Recent posts by player_03 on Kongregate

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Topic: Game Programming / questions about moving objects with delta time.

protected var velocity:Point;
protected var gravity:Number;

public function update(time:Number):void {
	velocity.y += gravity * time;
	
	x += velocity.x * time;
	y += velocity.y * time;
}

(The gravity variable actually refers to “vertical acceleration due to gravity,” but that’s too long for a variable name.)

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Pick the Tileset I keep!

I prefer (1), but (3) is ok.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Questions about thegames8 (aka belugerin aka monsterplay999 aka awesomegames8...)

Originally posted by The_FLASH_Cop:

belugerin/thegames8

I’m pretty sure that these are two separate developers. awesomegames8 is indeed an alt of thegames8, but belugerin and monsterplay999 are entirely separate.

The above is my opinion, not Kongregate’s. What follows is Kongregate’s official position.


These devs do appear to have made a small number of alternate accounts in order to promote their games. However, we believe that the majority of the newly-registered accounts that rate these games 5/5 are not alt accounts, but rather are friends and family of the developers. We believe this because the accounts use different email addresses and IP addresses.

In any case, we “don’t see this as a real issue” because “it all equalizes in the end.”

 
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Topic: Game Programming / as3 how to detect the edge of a movieclip

if (character.x - 10 < 0) {
    character.x = 10;
}
if (character.x + 10 > floor.width) {
    character.x = floor.width - 10;
}

Or equivalently:

if (character.x < 10) {
    character.x = 10;
}
if (character.x > floor.width - 10) {
    character.x = floor.width - 10;
}
 
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Topic: Kongregate / Questions about thegames8 (aka belugerin aka monsterplay999 aka awesomegames8...)

(Clarification: In this post, unlike most of my posts, I am speaking for Kongregate.)

We’ve looked into this a little more thoroughly, and we came to the conclusion that there is most likely nothing wrong. We believe that belugerin and thegames8 have a niche fanbase, and that the fans the first ones to find the games (thanks to the magic of the game recommendations system).

One of the games we looked at was Imperium 3. This game got a few hundred 5/5 ratings early on, reaching 4.0 when only 273 people had rated it. Then it hit the homepage, got a bunch of 1/5 ratings, and fell to 2.8 (1,387 ratings). This is odd, and kind of impressive, but it still isn’t reason to suspect anything other than a cult following.

Feel free to bring this up again if you find more impressive statistics.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Questions about thegames8 (aka belugerin aka monsterplay999 aka awesomegames8...)

Originally posted by JanusJamesGames:

they clearly have the evidence of massive upvoting from multiple accounts.

They do? The only evidence I’ve seen is people claiming the games get suspiciously high ratings. But these are just claims; no one’s posted screenshots or anything.

Don’t get me wrong: I’ll take your word for it. I’m happy to believe that these games ended up with a 4+ rating early on. And I agree that that’s higher than the games probably deserve.

I just think there are other explanations. Maybe the games do in fact have a fanbase, and the fans are responsible for the initial spike. For instance, Trollusque puts too much effort into commenting to be an alt. (Given that they’d need at least 50 similar accounts.)

Originally posted by JanusJamesGames:

$500 is probably quite a lot of money where they are from (probably a lot for some of us too).

That’s not the point. Sure $500 is worth something, but it’s not enough to trigger the flood of “follow the leader” behavior that RoverStorm was worried about.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Questions about thegames8 (aka belugerin aka monsterplay999 aka awesomegames8...)

Originally posted by AnTi90d:

It shouldn’t be difficult for Kongregate to find anomalies in their games’ voting records..

This assumes that there are anomalies to be found. The most recent communication on the subject is that there wasn’t enough evidence of abuse.

Originally posted by AnTi90d:

Sadly, the fact that this thread has been here for a month and no staff has commented sends the message that Kongregate doesn’t care and their administrators are, in fact, lazy and incompetent.

Alternate hypothesis: They’re focusing on things that actually matter.

Originally posted by RoverStorm:

Imagine you just discovered kong for the first time (we all did at some point), you have a short attention span because a new website is both suspicious, and first impressions are important.

190,000 gameplays is a tiny fraction of Kongregate’s userbase, so even if each gameplay represented a different player, this story would apply to very few people.

And as for other developers playing “follow the leader,” 190,000 gameplays is worth maybe $500 under the best possible conditions. (Assuming this thread is about right.) Who would want to follow a business model that only pays out $500?

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Kongregate not respecting the width/height I entered

Try re-entering the width and height.

Actually, first try viewing it in a different browser.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The irony of giving a farewell gift for "Yu-Gi-Oh BAM" in the game "Tyrant Unleashed"

War Metal: Tyrant is shutting down. Tyrant Unleashed is not.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Black Backgrounds?

Originally posted by adv0catus:

Why wasn’t this announced? :/

I asked, and apparently it’s because they don’t consider it a big enough deal to make an announcement thread.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Okay... that's it... get rid of that annoying RATE THIS GAME popup that overtakes the chat room! Updated 11th Aug!

Because my last post may not have been clear. I’ll spell it out.

You can now opt out from this feature. Simply close the popup three times in a row without rating.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Black Backgrounds?

It’s a split test. Here’s what it looks like:

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Okay... that's it... get rid of that annoying RATE THIS GAME popup that overtakes the chat room! Updated 11th Aug!

And here I thought you bumped the thread to thank them for implementing it. Guess it’s just coincidence that you chose today.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Kongregate not respecting the width/height I entered

Is it possible that you compiled the game with those other dimensions?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Idle Games continue to hit the top / hot games on Kong

Originally posted by InTheZone:

there’s nothing worthy of being called a “hot / top game”

It’s a hot game if a lot of people are playing it. It’s a top game if a lot of people are rate it highly. Take it up with the community at large.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Ask an Admin: Emily Greer, co-founder of Kongregate

Originally posted by qwertyuiopazs:

I’m 99.99999% sure

Math lesson: 99.99999% is the same as 9,999,999 out of 10 million. This is like saying, “If you asked me 10 million questions like this, I’d only get one wrong.”

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Questions about thegames8 (aka belugerin aka monsterplay999 aka awesomegames8...)

Originally posted by Trollusque:

Private msg received today from cokoru’s alt account lvl 1 named DailyReminder:

If you received a message from an account that’s been banned for months, that’s a bug and you should report it.

Never mind, I found the actual account: DailyReminders. (No further comment on the subject. When both sides are trolling, it’s best to stand clear.)

 
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Topic: Lionheart Tactics: Guilds / RECRUITING - High-Level "No-Pressure" Guild

Application sent via email. I can’t seem to find the Line app on my iPad; can you provide the full app title?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Questions about thegames8 (aka belugerin aka monsterplay999 aka awesomegames8...)

Originally posted by adv0catus:

For whatever reason, player_03’s account isn’t an administrator, but he’s an employee of Kongregate and, presumably, speaks for the company.

Hoo boy, disclaimer time!

I’m not speaking for Kongregate here. I’m employed to make my own games, not police other people’s, and I don’t have any formal training in anything relevant to this thread. I’m speaking as a long-time user, not an employee.

In fact, HwoDragon has been in closer contact with the relevant people than I have. Based on that, it seems the reason they haven’t done anything is that they don’t have enough evidence.

Don’t go out of your way, but if you see another thegames8 game on the homepage, head to the game page and take a screenshot showing the game, the number of plays, and the rating. (Screenshots are not definitive, but they help.)

 
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Topic: Game Programming / In-game Events: Storing the target as a variable or passing it each time

http://videlais.com/2013/10/22/making-a-game-with-flash-develop-flixel-part-8-states-and-rooms/

You might want to download a sample Flixel application and play around with it, to get a better idea of how it’s structured.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / / help (closed)

Originally posted by rh75:

I’m so glad you guys don’t work for a bank.
“your account is your responsibility, if you didnt allow it to be hacked you would have your money. We can’t give you your account back because you could be the hacker trying to gain control of said account. Why not start a new bank account with us?”

If everyone gave Kongregate their driver’s license on signing up, this sort of thing wouldn’t be an issue. But the fact of the matter is that banks collect a lot of identifying information that Kongregate doesn’t.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Time spent on games

I made Run and Run 2 in my spare time, and each one took over a year. (Not even counting the post-release updates, which took another year or two.)

I worked full-time on Run 3, and got it out in over half a year, but once again, I kept updating it, and by now it’s been over a year.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Is keyboard input possible in fullscreen with AS2?

I believe that you need to create an AIR app in order to do this. It shouldn’t matter whether you’re using AS2 or AS3, but be warned: AIR apps do not work in the browser, so you couldn’t put it on Kongregate.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Questions about thegames8 (aka belugerin aka monsterplay999 aka awesomegames8...)

Originally posted by HwoDragon:

On a different note, why don’t the Kongregate forums use bbcode? It’s kind of weird. I figured that formatting was unanimous. I’ve never heard of “Textile”

*Ubiquitous. And no it’s not; in fact I haven’t had to use it in ages.

Of course, textile is even rarer than BBCode. Fortunately, you don’t actually have to use textile if you don’t like: you can use pure HTML. Sure, HTML takes longer to type out, but it is quite literally ubiquitous, so it’s worth learning the basics.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Hot New Games, Don't Consider Curl Up and Fly! Eligible

Originally posted by Rychip:

Regardless of whether this is its second time on Hot New Games list or not

“I’m no longer sure of my core premise, but you should accept my conclusion anyway.”

It really does make a difference whether this is its first time in the Hot “New” Games list. If it was there before, Kongregate erred in putting it up a second time. If not, Kongregate’s error was waiting so long. It’s an error either way, but it’s a different error.