Recent posts by Ceasar on Kongregate

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Topic: Kongregate / Rage & Grace, 42nd Kongregate Tournament. 300 Kreds Prize Pool, thanks to IAmTheCandyman. Round 2 is up (24hrs for reserves)

Originally posted by MmeBunneh:

So I have a question, now that the first round has ended. How does elimination work or however the system works? Such as my team that … well, just got a 0, are we kicked out of the tournament now? Or are we going to be matched with the other lowest scoring team? Sorry for the idiotic questions, I’ve never done a tournament before.

No getting kicked out, and it doesn’t change who you play. It’s a round-robin. You’ll eventually play every other team.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Rage & Grace, 42nd Kongregate Tournament. 300 Kreds Prize Pool, thanks to IAmTheCandyman. Round 2 is up (24hrs for reserves)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Rage & Grace, 42nd Kongregate Tournament. 300 Kreds Prize Pool, thanks to IAmTheCandyman. Round 2 is up (24hrs for reserves)

Isn’t the round over already?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Rage & Grace, 42nd Kongregate Tournament. 300 Kreds Prize Pool, thanks to IAmTheCandyman. Round 2 is up (24hrs for reserves)

Not much of an improvement, but I may as well post it.

http://i.imgur.com/xAkK6wN.jpg

EDIT: Another small improvement.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Rage & Grace, 42nd Kongregate Tournament. 300 Kreds Prize Pool, thanks to IAmTheCandyman. Round 2 is up (24hrs for reserves)

http://i.imgur.com/RumU0AR.jpg

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Topic: Kongregate / Homepage stuff/Recently Played Games

I surely hope that my theory is not true, though, and that bribing Kongregate is not really a punishable offence despite the fact that its leader is a politician.

In that case, I have good news for you. You’re totally wrong.

A political action group is not a politician. The group does not hold public office (and neither do its members or leaders) so there’s no way to “bribe” them in a legal sense. Also, I think that the way campaign finance laws have been interpreted, you can send as much money as you like to political action groups – directly, with no need for Kongregate to be a middleman.

Furthermore, even if someone in Kongregate WAS an actual politician, that wouldn’t matter, because that’s not why the money is being paid (assuming that money IS being paid.) MMO developers aren’t looking for political favors from Kongregate employees; they just want their game to be promoted, which has nothing to do with politics.

And just think for a second. If your theory were true, everyone who ever bought Kreds would be guilty of “bribery”. Did you tip your cab driver? He’s a member of a union which has its own PAC; do you really think that would be bribery? Do you think that would change even if he were the president of the union?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Rage & Grace, 42nd Kongregate Tournament. 300 Kreds Prize Pool, thanks to IAmTheCandyman. Round 2 is up (24hrs for reserves)

More than 20, at least.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Rage & Grace, 42nd Kongregate Tournament. 300 Kreds Prize Pool, thanks to IAmTheCandyman. Round 2 is up (24hrs for reserves)

Well, may as well post a score so I don’t forget to post one.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Rage & Grace, 42nd Kongregate Tournament. 300 Kreds Prize Pool, thanks to IAmTheCandyman. Round 2 is up (24hrs for reserves)

Which glitches are we not allowed to use on Amorphous?

So you think there are glitches that are OK to use? Or is this just a not so subtle way of saying you don’t think the game should be used?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Legality of Guilds

I should point out a few things here…

First of all, copyright doesn’t really apply when it comes to just the title of your guild. It’s too short. You can’t copyright a few words. Movies can be copyrighted; the title of a movie can not. (And even if it could, it’s very obviously fair use – noncommercial use, the extremely small amount used, and the fact that people are not going to skip buying the movie because they somehow think that joining your guild is the same thing as watching the movie.)

What about trademark? Most movie titles, likely including the one you mention, are not even trademarkable. (Just think for a minute: there are movies with the same title as another movie, and they didn’t need permission – not from trademark, copyright, or anything else – from the original.) A series of movies can be trademarkable; for example, “Harry Potter and the X” would fall under a trademark. But none of that really even matters for you, because according to the Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2006 “any noncommercial use of a mark” is not actionable for trademark dilution.

In summary: You’re probably safe. (Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, and this is based off of federal law so it’s possible your state passed some weird law that I don’t know about.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Rage & Grace, 42nd Kongregate Tournament. 300 Kreds Prize Pool, thanks to IAmTheCandyman. Round 2 is up (24hrs for reserves)

The sole restriction is that Whazashmup is automatically teamed up with Ceasar.

No objection, but I have no idea why…

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Rage & Grace, 42nd Kongregate Tournament. 300 Kreds Prize Pool, thanks to IAmTheCandyman. Round 2 is up (24hrs for reserves)

Sure, I’ll give it a shot.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The new game browsing interface

The main thing I’d like to see is the complete (or at least a more complete) game description. Right now you see so little it may as well not be there. “The King’s League: Odyssey is a…” Gee, thanks, that explains it! And hovering doesn’t even show the description.

 
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Topic: Galaxy Online / S01 Gold Lottery Idea

Originally posted by xXx0r:

Limits it to 99

Um, no, it limits it to 100. The first two digits could be 00, and that’s your hundredth ticket.

Editing to add: The ship name idea is a good one; I bought a ticket and now I just have to look at the ship to know which one if I forget.

 
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Topic: Galaxy Online / S01 Gold Lottery Idea

http://www.illinoislottery.com/en-us/home.html

Apparently they draw Pick 3 and Pick 4 twice daily. You could just use the first 2 numbers drawn in the Pick 3. That way, you get the full 100 possible numbers, and you have the verifiability that some people want, and you won’t have to wait more than half a day for numbers to be drawn.

And if you only sell 90 tickets and the first two Pick 3 numbers are 97 so there’s no winner, you could use the first two numbers of Pick 4 as a fallback – and the second two numbers of Pick 4 as a second fallback. And the first two numbers of the “My 3” drawing as a third fallback. There’s a pretty good chance that one of them will work.

Of course, it’s your contest; this is just a suggestion to address the concerns presented.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Does Kong care about stolen games?

Originally posted by adv0catus:

Also, there’s nothing that says Kongregate HAS to comply with it. It only makes them immune to liability. Which is probably something they want, true, but it’s not actually required.

Yes there is. The safe harbour clause of the DMCA protects content providers until they’re notified of the infringing content. As soon as that game is flagged and/or the profile is reported, Kongregate has received notification and is legally obligated to act on it.

But consider this:

(l) Other Defenses Not Affected.— The failure of a service provider’s conduct to qualify for limitation of liability under this section shall not bear adversely upon the consideration of a defense by the service provider that the service provider’s conduct is not infringing under this title or any other defense.

In other words, they have the exact same defenses they’d have if this law did not exist at all.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Does Kong care about stolen games?

Originally posted by Cyclonea:

Kong’s policy on “stolen games” is supposedly built around the DMCA and

Section 512© applies to OSPs that store infringing material. In addition to the two general requirements that OSPs comply with standard technical measures and remove repeat infringers, § 512© also requires that the OSP: 1) not receive a financial benefit directly attributable to the infringing activity, 2) not be aware of the presence of infringing material or know any facts or circumstances that would make infringing material apparent, and 3) upon receiving notice from copyright owners or their agents, act expeditiously to remove the purported infringing material.

By that wording, isn’t Kong failing to comply with the OCILLA?

That depends. Do they have reason to believe that it’s actually infringement and not the owner of the game merely publishing under another name? There are many games that certain people have claimed were “stolen” when they were not. If the game is indeed “stolen” then shouldn’t the owner of the game give Kongregate the official notice provided for in that law (which includes an “under penalty of perjury” clause and contact information, so people can’t easily abuse it to falsely take down games)?

Also, there’s nothing that says Kongregate HAS to comply with it. It only makes them immune to liability. Which is probably something they want, true, but it’s not actually required.

 
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Topic: Galaxy Online / Alts

Are alts allowed, or not? One of the stickies says they are prohibited, but someone said that’s old and they’re actually allowed.

And what impact does the server merge have on the rule, if any?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Prostitution

Well, first of all, if you’re doing this for a statistics class, I hope you recognize how biased your sample is going to be. You’re asking on Kongregate, which has an international population of mostly relatively younger people, and by asking the question up-front you’re likely to get more people who feel strongly enough on the issue to want to take the survey.

Prostitution is going to happen whether it’s legal or not.

That’s a rather weak argument. Murder is also going to happen whether it’s legal or not. Making it illegal does make it less common.

If it is well-regulated by the government, the health of the companions can be checked and verified, protecting not only them but also their clients.

Maybe. Are you going to draw blood from them weekly? Are you going to give them free medical care if someone tests positive?

When a system that is legal is established, people will gravitate towards the legal channel.

Mostly true from the “buyer’s” perspective. However, if someone wants something not available legally – for example, if either party is underage – they’d still turn to the illegal channels.

And here’s a question for you. Do you think the average prostitute wants to be a prostitute, and only wishes the government would get out of the way so they could have sex with strangers for money unhindered? Or is this a last resort of a desperate person who would literally rather be doing anything else?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Generic Tournament Name - SHAWN WINS

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Generic Tournament Name - SHAWN WINS

A score.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Generic Tournament Name - SHAWN WINS

I’ll join.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Marriage Process.

Because when you get married you take on a host of obligations, such as the obligation not to cheat on your wife, to share your income, to take care of your kids, to behave lovingly toward your wife and so on.

There’s something called “child support” which forces you to at least pay for your kids even if you were never married. And if you cheat on your girlfriend and don’t behave lovingly towards her, don’t expect she’ll be your girlfriend for long.

But if you look at “behaving lovingly towards your wife”, “not cheating”, and “taking care of your kids” as onerous obligations, then you in particular should probably NOT get married.

This is in addition to the bad stuff about marriage, such as possible abuse, couples growing distant, fights and squabbles as well as legal issues.

Do you think abuse doesn’t happen with unmarried couples? Do you think they don’t grow distant, or get into fights, or have their own set of legal issues?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / AX: The government should be more social.

One of the big problems with direct democracy is: how do you even decide which bills should be voted on? Anything which gets a motion and a second? With hundreds of millions of voters, that’s going to be an insane number of proposed bills even if only 0.1% of people propose only one bill per year.