Recent posts by mendelde on Kongregate

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Topic: Contract Wars: General / User feedback and opinions

Kiss your K/D ratio goodbye once you advance past the 0-10 servers.
a) Many people are higher level.
b) Most people have spent gold = better armor, better weapons.
c) The strong sense of frustration as you level to 11 drives away many of the not-so-good players that were still playing when level 0-10, so only those who are good and spend money remain = makes it harder for everyone else.

Using the KAC PDW against someone is like “bonk-bonk-bon-bonk-bonk-bonk-bonk-BLAM oops I’m dead, he’s walking away” because the weapon sucks and everyone else is armored and carrying something good.

I have to give props to the devs that their scoring system counts much more than kills; the scores I get are often in the same ballpark as those of my teammates, and I’m still in the middle of my team score-wise, most of the time.

I used to be in the middle with the K/D as well, but no longer.

Big bad decision for newbs like me is that the SV-98 has no friend-foe markers when sighting. It requires more situational awareness than I have, and far too many glances at the minimap, to see what I’m aiming at, and because the sight is so large, it obscures much of what ids going on in my target area.

I find myself juggling mouse buttons a lot. When I am sighting and want to change weapons, the middle mouse button unsights; I think (well, I don’t think, but…) “oops, wrong button”, try the right button and I’m back to sighting. This is bad as I am right now running around with APS and SV-98: with the APS, I rarely aim, so middle-click right-click will get me into aiming on the SV98, which I want, but middle-click right-click from that gives me nothing.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make the middle mouse button ALWAYS change the weapon. It makes no sense at all to have that extra step. Or make it do nothing at all. But stop it affecting the sights.

So why am I not buying gold?
Because you want me to spend $20 to permanently own a single tier 1 pistol. I can buy a complete game for that kind of money, and you sell me ONE weapon! Contract wars is much too expensive for me to pay. Give me $30 “unlock everything” option (well, provided I have the level for it) and I’ll pay.

Because I really like the game modes and the larger maps. (I’m not really good at DM.)
I would love it if there was another tactical conquest map.

 
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Topic: Contract Wars: Bugs and Unofficial Tech Support / Bugs and glitches

Bug: I made enough headshots with the APS to get the daily contract, but unfortunately, no Wtask progress.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Idleplex FAQ

When I eat the star-root, my money does not go down to zero. How can I predict how much money I am going to have?

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Idleplex FAQ

It’s pretty hard to discern the numbers, but running a game with nothing but brickout (and no prestige), I can tell you that 17 maxed out brickout boards make 1,160,000 dps, or around 68k dps each. (Actually, they’re not completely maxed out: paddle is at 18, and speed and launchers are at 4, which means you can max one out like this for about 200k.)

[Edit: Another advantage of Brickout is that except for the early game, pig and cow bonus doesn’t do much.]

[More edit: 1670 kdps / 24 boards = 69.5 kdps @ 3.0 cracker, adding 50% cow improves this by less than 1%.]

 
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Topic: Technical Support / caching issues?

Great! I’m looking forward to it.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / caching issues?

You haven’t stated that the issue has been fixed, so it’s no surprise it persists on kids-vs-ice-cream today. The badges themselves work, I’ve got both, but there’s no achievement tab (and no award tab), and they’re not displayed on the game page.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Tag Suggestions

Ricochet needs to be a tag.

There are many games where you need to set up ricochet shots as a central part of the game mechanic, be it pool balls, lasers and mirrors (or pulses), those overhead match3s where you shoot balls up and into just the right corner, any kind of breakout games, pinball, Gravity Golf etc. The game I wanted to tag today is Death Lab , and it’s really best characterized by saying it’s a ricochet game, but we don’t have that tag yet.

If you like this mechanic, I can imagine being able to find other games that use it would make sense.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / caching issues?

The same issue now comes up with Obey The Game . I can see the badge listed in the badge list and the blue shield on the game page, but there is no badge tab (high scores are there, but they can’t be switched to display badges), either on my old Opera or on Firefox 17. And no badge box lower down on the page, either.

With Dynetzzle, everything worked fine eventually, which means the problem isn’t on my end. Fix the caching issues, Kongregate!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The Main Kong Plus Complaint Version 2.zero

Originally posted by adv0catus:

It already blocks them on a by-game basis. What needs to happen is that when you click the block button, it actually, y’know, blocks the game.

So what did Kongregate tech support say when you reported to them that the button wasn’t working?
 
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Topic: Kongregate / The Main Kong Plus Complaint Version 2.zero

Originally posted by adv0catus:

However, what is not well and good is diminishing the experience for one user to improve the experience for a paying user.

I see no support for the assertion that this is going on. Maybe you need to explain that a bit more.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The Main Kong Plus Complaint Version 2.zero

Originally posted by adv0catus:

The problem isn’t the messages that the games are sending. The problem is the messages that the players of the games are sending, using the games.

So what we should demand then is a way to not only block receiving game messages from game operators, but also messages from players on a by-game basis? I have exactly zero experience with this, so how are these messages generated and how do they get sent? If they get sorted into “game messages”, then it ought to be possible to block these on a by-game basis as well if people are spamming them.

Leave the propagandist rhetoric out and explain concisely which feature is being abused to spam players, and you’ll get me behind you.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The Main Kong Plus Complaint Version 2.zero

I like the game message policy; it balances player and game operator needs well.

Originally posted by adv0catus:

Individually, all the points raised seem trivial. This is a “big picture” kind of thing, though.

The really big picture is that the world is changing, and that’s not going to stop anytime soon. Good things often balance out with bad: clan forums are a good new feature (probably), layout changes to sites you’re using daily are bad, being able to contact players makes facebook game companies consider putting their games on Kong (good), said game companies contacting you is often bad.

You’re complaining about the forum redesign, clan forums, and game messages, and none of these features have anything to do with Kong+. So why is this topic titled “The Main Kong Plus Complaint”? If I didn’t know you better, I’d suspect you were trolling.

Quoting you: “Kongregate is a business, we understand this.” — “The site is changing itself to appeal to paying users.” Yes? If you understand the former, why would you complain about the latter?

This is not so much about individual users. Kongregate tries to accomodate studios who operate heavily monetized (mostly “multiplayer”) games, such as would normally operate on Facebook. Again, this is just plain business sense, and it leads to clan forums and game messages.

“As I mentioned with K+, the administration went to considerable length to emphasis the ‘level playing field’ part of the whole thing.” — “Where are the assurances that it’s still a level playing field?” Where is not a level playing field any more? On a user level, none of the features you complain about are any different if you pay or not.

Kongregate has never said, “when we’re changing the site so it will appeal more to moneymakers, you won’t notice a thing”, and in fact it would be unreasonable for us to demand that. Yet that’s what you seem to be doing.

tl;dr: your big picture must be different from mine, ‘cause I’m not seeing your point.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The Main Kong Plus Complaint Version 2.zero

Originally posted by Sharkhunter:

I call this an outright lie. I get messages from games I haven’t played in YEARS

It says here that can happen once a month, for each game. Where’s the lie?
 
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Topic: Kongregate / So I Just Hit Level 65...

Originally posted by Gomo_Psivarh:

Kong is not enough grindy. If I were Kong staff I’d raise the level cap for K+ers.

Oooh, shiny! More grind on Kongregate! For 40 Kreds, you could get a 30-day-pass that doubles all experience you earn from rating games and badges so you can level faster

For 150 Kreds, get a 30-day-powerup that adds 5% to any score you put on any highscore list. 500 Kreds for the same item with 10%, and likewise 500 Kreds to double ONE existing highscore of yours.

40 Kreds to buy the badge of the day, “buy” button linked directly from the Kongpanions page.

So many opportunities to make Kongregate better and earn a little money on the side!

:-9

 
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Topic: Kongregate / How we can protest the new forum layout

They’re going to put all of our Kongpanions in the empty space.

And a crow.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The Main Kong Plus Complaint Version 2.zero

I don’t think these are major complaints, and I am surprised they’re coming from adv0catus.

As a casual forum user, if you guys hadn’t been complaining about the forum change, I wouldn’t have noticed anything. It’s just a minor layout change, not a mojor revamp of basic functionality, right?

If you want a free clan forum, there are enough sites on the web which offer that. You certainly don’t need to have your clan forum on Kong to have a good MMO clan experience, though it’s less of a hassle because your members don’t need to register extra. I expect Kongregate to make those free eventually so MMO users will like Kongregate better (and thus earn more money for Kongregate).

I only get game messages occasionally, maybe I haven’t played the MMOs enough? I only get messages for games I had played for a while, even though that may have been a while ago.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The death of impossibles

So where is the impossible badge forum taskforce?

Admission is open to any member with 5 (?) impossible badges, declined on evidence of shenanigans (hacking etc.). In cooperation with Kongregate (Greg?), the task force will evolve an operating procedure and criteria for itself, and then suggest an impossible badge 4 times a year (?), preferably by consensus.

Web 2.0 – let your users do the work!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / When are they gonna delete the unused accounts

http://www.kongregate.com/accounts/mendel looks like it has 1 Fan and 1 Badge. :-(

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Navbar Makeover

So unless I’m on some differential test, the Navbars have been made over to be wide, dark gray, and with a slightly different layout.

The upside is

  • more space is available to show game icons
  • “All Challenges” is gone..
  • shows 3 recently played games instead of two

The downsides are:

  • standard skin is still dark red & white, the huge dark gray area looks ugly
  • Despite the free space on the Achievements menu, there’s still no “Kongpanion of the Week” link.
  • “All Badges” link harder to get to

Generally, there’s lots of “fluff” on there that I don’t really need, and it takes longer to find and mouse to the stuff that I do use. Since Kongregate seems to be collecting metrics on these things, I expect there’ll be a simplification based on what people actually click on in a few weeks or months.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Ways to get Kreds other than surveys?

Originally posted by VladimirSmirnov:

Haven’t played on Kong for 1 1/2 years, never knew how things, specifically Kreds, go around here except you can Kreds on games.

If you don’t mind me asking, why do you want to know now?

Personally, I have accepted that Kred=money, and there are very few games on Kong that I have spent a little money on, because buying video games outright is usually the better deal. Obviously I support Kongregate as a whole, having spent money on Kong+.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Ways to get Kreds other than surveys?

Does that work with the free Powerup card, or do you need the one that costs money?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / So I Just Hit Level 65...

Possibly the level cap is Kongregate’s way of telling you to stop obsessing over computer games and websites and get a life.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Petition: Change 'Initialized Statistic'

I’m surprised that there’s a point that hasn’t come up at all.

The general idea fo Web 2.0 is to have users do most of your work for you.So for buggy games, the expectation is that enough people will go “game didn’t load 0/5” and the buggy game will quickly disappear from view. If you only allow ratings from people who were able to load the game (maybe it only works with certain browsers), then this downvoting process for buggy games could not occur.
Of course, sometimes it is not the developers fault if a game doesn’t load, so all games get a certain ratio of downvotes they’re not responsible for under this system. It’s fair because all of them do.

So why is it ok for Kred games to bypass this? Because for Kred games, there is a Kongregate review process before they can use that, and I presume that this mostly prevents bugged Kred games from appearing on the site.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kreds too expensive in Argentina (SouthAmerica)

The main problem is that Kongregate doesn’t get to keep all of the Kreds you buy. They pay money to the developers when you spend Kred in their games, and that is billed in US$. So Kongregate would actually be losing money if they offered Kreds cheaper in other countries, or they would need to do different billling with the developers depending on which country the players come from. I’m certain that the potential income from countries with a weaker economy doesn’t justify that sort of change.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Is it possible to transfer my K+ status?

:-)