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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar CBC needs Beta Testers Thu 9th Dec 2010 12:34pm

Category: Games (FH)

Seems like activity on this site has died down quite a bit in recent months, which is a shame... I suppose I need to release games more regularly if I want to keep things active.

Anyway, I've almost finished 'Clarence's Big Chance' now; I've done all of the platforming segments, so all that's left is to do the actual 'date' bit at the end, which hopefully shouldn't be too difficult. I should be able to get it done in a day or two if I really focus on it.
Then there's the endings, and a bunch of other details that I need to refine, which shouldn't take long.

I'm looking for beta testers, for those of you who are interested. I'll be much laxer about this than I was with MARDEK 3; it's not some huge, eagerly-awaited project I want to keep mostly secret or anything.
There was a special section for beta testers to comment when I did the MARDEK 3 beta testing, to keep their feedback secret but organised, but that section was lost when I recoded the site. I don't know if I'll bother adding a similar thing for this; maybe I'll just make a forum thread that anyone could *potentially* read if they don't care about spoilers, for beta testers to post in... I don't know.

That gives you an idea of how 'casual' and 'informal' it'd be. But while I'll be less strict in who I'll choose, I'd still prefer regulars to people who've just wandered in and who I know nothing about, since I can't risk the game getting stolen.

If you want to beta test, perhaps mention yourself here. I probably won't be *assessing* you by any specific *criteria* or anything. Basically, if I recognise you and you're interested, you'll probably become a beta tester.
If you try to 'sell yourself' and essentially brag about why you're the best person for the job, then you *won't* get to be a tester.

I know that people like being beta testers because they like power and special ranks of any kind, but I can easily imagine people wanting to be one because they like the *idea*, without actually being interested in playing the game.
It is a platformer, and it takes maybe an hour or two to play through, I suppose; quicker if you're not trying to get everything, and maybe longer if you are. I'd be interested in people seeking out details, reporting bugs, and giving detailed feedback on things like difficulty, etc, as well as giving their opinions, in detail, and stuff. Detail!
So only volunteer if you have the time and motivation to do that kind of thing about this specific game, which I described in an earlier news post (if you didn't see that one, don't bother volunteering).



In other news that isn't related to the reader's acquisition of personal power and as such will likely be ignored, I've been composing recently...
Though I've been a 'composer' in one technical sense of the word for several years now, I've never actually known all that much about music theory stuff (things like chords and the rules of harmony and so on) because I was never formally taught anything and just sort of found my own way along. Anyone who does know music theory stuff would be able to recognise that from listening to my music.
Recently though, I've been teaching myself about harmonic theory and chords and so on, and there's probably a marked improvement in the sound of my works... I'm still at the start and have a long way to go before I end up with any fluency with these concepts, but I'm getting somewhere, at least!

Anyway, while composing some relatively simple but melodic pieces recently, for the sake of playing them on my piano and experimenting with music theory stuff, I wondered what the results might be if I were to make an album on the Bandcamp site using wholly original music, rather than anything from games.

Currently I've got four albums for sale, but they're all linked directly to MARDEK, so I imagine many people would be interested in them due to association; they like the game, and remember the experiences that are tied to the music, so it adds appeal.

Releasing an album not based on anything, though, seems like it could have less appeal, potentially, especially considering that the genre I compose in is a sort of light modern classical sort of thing, rather than the popular music genres like rock and metal and rap and whatever that young people tend to feel is worth spending their money on.

I'm willing to give it a try, but would anyone be the least bit interested?

The album would be based around the concept of 'easy listening' pieces; calm, pleasant, melodic tunes that'd fit well in the background, rather than powerful, in-your-face fast things.
Of course, merely describing it briefly like that doesn't really give you enough idea of what it's like, so I suppose we'll just have to wait and see whether it sells when I release it... which I'll probably do anyway since I'll be composing the music regardless, and even if just two or three people buy it, it'd be better than nothing.
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Sunkist`s Avatar
Rating Orb β Sunkist 23 Germany PhlegmaticSanguine 39C 14F
6 years ago | (1)
I'm also interested in testing CBC. I've been a beta-tester for Raider and Mardek 3, so I know what's expected and I believe I've been able to provide valuable feedback in the past. I've got plenty of time on my hands right now and I'm actually intrigued by the concept, so I'd be happy to help out again, even though platformers are still not really my favorite type of game.
Havakazoo`s Avatar
Rating Orb Havakazoo 15 United Kingdom SanguineMelancholic 119C 118F
6 years ago | (1)
I'll volunteer to beta test, then. It's a platformer, it should be fun enough to play multiple times, and I'd want to play it before it's released anyway, maybe.
Tyguy10`s Avatar
Rating Orb Tyguy10 21 Canada 131C 22F
6 years ago | (1)
Let's face it, everyone want's to test. It just comes down to who Psudo knows and trusts.
hardband`s Avatar
Rating Orb hardband 15 United Kingdom 25C 0F
6 years ago | (1)
I'd love to do beta testing for CBC, but i probably dont post enough comments on this site for you to reconise me :p
Onisuzume`s Avatar
Rating Orb β Onisuzume 24 European Union Melancholic 134C 259F
6 years ago | (1)
Hm... I guess the number of comments shouldn't really be that surprising...
So... if you want me, I guess I'd be willing enough to give it a shot.
But I think that this isn't my "Big Chance".
Michael`s Avatar
Rating Orb β Michael 34 Canada 34C 246F
6 years ago | (2)
I'm available, as always.

While CBC doesn't initially sound that interesting, I was pleasantly surprised by MARDEK 3 and the old Beast Signer. So I'm happy to give it a go.
Zaknafein`s Avatar
Rating Orb Zaknafein 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 111C 41F
6 years ago | (2)
Hurm. This topic certainly has a large amount of feedback. So much so that I'm afraid any comment I make will be lost in the noise of eager Fig Hunters jockeying for a position... or something like that. The fact that this post is also relatively "old" almost guarantees that I will be passed over. Of course, the chances of me being chosen would be null if I neglected to comment at all, so I might as well put in my two pence.

I'd be interested in being a beta tester for CBC. I've been visiting this site regularly for about three months now, so hopefully you'd have a small measure of confidence in my ability to act responsibly. I'd try my best to give an honest critique of the game, hopefully helping your efforts to publish as good a game as possible.

Right. That's about all I have to say. If I'm not chosen, I'm sure you'll have picked better candidates for the position, and I can only wish you luck in your endeavors. So, good luck.
Wallace_Walrus`s Avatar
Rating Orb Wallace_Walrus 15 United States 18C 1F
6 years ago | (1)
Hi.
I would like to beta test CBC if it's not too late. I already have some experience in beta tests, and I found the experience great. However, if chosen, I would like to remain anonymous, as having a special rank can tend to bring trolls(this being learned by my first beta test)

Also, on the other topic of the music, I love this. You can definitely find me as one buyer. Also, if you need any help on the technical stuff that you mentioned, I could give some pointers, being a trained musician with some formal education
shadowgokustar`s Avatar
Rating Orb shadowgokustar 16 United States PhlegmaticCholeric 134C 38F
6 years ago | (4)
-- Uh, I know you already mentioned it a little while ago, but since you said you were re-starting your PM list and that you are going to reply to all the new ones, why don't you also release Mardek on Newgrounds? I know you said you weren't able to (for some personal reason or another, not a technical difficulty) earlier, but why not now? Isn't it just 5-10 minutes to upload or something? I'm pretty sure if you put it on Newgrounds at the same time as releasing CBC, you would increase CBC's profits by a lot. Just providing support for you and your endeavors. ;)
damonbadgett`s Avatar
Rating Orb damonbadgett 14 United States CholericMelancholic 3C 0F
6 years ago | (11)
sup dog im damon! soooooooooo im new to commenting.
Draken`s Avatar
Rating Orb Draken 14 United States PhlegmaticSanguine 62C 6F
6 years ago | (4)
Here's a tip, please don't bother something if you don't have something notable to say. If you want to introduce yourself try the forums or chat.
myperson54`s Avatar
Rating Orb myperson54 14 Canada CholericSanguine 59C 11F
6 years ago | (3)
Obviously. Please read the rules if you haven't already, and if you have, then you shouldn't be posting like that.
damonbadgett`s Avatar
Rating Orb damonbadgett 14 United States CholericMelancholic 3C 0F
6 years ago | (5)
i dont remenber posting dude. so why did you send this.
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damonbadgett`s Avatar
Rating Orb damonbadgett 14 United States CholericMelancholic 3C 0F
6 years ago | (7)
i just thought i could say hi to people so you guy dont have to be dicks about.
david s`s Avatar
Rating Orb david s 19 United States MelancholicCholeric 1823C 898F
6 years ago | (1)
This is not the right place to say hi, you were using, and still are using, horrible grammar. You're also using filler content to reach the character limit. These things are against the rules.

It's very inappropriate to call people "dicks". It's vulgar. People here can be very sensitive, and it's best to be polite to them.
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