Recent posts by Gestr on Kongregate

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Topic: Swords & Potions 2 / (unofficial) Player Council for SP3

Second Fleecemaster, nickvdb.

Would add Trillthan to the list.

 
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Topic: Game of Thrones Ascent: General (Westeros Discussion) / Game Freeze

Amos_Ferrera you are a 100% more useful than the response I got from the bug fix team.

Thank you.!

 
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Topic: Game of Thrones Ascent: General (Westeros Discussion) / Game Freeze

I did – they said “we’re aware of the problem. Use firefox instead”.

Rather pointless.

 
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Topic: Game of Thrones Ascent: General (Westeros Discussion) / Game Freeze

I joined the quest of a friend and now whenever I try and view progress my screen goes darker without even a buffering signal. I have to refresh to go back to the game.

Hopefully my SS isn’t out of commission for 2 days as a result..

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / Promo codes(updated 22nd March)

Thanks caphilgia.

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / I am playr is like a goverment

Just send a bug report – they’re generally very good at responding to those. Its a bit extreme to condemn them so roundly.

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / WHY 7 MINUTES FOR ENERGY?

I agree with rolo. I think the energy refresh time is pretty good all things considered.

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / Why is my team so weak?

I agree with Disavenged. 40-50 goals and getting 4th is amazing. 23 games into the season I’ve reached the 50 mark and I’m in 7th. I expect I will finish lower as I usually do despite scoring 60+ goals a season. I am the greatest striker the world has ever seen and Peterson still shouts at me and I still play for a shit team.

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / Secret Trophies

What happens when you pass the ball to a teammate? Its genuinely never occurred to me to do that (and its a bit risky to try it out as I rarely get more chances than the opponents get goals..)

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / -Easter content now live for a limited time only!-

Got to agree with BlackLoter..

But it is an enjoyable addition. Adds a bit of a variety to the game for those who are finished with the storylines. Speaking of which. Storylines. They’re so wonderful in the first season then all but disappear afterwards. I now never hear from my “childhood sweetheart”. My mobile phone makes me seem like the world’s biggest Billy no mates – no one calls, no one texts. My agent has disappeared. This jars a bit with the gaming experience. A few more things (texts from gf, blogs from the fan, messages from the Agent) could just keep things exciting for a bit longer.

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / Promo codes(updated 22nd March)

Many thanks rolo_pl

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / Would you hear some suggestions?

I agree with a lot of this (except the energy bit – I’m realistic about that, and am happy to play the game for 15 minutes stints during the day).

Buying more stuff would be nice, and would be good for the developers as it would encourage purchasing of coins. But the problem with the shop section is it is difficult to perceive how the “fame” element of the game helps you in any way. I don’t know if it encourages more cutscenes, but after a certain point it just seems completely superfluous, whereas my football level (I think.. I hope) increases my ability. Perhaps a bit more nuance in how fame works/is explained would help and make the shop something you visit more regularly.

I also think a great addition would also be multiple leagues. At the start, because you haven’t trained your shooting, your ability is pretty low. You should be in a lower league and when you win a league you should be promoted. It would more variety, more playability, and more realism. Although it would be great to change teams (I’ve said elsewhere that I absolutely hate River Park, because I can’t identify with any of the players. If Danny Deans and Laidlaw actually contributed, and my keeper didn’t let the ball hobble over his shin every game, I might be more invlved with the game), I’d imagine the filming of the required cutscenes would be incredibly costly. You’d need an entire set of new actors etc. With going up (and of course, down) the leagues, you’d just need a few more cutscenes. It would make the game infinitely more exciting, and give you more to aim for (playoffs, Europe, relegation battles). For me, this is a key thing the developers should be working on – along with playability and the balance of difficulty – to make this game a lasting success. I will keep playing far longer if I get the satisfaction of taking a team up the leagues. But winning the same league three times doesn’t really attract the same zeal.

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / So i finished my first season....

The amount of times the ball “hobbles over his shin” is insane. He’s a chump ;)

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / What a MASSIVE Disappointment the upgrade has been

I should have waited before posting that. Now I have to “break up with Natalia”? I’m not going out with Natalia. That’s insane.

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / What a MASSIVE Disappointment the upgrade has been

I just got to the cutscene with Natalia and Kelly. I’ve done literally nothing to make Natalia think she can come to training. I went to her photo shoot about a month after she invited me. Even if I had encouraged her, why would I knowingly let both Kelly and Natalia come to training at the same time. I’m not an idiot. It makes no sense, and frankly, the game is once again forcing me to be a dick. Why is that? Is that aspirational? Is that going to make me buy more Alfa Romeos?

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / What a MASSIVE Disappointment the upgrade has been

Thanks for the response Sal A – I hope my ranting was useful. I disagree with RedEagle. It is free to play. I play in 20 to 30 minute slots throughout the day and am able to get quite far. Yes, if you want 5 hours of continuous gaming this isn’t for you. I think the developers have got the opportunity for paid content right, and clearly there is a big budget behind all the acting talent in this game, which they need to recoup somehow. Despite my gripes (playability etc), I’m enjoying being mid-table and playing 4-5 matches a day.

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / Promo codes(updated 22nd March)

Thanks very much various posters of promo codes!

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / Skipping

Most of the time you don’t need an option to skip. Just changing room scenes that you’ve seen before, and Gary McAllister who I have to witness teaching me to volley time and time again (and yet I never learn!)

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / What a MASSIVE Disappointment the upgrade has been

Level 7 Training – “Reflexes of a Cat”. Is that meant to constitute a plausible challenge? It makes super meat boy look easy! I think the problem with it, and the problem with goalkeeping in general, is that it doesn’t reward skill. If I hit a perfectly curled powerful shot into the top corner furthest from the goalkeeper, he will save it. If I hit a poor shot down the middle, curled slightly, I am far more likely to get a goal if I can tempt the keeper to dive irrationally out the way.

It is one of the things that frustrates most about games – when they penalize skill. No game should punish a player through its game mechanics and unfortunately this one does. If you click at exactly the right moment, getting the most accuracy with the narrow circle, unless you are extremely close to the goal you will hit the world’s most scuffed shot (albeit accurately!) and the keeper will gobble it up. Far better is to just smash the mouse button down until the shot is wildly inaccurate and hope for the best. That isn’t right.

Given that this is WeRInteractive’s first game, I suspect that a few elements of game philosophy have understandably escaped them, and perhaps haven’t come to their attention through facebook, but are now because of the more avid gamers on Kongregate. They are so close to having something truly wonderful, they just need to up the playability and controls to the same level as the acting, interfaces and story line. I hope the amount of users they are getting here makes continued listening and development worth their while..

  • BlackLoter – I don’t have the 99% problem at all, but I have seen on the chat forums that others have. I do have a constant “Authentication failure” problem but as this doesn’t damage my game at all I don’t see it as anything more than a minor nuisance. Refreshing is quick and I lose no data.

Also, unless I am misunderstanding – you still can see the League Table. Go to “League Match”, then click on the half table graphic on the right. That will open the full league table. A sensible update would be to include a few more stats though. I would love to know how I am doing in tables as well. Am I the top league scorer? It’d be good for more Goal Mouth and Fan Zone scenes, and perhaps boost my ego a bit even if my team are performing badly overall. I’m still averaging just under 2 goals a game but the vast majority of my cut scenes are not complimentary! I must be the greatest striker this club (or possibly any) has ever scene and I just got a video begging Danny Deans to come back, even though I have 38 goals to his 4 this season. A good example of the balance gone wrong. If you’re going to make the story-lines such as the Alfa Romeo challenge, and basically anything to do with Danny, you need to make him a reasonable player.

A final note. That’s two long comments I have made. I don’t think either of them are suitable as bug reports, but I like to think that the time and thought I’m putting into the game is worthwhile reading for a developer. If you don’t have open forum posts you won’t get comments like this. Where would you like this kind of feedback if you are going to lock forums all the time?

Gestr

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / What a MASSIVE Disappointment the upgrade has been

Just a follow up to my massive post earlier. The Allstar “Challenge Downing” has been restored to its status as free to play. I dont know if this was just a glitch on my game temporarily, or whether it has been reinstated. Either way I’m pleased.

 
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Topic: I AM PLAYR / What a MASSIVE Disappointment the upgrade has been

I’m not quite sure this counts as an “issue” but I think its worth mentioning. As I’ve just commented in the comments section, I think its disgraceful that they have retrospectively locked content. Previously “Challenge Downing” was free. I beat him with a gold rating so could challenge Henderson. These were the only parts of the game that you could play without energy (and thus at any time). Now, however, it costs 99 coins to Challenge Downing, and Henderson is locked too. It makes me wonder what other content they will retrospectively lock for current users of the game, and whether I should even bother playing any further.

With regards to some of the subjective issues mentioned in this forum regarding chances. I don’t mind the game being hard, but it is frustrating that the shooting graphic (with the narrowing circle) bears no relation to reality. If I hold the mouse button too long, I should be punished, but the ball shouldn’t fly miles further than the circle suggests. If distance is going to count (i.e. its easier to sky shots near the goal if you’re going for power) then perhaps give me some distance marker for both matches and training, so I can learn to judge shots. Otherwise I’m just shooting in the dark at the moment. The keeper needs work. At times he is unstoppable flying across the goal to stop a short range shot in the top corner hit at almost full power (which is supposedly 100+mph! according to training.), and at other times a tiny bit of curl will make him concede a goal a centimetre away from him. If the keeper is going to be so good (as he usually is), then you should get a few more chances.

Personally I think the keeper should remain brilliant, but your team should improve. After 21 matches I have scored 29 goals (I missed two because of injury). Danny has scored 4, and Laidlaw has scored 1. In 18 league games overall we have scored 32 (of which I think 27 are mine) This makes situations where one has no chances particularly obvious and particularly frustrating. My away match to Nottingham – no chances, and no goals from my teammates. Two matches in which I was injured (how did I know going to the physio would give me that choice…) there were no goals from my teammates, meaning we were knocked out the cup. That’s incredibly annoying. Part of the gaming experience surrounding football is becoming attached to the people and names in your team. That’s what made Championship Manager so successful when it started, that identification with what was basically a set of numbers on your screen. I couldn’t give a flying F about Danny Deans or Laidlaw or any of the others, because they don’t do anything.

Get the balance right. Give me more chances (maybe reliably 3/4 or so a game, but sometimes more), so I feel more involved. Even if this means making it a bit harder to score. That will make the overall reward and satisfaction I feel from scoring greater, and keep the game realistic. Let my teammates score. All of them, the odd goal from a defender, a plucky scoring midfielder, and my striking partners. You can still do this in a way that would keep the goal tally overall realistic, but it would mean I would feel part of a team. As things stand I hate River Park FC, and the second I get a transfer opportunity (if the game provides such a thing), I’ll be out of there, which goes completely against the immersive gaming experience you are trying to correct.

The reason I’ve written this comment (and if there’s somewhere better I should send it to, feel free to let me know someone) is because the game is so close to being truly spectacular. The content and acting are brilliant. I for one don’t mind the energy wait (with Gillette’s academy it goes down quite fairly), nor the advertising. I like the videos which go with the advertising and I think it is rarely intrusive (i.e. it actually fits in with the overall narrative of the game). The acting and the care taken with this side is overall simply brilliant and thoroughly enjoyable. If you make it more playable, and a more satisfying gaming experience, you could have something that genuinely takes off, and has a future.

One final note. Having commented on the content and cutscenes in such glowing terms, I cannot help but criticise something that really frustrates me. The game attempts to provide a fantasy for a teenager, and that shouldn’t involve being an utter dick. At the moment the game seems to be trying to force me to cheat on Kelly with Natalie. Is that something we should all be aspiring to? I find that a little messed up frankly. I have no problem with the storyline, but at least give me a choice. However much much worse is the explicit objectification. The Betfred Snooker scene is the best example of this but there are others. I don’t mind good-looking girls (and guys). That’s all part of the fantasy. But the zooming into, and obvious panning onto the girl’s arses was frankly disgusting and offensive. I’m not a sleaze and I shouldn’t be forced to be by a game. You can be glamorous without being lecherous and I was genuinely appalled by this scene. Whoever filmed it should take a good long hard at themselves, although they probably already have to, alone, crying, their tears dripping down onto the flaccid sexist selves.

Gestr.