Recent posts by Mandracos on Kongregate

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Topic: Kongregate / This swastika thing is stupid

You know I don’t have anything against the symbol. I got an open mind, did my research on this matter a while back and apparently what inspired Hitler was a strange variation of fairly catholic or protestant cross you can find in one of the churches somewhere in Germany. Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s some occult stuff afterall or another religious symbol altogether. The origins of it don’t really concern me at this point.

What I find relevant is the first thought for an awful lot of people will be Nazi Germany. It is the first though for me even though I’m well aware of the more profound and less known meanings of the symbol. And heck I wouldn’t even mind if the symbol was used in Nazi Germany context as long as it was done so in a meaningful way. However for each one of the people able and willing to to tat there will be over 9000 guys just wiling to use the taboo around Nazi Germany for attention seeking. And I freaking hate that.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Please People

I blame Murphy. He was an optimist.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Killing Time Badge

Guys, use the Benelli, the Gun Run is a breeze with it. I just got the freaking badge and I feel wonderful :)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Killing Time Badge

It’s hard for all the right reasons :P And I do mean many reasons. And I can tell I’m right because Danaroth already has it and I’m stuck 3k behind mark on Gunrun with everything else complete.

The reasons are many.

1. The challenges are fairly hard, obviously. Not too hard though.
2. The challenges are very different from each other – each one requires you to wrap your brain around it to be beaten, each one requires a separate and completely different session of brain torture, often with multiple things to be taken into account, sniping challenge being a crown example here
3. they are all very different from the story mode gameplay (except arena) which causes a WTF-moment followed by ragequit in most sane gamers
4. The scoring is extremely specific, there’s no conceivable way to break a challenge to make it easier, except the arena again
5. there’s five of them, one is bound to go against your gamer instincts!
6. the challenges are made even harder, up to being impossible, if you don’t use the correct tool for it, which includes multiple things like reticule, weapon type, fire rate, additional analytic skill needed
7. there’s technical issues. I gotta switch to FF whenever I want to use the cover mechanic, because it lags like hell on Chrome
8. there’s different issues – I’m stuck on RunGun, right? I can’t use the better shotty because I beat the game on veteran, change of difficulty in game and I woudn’t have to beat it again to make this challenge easier for me.

All in all the skill and effort needed to beat this one is immense, because the challenge is very complex, not because any of its parts are beyond any good gamers capacity.

I gotta say I salute Greg here, sorry if I ever doubted your capacity for making incredibly fun, incredibly spot-on badges. You’re a pro and this one is perfect.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Can I get the Dream Worlds people to stop messaging me?

Hopefuly…

Well once it’s fully functional and has a clear opt-out option I wouldn’t mind such a system one bit actually. As long as it’s kept within reason :P I can see gamebuilder updating me on his latest work and it scares me.

Thx for updating us on this one Ducky :)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / So when do we get the Nerdook Quest?

Well as pretty much always I’m gonna go less extreme here while still kinda agreeing. I suppose Danaroth just kinda set up your next challenge Nerdook: a game that’s slightly harder to figure out and play well, so he can flex his gamer muscles after beating it. I gotta say I’d welcome that too.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Interracial Dating.....

Actually genetics do agree quite a lot. Intelligence seems to be that quality which is inherited through multiple genes so while there’s no ultimate quarantee the child of two smart people will be smart or smarter than them, the actual chances of right genes combining in the right way are generally pretty good.

Plus since actual intelligence is also affected by what you do with your potential, being around smart parents may help too. Or not :P So yeah, there’s a lot of different factors at work here but generally going for smarts does seem like a good idea.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Interracial Dating.....

Wow, an SD topic that actually gets interesting 200 posts in is indeed a rare sight, thank you Vika ;)

Well I don’t really wanna backtrack a lot through what I suspect to be an awful lot of semantics so I’ll just give you my two cents on the topic. As humans we’re complicated creatures that function on various levels.

We’re creatures of instinct, so we find people attractive that are different from us. Is a simple thing, based mainly on keeping the gene pool fresh and full of variety. Sometimes just different is enough to attract, most of the times it’s not, but try to imagine someone really exotic and somewhat attractive by your usual standards, like say a shapely African albino girl, and you will see that this part of our nature is pretty strong.

We are however creatures of prejudice and also tend to treat different as strange and possibly dangerous. This is also pretty much an intuitive reaction, just slightly higher than what mother nature gave us, kind of a primitive social thing. If this side of your nature dominates, the rather cute girl from the above example becomes a freak of nature you don’t wanna come near. And so will any other guy or gal too different to be considered familiar.

Well, after that come the somewhat higher social standards. Sharing information does tend to produce some sort of standard and the idea of a standard of beauty far precedes our current information era. It is a cultural thing and can change quite a lot with time and be very different for different places. It has changed a lot in the past few decades with different trends emerging and not really willing to die, which I think is actually a good thing. I think even Hollywood got bored with dictating one standard over and over and I do hope the world of fashion eventually gets bored of the overly thin anorectic girl. And to be on topic: the common standard of beauty went a bit ethnic a few years back hence some people are slightly more inclined to move a little off-chart with what they consider familiar. Mixed heritage does seem to work well, since it does have an appeal on different levels and hence appeals to more people.

And finally, we’re also creatures of intellect, very capable of creating our own standards based on all of the above and more. Like common interests, intelligence, empathy, whatever we consider the tell-tale signs of capacity for great sex (still intelligence and empathy if you ask me), whatever we think offers safety (which can be a subconscious thing, but dosn’t have to) and so on.

So yeah, I only scratched the surface of the problem here and probably went slightly off-topic but there you have it :)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Can I get the Dream Worlds people to stop messaging me?

I mostly just delete those and give it a rest but I do agree it’s annoying and getting that rather simple message across would probably be a good thing. I would welcome the DW crew to send any future messages via the same account, so those annoyed can mute it and avoid further unpleasantness.

My personal opinion on Dreamworld doesn’t really matter in this discussion but you can probably guess it…

 
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Topic: Kongregate / So when do we get the Nerdook Quest?

Well I must say Nerdook is an awesome person. I’m not sure if it warrants an exclusive quest but he does impersonate some of the things I love about kong and clearly steers away from what I don’t like so much.

Each of the games he made has a completely new idea behind it, and frankly that’s a huge part of what I’m here for – innovation in gameplay. If you can’t get this dude his own quest, and let’s be straight I do see the validity of the reasoning behind denying him that honor, although I personally would be tempted to do it anyway, make innovative ideas the theme. Weirdest, most original, most fun badged games out there, who wouldn’t want to play those?

On an unrelated note Nerdook is also awesome because he takes time to actually browse through his comment section and answer all the bloody things the community shoots at him by the dozen. That’s dedication.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Horrible Badge Design on TDP4 Team Battle

The one problem I got with the game is camping :P There’s situations where you pretty much have to. A few levels and a tier or two of nasty weaponry does give you an immense advantage, which can only be nullified by finding a nice spot and playing the waiting game. It’s sad really, normally shooters offer a somewhat balanced set of equips so the rage at campers is somewhat justified, but here a noob running around a level 4 fight can count on nothing but a few cheap situational kills after an hour of getting slaughtered or a lot of hate after he goes into hiding. To the games credit there’s a few maps that make camping a lot of fun, especially with names display turned off.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / WTF with this!!

97% voters still said they’d let their kids log on here, I’d say we’re out of danger here ;P

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Why does 'flight' have badges

The difficulty is ok, the problem lies elsewhere I think. If you do it using the one proper method, it’s real easy, if you don’t, it becomes obnoxiously hard. So it pretty much depends on whether you can pull the right trick or not, which is perhaps a flaw but a small one.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Why does 'flight' have badges

Nope, works fine here 100% of the time.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Why does 'flight' have badges

Well the way to do the hard properly and easily is to throw it almost vertically up with decent force and I believe I left the screen doing this so if it crashes there for some browsers that’s a bit unfair towards badge hunters. Was using chrome BTW.

And besides apart from the bugs it is a fairly enjoyable game. Well compared to others from this over-done genre.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / This is weird... O.o

And thus begins the story of the mysterious ghost tipper.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / wtfsauce, silenced for asking questions?

I got the sneaky suspicion if I took your knives away and gave you some arguments we could have a civil convo here and come to a valid conclusion. I know it’s the interwebs people but why don’t we pretend for a moment it’s not.

So, from the top. Intricatedreams I’m not a fan of that tone. I think I know where this is coming from, I’ve felt mistreated a lot of times, I can be relentless for all the wrong reasons. But you know very well spreading bile and venom all over your points not only doesn’t prove them right, it discourages people from even checking. And isn’t that the very reason you cry out in the first place?

To all the peeps going hostile and judgemental, I’d say this kind of attitude is likely what caused the problem in the first place, so I’d give listening a chance.

As for the core of this thing. Nope, 24 hours silence wasn’t very nice, or, as we can see, effective. But then again it is a valid tool used for a somewhat valid reason. Underestimating your tenacity is not a crime and neither is not looking further into the issue, especially when you make it this hard to understand you or feel sympathetic. The thicker the wall of anger, accusations and venom surrounding you, the harder it’ll get for people not to hate you and to look past your rep.

It’s fine to have a temper and from what I can tell, you’re not a typical troll just looking for a way for shit to happen, but you’re making it awfully hard to defend you here because you’re trying your best to be equally annoying.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / If I send in a missing achievement report but it gets denied do I receive a message?

Don’t despair my good people. I’ve reported several missing badges and in all cases, received them shortly after. Sometimes it just takes a bit of extra time to get around to because of the other problems at hand that require some admin attention. It takes a few extra days max though and you’ll always receive some sort of answer eventually. Relax, be patient, if it’s been a week and nothing happened, send another report in (also make sure the report was sent properly, the option itself did fail me twice, once without me even noticing) and that should do it.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Will TDP4 Team Battle get badges?

And if TDP4 got badges something like this would probably happen.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Scary games

I’d say he just enjoys the attention but that’s kinda obvious anyway.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Scary games

Is “tit-sucking” an insult now?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Scary games

Well normal by Kong standards. And yeah, that’s the best idea in this topic yet :P

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Scary games

Yes you are, sadly :) You not realising is part of the process IIRC :P

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Scary games

Aww cammy, why do you let yourself be trolled like that ;)

Anyway, your questions and problems have been answered Vorox, the ball’s in your court now.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / New Game Project - subaTron

Patience will get you places :P Best feedback I can give you.

The steering is competent enough, it’s the shooting I have problems with.

Why are the bullets slower than the ship? Why just five of them at a time? Why only in one direction?

I’d seriously go for aiming and shooting with the mouse, it’s the most intuitive thing you can do with it. Also with an open environment like that, adding some more firepower to the weapon is a must, I’d go for a spread type. If you make good, intuitive controls, you can have some more challenging enemies later on and make the game more awesome in general.