Two more previews this week.
The end isn’t in sight just yet, but it’s not that far away either.
Next week, I may have a video trailer rather than just preview pics.
An idea I like occurred to me recently, so it seems like a good idea to make a post about it in the hopes that as many players on the site can join in as possible.
As a result of the reduced advertising revue the site is getting now, I thought it might be a good idea to encourage some publicity for the site. Specifically from forums and message boards. So here’s what I’m asking.
If you’re a member of a forum or message board (which allows adult content), and you have a few spare minutes sometime this week, I would appreciate it greatly if you could drop a link recommending the site. If you tweet, it would also be great if you could spare a tweet about this site.
Enough new players should make up for the loss in advertising revenue easily.
Just use this link to Lisette and invite others to give it a go : http://www.vdategames.com/vdlis.html
If the forum allows images, here’s a selection for you to post to get some interest :
If you can’t, don’t feel bad, but if you can, it might help the site out a lot.
I know I don’t mention it very often, but this site has had a bit of a long term debate with google. Specifically google’s advertising branch, adsense.
I’ve had google advertising on my sites since day one, and I’ve always been in this weird grey area for them. The problem is that google do not allow their adverts to be displayed on sites which they see as containing adult content.
However, they’ve never really been able to decide what this site falls under. I mean, there’s clearly explicit moments in the games, but at the same time it’s clearly very different from a hardcore pornography site. They’ve scrutinized this site before, but ultimately felt that it didn’t count and I was free to continue displaying their adverts.
This has now changed as adsense have made their new and final decision. The site now falls under “pornographic cartoons or anime (hentai/ecchi)”, which is is against their terms of service, and as a result I have been restricted from displaying google adverts on the site.
Though there may be blows in other ways, this mainly comes a a finacial one. Adsense revenue accounts for about 20% of this site’s income (with 75% from the members area and 5% from the paypal store).
So, yeah…this is kinda annoying.
The site won’t need to shut down or anything, but I may have to work on a few ways to gain a bit more revenue from it (though I will say straight away that I won’t be increasing the membership fees or anything like that).
So far, I’ve replaced all the adverts with ones from juicyads. I’ve already been using them around the site for a while now, and I’ve found them reliable (ie they pay me), but the adverts aren’t worth nearly as much as google ads.
If you have your own site and want to advertise through them, here’s the link for this site : http://www.juicyads.com/juicysites.php?id=26733. Right now, I only have ‘filler ads’ displaying, but I get a lot more if someone actually buys space.
If anyone wants to email me with suggestions on this, you can find my email address on the contact page.
Over the next few weeks though, I’ll be trying a few different systems to see what works (clicksor is a possibility).
It’s finally time for some details on the next game, Jennifer.
Here’s a little recap for those of you who aren’t familiar with Jennifer’s history :
I’ve been working on trying to do a fully animated game for about 18 months now. While the idea of doing a fully animated game is appealing to me, there have been a long list of issues with doing one, including but not limited to…
– the amount of time it takes to render something
– the amount of time it takes to build an animated scene
– finding a way to display the videos so that everyone can use them
i think I would have given up on trying to do an animated game a while ago if it weren’t for the fact that I paid someone to do the voice acting (and deliver the lines) back when I started planning it. I have over 300 voiced Jennifer lines on a folder on my desktop.
So, in order to finally get the Jennifer game made, I think I’ve finally decided on a good system. Here are the details…
Jennifer will mainly use images, not animated movies. I still want to use some movies though, so there will be flv videos for certain parts of the game. These will be completely optional though. There will be an option at the start asking whether you want to view the videos or not. If you choose no, instead a sequence of images will appear which you click through to see what happens.
So, basically, I’m replacing when you would usually see something like a moving gif in the games with a 30 second or so movie, but with the option of just viewing regular images instead if you wish.
Each image will also play the corresponding mp3, though there will also be a similar option to the video, where you can have no sound playing at all.
Overall, I’m happy with this way of doing it. It means everyone can play, and those who want to turn off the new features can do so.
Since so much on this game has already been done, i’m expecting production to be a little quicker than normal. Monday, August 26th seems about right for a release date, but I’ll announce something more official closer to the time.
Finally, it’s time to get back to normality on this site!
The site has now moved to a completely new company, which should eliminate and traffic and bandwidth issues players may have been experiencing previously.
As some of you have already noticed, there is also a new system for the paypal store. Everything is now hosted through ejunkie and no one has reported a problem so far. If you’ve been unable to make a paypal purchase before, go ahead and try it. Hopefully everything should be pretty painless for you now.
As for the details of the next game, I will stick to the plan of giving those details on Friday. I’ll be making a new blog post then with plenty of images and details of Jennifer.