Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Quick Question: What Is the Hardest Part of Developing a Game?

I have a quick question I’d like to get your answer to: what’s the hardest part of developing a game? Is it finding the assets, writing the code, making it fun, or just getting someone to play it?

I’ve listed seven areas of game development that people commonly state are the hardest part of actually making a game. In your experience, which is the most difficult? If you could get more help or assistance with one, which would you pick?

If your answer isn’t one of the seven above, feel free to add it to the poll or discuss it in the comments below!

Thanks – we’ll use this information to help us prioritise what tutorials and resources to provide for you in the future.

14 Criteria Buyers Consider When Purchasing Items

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What do buyers consider when purchasing their items? It would be really helpful if authors knew the answer to that question. So ActiveDen and ThemeForest author Bedros asked.

What criteria do they consider? Do they search for items? What would make them return to the same author? What features are they after?

If you’d like to know how real live buyers answer those questions, then read on!

1. Source code is scrutinized.

  • I always switch off the CodeCanyon frame in preview mode and check src code of item, and view with firebug. (SportTipsWorld)

  • I look for clean code, where authors have taken the time to comment each sector where appropriate, this leads me to think if thy can be bothered to explain, then they understand and care about its use. (SportTipsWorld)

  • I also almost always remove the Envato frame as well. I also always look at the code – CSS , HTML and custom JS. I modify the items I buy extensively, and having good clean code is a high priority for me. (TwoJStudios)

  • What amazes me tho is still the amt of files that load js files in head. (SportTipsWorld)

  • As for protected src code files, there is no such thing for client side files. So that isnt an issue, moreover i like to see good segragation, ie not buy something that has one huge style.css file, that has more to do with the demo than what i really need, so more often than not we totally rebuild an item we buy to fit in with our remit. (SportTipsWorld)

  • I absolutely detest tho, the framework style of folderisation .. Assets folders with assetts folders nested within etc, its ridiculously painful to work with. (SportTipsWorld)

  • Well commented code. Even if I don’t have to go in the code of scripts I always check if the code is well commented. If this is the case that another proof for me that the author spend time on his product. (nokiko)

  • HTML themes should also be well commented. These will be used in various CMS systems so it should be easy for me to modify it and not having to go deep in the code and find out for myself where each item block starts or ends. (nokiko)

2. Badly rated items are often not even considered.

  • Author rating does play a role, but a very small one. (TwoJStudios)

  • I don’t look at themes with 3 stars except if I know the author. (CLINE123)

  • Second, when we need to buy a new theme, we check the ones that look suitable and then look at the rating. We don’t buy themes with less than 4 stars, yet we keep in mind that when only two people gave stars, this isn’t something to rely on. (MagentaManiacs)

  • Sixth, we give it our own rating, because we believe in the stars. (MagentaManiacs)

  • If an item has 3 stars or less, I won’t even consider it. (dwhitmore)

3. A demo or live preview is important.

  • I won’t buy anything without a live preview. (SportTipsWorld)

  • I too will not buy any item unless it has a live preview. (CSS Items must have a good vid.) No Preview = No buy for me. (TwoJStudios)

  • Of course there should be a perfect demo. If you want to win me over in buying an item I have to see how versatile something is especially in jQuery plugins if you have a basic a normal and a very different example this is proof enough for me to buy it. (nokiko)

  • Third we run the demo through a couple of tests to see how it reacts on devices, to see if everything works fast and is well programmed. (MagentaManiacs)

4. Buyers sometimes have favorite authors.

  • I don’t actually buy from any one particular author, but I do have preference to certain authors. (SportTipsWorld)

  • I check who the authors are, prioritize them: Any theme from AJ Clarke absolutely without question, authors I bought from before, Elite authors, silver paw and up, the rest based on the theme’s comments the ones I’m familiar with get priority, the lesser known ones I check the comments to gauge them. (CLINE123)

  • I have a few authors that I just buy each item they release because of the quality of the work. Even if I don’t have a project to use it for yet but the quality of the work I am accustomed to I am sure that i will find a use for it soon and this way I support that author to keep on making great items. (nokiko)

  • I find myself checking out out particular authors’ portfolios when one of their items really knocks me out/meets my client needs, but most of my decisions are based on whether the item fits the project, using searches on topic/subject/keyword. (tlacross)

5. Feedback from other buyers in the comments is influential.

  • I guess I base most of my purchases on feedback in the item’s comments. I look for comments that state that the item was easy to use/install. (TwoJStudios)

  • Fourth, when we find a good starred theme that looks and works the way we want, we head over to the comment section to read all comments, from first to last. That’s probably most important for us: great support. (MagentaManiacs)

  • Check for buyer comments to see if there are any potential issues or negative comments. (dwhitmore)

6. Authors look for an item that meets their need at the time.

  • I buy based on logic, and I don’t mean using logic. But I buy a product laterally based on achieving a result, that follows the logic of the item, and fulfils the logic of my requirement however loose that may be. (SportTipsWorld)

  • I shortlist at least 5 them- then check the features to see if I can live with the compromise. (CLINE123)

  • I find myself checking out out particular authors’ portfolios when one of their items really knocks me out/meets my client needs, but most of my decisions are based on whether the item fits the project, using searches on topic/subject/keyword. (tlacross)

7. The look and feel of the item is important.

  • I scan themes that have the LOOK and FEEL I visualized, regardless of what features/function they have. (CLINE123)

  • It’s all about the look and feel to me first before anything else. The theme must suit what I feel is best for my client. This means all these plain vanilla themes that’s been coming of the assembly line lately barely get 2 seconds of preview. (CLINE123)

8. Documentation must be excellent.

  • Documentation is a pre. Every feature should be well documented. If I can not find documentation in the live preview in a file that I am considering buying that I always ask the author to send a screenshot or a few pages so I can see how the documentation is setup. its not that I can;t code ur understand code but i don’t want to spend unnecessary time in understanding how it works. (nokiko)

  • For themes, I look for well-documented offerings and have noticed that the “Elite” authors seem to be much more professional in their support and the packaging of their template/themes, so I do look at those items first. (tlacross)

9. Responsiveness from authors is valued and looked for.

  • I also look for questions asked by the buyers that get responses from the author. Questions asked and never answered stick out for me as a no buy item. (TwoJStudios)

  • One thing that does bother me is when a question is asked, and the author responds with “answered in email”. More then once I have had the same question, and now have to contact the author instead of reading the fix/answer right there where it was asked previously. (TwoJStudios)

10. Unique and original items attract more attention.

  • If there is an item from a new or established author that is quite unique and original I just buy it to support the author even if I don’t have a use for it yet. As Orman Clark mentioned on twitter a lot of the themes lately look alike. Of course an author wants to make money so he creates what sells best so he looks at others best sellers. But ff ther are new authors that do it differently I support this buy buying the item. (nokiko)

  • The more cutting edge/unique the theme is, the better. (dwhitmore)

11. Newer items may be considered before older items.

  • I’ll shortlist newer themes first unless an old one stands out. (CLINE123)

  • Well, we check the new themes daily to keep a good overview of what’s happening out here. (MagentaManiacs)

12. Good support is valued.

  • Item support after the sale is probably #1 for me though I very rarely ask for support, it is nice knowing if I have any issues I can get help. (TwoJStudios)

13. Well-tagged items are easier to find.

  • I am a semi-frequent buyer (graphic/web designer) across several of the Envato marketplaces. I use the search functions a lot, and always appreciate properly-tagged items because I am usually on a deadline and trying to optimize! (tlacross)

14. The number of sales of an item is a consideration.

  • I also look at number of sales (very high might be a bit of a negative, very low makes me think twice about it, but in the end the quality is the tie-breaker.) (tlacross)

Well, that’s the end of the list as it stands at the moment. Did you find anything helpful or surprising? Let us know in the comments.

A huge thank you to Bedros for asking the question and starting the thread on the forums. And an even bigger thank you to the buyers who answered so helpfully.

And if you haven’t checked this forum thread out yet, it’s worth reading – even after finishing my summary. There’s a lot of discussion there that’s missed when presenting the answers as a list.

Featured Profile Image: nishagandhi +4

There are almost as many approaches to creating a profile image as there are authors. Some focus on showcasing artistic skills, others prioritize with slogans and company information. Some show their personal photo, while others display abstract forms. This one belongs to nishagandhi. Check below for four more! Which is your favorite, and why?






Freebie Black Friday: Freebies on AppStorm

The AppStorm team have been hard at work again. Here is a huge bunch of great free apps and web services they covered.


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The Mac app has been around for some time now, and even though it gets continuous support and works just fine, it has been in need of a UI overhaul for a long time. Well, just a few days ago the Evernote team revealed a new update that will bring a complete re-do to the app, and just now we’ve had the opportunity to test out the beta version of the new Evernote 5. Let’s see what’s new!

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It’s called Imagine. Instead of just imagining how it’d be to write with, let’s take a look at it and see how it holds up to the competition.

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Timetastic is a fantastic little tool that helps you manage leaves for people in your organization, and is loaded with options that make it a must-have for anyone responsible for the smooth functionality of a team. It’s even got a nice design. Let’s take a look.

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And then I came across Build With Chrome.

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And given our obsession with what we put in our mouths, it’s no surprise that there are tons of web apps that focus on helping you find good restaurants to eat at. But that just tells you where to eat at, not what to eat there. Foodspotting wants to fill that void.

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Can Matchbook be the all-encompassing guide you need to direct you around the city and keep track of the venues you’ve conquered along the way? Find out after the jump.

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Aiming to be the last word on letter-focused puzzle apps, find out what fun awaits you within Letris & Friends after the break.

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Every so often, an app comes along that changes the game in it’s respective category. Shazam revolutionized how people identified songs. Instagram changed the way people capture and share photos. Evernote made it incredible easy to share notes across multiple platforms. While it’s become increasingly difficult for apps to change how people do certain things, it’s all the more impressive when one does.

When it was originally released for the iPad in 2010, Google Search certainly wasn’t a game changer. It provided a easy way to use the world’s favorite search engine, but it definitely wasn’t a replacement for Safari. However, with the release of version 2.5, Google Search now offers a voice search functionality that rivals Apple’s baked in voice function, Siri. Join us after the jump to learn more about Google’s new streaming voice search.

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Mapsaurus is one such application, but instead of insipid lists of apps for you to randomly peruse, it displays recommendations in a really cool way.

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Most cooking apps for Android are rather straightforward, as cooking involves less time spent using the app and more time doing the actual task at hand. That’s pretty understandable, and as an occassional food maker, I have been content with whatever cooking app I had installed at the moment — until I came across The Baker App. This app not only got my attention, it also motivated me to venture into the exciting world of baking. It’s not every day that I get unusually excited about a cooking app, but The Baker App is obviously an exception.

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WordWeb is a dictionary and thesaurus tool for Windows, iOS and Android. And if you thought that the new Windows 8’s global dictionary reduces a need for this, think again. WordWeb is infinitely more user-friendly, features several more options and is just as unobtrusive while doing all that.

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It’s amazing how, today, with a smartphone you have information about virtually everything at your fingertips wherever you go. And location-based apps take things a step further by allowing you to find friends nearby, search for restaurants in your area and see how bad traffic is en route to your next destination. But have you ever wished your phone could just tell you about great things to eat/see/do/buy around where you are, when you’re there?

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