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MakeGame: A new harrassment-free place to get feedback on your games
MakeGame: A new harrassment-free place to get feedback on your games
May 6, 2014 | By Mike Rose

Newsbrief: A group of indie developers have launched a new game dev forum, where they hope to encourage fellow creators to get feedback, share their work, and take part in "pageants," all in a harassment-free environment.

MakeGame is open to all developers, and allows you to post a thread that other devs can comment on and like. There's also a big focus on any form of harassment being cut out of the community, and every couple of months, there will be a month-long 'slow-jam' to participate in.

The devs behind the new forums include Proteus developer Ed Key, Train Jam founder Adriel Wallick, and Lucky Frame's Jonathan Brodsky.

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Anton Temba
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Neat place, bookmarked for future browsing :)

Paul Marzagalli
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Adriel and I discussed this around PAX East. Glad to see it's coming to fruition. In the context of our conversation, I'm hoping it is a great resource for girls in various game majors - a tool for helping schools retain those students in their programs.

Manuel Correia
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I'm in!

Vasily Yourchenko
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A safe space like this is certainly both useful and important to have available to those who need it, but by its nature it kind of excludes more.. - uh.. I'll go for "radical" - games. For example, a sincere religious debate will almost inevitably hurt someone's feelings, yet it is not really possible to productively discuss a game whose focus is criticizing organized religion without allowing one to take place.

A forum, much like a product, cannot answer the needs of everyone. That does not diminishes its merit, but there are advantages to brutally honest environments.

Eric Salmon
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Brutally honest is different from abusive. I doubt we'll see much censoring of honest, constructive criticism, even in the context of a tense debate - maybe just a nudge or two to make sure things stay civil.

Vasily Yourchenko
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A fair point, but I am sure you see where I am coming from. In my experience most communities are either civil and maintain their civility by banning such discussions, if not de jure then de facto, or allow freedom of expression without any restraints which leads to the creation of your typical internet cesspit. I hope I'm wrong though.

Tanya X Short
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Whenever I showed work on TigSource or /r/gamedev, the only harassment I ever got was the occasional "ugh mobile", but even that is rare. If anything, I'd say both are TOO happy-friendly-nice-nice, with very little in the way of thoughtful critique sometimes, just a "good job dude!"

That being said, I think there's more than enough room for a new community with its own special flavor. :) Looking forward to seeing how it all develops!

Bruno Xavier
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Interesting. Bookmarked.