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

Um, I said “more than enough evidence.”

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Survival Horror: Interactive Fiction

Originally posted by saybox:

OR, they see the title and think “Kong really doesn’t have many text based adventures, I want to try this out” and play a game they otherwise wouldn’t tried.

That’s what the game description is for. There may only be a few words shown, but that’s enough to get the point across.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Survival Horror: Interactive Fiction

The game programming forum is primarily for helping solve programming problems. If you describe the nature of your programming problem, and maybe provide some code, I’ll be happy to help fix it.

I don’t think there’s a consensus about whether it’s appropriate to ask for general feedback in this forum, but either way I’m not a huge fan of it. I sometimes provide feedback anyway, if the game sounds worth playing, but I didn’t in this case because I’m not a fan of survival horror or interactive fiction.

Originally posted by joeaaronsellers:

[…] “rules” that you insist on, simply because you want it to jive with your label-making categorization.

This isn’t about my personal preferences, it’s about marketing. If you want to attract players, you need to present your game right.

But feel free to play by your own rules, as long as you’re ok with having a smaller audience for your games.

Originally posted by joeaaronsellers:

I wanted some feedback on my game, and instead of looking inside the package, we’re discussing the wrapping paper. Yes, I realize that the title is important, but […]

First impressions are important, and despite what you say, I doubt you realize this.

Everything that goes wrong in the first minute causes you to lose a sizable fraction of your remaining players. (For example, if they think the game isn’t loading because there’s no preloader. Just saying.)

The title isn’t something that goes wrong in the first minute, but it still counts. After all, players see the title (and decide whether or not to play) before reaching the game page. A boring title causes you to lose players before they even arrive.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Survival Horror: Interactive Fiction

“Hey, have you played Survival Horror: Interactive Fiction?”
Resident Evil?”
“No, I’m talking about Survival Horror: Interactive Fiction.”
“I really don’t know the genre… Are we talking about the Cthulhu Mythos games?”
Survival Horror: Interactive Fiction is the game’s actual title.”
“Oh. Then no, I haven’t played it.”

Among other things, a title should be distinctive and memorable. Here are some games I’ve never played, but whose titles I remember off the top of my head: “Journey,” “AdVenture Capitalist,” “Backyard Monsters,” and “Splinter Cell.” If I asked someone about any of these games, there wouldn’t be any confusion as to what I was talking about.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Kong and adblock question

This is part of the reasoning behind Kong+. Some large fraction of the money you spend on Kong+ (not sure of the exact amount) goes to game developers. The more you play any one game, the more money goes to that game’s developer.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Survival Horror: Interactive Fiction

Does the game have a title?

 
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Topic: Game Programming / [Solved] Testing the statistics API

Originally posted by Senekis93:

You don’t need to upload it in order to test if the Statistics API is working.

The “output window” being discussed is the window that trace() statements usually show up in when you debug.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / [AS3] creating multiple instances of a movieclip on the stage and dynamic instance names [SOLVED]

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/actionscript/learning/as3-fundamentals/arrays.html

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

getDeltaTime() is designed to be called only once per frame, yet you’re calling it twice. The second time you call it, it will return 0.

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

Originally posted by d_e_s_t_r_o_y:

radar its his opinion

That isn’t an excuse to ignore people’s arguments. Opinions can be wrong too.

And in this case, I really was wrong. The_FLASH_Cop provided more than enough evidence to this effect.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / i need help in c++

You’re using if when you should be using else if.

 
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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?