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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Mu Complex Episode 2 completion badge is live!

Originally posted by BadgeHuntersAnon:

Yay I can finally start Mu Complex 2 :3 Going to be a tough one from what I’ve heard.

Incredibly tough! It took me most of the day WITH a walkthrough. Good luck!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Bungregate

Originally posted by Bungregate:

Bungregate is taking over

What you say!!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Easy for reaching the mainframe? Pretty please?

I asked about this once, but I just asked again. I think just a binary stat for reaching the mainframe via any route would avoid the problem with this version of the game being more open-ended, but I’ll see what the developer says back. If he can add the stat, I’ll make the badge.

Edit: The developer reiterated his desire to not have an easy badge associated with the game, so I’m going to honor his request. Sorry guys! I should be able to get the hard completion badge up tomorrow.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Mu Complex: Episode Two is next on the list! I’m thinking just one hard badge for completion; I emailed the developers about getting a progress-related stat, but they explained that this would be tricky because the game is open-ended.

I could possibly do a medium badge for unlocking a command, but I think this would still be pretty hard by medium badge standards (or I’m just really terrible at these sorts of games, though those aren’t mutually exclusive).

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongegate Becoming TOO Adult?

Originally posted by FlyingCat:

If we’re going by the logic that Greg presents, then would I be correct to assume Johnny Rocketfingers is also safe due to the fact that it’s stick figure art? I mean the action may be obscene, but the art style is not very obscene. I mean talking about the action in chat is probably far more provocative than what you see in the game.

I realize that “obscene” is very vague. It’s ultimately a judgment call on our end. We’re not really concerned with gray areas like Johnny Rocketfingers; we’re more concerned with outright hentai or shock images. We reserve the right to reject games on the basis of being overly obscene, but it’s not something that we actively police in “normal” games.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongegate Becoming TOO Adult?

It’s also a fact that Kongregate.com prohibits R-rated content on their site. Yet, (also a fact): they badged and promoted an R-rated game. How did they get away with this? Why did it happen? That’s what I want to know.

Then you shall know! Your first statement is false. These are our content guidelines, as stated on the upload page: “Pornographic, hateful, or obscene games will not be accepted.”

’Til Cows Tear Us Apart does not violate any of these standards. Single-pixel alien nipples are not “pornographic” or “obscene.”

A game can be easily R-rated without coming close to violating our standards. Look at Thing-Thing.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Badges are live in ’Til Cows Tear Us Apart! As usual and as mentioned in my comment within the game, special thanks to Precarious for basically doing all the work for me.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Thanks for the feedback, everyone! I went with the general consensus here and made the completion badge in Cube Escape: Seasons hard.

I’m planning 2 badges for ‘Til Cows Tear Us Apart tomorrow. I want an easy badge for getting one of the more straightforward achievements, such as losing all your cows, meeting the Truxtonians, or being rescued by Louise. If you have an opinion about which you think is easiest/most obvious, weigh in and I’ll target that for the easy badge.

For the medium badge, I want to just do a number of endings. I personally have 7 now, but I used the walkthrough comment and 2 of those seemed kind of obscure. I’m leaning toward maybe 5 or 6. Probably 7 at most. If you have an opinion about this, weigh in!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Quick update, since I know I’m behind schedule here.

I spent most of today playing, testing, and getting the API implemented into Cube Escape: Seasons. Everything is working perfectly now, so there’s a 90% chance it’ll be getting a completion badge tomorrow. I’m leaning toward medium, but the last part is pretty tricky, so if there’s enough demand for making it a hard badge, I’ll consider it.

I asked the developer of “’Till Cows Tear Us Apart” to add a new API stat for total in-game achievements unlocked. After playing around with this game for a fair amount, I think it would be appropriate to require a certain threshold of achievements rather than any one specific path/achievement, since some of them are really obscure, and it’s kind of tedious to test every single path with every single option with every single drug that you can purchase from the dealer. The game itself is really great, though, and I’ll probably have it badged this week along with Cube Escape.

Oh, Mu Complex is a high priority after that.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Replacing Fancy Pants Adventures from its 2 quests

Originally posted by uzzbuzz:

Hmm, you aren’t planning on retiring the badges though, are you?

No, they’re not that broken for that many people, but I think they’re broken enough for enough people to warrant quest removal. I guess it’s all along a broken-ness spectrum…

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Replacing Fancy Pants Adventures from its 2 quests

Originally posted by Holy2334:

You have to burn the rope. Just because YOU HAVE TO BURN THE ROPE!

That’s already in the Epic Quest — only badges that aren’t already being used!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Replacing Fancy Pants Adventures from its 2 quests

Hey everyone,

Just a heads-up, due to lag issues, I’m planning to replace Fancy Pants Adventures from its two quests.

If you can think of a good replacement badge for “Your First Quest,” make the suggestion here! For the Best of 2007 quest, I’ll probably just use the next-highest-rated game.

I’m planning to do this tomorrow.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Change of plans — ’Til Cows Tear Us Apart will probably be the next badged game. I just emailed the developer about getting in-game achievement data submitting retroactively.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by BrainpanSonata:
Originally posted by Precarious:

I Wanna Be the Gaiden

I don’t care which game you use this one for, just write it down and remember it, Greg. Prec’s digging up gold here.

Gold recognized and used! Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Badges in The Awakening RPG are finally live now. I’m really hoping to get Caravaneer 2 badges up this week so I can cross that off my list.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Okay, I think I’ve finalized the Awakening RPG badges. Planning these tomorrow for real:

Easy: Fight/win 10 battles

Medium: Complete 10 sidequests

Medium: Complete the game

Precarious’s and FlyingCat’s name suggestions are good. Keep ’em coming!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Hey guys, sorry about the slowness/lack of updates lately. I was sick last week. :( In fact I’m still kind of sick, but the brain fog is gradually subsiding…

Anyway, the API in Awakening RPG is finally reporting retroactively now, so I’m shooting to get those up tomorrow. I can only do in-game achievements. There’s going to be a medium for completion and probably another easy and possibly medium along the way. Party of Heroes is the next multiplayer game. Probably Caravaneer 2 later this week, then I’ll start digging through older games.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Okay, next game, hopefully tomorrow: Dream Car Racing Evo.

I made it to the 4th level, but I can’t get over the hill that’s about 860 meters in. I might just make a medium badge for unlocking the 4th level and getting a distance of 800 meters. I’m not sure what else could be done. Maybe an easy for 2k jump height.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Okay, I know it’s a little below the usual ratings threshold, but I tossed up a quick medium badge in Kill the Plumber. It’s pretty fun/unique, but I stopped short of badging the lost levels or acquiring stars. Enjoy!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Holy crap, I actually did it — all 12 challenge/hard modes completed in Royal Squad.

That was actually pretty fun, so I’m going ahead with making it a badge task. Like Maritos said, you can mix up your strategy a bit to beat specific challenges, and none of them are too unreasonable if you do this. I had pretty good luck using 1 red mage/1 black mage and 3 snipers/3 crossbowmen for most of them.

You have to use all your abilities on cooldown, also.

Edit: Badges are live now!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Okay, so levels 9 and 11 are really hard to do the challenge/hard modes. I haven’t tried level 12 yet. Completing Royal Squad is definitely a hard badge, and I’m not even sure whether to add a badge for all challenges/hard modes. Even the developer is a bit iffy about whether this should be a badge.

Please weigh in if you have any thoughts, though I can’t promise that this will be a purely democratic decision. I’m going to at least put the first 3 badges up later today.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

I’ll look through some older games in a bit, but right now my top priority is Royal Squad.

I emailed the developer last night to get challenge and hard mode data submitting retroactively on game load. I like this better than requiring all stars, since some of the individual achievements are iffy. I’m thinking something along these lines:

Easy: Some kills

Medium: Some stars

Hard: Game completion

Hard #2: All challenge/hard mode completion.

The first half of the game is really easy, but I think the last few levels warrant a hard badge. I’m on level 10 now, and level 9 required a few tries with different strategies. I’ll consider making game completion a medium if level 9 was just a fluke and the rest of the levels are easy, but so far I’m leaning toward an easy-ish hard badge for finishing the game.

I’m having enough fun with challenges and hard modes that I think this deserves a second hard badge, but I haven’t finalized anything yet.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Stop putting idle games on the front page.

I try to be impartial when updating Hot New Games and mostly go by user rating, but I do agree that the idle flood has gotten a bit drastic lately. I’ll give non-idle games a little mental bump in rating when evaluating which games should get how much exposure.

I already don’t put badges in them, though.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Quick update: I finished The Awakening RPG, but none of the data submits retroactively. I emailed the developer with this request.

I’m adding Pool Live Pro to the queue, also. I’m thinking a single medium badge for scoring 3k points (6 wins). Please feel free to weigh in!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kids vs. Ice Cream badges retired

Sorry everyone! The API stopped submitting data to us, and we couldn’t get it working again by restoring an old version.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by BrainpanSonata:

In other news, I think we might’ve missed the deadline for badge variety on Decision 3.

Nope, the developer added both stats over the weekend!

I’m thinking an easy for rescuing 10 survivors and a medium for finding 20 stashes. Continue suggesting names or different thresholds if you want; I’m shooting to get these up later today.