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Hello Pixelation.
I'm still working on my game, and I have a lot of really exciting stuff I would REALLY like to share with you.
Unfortunately, I would also like to keep them private - just for us, not for the web.

I have an awesome parallax engine in HTML5 to showcase the game instead of poor screenshots, huge creatures sprites, dynamic lighting, a lot of interesting stuff & tech, I've even written articles for a potential devblog, but they are so WIP compared to what the final game will be that I don't want to put them here, because it will be referenced by google and people could find it once the final game is out.

Do you think a new private section of the forum could be created, so we can post confidential stuff just for registered users & not search engines ?
« Last Edit: February 23, 2014, 05:47:00 pm by tim »
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that could be cool. although how secret would it really be if all members can see it?

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I think that's taking a bit over the top for what you actually want to do. If you want to make sure your content is not being indexed by search engines, you should use pastebin.com or a similar service; then post the link and don't mention the name here.
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Too bad =(
I would have loved to start a high quality, high content topic with really serious stuff inside. This is what's lacking on pixelation in my opinion : long term threads, like on TIGsource. My game thread alone would have bring a lot of life & help to the forum. I have so much stuff to explain, our animation process, our workflow for landscapes, how we make procedural characters, our parallax scenery, our particles, our AI, etc. If some serious people are interested in high-end pixel art game discussion (I mean Oddworld / Heart of Darkness quality, not a 6 months mobile game), hit me up in PM.
« Last Edit: February 23, 2014, 06:01:54 pm by tim »
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Well, if you really want to start a discussion, I suppose we can do something; I thought it was just a presentation of sorts. Creating a new (sub-)forum for this does seem a little overboard, though..

There you go.
« Last Edit: February 23, 2014, 08:26:53 pm by Crow »
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Oh thank you Crow.
I won't disappoint, give me a few days.
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Creating a new (sub-)forum for this does seem a little overboard, though..

overboard... heh

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A members only devlog forum and perhaps a coding forum are things that in the future, if there is demand, might be worth adding. Given that most people here deal with game dev and all. We have a few members, Ai springs to mind, who do some really cool code based things relating to art and have to post it in general. Maybe we might attract more helpful people with that kind of environment...

For now we'll see how this takes off. Good luck Tim, I hope it's successful, I might follow suit in a few weeks.

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I assume the "Top Secret" sub-forum can only be seen by members? I think it could useful for some things.

I second the devlog forum. It could be for WIPs, have sub-forums for kick-starters, and new releases that feature pixel art. I think it cut down on the amount of kick-starter topics in the General section. As for a code thread, I think there are better places for that. Like stackoverflow or html5gamedevs.

That sounds awesome tim, can't wait to see what you've accomplished so far.
« Last Edit: February 24, 2014, 04:59:54 am by Lanarky »

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Hm, I wonder if I can jump on board with my own steampunk project as well?

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Oh yes of course feel free to join me ! The goal of this subsection is to help artists & gamedev to express themselves & gather feedback while their project is not yet ready for the public (but ready for criticism from the expert eyes of pixelation) !
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I support the idea.

If a semi-secret board existed I would be inclined to share more things such as storyboards, and other, complete assets, such as full tile sets etc.
Plus it'd be cool to see serious game projects' material posted here.

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It already does. Look above in the General Section.
I'm offering free pixel-art mentorship for promising pixel artists. For details, click here.

     http://mugenzero.userboard.net/

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Cool :)

Well, I'll be checking it out soon. Thanks for making that happen mods and Tim.

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I just wanted to ask, what happened with this private section. I was eager to see some nice secret pixels. :)

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It's there, but empty at the moment. Not that I would use it for actual secrets, but it might be good for some reverse psychology/Streisand effect based marketing, I guess? :P

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I'm very close to making it happen. I'm working on my game since a year, but I want to polish things before publishing something, so your feedback will be as helpful as possible. I think about it everyday so don't worry, it's not forgotten and will be really helpful !
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ooops! sorry Tim I kinda assumed you were not gonna do it anymore and sniped you out on the first secret section topic =X sorry

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Oh I don't care at all, the section is not mine ;)
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Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim where is it.  :'(
People are being curious out there!

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I'm working on my thread today & tomorrow =)
Should be here for this week-end  ;D
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I come here from time to time to hear something about tim's super secret project and I'm sure that I'm not the only one. I don't even know why. I don't know type of game, idea, style or anything but again I "wait for it".

Strange, but I think that's just because of interesting usage of word "secret", promises of something sweet and created anticipation which continues from post to post, like delay of of Duke Nukem.  :crazy:

I'm not saying this with bad intention, this is example of great marketing skills combined with good reputation. If we are interested this much without any preview, what will be when we see something (I hope) really good. :) :) :)

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Your message was so powerful that I HAVE to open the thread now, ready or not.
I will explain the situation and post regularly our pixel discoveries instead of waiting indefinitely until I consider the thread ready.
I hope you agree with this approach ;)
« Last Edit: June 04, 2014, 02:51:04 am by tim »
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