At 1/6/19 08:23 AM, patwotrik wrote:
I have seen a lot of interesting stuff in the games section that I have downvoted because they are simply not games in any sense. It could be interactive animations, tools or simply coding showoffs. I think most of these deserves a spot on this site, but they don't fit in any of the current categories.
Wouldn't it be a good idea to create a new category for this?
Yes, I think this is a good idea, I like that itch.io lets you call your submission whatever pronoun you want, like prototype, or tool, or thing. StuffedWombat gave his itch game the pronoun "shit". the smash collab is basically a game that calls itself a movie, so I would love to see this expanded. we then run into the issue that user pages depend on the limited classifications of Game/Movie/Art/Music for curation and that seems like a hairy mess that won't get fixed in 2019.
I think the much easier solution is to rate these things on how much you like them and how well the creator achieved their goal. It saddens me that you're downvoting these things that you claim have a spot here, simply because they are not games by some strict definition. I recommend ignoring labels and voting fairly.
My recent submission Dial-A-Platformer is marked as a tutorial (in hindsight, I wish I knew the label gadget existed) and people downvoted because its a shitty game, and yeah, it is, but you could just as easily say it's a shitty song because it's simply not meant to be any of those things, I would really like it if it was just judged on how well it does the job it's intended to do.
In the downvoters' defense it was front-paged in the "game" category and took a spot from real "games" but that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve exposure, since I just want it to help people.
Tl;dr: Don't downvote them because they are not games and then say they have value as non-games