So, I have a tendency to go super long stretches on the site without reading a single game at all. It's a shame because there's some awesome stuff out there. I doubt I've even read half of EndMaster's games. (I know, I know, I am very ashamed.) :'(
I remember on my old Briar account, I once had that shiny tick symbol trophy for rating at least half the games... And now, over a year since I've made this account, I've gotten more points from winning RPS duels then I have from rating games. (Shame on me).
And so... I'm gonna get me that little tick trophy back! And what's more, I'm going to play every single game on the site! (Or far more likely, I'll keep this up for a week or so, get bored, and then not play another game for 5 months.) :p
Going to start with some of the shortest games on the site, since I can probably speed run them in a handful of days. First topic of exploration, are short games crap? (Since obviously shorter games tend to get much lower ratings, lets see if the length of the game actually has anything to do with the quality, or if people just tend to give low ratings for laziness.)
So, I've rated 10 games with a play length of 1, and these are the results I came up with:
1. Behemoth by somerandomperson
Conclusion: Not shit. As just a little experiment where the writer was learning how to use variables and stuff, this game was never intended to be any kind of masterpiece, but at least it was fun to play. I think typically that seems to be the case with shorter games. The better ones tend to be experiments from decent writers, practicing with variables and coding for when they make a longer game. Anyway, the use of coding in the game was decent, and it was pretty much just a back and forth between the player and the monster until one of them dies.
2. Color Your Own Adventure (webcomic) by Ama_ColorYOA
Conclusion: Not shit, but also not short. As indicated, the game is a webcomic, and of course, since it only uses images and no text, it’s considered a short story, despite there being quite a lot of text in the comic itself… Anyway, I love this game. I think the artist is really talented. Hope she expands on it eventually. ^_^
3. Dragon Ages by socialspider
Conclusion: … Yeah, kind of shit… I mean, not deletion worthy or anything, but still pretty pointless. The premise was super cute, playing as a baby dragon and all, but I think this game is the perfect example of a first time writer just being lazy. They come up with an idea for a story, start writing it, get bored after about five minutes and wrap the whole game up in ten or so pages. Pretty much sums up why people hate short stories.
4. How not to be eaten by a dragon by iamayeti
Conclusion: Second verse worse than the first. This game was… Incredibly, incredibly pointless. I mean, it’s not funny, it’s not cute, it’s not creative, it’s just… There. I mean, honestly, the only thing I can say in this game’s defense is that it’s too short to be considered a waste of time. Still, wouldn’t really consider it deletion worthy, because the game isn’t terribly written or obnoxiously annoying.
5. Life of a Wizard by dman2life
Conclusion: That was even worse than the last one. Just barely good enough to avoid deletion. Also mildly obnoxious. No fart jokes at least… And that really is the best I can say about it. >.<
6. Tane no Monogatari by eldursson
Conclusion: … Oh dear God, it’s a weeb. To be fair though, it was totally worth it just for some of the bad translations that google translate came up with. “The air is dry, and it hasn't rained for 100 years. The throat is very cute, because it is a seed.”
7. Under The Bridge by betaband
Conclusion: Not only was it shit, but it pissed me off by promising riddles and failing to deliver… But I'll let this one slide because it was mildly funny. :p
8. Blackbirds by Negative
Conclusion: Not shit, just creepy. :p
9. Bob's Psych Ward by chris_zelda and Miccy2000
Conclusion: … I’m particularly impressed with the shittiness of this game, considering it took two people to write it.
10. Candy Quest by cMitchell3
Conclusion: Not shit! Another example of a game where somebody plays around with variables and scripting, turning out something short but still enjoyable.
So, in summary, are short games shit? ... Usually. Generally, if a game has a play length of 1, it's because the author was lazy and got bored of writing it. (And if the game was so boring that even the author got bored, it's pretty safe to assume that the reader will also be bored.) That said, there are a few exceptions. Namely, games where the author is experimenting with items, variables and scripting for the first time, and games that aren't actually short, but the use of images or videos in place of words tricks the CYS algorithm into thinking it's short.
I'd say definitely check out Color Your Own Adventure (webcomic) by Ama_ColorYOA (Or better yet, just check out the webcomic series linked on her profile, since it's got the second part of the webcomic on there.) It's a super cute art style with a really unique and interesting concept for a story. Would be nice if there was more of it, but to be fair, it does take a hell of a lot of work and effort to write a webcomic.
I am aware, but these are quicker. :p
Just put all the numbers together and, according to my calculations, there are only 1117 games on the site. That's a lot less than I thought... Only 1107 to go. ^_^
Still haven't finished all of the shitty 1/8 length games (There's so many of them!!!) So I'll throw in all the entries to Mizal's Noob Threshing contest.
The entries were:
The Cottage and the '73 Rallye by Unforgiven
Aenigma Academy by greenBean
The Jungle Book by ApprenticePortentous
Law of the Jungle by tmanaking (which has since been deleted)
When Johnny Comes Marching Home by Deer89
Following Orders by TheDeadKin
I Don't Need Air to Breathe by TheCanary
Paper Slingers by MicroPen
And Savior by OriginalClamurai
Also important to note, Dreamtruder by Mystic_Warrior was an entry, but Miz decided to take the game out of the running because the game was just leagues above the rest of the competition.
Being a judge in this contest was fun, but also very difficult due to the really high quality of a lot of the games. I'd say that: The Cottage and the '73 Rallye, The Jungle Book, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, I Don't Need Air to Breath and Savior are all really awesome, well written games and definitely worth checking out.
If I've got to pick one from the bunch to recommend, then without a doubt it's Dreamtruder by Mystic_Warrior. There's a reason this game was taken out of the running, and that's 'cos, if it was left in, there would basically be no competition. The game is awesome. I'd go as far to say that it's feature worthy (if it wasn't in the Fantasy Adventure category, which is completely dominated by EndMaster.)
So, with those 9 out of the way:
Only 1098 to go! ^_^
What if Dreamtruder was reclassified to Modern Adventure? There are fantastic elements, but the setting is pretty modern with cellphones and offices and computers and all that. I'vd only had time to go through it once so far, but I enjoyed it a lot, and it was an interesting premise.
Okay, so I'm back after losing internet for a few days, and I finally did it! I read every single fucking shitty 1/8 length game on this site! ... And holy fuck was there a lot of them! I had no idea what I was getting myself into! I mean, Fantasy and Sci-Fi were a breeze, but then I kept working my way through and the games just got shittier and shittier beyond belief and... Oh God, the quizzes! SO MANY FUCKING QUIZZES! :'(
But it's done. It's over. I survived. And rather than give a brief summary on all of them (because that would take fucking forever), I decided to just compile a list of all the 1/8 length games that are actually worth playing. Granted, some are better than others. There's a few with decent writing, a bit of well coded gameplay and some educational quizzes that were pretty decent, but these few are the only ones that I'd actually recommend that people play.
Color Your Own Adventure (webcomic) by Ama_ColorYOA
Already talked about this one and really can’t express how much you guys should play it, both for the adorable artwork and the really interesting story (though I do strongly recommend playing the game on the webcomic site, since it’s a lot longer and has much more info than the one on CYS.
How To Play A Game by cysid
… What can I say, it does what it says on the tin. Obviously very outdated (I mean the website had a different name when this game was made), but worth playing for the humour. ^_^
Escape From School by Ogre
This poor little game doesn’t even have enough ratings to be ranked, so everybody go play it now! Though it is another case of a long game that tricked the CYS algorithm into thinking it was short… Because apparently CYS doesn’t take a word count if you change the colour of the background?
Twenty-Three by thatguy
Now this, I think is the perfect example of what a 1/8 length game should be… A game! No story, no plot, no dialogue, just a simple game put together with clever use of coding… And I’ve got to say, this one was particularly hard. I don’t think I actually ever figured out how to do it in the end (I just observed all the moves of my opponent and then shamelessly copied them.)
8 goals, 28 rolls by tsmpaul
Like Twenty-Three, only better. This game was super fun and I spent ages going back and forth trying to get the perfect score. ^_^
House of Horrors (A CYOA Movie) by march5th00
It’s definitely worth brushing the dust off your Internet Explorer browser to give this game a play through. It’s a shame that the game has pretty mediocre ratings (probably from lots of people who couldn’t get the videos working) but when you think of all the time and effort and teamwork that went into this project, I’d say it’s pretty impressive. I always appreciate when people make the effort to put together something unique and creative. Plus it’s just a whole lot of fun. ^_^
Locked Out (The Movie) 1, 2 and 3 by alexp
I definitely preferred House of Horrors, but these interactive videos are still worth playing through, if only to appreciate the effort that went into them. Plus the sense of humour in these games is super wholesome and adorable. ^_^
Trapped Inside the Tower of Hanoi by nmelssx
… I’m not going to lie, it took me forever before I actually understood how this game worked… But once I did, it was fun! Took me a couple of attempts to win, but it was worth it. Good coding. ^_^
Waiting for the (Trump) Train by WouldntItBeNice
It’s funny because America. ^_^
So… That’s pretty much it. All of the 1/8 length games that are actually worth playing... And now, with all those and the 9 contest entries done, that’s a grand total of 134/1117 games out of the way, with 983 left to go. Go me!
Also, there was one shitty game in-particular that stood out to me… Look!
Where's my Storygame Password? By Cupcakitty__13
… Fucking bitch stole my baby polar bear! >.<
Fuck no! I'm going to read something decent next. ^_^
To be fair, half of them were long games that were just considered short because they used some other kind of medium besides text.
That's an interesting way to put it.
Oh, okay... Well. I found it entertaining regardless. ^_^
Whoops, you accidentally tripped and hit a certain option in the properties.
Oh, what a fortunate coincidence.
Thanks Miz! The game was pretty mediocre, but the thread was beautiful! ^_^
And now that I've played it, I can add it to my list of games I've played. Which brings my total to 135... But since the game was republished, it also brings the number of games on the site up to 1118, so that doesn't really make a difference. :p
This conversation makes me happy. ^_^
I'm sorry Avery I will make a proper riddle game when i finish my current project.
In that case, I forgive you! ^_^