Saturday 19th June 2010
Over the last 6 months or so, the forum has seen less and less activity. At the moment, we are getting about 2 - 3 posts per day, which is considerably lower than it has been before. Only the die-hard members are still around. My opinion on why this has happened is due to the forums that are currently available are of topics, which are not currently of interest to people. E.g. VB6, TGF and MMF are all old products (as much as I love and still use VB6). In addition, the people who joined the forum to discuss these topics (mainly to discuss game creating software) have moved on to other things.
So the question is, how to get people to come back? One big problem is that 99.9% of topics already have a dedicated website/forum so it is hard to compete because of this. The best thing to do is to probably find a topic that I am interested in and then create a forum. But how to get people to visit?
I recently released version 3.7.8 of Keep Track with the following changes:
I have thought of a new feature, which will be added to the next version: allow users to add tracks to playlists whilst playing through them.
As I had updated Keep Track, I thought it would be a good time to update NoteBook. It had not had any update since 2008. The list of updates are:
For the first point, there is a problem where if the page name has a space, it can cause problems with some programs. As I use the program myself quite often, I have discovered this and a few other bugs, which will be addressed in the next version.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
I got this game as a Christmas present and until recently have not had the time to play. Over the last two months I have managed to get to world 8. Some people have said that they have found the levels too hard in the later worlds, but I have not found this myself.
I have found that the level design is good, but not as innovative as Super Mario Bros. 3 or Super Mario World. Better use could have been made of the Wii's abilities.
Another problem is world 7, where I thought that there would be more pipes, such as in world 7 (Pipe World) on SMB 3. The world 7 map suggests that this might be the case but it isn't. World 7 on SMB 3 is may favourite hence why I consider this a problem.
In this game, up to 4 players can play on the same level at once, which is an improvement on previous games where you had to take turns. However it is not perfect e.g. in fortresses where you have to go up through the level, a player dies if he falls off the bottom of the screen.
Overall, I do really like the game and look forward to finishing it.
After this I will be playing Mario Kart Wii, which I also got for Christmas and then Super Mario Galaxy, which I recently got for my birthday.
Image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2e/NSMBwii.jpg