Friday, September 19, 2008

Day Five: Thanks Everyone

Posted by Nicolas (permalink)

I must say thanks to everyone, we only received something like 30 emails today. That was really sweet :D Again, we'd like to say that we're really impressed, and that we're trying to do our best to meet our deadline. We got a new iteration yesterday, and I jumped on this occasion to build the first version of the executable installer to distribute it to the team and a few people I know. They tested it from the installation to the end of the game and they only find one or two dozens of minor bugs and a difficulty somewhat too high. I'm going to make a few changes and fixes in the upcoming days.

FAIL!

So, Ok... we actually got into the Wikipedia, at least until someone named Masem decided that it was not relevant to the article. Well, we don't really care... We made it to the front page of the gaming section of digg.com too. That was awesome, thanks guys for crashing our poor little server :D We also made it to kotaku, stumble upon, and nearly every single video-gaming website of the world. Some of them in languages composed of signs we never saw before (hebrew is full of win). The top five websites sending us traffic is :

  • Digg.com - 18 337
  • Stumbleupon.com - 17 792
  • Kotaku.com - 2 665
  • Clubic.com - 1 858
  • Reddit.com - 1 651

Our poor little dedicated server is suffering from the continuous flow of visitors, as you can see, today we doubled our visitor count since yesterday. And yesterday we tripled it since the day before. 40K unique visitors each day, that's somewhat new for us and our little websites.

Frequentation

To conclude, did you know that, for something like 12 hours, the installer of the game was lying publicly on this server ? No, of course you didn't knew. That was the whole point :D (don't try to bruteforce the server, that will not happen anymore)

Anyway, I need sleeeeep, and the weekend is here so... good night !

PS: We already have translators for every language supported by Steam excepting Korean, Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Swedish.

18 comment(s)

Comments

  September 19, 2008 11:07 PM, Blogger Mr. Jason said :
Glad to hear things are getting into a more manageable form! Good luck getting everything polished up and ready to go.

  September 19, 2008 11:25 PM, Blogger Afro said :
Keeping the installer right under our feet :(. that's cruel.

Those languages seem fairly accessible. You shouldn't have too much trouble finding volunteers.

  September 19, 2008 11:56 PM, Blogger André said :
Everytime I am an using my computer I check the download page... But I was away! =(

  September 20, 2008 12:00 AM, Blogger Nicolas said :
Don't worry, that was not on the download page of course. It was hidden in an hidden folder somewhere on the webserver =)

  September 20, 2008 12:04 AM, Blogger Jakemuska said :
FINNISH TOO?

:)

  September 20, 2008 12:53 AM, Blogger Nicolas said :
Yes, finnish too.

  September 20, 2008 2:51 AM, Blogger uNCLEsAM098 said :
Are you planning on having it in Japanese as well? I'm currently learning Japanese, so having it in that language would mean I'm studying while playing portal! Win! :D

Either way, if you don't have it, hey ;) I'm just psyched to see your project.

Also, just out of curiousity. I know this is a small project, but I figured I'd ask.

Valve said they had attempted a multiplayer of Portal, and found it to not be much fun. Would you guys ever consider a Co-op mode? I guarantee people would be having a blast with it, passing blocks to teammates and such.

  September 20, 2008 4:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
You're bookmarked. And I test to see if it's available for download daily. I hope to get in on the download (when it goes live) before your server(s) crash. ;-)

  September 20, 2008 4:22 AM, Blogger uNCLEsAM098 said :
It's not going to be ready until the end of the month, at soonest, according to their news.

And yeah... that would probably be smart thinking to make sure MANY hosting websites have the file early so the servers don't crash. Good point.

  September 20, 2008 5:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
If your webserver isn't going to be able to handle the strain of everyone downloading it, maybe since you've already talked to Valve once, you could see if they could host it on Steam for you?

  September 20, 2008 5:27 AM, Blogger Shane said :
Well technically, after one or two people have it downloaded, it will go viral via bit torrent.

  September 20, 2008 8:07 AM, Anonymous LyokoJames said :
I know this may sound stupid, but what server are you talking about?
The server that makes this site, a portal server with multiplayer or something else?

  September 20, 2008 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Hey Nicolas ! it's Johan, (your cousin lol), My mother sent me your website, and I was so impressed !
I read your posts, about your work, and I an just congradulate you. I do the same BTS as you did, I think (BTS IG développeur d'application), and your work until now is too huge !!
I wish you to succeed in this way, but I think it's already done .. :)
I hope to hear from you soon.

Johan.

  September 20, 2008 12:11 PM, OpenID Lolgar1010 said :
Soo cruel to have it under our noses...

And then saying that it was...

Argg i want a copy and coop!

Coop FTW!

  September 20, 2008 1:59 PM, Anonymous Kondor7 said :
40 000 visiteurs ? 40 000 personnes qui attendaient des cartes dans la lignées des dures de Portal (voire encore plus corsées...) relièes entre elles par une histoire.

J'ai recu ton message en ce qui concerne la traduction serbe ;) , ca ressemble beaucoup au russe de toute manière.

Aller ! dernière ligne droite !

  September 20, 2008 9:04 PM, Anonymous Demon*_*Runing said :
and Russian language be too?

  September 20, 2008 9:14 PM, Blogger Nicolas said :
Yes, russian too.

  September 21, 2008 7:54 AM, Anonymous Demon*_*Runing said :
good :) this be awesome :D

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