May I point out that I was not advocating we advertise BA here.
Advertising BA here, would be a travesty for both BA and the engine.
Nor did I say advertise BA and only BA.
BA should be advertised at the BA website, with BA banners, BA adverts, BA videos, and BA promotional media by BA people.
If we deviate from that then we loose focus.
Kernel Panic should be advertised at the Kernel Panic website, with Kernel Panic banners, Kernel Panic adverts, Kernel Panic videos, and Kernel Panic promotional media by Kernel Panic people.
Quit paying so much attention to a handful of banners and tiny thumbnails on somebody elses website, and focus on the giant frontpage on your own websites.
When you want to advertise on TV, do you advertise in the bottom corner next to 5 others on one of your suppliers adverts? Or do you push out a brand new advert dedicated to yours product, tailor made for maximum effect?
If games do their job at selling themselves, then all this engine needs to do is mark sure we have the 'made with spring engine' logo in the bottom corner.
Lets take a prime example of misplaced developer attention.
Argh spent hours working on front page banners on this site, arguing over the size of his logo. He lavished masses of attention of a 600x350 banner on the frontpage that only displayed on every 1 in 5 page views.
Despite gaining a minor almost insignificant gain by using the banner, he neglected to update wolfegames.com, a site dedicated to his work, a site which gets thousands of hits every month. I should know, I built it for him, I have traffic statistics for it, and of all the places you can see P.U.R.E or Argh related work, his own website is the poorest source of information he has control over.
Thousands of potential buyers are met with a website that lacks upto date content. He regularly posts updates to things, everywhere but his website.
These are people who not only land on wolfegames.com but take the time to stay and look around. The bounce rate for wolfegames.com is 0.5%!!! For every 200 people who hit wolfegames.com, only 1 immediatly closes the window. This is extraordinary, its like having people walk into your shop and stare at a product for hours on end. Not only that, but they stay for several minutes and look at almost every page on the website.
Despite thousands of visitors every month. Despite them sticking to the website instead of immediately closing it. Despite having complete control over every aspect of the website. Despite visitors staying put for up to 10 minutes looking and exploring, he regularly ignores it and focuses on mundane things like a banner most people will ignore on a different website.
Argh is not alone in this kind of thinking, and he's not the only person who focuses on the minutae of stupid things, while letting the gold rush pass him by. At least argh has a website, nevermind the torrent of former TA players who come here, get baffled, then bugger off somewhere else