When someone has finished testing your hack, please submit your rating...
What if the person who tested (I won't say any names)
1. Gave vague and extremely hard to understand feedback
2. Did not reply when I sent MULTIPLE PM's asking him to please clarify his comments
3. Has not answered ANY of my PM's for quite a while now, but, according to his signature, is still beta-testing my hack.
Technically, he hasn't finished testing, but considering the fact that I can't seem to contact him, (He's active on this website, he just won't answer me) may I rate him now?
(I wonder if this is some sort of weird bug in the PM system...)
Play tester. BUT, I want that people test their hacks themselves first and I refuse to test hacks like "Glitch World", "Super Hard [insert stupid explanation for the word "difficult/hard" here]" or something like this. PLUS, put effort in your hack, otherwise I won't do anything. >
Otherwise, I would be glad to be a play tester. ^^
Edit : Actually, just add me to the 'Play Test' list too. So that I can be picky on the looks of the hack .
Just PM me, FireMarioMKI, to tell me what to test, bugs, gameplay, or both... to prevent flooding this thread, I guess.
Edit 2 : Hmm, no, I won't.
I just downloaded it and will refuse to test it.
Your hack is a pure SMW edit, and in this case, a bad one.
Floating water tiles, 3UP moons everywhere, 3UP replacing other tiles, the same level + a few Rexes or Banzai Bills... hmm no no, sorry mate, I won't do that.
At least try to hack. This is a 5 minute session plus a patch.
Edit 3 : I'll do it anyway, but I'm not soft.
-------------------- --------> Don't follow "Find Roy's Dignity", my hack. Because it's pretty outdated. <--------
I'm willing to sign up as a bug tester. I've recently completed my first beta test and I'm hoping the person whose hack I tested will submit a rating eventually.
My style when beta testing is to write notes as I go and to play every single level, even if the hacker has not made any direct or intended modifications to it, since one change you make could affect the game negatively in the long run. I give an objective stance, i.e. what's in the level as it is and everything I see when I play it from an unbiased point of view, an opinion stance, i.e. what I think of everything I see in the level (how the FG/BG Map16 is put together, sprite behavior and tilemap consistency, and if there's anywhere the player can get stuck; and if the level is unmodified, then it will just be what I thought about the original level or SOMETHING to keep the reader interested since my last report was 75KB in pure text) and a list of bugs I find within that level, along with tips on how to fix it. I tend to keep a light-hearted, mildly humorous tone throughout the report, because that's the mood that keeps many readers interested, and I try not to come off as insulting to anyone or their work when I give advice.
I will also take many screenshots, though I end up deleting half of them because they might be redundant since a problem may have already been addressed. I add captions for detailed information of how to fix it and/or for humor to lighten the mood. I'll also add a reference guide at the end for things like graphics locations, some how-to's involving .msc creation and music-porting tips, and a table of bugs with a description and how strongly they impact gameplay in case a reader needs it quick-and-ready.
Lastly, if I have the time, I'll try to correct some of the glitches myself. Usually, I won't be able to do everything since some ROMs have custom music problems (such as AddMusic insertion errors) and I don't have the songs they're using at hand, but I'd be more than happy to correct graphic glitches - I'd correct music problems if the hacker also sent the song texts to me.
Note to anyone before they ask me to test: I don't test joke hacks or hacks with rule 34 in them. Anything else is fair game. I know TheMonkeyBob said he doesn't give out information on what testers don't want to see, but I'm going to post it here anyways so I don't have to repeat myself every time I'm responding to a PM.
If anyone does ask me to test, allow one week for me to finish since I'm nocturnal and I'm only allowed on the computer before midnight, so I'll only have about 5-6 hours on the computer a day, and I also have a lot of other things I need to do. :X When the Death Castle Gates beta comes out, though, that is my priority to test, regardless of whatever else I have to do in terms of SMW hacking, so if I'm in the process of testing your hack when TLMB wants DCG tested, I'll have to delay yours to work on that. Sorry for any inconvenience ahead of time.
(TheMonkeyBob, I could e-mail you a copy of my report in a .ZIP if you'd like, but only if the person chooses to submit a rating - the way my report is formatted, some things might look really weird in a PM.)
Just look above you... If it's something that can be stopped, then just try to stop it!