I’ve been a bit of a ghost here for a good few years but after starting a bunch of projects all heavily involving Blender its lead to me once again browsing these forums regularly.
The one thing Ive noticed (other than the slick new redesign which is working really well btw) is that the Game Engine forums, my old stomping grounds, seem to feel a bit outdated.
While its great to see so much activity with Eevee/UPBGE (and various other closely related Blender Game Engine alternatives) a lot of game developers (such as myself) have moved to other game engines. With a lot of alternate-game engine projects still heavily using Blender theres no where really suitable to post WIP threads/finished games/open general discussions. I know some people are posting Unity/UE4/etc games in Artwork/WIP and thats the general recommendation but it doesnt really feel like a game development section and the posts seem to get lost among the more general 3D art threads.
Ive read around and found this topic has come up a couple of times in recent years, the most notable being this post by Cyborg… I mean, Ace Dragon:
I agree a lot with what Ace is saying here. I feel like the ‘Game Engine’ sub-forum could become a ‘Game Development’ sub-forum with the addition of 1 or 2 new sections. That way the focus can be on all Blender related game development in one central spot, while leaving all the current/original Blender Game Engine forums as they rightfully are. I mean, even the Blender discord has dedicated Unity/Unreal sections!
So my proposed solution:
The best solution Ive thought up so far would be to rename the forum to make it more general and all-encompassing ‘Game Engine’ -> ‘Game Development’ and add 2 additional Game Development sub forums: Alternate Game Engine Discussion (for talking about works and issues with other game engines & Blender) and Alternate Game Engine Games (for WIP threads and finished game projects which used alternate game engines but still have a Blender focus)
Does anyone else have any ideas? Suggestions? Issues?
Its good to be back and its good to see so many familiar faces/accounts. Look forward to getting more involved again throughout 2020 and while I havent touched it in many years - may the BGE never die!