Recent posts by NeilSenna on Kongregate

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Topic: Kongregate / [Split Test] New homepage design

I tend to hate anything that looks like it was done to cater to touchscreens, which this does. So I hate it.

But the old layout was crap too, so it’s no big deal.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / How old do you want to be when you die?

For as long as my mind and body remain sufficiently healthy to allow me to live the life I want to.

So probably not extreme old age, unless full body regeneration or consciousness transfer is invented some time soon.

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Topic: Kongregate / Selling out?

Been happening for years.

Though I wouldn’t say ‘selling out’… more ‘behaving as a business aiming to make money should behave’. If some idiot is going to spend $500 to repeatedly acquire a bar full of little orange pixels that let him click ‘fight dragon’ or whatever over and over again, any sensible business would exploit him.

Unfortunate for users who just want to play decent games without being bombarded with games designed for paying players… but Kong isn’t a charity.

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Topic: Kongregate / "Newly" Published

I believe the reason last time this came up is that there’s nowhere else on the homepage for the people in charge to place games they wish to highlight (microtransaction games), so they have to use hot new games for it.

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Topic: Kongregate / Kongregate Mobile, how do I fill out the form?

Email with either what you wrote there ^ or a link to this thread. No guarantee a staff member will see stuff on the forum.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Game: Room 101

The UK TV show seems to be about maximum rage over minimum inconvenience, so…


You book a train ticket with a reserved seat because you want to sit with friends/next to a window/on the shaded side/at a table/as far away from the toilet as possible/other reason, then get onto said train at appointed time and place and… someone’s sat in your seat.

They then bitch and whine about being asked to move, sometimes refusing to until the inspector comes and threatens to kick them off, because it’s obviously someone else’s fault I bothered to book a ticket and they ignored the big ‘RESERVED’ sign on the back of the seat and the little display screen above the seat flashing with ‘RESERVED’.

Those people. But you’ll probably open Room 101 and one of the ****ers will already be sat in there.

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Topic: Kongregate / [Split Test] Wide Feature Roll!

Originally posted by rinky999:

What I would like to know is, how did Kong sold/misled this idea to their shareholders, and does Kong really believe they are as stupid as we are?

It’s designed to push users towards microtransaction and ‘social’ games by allowing flashy graphical displays of said games which entice passers-by and highlighting the ‘friends’ aspect of the site… which is what their ‘shareholders’ want, so they’d be delighted and wouldn’t feel stupid at all.

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Topic: Kongregate / Petition to bring back old Kongregate.

Originally posted by sydor01:

signed. I’m tired of losing convenience features, especially the recently played lists. I mean, what the f*ck is that useless “Notable Games” column for?

Just an extra spot to plug microtransaction games.

Because obviously we want that more than the usefulness of the old recently played section…

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Topic: Kongregate / Petition to bring back old Kongregate.

I’d ‘sign’ this but I always feel a sense of failure whenever I sign a petition I know is going to make no difference to anything.

And all I really give a crap about is getting the recently played box back on the homepage, which likely isn’t what ‘old Kongregate’ means on this occasion.

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Topic: Kongregate / The new site layout...

The Kong homepage is ‘we want you to go here’… it’s designed to push us towards the games they want us to play. Mostly MMOs, multiplayer, mobile stuff, anything with kreds.

That’s why we don’t and never will have categories on the homepage that we’d actually like – say, favourites, recently played, playlist. We’re not supposed to be using it to go to the games we want to play. We’re supposed to be allowing ourselves to be directed by stuff like ‘Notable Games’ (aka ‘microtransaction games’). The top bit is bigger so they can use fancy graphics to make the games in it look more attractive so we all go click-click-click…

I’d do the same if I owned the site, but as I don’t (and because Kong does it in a horribly obvious way) I’m allowed to moan about it.

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Topic: Kongregate / New Kongregate Version: New navigation changes

Originally posted by IAmTheCandyman:

Hey everyone! Just wanted to pop in to let you know that we ARE planning to put the Recently Played section back up to three games. The change down to one game had absolutely nothing to do with money (even though that’s what people always want to blame). It was about having a cleaner design, but you are right, lots of people found those links to be very useful. Even me, though my recently played is usually full of weird games that got flagged. But that’s a different story.

TL;DR: We didn’t intend to make this change a pain for you guys, and we’re going to put the recently played games back into the nav in the near future :)

While you’re being open about recently played games… any chance we could have this incredibly useful feature returned to the homepage instead of the totally useless mobile games (for people not using a mobile device) and ‘notable games’ sections?


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Topic: Kongregate / New Kongregate Version: New navigation changes

Originally posted by Tetsuo_Shima:

@whoever: It’s kinda telling that over a day has passed, a vast majority of ‘complaints’ have surfaced, yet no staff member has bothered to give some sort of technical or even general comment on all the remarks made.

You’re not a majority. There are “52,691 online playing 94,944 free games!” and they’re not complaining so are all super-happy with the new design. More people click on the Recently Played page now so it’s good. Our Official Kongregate Focus Group of ADHD-riddled 10 years olds likes the new design. Split test comparey-algorithmy-thingie.

Now go buy some Kreds.

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Topic: Kongregate / New Kongregate Version: New navigation changes

Originally posted by Tukkun:

Hmm now I can’t find the link to the developers’ weekly/monthly contests anymore. I have the direct links but I don’t know what leads to it. Why this change to make all developer-related stuff harder to find?

I still have those, down below all the useless guff (mobile games, recommended games, etc) on the right.

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Topic: Kongregate / New Kongregate Version: New navigation changes

Don’t like the changes to the little bar thingie but can live with it. Never used that bit anyway.

But for the love of all that is holy, why mess with our recently played games again? I get that you don’t like us having stuff on the homepage that we actually want on the homepage, but didn’t realise you were that desperate to make it entirely useless and impersonal.

Or that desperate for the extra ad revenue from making us click onto another page. Maybe a bit of both.

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Topic: Kongregate / [Split Test] Wide Feature Roll!

Originally posted by adv0catus:

I don’t understand the point of the network.

You will use Kongregate to be social, dammit!

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Topic: Kongregate / And you're wondering why people use AdBlock

If all ads were as static and silent as that one, I wouldn’t have any blocking stuff on at all.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why Are So Many of the Kids My Age so Immature?

Originally posted by Kasic:

Since a few here seem eager to throw anyone under the bus claiming that obnoxious, crude, and often illegal forms of entertainment are not immature, I’d like to ask what is mature in your eyes? If underage drinking, performing irresponsible and dangerous stunts, flaunting of superficial objects, and pretending to be an idiot isn’t immature, I’m not sure what you think is.

None of those things have to be immature. Plenty of “mature” adults do those things and a few even make a living from doing them (except underage drinking).

To me there’s no line between mature and immature, just a big murky grey area. One cannot label, say, all irresponsible stunts as immature because such things can be done in an entirely mature manner well within the bounds of ‘normal’ adult social interaction. Or it could be done in a very childish manner.

“Maturity” when used outside a purely scientific way is basically just a lazy word used as a replacement for “how I, personally, in my own unique and individual mind, think an adult should behave.” All and none of our definitions of it are right.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why Are So Many of the Kids My Age so Immature?

Originally posted by DarkFungus:

I’m actually 14 but, so close to 15 that I count myself as it. I try to hang out with like minded people that I view as mature but, those people are few and far between.
Most of the people around me are friends with people that aren’t even their real friends. Most of them just try to fit in and follow the crowd. They make inappropriate and stupid jokes all the time, get drunk, go to huge parties, and much more. I’m not saying that I’m better then them for not wanting to do those things, I’m just saying that all of that doesn’t sound like fun to me. I know some people my age aren’t like this but I feel like the vast majority are. Any insight as to why these kids might act like this and why I don’t?

Inappropriate and stupid jokes… parties… drunkenness… fitting in and following the crowd… they actually sound as much like adults as kids.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / protesting puke scumbags

The ability to correctly identify the right time and right place for an activity is something which, unfortunately, a significant percentage of our population will never wholly acquire.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Philosohpy & Religon

I don’t agree with any of the religions I know more than a surface-scratch about. That is, Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hindiusm. But I do ‘appreciate’ the positive aspects of certain religions, eg Christian churches in my country promoting and fostering a sense of friendliness, charity and community.

Philosophies… not a field I have much interest in, but I suppose the obvious answer would be atheism. And perhaps (having had a quick look through a list of philosophies so I could provide a more useful response and having discovered most of my beliefs have a name) cultural and moral relativism and humanism stand out.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Berkeley, MO killing of Black teen who pulled gun on police officer

People who just go out and start aggro without having the faintest idea what actually happened do nothing but harm the cause of those who protest for a good reason.

Though I don’t imagine such trouble-seekers give a shit.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Torture, Its Legality and its effectiveness,

Originally posted by thepunisher52:

What amuses me about you western as a whole and American in particular is the kind of surprise you show, when it is found that your gorvn. is spying on you or your govrn. tortures.(Both of these things have been common knowledge for us third worlders) May be it is because you trust your govrn. too much or you are a hypocritical lot.

So, What are your thoughts about this whole fiasco.

Not sure if anyone is really surprised, given it’s been known about for years. I think it’s just providing an opportunity for certain people to get themselves worked up into that nice, therapeutic state of outrage they miss so much.

That, and it’s a cheap and easy way to fill column inches and broadcast minutes.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Charity begins at home...

Doesn’t need to be well received, just well received by a very tiny percent of people. Which it would be.

So with that in mind and given that it’s a charity thing, I’d go with a gofundme or similar, prod the people you know for it and spam a shitload of celebrities’ Twitter accounts to see if you can get a bit of free promotion off them. Even a single RT from a decently followed account can be hugely valuable for something like this.

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Topic: Kongregate / Should Kong Ditch Wartune?

If what you wrote it 100% true, then yes… but if Kong dropped every MMO which used dishonest, sneaky, borderline-fraudulent activity, advertising, pricing or equipment release to increase its income, there’d be approximately ten games left in the MMO section.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / UNNOFICIAL Explanation of the nexus

What exactly are you on about?