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Scarfish, the game we developed snapped 2nd place and an honourable mention from Vince Briffa, one of the judges during the GameZing 2011 awards ceremony who is the head of department of Digital Art within the University of Malta.   The competition consisted of 13 teams in total from St. Martins Institute of IT, University of Malta, and a competitor from the University of Copenhagen.  After achieving third place when we were competing at the GameDev Challenge 2011 we were quite happy that we improved our position in this competition, with more competing teams.  We were also quite delighted we got an honourable mention from one of the judges for having the best graphics amongst other qualities. 

After this success with Scarfish, an iOS/Android/Web game we have developed during the last 7 months, we would like to improve the game further until we see it is in a position to be placed on the Apple and Android App Stores.  I would like to thank St. Martins for the support and tuition in the area of game development, GameZing for the awards ceremony and prizes, my team mates at Barbagann Games with whom we have worked so hard to achieve this placing and all of our supporters and testers.

GameZing 2011 Trophy

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The game “Scarfish” which my team, Barbagann Games were working on the last six months placed 3rd at the GameDev Challenge 2011 organised by St. Martins Insitute of IT.  The next real proving point is when the app is released on Android and iOS markets. We will also know the results for GameZing 2011 in January 2012. 

In the meantime, enjoy our introductory storyboard: 

This is a problem which only appears on Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.  I’ve tested this out on Google Chrome, Safari, Opera and these browsers do not automatically add a border around linked images so the webpage looks fine.

This is an annoying problem for some developers, but the good news is here, it is easily removed. Let me tell you how:

If you are using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) just insert this link of code:

img { border: none; }

If you want to do it inline all you need to do is to set the border to none:

<img src=”image.gif” alt=”logo” style=”border: none;” />
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The meta description tag is there to give a brief description of your webpage.  This will be helpful when your webpage turns up in Google’s search results.

Instead of having Google generating this automatically for you, by selecting the first few words in your website, you can insert this manually.

What you put in the meta description tag, is what the people will see when your website appears in Google’s search Result. Let’s take the example below:

Google meta description

The text inside the red box is the meta description

The following is an example of a meta description tag:

<meta name=”description” content=”Brief description of your web page.”>

The above code should be inserted in the head section of your webpage, between these tags: <Head> </Head>

Tips

  • When writing a meta description, you should limit it to about 170 to 200 characters at most.
  • You can write a meta description for each page, making it relevant to the content of your web page.

Please note that this takes time, and you will not find the new meta description right after you’ve just saved it.  You have to wait for Google’s crawlers to crawl your website again.

For those of you who don’t know what favicon.ico is, it is the small icon which can be found in your address bar, or in the tab.  A favicon is also known as website icon and is usually 16 x 16 or 32 x 32 pixels.

This is how my favicon looks in Internet Explorer 8.

favicon ie 8

I will be guiding you how to change the favicon.ico for your website with these simple steps:

  1. Get the image you want to use and re-size it to 32 x 32 pixels.
  2. Use a generator such as this one: http://www.favicon.cc/ to generate your favicon and download it
  3. Upload the downloaded favicon in the root of your FTP
  4. Insert the following code in the head section of your html: <link rel=”icon” type=”image/vnd.microsoft.icon” href=”favicon.ico” />

You should be done, and the favicon should now be visible.