Recent posts by Abra24 on Kongregate

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Topic: Game Programming / Flash Player or Kong or my code?

So what to do, is there a response from kongregate anywhere on this issue confirming it or saying they are working on it?

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Flash Player or Kong or my code?

Recently tons of players of my game have been losing save data, it happened to me on my own game actually also. I was able to find the files which were saved in a different location (the default save location changed somehow) from:
C:\Users\abra\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Pepper Data\Shockwave Flash\WritableRoot\#SharedObjects\GWKY9XFJ\assets.kongregate.com\gamez\0017\4845\live\wowbars.swf

to:
C:\Users\abra\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Pepper Data\Shockwave Flash\WritableRoot\#SharedObjects\GWKY9XFJ\chat.kongregate.com\gamez\0017\4845\live\wowbars.swf

This was previously solid save code, as a flash developer I don’t have any control over save location do I?

If not, is this a kongregate issue a browser issue a player issue or other?

Lots of my players are very upset, particularly the less tech savy ones that aren’t able to correct the problem or find the files.

Thanks,

-Abra

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Game hosted on chat.kongregate.com instead of assets.kongregate.com?

Same for my game GrindQuest Censored. Players are complaining about it switching back and forth and losing all their saves…what’s the deal with this?

 
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Topic: Kongregate APIs / How to Delete Games

I was actually just going to ask the same question. Is it possible to delete an entry for a game you have submitted?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upload Mobile Game

How do you upload a game for mobile devices? Or more specifically how does kongregate mobile work?

I’ve released my game on the android market, but I have flash games on here so I’d like to release my game here as well. I don’t see a way to submit device specific games though.

Thanks,

-Abra

 
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Topic: Kongregate APIs / Reseting high scores

I’d like to rest high scores for a game of mine to remove some hacked entries. The game is such that the legitimate high scores will repopulate the next time the client loads the game, and the hacked ones will no longer be submitted.

Is resetting the high score board possible?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Newly uploaded, not highly rated

Got it thanks. The new interface confused me a little. I didn’t realize the left was a filter. I was using the sorting and not finding anything that new.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Newly uploaded, not highly rated

You used to be able to find the NEWEST games, even though they were not highly rated, it was one of the filter options.

I can’t seem to find that anymore.

Can you still do that?

If you can’t, how do new games become highly rated?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Whose leg do you have to hump to get your game badges?

Ok, not to beat a dead horse here, but I would like some information personally related to my game GrindQuest http://www.kongregate.com/games/Abra24/grindquest-beta now. I see some conflicting opinions in this thread. Is my game ELIGIBLE for badges or is it disqualified as “idle”? Some say idle games can get badges but it’s harder, some say not no way no how. Ceasary has idle components, but is more than just idle. Mine has more than just idle too, but TBH it is based on the central theme of idling that you have to manage and direct to be successful. But isn’t that everything to varying degrees lol? How much APM qualifies as idle?

I’d like an answer from anyone who can answer with some degree of certainty to whether my game specifically could in the future qualify. Thanks!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Whose leg do you have to hump to get your game badges?

Awesome list, HUGELY informative Thok. There’s other good info in this thread too, thanks all, you have definitely shed some light on this for me. I think this info should maybe be centralized somewhere.

Also…I’ve learned that being considered an idle game is a ‘special problem’. I don’t really know what that means though ;D

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Whose leg do you have to hump to get your game badges?

Players. Make them rate your game 5.

If it were that simple I wouldn’t be confused. Rating x = guaranteed badges would be an ideal system but it is impractical since it takes work to create the badges. There is definitely more to it then that, otherwise I would humbly continue churning out content in the hope of one day reaching the great plateau of badgedom.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Whose leg do you have to hump to get your game badges?

Also to clarify and stop the personal discussion only relating to me, when my thoughts are partially personal but not completely. I’m not saying my game deserves badges. I would hope that in the future my final release will. I’m speaking more in general.

It kind of hampers my desire to dump time into development not knowing whether I’ll ever even be elligible/considered for badges as I’m sure it does many developers. See my previous comments on the “FORMS WILL SLOW THINGS DOWN” idea. They can never respond to most of them, that’s fine. I don’t see how having forms and having them sit there is bad. Automated responses would be great. More details on what the process is would be great. Just SOMETHING.

Ninja edit: Frick is right, I just meant I don’t want to only focus on my scenario.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Whose leg do you have to hump to get your game badges?

So my failure is the game type? I never classified it as that. It’s more of a an anti-idle, idlish type sim/management game thing if you’ve ever played it.

I suppose this type of thing is exactly where I’d like a little more formality. How do I know that is why I don’t have badges? Your post has a hostility in it that I certainly don’t care for…so I’m not inclined to take your word for it. I don’t doubt they are working very hard, so many games have badges and everything about this site is awesome for the flash development community.

I fail to see how adding a form, so that they know what games are requesting it can slow things down, particularly if they partially automate rejections by having some hard set requirements. Moreover a form would maybe alleviate some work if people submit good badge names/ideas when they submit. Short of a form, at the very least there should be more info on how it is decided what makes a game fit into the “best” games.

The only official advice from kongregate is submit stats, if there are hidden requirements like “must not be remotely similar to an idle game” and “must use the secret word: dolphin in script comments” then I think there should be a page somewhere explaining that.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Whose leg do you have to hump to get your game badges?

Cuz I’ve got my humping pants on.

Seriously though, does the system have to be so mysterious?

There should be a form to submit to request badges (even suggest possible ones), where you are given a brief reason for denial (must have x thousand plays or rating y or we don’t like your game or you have bugs or exploits). Then if the offense is correctable you can correct it and resubmit the form.

Am I crazy or does that make more sense then me doing my daily virgin sacrifice to the badge gods?

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Statistics + preloader

I’ve heard the kong preloader mentioned, what is it??? It’s not in any of the api information I’ve read.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Statistics + preloader

I didn’t think ahead to build a preloader into my game, and I’m exporting everything on the first frame, so building it into the main FLA will take a lot of work.

My other option is to build a seperate swf, that loads the one that contains my game, the problem with this approach is it seems to make it so that the calls to submit statistics contained in my game seem not to work when I do this.

Is there a way around this? Am I right that having a preloader swf prevents submitting statistics from the swf it loads?

Also, I would prefer not to use 2 swfs actually, so what is the easiest way to build a preloader in without using a seperate swf?

Thanks!

 
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Topic: Game Programming / High Score Reset

That would be wonderful, can you tell me how? My game is such that their high score will be replaced next time they log on, I just plan to restrict the cheaters by not submitting clearly hacked scores.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / High Score Reset

Good luck with that. There will be gaps no matter what you do, but finding and correcting them won’t help cuz your score board is already pwnt. I’ll just make my own php score board if kongregate can’t make one that’s usable. I’d like to hear the good reasons I can’t control the scores for my own game. Worry about me maliciously altering it make no sense, since I could do that anyway if I wanted with a little forethought.

Think about it this way, I control the code that puts the scores there, I could have prevented whoever I wanted from being there in the first place by coding it into the game. All kongregate does is prevent me from being reactive about it, changing it after its already submitted…and why would I need to change it after?…the only reason I can think of is that someone was put there that shouldn’t have been, but I couldn’t or didn’t prevent it in my code before hand. All kongregate has done is elminate my ability to correct mistakes.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / High Score Reset

Let me say then if that’s true it’s really stupid. I have a hard level cap of 70 in my game and some moron used a hex editor to get to level 100,000 and holds the top spot. Do I have any avenue to correct this? Can I submit a complaint for cheating or something? Kongregate likely does not have time/people to police all their games, why not let the developers do it? If people don’t like me doing it, they will play something else and it’s my loss…I mean I sort of see the argument for removing the developer ability to reset it, but not having that ability makes the high score feature completely worthless since hex editors are so easy to use. All it takes is 1 person and your high score board is screwed for ever…

 
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Topic: Game Programming / High Score Reset

Is there anyway to reset the high scores when I release a new version?

People are hacking/exploiting in my game to get the high score so if/when I find a way to prevent it, can I release a new version and wipe the high scores?

Thanks,

 
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Topic: Game Programming / How do you get a challenge or badge for your game?

I have a few statistics associated with my game, and highscore is working. Now how do I get a challenge or badge? Do I code it, request it, or is it completely out of my control and I just sit back and wait for the magical Kongregate badge fairy to bestow one upon me if my heart is pure?

Thanks!

-Abra

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Updated Games

Updated The Ants:
http://www.kongregate.com/games/Abra24/the-ants

Added new confusion arrows, fixed a couple bugs, added
kongregate high score API and improved a couple other things (like adding an arrow to show which way your ants will start moving)

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Reset High Scores?

I updated a game of mine and scores in the new version will be significantly lower, is there a way for me to reset the all time high scores?