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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar Weekly Update Sun 7th Feb 2010 1:10pm

Category: Weekly Updates

(How annoying! I meant to wake up at like 7:20am and write this, but instead I woke up at noon! That's quite a bit of oversleeping, there. o_O)

Today is the day that beta testing will start, apparently!
It'll likely start later in the day (or later in my day, anyway; for some testers, it may start early on their Sunday or something), because I've still got quite a few things left to do on the game that I would rather do before release (chances are though that I won't finish them and will work on them during testing), and I'll need to do other stuff too like setting up general security and maybe also some kind of way for testers to easily provide feedback without moving away from the game page...

After today, it may be unlikely that I'll be choosing more testers. As of now, there are only 22 testers chosen - not a large number considering the number who applied, but unfortunately so few of you actually met all the criteria...
I'd want at least 30 though, so I'll be going through the comments on the other article again, looking for other people to choose. So if you've not volunteered yet and still want to, comment on that article before the end of the day.

Hmm... This is rather exciting, yet it also makes me nervous! MARDEK 3 has been in progress for YEARS now and a lot of heart has gone into it, so I REALLY hope people like it and that there aren't any horribly critical bugs that make it unplayable to other people or anything... o_O
I'm also rather worried and scared about some of the people I've chosen to be testers suddenly betraying my trust and somehow spreading the game around or giving out loads of spoilers or things like that... Or of some people who like to think themselves 'hackers' trying to find the game when they shouldn't, then trying to spread it and so on...
I hope I am just being overly paranoid, but a lot of people have been waiting for this game and some may be impatient, which would mean that I'd end up getting no money for sponsorship if it's released before I can get it sponsored, meaning years of my life would be wasted and I likely wouldn't make any other chapters.

So, uh, let's hope it all goes smoothly...!

Anyway, if you're a beta tester, you should know that the =β= thing at the top next to your message count will lead you to the special Beta Tester Feedback page. I'll be announcing when it's playable from there, probably in a few hours.

And, uh... I don't think I have anything else to mention...
But the game is done by February, as the thing on the main page said! For once, I actually met one of my proposed release dates! Gasp!
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alwaysquick44`s Avatar
Rating Orb alwaysquick44 15 Canada SanguinePhlegmatic 5C 2F
8 years ago | (1)
I have a quick suggestion to make, on lostvectors.com, there is a game alpha open to anyone but is site locked. From what I could understand, the alpha only works on that site and no other. I do not know enough about flash to know how to do it, but it doesn't seem like a bad idea to try on your next game to prevent hackers from releasing the game early among other things.

Based on his description of the site lock, it seems that the game's code itself (might be wrong) is tied to the URL itself. He also wrote that he can either permit other sites to host the game later or simply remove the coding which locks it (can't remember which one).

Anyways I hope that Mardek 3 is as good as the other two and good luck on the beta testing.
Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb A β Pseudolonewolf 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 2257C 559F
8 years ago | (1)
Site locking is one of the most basic forms of Flash protection, and the MARDEK 3 beta is already site locked, and the page is 'account locked' so only people with actually logged-in accounts can view it, and I've taken various other precautions, too, but this doesn't mean that I can do a public beta because the amount that sponsors pay is HEAVILY influenced by how many people have already seen the game. What they pay for is largely to have their logo and name associated with the game in peoples' minds, and to have their logo seen by as many people as possible, so if they know that a huge chunk of people interested in the game have already played it WITHOUT their logo, then they're missing out on a lot of what they want from the deal.
alwaysquick44`s Avatar
Rating Orb alwaysquick44 15 Canada SanguinePhlegmatic 5C 2F
8 years ago | (1)
I already understood the fact that the beta should't be public, i just didn't know is site locking a flash game is something you've already done as a precaution in mardek 3. I don't know enough about flash to know what is considered common security or something innovative.
Ps: i may have made another similar comment about the same idea thinking my first one wasn't sent... is there anyway I can delete a previous comment?
Nameless`s Avatar
Rating Orb Nameless 13 Singapore MelancholicSanguine 5C 0F
8 years ago | (7)
i am looking forward to mardek 3 i just know it is going to be a master piece do your best and happy new year!
dadog170`s Avatar
Rating Orb dadog170 13 Australia CholericSanguine 64C 20F
8 years ago | (7)
We're half-way through Febuary, fingers corssed that the game will be released, I am looking very forward to it being released.
rykerboy`s Avatar
Rating Orb rykerboy 13 5C 0F
8 years ago | (8)
I came up with a good idea for you to make money... I don't know if someone else has already put this idea forward... You could put out some merchandise such as hats, shirts, hoodies, or some other stuff with the logo on it... It's just a suggestion though...
kiyotakimine`s Avatar
Rating Orb kiyotakimine 20 United States MelancholicCholeric 20C 0F
8 years ago | (5)
yes its been suggested and there was a poll about it not too long ago most people said they would not buy
Fanjita`s Avatar
Rating Orb Fanjita 21 United Kingdom Phlegmatic 5C 34F
8 years ago | (6)
That sucks :( I would definitely buy a Mardek t-shirt or hoodie, unless it cost like a bazillion pounds, then I wouldn't >_>
darkpaw15`s Avatar
Rating Orb ! darkpaw15 15 United States 86C 0F
8 years ago | (2)
pseudolonewolf already selfs stuff like that............
znoman666`s Avatar
Rating Orb znoman666 16 United States 3C 0F
8 years ago | (8)
How long does testing usually take? im so excited for this game i can't wait. so hurry up testers, but do a good job
DetroitLionsFan`s Avatar
Rating Orb DetroitLionsFan 16 United States PhlegmaticSanguine 188C 99F
8 years ago | (6)
With a game of this length (40 HOURS!), I think that three weeks (from the start) would be reasonable. So, about two weeks from today. Of course, there can be unexpected events, such as a really bad bug or something. If there are some major problems, then it could be a moth or more. Then there is sponsorship, which could take God-Knows-How-Long. Optimistically, I think that the masses will play it around the end of February. At worst, it will be released around March.

Also, beta testers, stop reading this comment and keep testing! (Sarcasm)
znoman666`s Avatar
Rating Orb znoman666 16 United States 3C 0F
8 years ago | (2)
Well thats Seems forever in my book;but patience is a virtue right?
DetroitLionsFan`s Avatar
Rating Orb DetroitLionsFan 16 United States PhlegmaticSanguine 188C 99F
8 years ago | (4)
Wow, I should have tried out for beta testing. I didn't because I was supposed to be incredibly busy, but then I got sick and am pretty much staying inside 24 hours a day! O cruel irony, why do you taunt me so?
Damascus`s Avatar
Rating Orb Damascus 15 Ireland MelancholicPhlegmatic 72C 81F
8 years ago | (8)
It hasn't been explicitly stated anywhere at the moment, so, has the testing actually started yet? I'm just curious since I am incapable of checking the testing page myself and I like to know how things are going.
Runehawk571`s Avatar
Rating Orb Runehawk571 17 Canada MelancholicPhlegmatic 11C 1F
8 years ago | (6)
I think they have started but I'm also unsure about if they have started testing, I guess we'll find out on the weekly update and see what pseudolonewolf says.
Runehawk571`s Avatar
Rating Orb Runehawk571 17 Canada MelancholicPhlegmatic 11C 1F
8 years ago | (9)
You know the people that are testing? Well are they testing just Mardek 3 or all of them because Pseudolonewolf said that he remade the first two so maybe they are testing that out too? Sorry if this may have been said or its a dumb question just asking.
Damascus`s Avatar
Rating Orb Damascus 15 Ireland MelancholicPhlegmatic 72C 81F
8 years ago | (8)
They are encouraged to play through them all again at least once to find bugs and such.
sokhead`s Avatar
Rating Orb sokhead 17 South Korea 18C 20F
8 years ago | (12)
I can't wait for MArdek 3 to come out. they have alot of depth and like hte fact that they include the 2 other Mardek games. I'm sorry if it has been suggested before though, but has the Marek series ever been consideered for an Ipod touch/Iphone application? I know it might sound impractical but people have make alot of money from them. Sorry again if someone already suggested it...
Malpercio666`s Avatar
Rating Orb Malpercio666 17 United States MelancholicCholeric 24C 0F
8 years ago | (9)
I think it is a good idea, but mardek's games are way too heavy for iphone/touch.
nixonjalltheway`s Avatar
Rating Orb nixonjalltheway 18 United States PhlegmaticMelancholic 8C 1F
8 years ago | (7)
I can't wait for this game to come out! Mardek games are the best, and are an absolute pleasure to play.
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