You're probably looking at this title wondering what I mean. I'll be very blunt.
BYOND needs to stop micromanaging developer projects. It's one of the reasons why most experienced developers do not come on here anymore. Right now, a certain user who I will not name, said it best: BYOND is trying to be like Steam and a Gaming Engine at the same time. Because of this, BYOND is heading into a bad situation, and we can all see that. No new feature will stop that. So, this is what i propose:
1. Remove the pager/engine connection
Most players who want to play BYOND games have to use the BYOND pager. On top of that, they need a BYOND account to play the game. This is utterly dumb. Not only does it discourage new players from joining, it hurts the engine as well. You can say the webclient is a better alternative to bypass this, however, the webclient isn't up to par (it's being developed nicely, but it's going to take awhile) and most people use Dream Seeker anyways to play.
2. Allow people to use BYONDexe behind a paywall
Very simple. BYONDexe is only available right now if Lummox deems your game "acceptable". That's one guy's opinion. You might have a different vision of what is fun. If Lummox doesn't think it'll work, he won't give you the program. I would say give BYONDexe out for free, but it would hinder BYOND in profit. Hell, BYOND membership exists, how about we make that relevant again and include this as a perk? There's a big issue most developers have with this, and that would be to surplus of fan-games. This leads to my next topic, and probably will be a very controversial one:
3. Remove the HUB
That's right, I said it. Developers, BYOND should NOT have to market your game. They are an engine, not a marketing tool. It's YOUR job to advertise games. Not theirs. With the removal of the HUB, BYOND wouldn't recieve backlash from copyrighted IPs. Only the developer of the game would. Fan-games happen in any engine, and this is what most engines do to combat it. Why should BYOND be any different?
I'm sure you guys can come up with more ideas, but for now, I feel like these 3, albeit big changes, would improve BYOND for the better, rather than hinder it. You decide (To Nadrew/Lummox, do not lock this thread as soon as you see it. I want to get a discussions started with BYOND members and see if their in support of this).
Sep 15 2016, 9:51 am