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Re: [Icehouse] Re: wwNEWS - Twin Win at HersheyPark

  • Frommiyu <xmiyux@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateFri, 7 Sep 2007 14:01:24 -0400
Oh no worries on the safety front. I would submit their votes in one email.  So you can harvest mine. :lol:

The ranking thing I only use to encourage kids to give everything a fair try.  In the past when I have said which among these is your favorite they have not played a few assuming they wouldn't like it due to theme etc.  Having them rank them internally encourages them to give every game a fair shake (you may not like these 3 games but which one do you like the least).  They will distill it to a single vote per person for simplified bookkeeping on your end.

That will be the plan then.  September the 11th we will try as many as we can in the hour and 20 minute game session and then play any others the next week.

I copied a few copies of the pdf you provided and have them residing in binders on the shelf right now for them to use.  I'll draw up some secret ballots this afternoon.  The kids I have mentioned it to think it is so incredibly cool they get to be judges in a competition.


On 9/7/07, David Artman <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Dude, go for it! Your class might have a significant influence on the
final rankings (as they outnumber the rankings that I currently have!);
but I have no objection to that whatsoever. Further, there's nothing in
the rules that in any way restricts who can judge, so I do not believe
we designers have a say either way. Maybe we could try to persuade you
not to have them submit rankings--but that is seriously lame, in my
opinion; and I will try to shout down, embarrass, and generally snub
anyone who raises an objection to your kids judging.

All that said, I would encourage you to tell them to be their own
judges. Maybe have them do it in secret or quietly or separately--you
know them better than I do. But I would want to avoid any instances
where an individual's personality influences another person's rankings:
the games should be judged as they stand, on their own, without any
kibitzing or persuasion from other judges.

But, again, we can't STOP that from happening; so it will be up to you
to decide if you want them to rank separately or as a class or in
assigned groups or in their own cliques or whatever. But we'd prefer
individuals in isolation, when the ranking begins (like any voting,

As a final "protective" note, you might want to submit their rankings
all together, in one e-mail from you. That way, they do not have to
reveal personal e-mail addresses (and I can't be accused of collecting
personal e-mails from minors) or make one-time GMail/Yahoo/Hotmail
accounts. Just be sure each judge is named or, at least, nicknamed, for
their own auditing purposes on the IGDC page.

Last (procedural) point: who thinks it should be renamed to the
"IceHOUSE Game Design Competition," which is how Andy is referring to it
(it's been "Ice Game Design Competition" as long as I have known about
it). I can redirect the page, so current links won't break or anything.


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