yeah I agree the categories need to be modified, so the suggestions are appreciated. It would be really awesome if each category could end up with around a dozen or so games in it to balance it out.
The solution to this is going to be making it easy as possible for people to compile and distribute their own “carts”. Think of it like making a mix tape.