Given how crazy-busy I have been as of late, I haven't
been able to keep up with all the email I've received. So I decided
to take a moment and answer some of the most common questions. Read
on to learn how you can get a FREE boxed game for your DSi!
Can I be an admin?
Why can't I use CAPS on ShoutBox?
Using all capital letters in a message
is yelling. Generally speaking, it's very poor internet etiquette.
Unfortunately, many users were being rude to each other by typing in
constant caps. Thus I've disabled that ability. Please be considerate
when speaking to others on the internet. All those manners your
mother taught you should still apply.
But it's called a SHOUTBox?
The name derives from, "Shout out to
all my friends!" type of shouting. Not "YOU JERK!" type of
I can't log in?
After the change-over to user accounts,
there were a few bugs to shake out. Some users had difficulties with the
login procedure. The bugs should be fixed now.
How did you get to be an admin?
I wrote the website. ;-)
What about the other admins?
I hand-select admins as needed.
Asking to be an admin tends to reduce your chances. I look for
attributes like moral character, demonstrated ability to
keep your cool in difficult situations, and a strong desire to
help out. Though seriously, it's not a great job. You don't want it.
Can I be an admin?
When will there be more avatars?
An interesting question. As you might
have noticed, the avatar selection screen now takes several seconds
to open. Adding more avatars is only going to make this worse. Thus I
need to develop a new selection box that eliminates this issue before
I can add more avatars.
I was banned for 24 hours!
If you receive a 24 hour ban, there
are two possible causes. The first is that you ignored the automated
warnings about no yelling, no swearing, or using inappropriate
language. The other possibility is that you caused trouble with your
fellow posters and they reported you.
I was banned for no reason!
Longer bans are given by
admins. The message you receive when you try to post will tell you
who that admin was and why they disabled your posting access. That
should tell you everything you need to know. If you still don't
understand, email me the EXACT message you receive and I'll try to
Are the games here Flash?
Nope. Flash does not work on the
Are the games here Java?
Nope. Java does not work on the
they are very, very, very different.
Yes! Now you've got it! :-)
How do I create a game?
You will need to understand how to do
web development. If you're familiar with creating web pages, then you're
off to a good start. Use the browser information over on
to adjust your page to fit the DSi browser. You can add interactivity
Will DSiCade have more games?
Yes! There are a couple of reasons
it has been taking time, though. First is that I have been
extraordinarily busy as of late. (Even worse than usual.) I have
not been able to give DSiCade the attention I want. I don't see this
Second is that submissions have dropped off. I'm expecting two more
soon, but they're not yet in my posession. Until I have more games
either created by me or submitted by users, I'm afraid I can't add
So get crackin' folks! ;-)
How do I submit my game?
Once you have your code complete, zip
email that archive to
What about the FREE DS games?
Oh yeah, I almost forgot! So here's
the deal. If you submit a game to DSiCade that gets accepted, I'll
send you a free DS game of your choice! Of course, there are some
- The game must be original and written by you
- Only one game per month, per submitter
- It cannot use trademarks or copyrights of someone else. e.g.
That Pokemon simulator won't count even if it gets posted. (There
are legal reasons for this.)
- DSiCade won't pay for international shipping. You have to be
in a country where we can order the item for you locally or transfer
equivalent funds through Paypal.
- The game must be tailored to work correctly on the DSi. Ideally,
this means that it fits within the 2 screens with no scrolling or
I hope that all of you who thought you could swipe something off of
(Besides, I've already received several of those and rejected 100%.
They don't work quite right on the DSi or provide a very poor
experience. So don't get lazy!)
WAIT! One more question! Can I be an admin?
Someone please shoot me.
In completely unrelated news, I did my first Flip Note animation
today. I can't draw, so it's not much to look at. I do hope you all
find it amusing, though. Tap the image to start the animation.
That's all for today. I look forward to seeing some of the game
submissions. And remember to always treat others as you want to be
treated. Night all!
(As usual, I can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.)