A website dedicated to GS games.

mrfunkleberrymrfunkleberry Member Posts: 424
edited November -1 in Announce Your Game!
I'd like to see a consumer orientated site to advertise game salad games.
To help promote your game once you have made it.

Reviews, videos, new releases, top sellers etc

I think there should be a cost of 5 promo codes for every game submission. These codes can then be used as incentive for people to return to the site.

Simple stuff to start with, and see how it goes.

Whilst i'd be happy to design the site, it would be great if others could contribute (server, database, server-side programming etc)

Do you think it's a good idea? and would you help such an effort?
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  • scitunesscitunes Member, Sous Chef Posts: 4,047
    sounds great. I know some html and css if that helps.
  • PhoticsPhotics Member Posts: 4,172
    I have a game review section at my website. I was thinking about adding iPhone game reviews to my website, but I'm not sure if there's a conflict of interest. I'm a game developer too and basically I'm in competition with you.

    With that stated, my reviews would likely be tough... but fair.

    ...and then there's the GameSalad Textbook... which is more important to the community? Should I be doing reviews or should I be creating a book?
  • PhoticsPhotics Member Posts: 4,172
    ...and this thread didn't seem to go to the top of the list after I posted.
  • mrfunkleberrymrfunkleberry Member Posts: 424
    Ok i've thrown together a VERY rough example. Please read the previous sentence again. You read it? sure? ok...

    http://www.diddlydoo.com/thesaladbar.html

    Let me know your thoughts, suggestions (content, ideas, your approval etc)

    If you want to comment on the design, please read the first sentence again :)
  • jweaver911jweaver911 Member Posts: 439
    This is tempting... Why not just set up a killer CMS(content management system) site like Joomla or something similar. There's lots of great templates out there to use. :) I'm pretty proficient with Joomla. Has anyone else used that before?

    GS Games do need some extra boost in exposure. I might be interested in setting something up. I just can't devote a lot of the time/energy needed to do videos/reviews. Maybe a written review now and then. :) But if there are a dedicated group that can log on and keep things flowing. I think the traffic would come.
  • jweaver911jweaver911 Member Posts: 439
    yeah Funk. That looks pretty good. The name is perfect! :) BTW, is that iWeb?
  • scitunesscitunes Member, Sous Chef Posts: 4,047
    looks good
  • jweaver911jweaver911 Member Posts: 439
    http://demo.rockettheme.com/?template=quantive

    Some of the awesome stuff that Joomla is capable of. Just for the record :)
  • mrfunkleberrymrfunkleberry Member Posts: 424
    Thanks tshirtbooth, have i blown the first winner of the Tong Award?

    Ta jweaver911. No it's not iWeb, just a mock up in freehand (it's just one big image at the mo).

    EDIT - That example looks good, i'll look into it, but if i end up making this myself i may have to stick to what i know. (please read the 'very ROUGH' sentence :)
  • jweaver911jweaver911 Member Posts: 439
    @mrFunk Oh. I didn't bother clicking ;)

    Tong Award FTW.
  • ChaserChaser Member Posts: 1,453
    Awesome idea!! Wouldn't need any artwork except logo, as our app icons already do the job
  • quantumsheepquantumsheep Member Posts: 8,188
    Another great idea, mate. You're certainly putting in a lot of effort for everyone - good show! :D

    QS.

    Dr. Sam Beckett never returned home...
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  • mrfunkleberrymrfunkleberry Member Posts: 424
    Thanks QS. i've got a lot of time on my hands now i've given up ... (insert your own joke here)
  • scorelessmusicscorelessmusic Member Posts: 565
    *thumbs up* and using the 'I Like This' function that I've not noticed before. :)
  • rdcuberdcube Member Posts: 361
    jweaver911 said:
    if there are a dedicated group that can log on and keep things flowing. I think the traffic would come.

    I like what mr.funk has done, nice and simple (but like jweaver mentions), for this type of layout, you'll need someone to maintain on reviews.

    IMHO, I think this is something that Gendai should take on.
    Perhaps give us an option to include links to our games through our 'manage portfolio' page and they can just pull some of the stats and query their database to have page dedicated on their navigation for 'the salad bar'.
  • mrfunkleberrymrfunkleberry Member Posts: 424
    @rdcube i agree, but i guess they have bigger fish to fry. I was planing on make the reviews visitor driven, or a simple star system. See how it goes...
  • beefy_clyrobeefy_clyro Member Posts: 5,390
  • PhoticsPhotics Member Posts: 4,172
    Heh... I think there's something wrong with the forum. I made a post in this thread, but I think I might be the only one who can see it. When I was logged out, I couldn't read it. So... here it is again...

    I have a game review section at my website. I was thinking about adding iPhone game reviews to my website, but I'm not sure if there's a conflict of interest. I'm a game developer too and basically I'm in competition with you.

    With that stated, my reviews would likely be tough... but fair.

    ...and then there's the GameSalad Textbook... which is more important to the community? Should I be doing reviews or should I be creating a book?
  • RiffelRiffel Member Posts: 1,272
    Great idea mrfunkleberry, add me on that! Regards.
  • EastboundEastbound Member, BASIC Posts: 1,074
    I can see you Photics!

    I think this is a great idea, although us reviewing Gamesalad games would be a bit biased, but I think some 'official' reviews would be necessary, otherwise people could just look at iTunes for stars and user ratings.

    Even reviews such as Touch Arcade would be good. They barely delve into the games in reviews, but they get the job done.
  • mrfunkleberrymrfunkleberry Member Posts: 424
    Hey Photics don't worry about it, go for it the more the better!

    This guy is doing one two http://gamesalad.com/forums/topic.php?id=6141. Of course mine will be better in my own special way. But this guy seems to be putting a lot of marketing expertise into his project.

    Looks like we're going from hardly nothing at all to a wealth of opportunities. Can only be good for us all.
  • mrfunkleberrymrfunkleberry Member Posts: 424
    Sorry for the bump, but i updated the visuals... http://www.diddlydoo.com/thesaladbar.html
    It's now called saladgamers.com (the salad bar was taken :()
  • StormyStudioStormyStudio United KingdomMember Posts: 3,987
    MRfunk

    the website looks great, saw this discussion going on earlier, but was too busy trying to promote my own wares...

    Website looks like the exact thing that is needed....you are a true star and should be endowed with 'sous chef' as soon as the beings from above see this message!!
  • Rob2Rob2 Member Posts: 2,402
    looks excellent, just the right image
  • goliathgoliath Member Posts: 1,435
    FUNK..... IF YOU BUILD IT, WE WILL COME!
  • nulonulo Member Posts: 315
    mrfunkleberry. this looks awesome.
  • synthesissynthesis Member Posts: 1,693
    @MrFunk...

    We have plans for something like this on the www.GSProForum.com site...just not enough time to build it right now. Unix Server is in place with PHP mySQL support.

    An example site/layout design we were thinking about:
    http://www.rumconnection.com

    The images could then be nice big game icon graphics...and then each icon links into a custom game page...with screenshots and info...along with a link to the iTunes purchase page. Or the icon graphic could link over to the developers own support website for the app.

    Each user could then use a predesigned page template or design their own HTML layout within their game page...much like a blog page...and then also link over to their other games.

    Once the GSProFOrum site is built...we could create a separate URL for the general public to find the same info and mirror the site over to it with a separate unique presentation skin.

    This would be completely independently operated (from Gendai) and would be TOTALLY FREE to users and consumers. We all need promotional help with our titles. Maybe this could be the first step.

    Private Message me there on GSProForum.com if you think you might be interested. We'll cover all hosting expenses...and rely on the community to keep it policed and supported...somewhat of an Open Source type of situation. If you don't have PHP scripting skills...that's okay...we can assist in that...as we have 2 expert PHP programmers on our development team.

    ~Synthesis
  • mrfunkleberrymrfunkleberry Member Posts: 424
    @synthesis damn it. I've already started to run with this. Registered the domain, built a few pages (asp), set up the database, server etc. This was exactly the kind of offer i was looking for at the start, but now i'm invested. Bit of a shame, but i guess the result will be the same.

    And yes to confirm saladgamers.com will be TOTALLY FREE (except for the donation of 5 promocodes to keep the competition running)
  • synthesissynthesis Member Posts: 1,693
    Jeez...
    You only gave us a day to read the post...
    Still...
    Sure you want to go ASP?
    Anyway...
    If you want to integrate into GSProForum and use the community there as a support structure...let me know.

    We could still have the saladGamers.com be the "public/app user" skin...and the GSPro site be the dev/"suedo-backend" skin.
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