Secret Weapon Software's Awards of Excellence!


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Secret Weapon Software has created two new awards available to anyone in the QBASIC / QuickBASIC community.  Anyone who receives a recognition in the "In the Spotlight" section of the QFiles will now also receive a notice by email and a graphic which he/she may put on his/her site.  We have two catogories for such an award:

Game of the month and Site of the month



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Gaining the "Spotlight" position is not easy, nor is it intended to be.  Here are some of the major areas we consider:

For Web Sites

  • Most importantly, content.  Does the site have an actual purpose or is it just another website?  Are there plenty of well organized files?   Links?  Message Board?  These are pretty much the basics; any additional and original ideas that add to the uniqueness of the site are always a plus. 


  • Layout / Professionalism / Presentation.  The overall look of a site can be the key to having users return again and again to your site.  Is the site professionally done?  Is it clear that the webmaster has put a good deal of time and energy into the site?  More importantly, is the layout of the site logical?   Many sites have plenty of excellent information, but are presently poorly.  If the site is difficult to navigate, all that time and energy are wasted because the user can't find what he/she is looking for.  Here's a tip: look for criticism.  If you never get any, you either have a perfect site or, more likely, you won't know what other people would really like to see.  Listen to suggestions.


  • Variety.  This is important for attracting programmers from all realms.  Try not to stick to just games or just applications, for example.   Always be on the lookout for new sections to add to your page (without it becoming cluttered, of course).  Also, static sites will never become popular.  If the site is exactly the same for three years, who would return for a second visit.  A true sign of excellence is when the same surfers repeatedly visit a site to see what's new. 

For Programs

  • Purpose.  What is the purose of the program?  Is it useful?   Entertaining?  If I download it would I get any use out of it?  For applications, the program should serve a real purpose that people might actually use (i.e. Paint programs, file managers).  Games should obviously be entertaining, but they should also intrigue and interest the user.


  • Originality.  This is especially important for game makers.   Although there are occasions where the programmer's aim was to imitate an old classic, with the thousands of games in existance today, a truly original idea is something to praise.  Dont' be afraid to experiment a bit.  For applications, there are plenty of ways to be original.  Include options the other guys don't offer, etc.  Be creative and have fun with this one!


  • Look.  They say don't judge a book by its cover, but this is not true for programs.  No matter how amazing your algorithms may be, look can, in some cases, be everthing.  I've seen good programs that were only lacking in graphics.  This is really a pity because they simply don't look impressive.  On the other hand, I've seen programs which are fairly simple in nature, but so graphically stunning that they rate nearly off the charts.  Graphics aren't the place to get cheap.  If you put time into the look it can pay off.


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If you think your site or program is deserving of the "Spotlight" for our montly feature, please email us at


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Copyright 2000 by Timothy D. Mowrer for Secret Weapon Software.