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All The Games I Would Have Made For Seedcomp If I Had The Time (Which I Did Not) (Oh Well There's Always Next Year)

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It is 6:59 am EST on March 4, 2024, one minute before submissions close for this year's Seedcomp.

Fortunately, this is the hypothetical nonexistent world of Seedcomplandia, where time is infinite. You have as much time as you need. You are not cramming a small last-minute project before the deadline to make up for your inability to finish the large and ambitious game you wanted to submit. This is not the exact same thing you did last year. Perish the thought!

Which seeds will you use?

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Fake game listings for games that could have been, April 6, 2024
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes

This game has a genuinely funny title, which I like.

In ATGIWHMFSIIHTTWIDNOWTANN, you are provided a list of game seeds the author was interested in. You can click each one to see the seed itself, either visual or text, which honestly was great; in the actual seedcomp planting round, you have to download the text prompts individually which can get really annoying, so copying the structure of this game to make a ‘hub game’ could be really nice.

Anyway, once you select a subset of these, you can push a mysterious-looking ‘alchemize!’ button. Now, there are a lot of seeds here, so there would be hundreds of combinations. But the game automatically culls things to combos the author thought of, so clicking one box deletes most others.

I was delighted to see that the function of ‘alchemize!’ was to make a fake ifdb page for the game! It comes complete with summary, reviews, and votes on those reviews.

It was really fun seeing what someone’s perception of IFDB was as expressed through the various voices they invented. It was pretty funny seeing things like two-word negative reviews that got a single 0/1 helpfulness vote.

I found it interesting that the fake reviews quoted or summarized large portions of the game explicitly. I know the reason for that was to communicate to us, the people reading this, what the games would have actually been like. But actual reviews tend not to include so much stuff (like a ranking of characters in a game), probably because people read reviews before playing and don’t want to get spoiled. It made me wonder, what if we did include more stuff like that? In spoilers, of course.

The one thing I didn’t really like was the color choices. The fake IFDB page had black text on a dark grey background (I tried two browsers just to check). I could read it but only barely, so I went into the console and edited the text to be easier to see. Might just be a me-getting-old thing, though.

Very fun to see IFDB represented this way.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Hella Meta SeedComp game, March 21, 2024
by manonamora
Related reviews: seedcomp

All The Games I Would Have Made For Seedcomp If I Had The Time (Which I Did Not) (Oh Well There's Always Next Year) is a short game going all on the meta, about the SeedComp! format and game reception. It emulates participating at the last possible minute in the competition, and finding what people think of that entry.

The game is essentially those two screens: picking the seeds from the SeedComp! you want to mix together into a game, and the IFDB page for said-game with its information and a handful of reviews. If I counted correctly (which I probably have not), there seems to be 5? possible games to check out.
While you don't get to play the games (all of them sounding like a riot - I hope you end up making them, KADW), there is just enough information to imagine what those games could have looked, how their atmosphere would have been, how fun the gameplay would have felt (or not). It's kind of bizarre (but fun bizarre) to play the game in your head rather than for real.

Now I wonder how it would look like with all 90 seeds of this edition XD

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Honestly a very fun game, March 22, 2024

I’m not sure there’s much to say about this game. Funny, for sure! Very mini IF, but certainly clever.

I like the reviews and the setups and everything, it all works together. Very meta. I like that, I guess?

I wish there were more combinations available between seeds, though. It feels like everything is quite rigid. Which lost some of the interactivity feeling.

I wish there was more to say. But I can't think of anything.

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