Recent posts by player_03 on Kongregate

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Topic: Kongregate / [Split Test] Wide Feature Roll!

Originally posted by radar816:

Hey Kong, how about doing a survey or a poll or something to see how much people like this redesign?

Survey results: bias, more bias, even more bias, and players leaving the site because they don’t want to waste time on surveys.

Surveys have all sorts of problems. It’s much more effective to spy on people “collect metrics.”

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Petition to bring back old Kongregate.

Originally posted by HalfCutHenry:

You didnt state your position, so I looked at your post and it looked more of a positive towards New Kongregate so i put you in No.

Just because I didn’t say “fully agree” or “fully disagree” doesn’t mean I didn’t state my position. I think I made it clear enough: the new version is mostly fine, but I want the “Recently Played” list back. I suspect others signed the petition even though they only care about this one change.

Kongregate is obviously not going to revert the whole thing, but if you list specific grievances, they might be able to find a compromise. (Note: the grievances have to be legitimate. Remember, people hated the “trending” box when it first came out, and now some of them are fighting to bring it back. This kind of hurts your credibility when you say the banner looks bad.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Petition to bring back old Kongregate.

Originally posted by Rychip:

Yes, bring it back.

From the games menu, I liked being able to see the three games I played most recently. I now see that only one game shows up for recently played games.

And this is another reason why the petition won’t work. Rychip and I both want the same specific feature back and don’t care about the others, but Rychip is in the “yes” list and I’m in the “no” list.

If we don’t know what we’re voting for, how are the admins supposed to figure it out?

 
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Topic: Game Programming / This is absurd.

Try asking in the Little Alchemist forum.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Best of 2014 Quest voting!

Originally posted by excalz:

I’m curious as to what the decision making process was behind making the only medium badge on this quest the one for the RTS game.

Probably because it’s the highest-rated of the bunch.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Petition to bring back old Kongregate.

I don’t mind the new version all that much. The new featured games bar looks cool, and I don’t use the “trending” feature as much as Hot New Games and the Recently Played list. (I obviously don’t like how the latter changed, but they’re already planning to revert it.)

 
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Topic: Game Programming / How to make resizable games

The easiest option is to use stage.scaleMode, as long as you don’t need to access stage.stageWidth or stage.stageHeight.

Otherwise, you’ll want to listen for a RESIZE event, and scale everything yourself, based on the new values of stage.stageWidth and stage.stageHeight.

 
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Topic: Bloons Monkey City / Picture Guide to Forest Impoppables

Some variations that might be worth trying, if you haven’t already:

• Use a second Engineer rather than a Ninja to get extra popping power early on.
• Spike Factories are a good alternative if Ninjas are restricted.
• Placing 1/1 Ice Towers right next to one another is a cheap way to stall. This gives your Spike Factory more time to distribute spikes.
• If you can’t get a 4/2 Ninja in time for a Ceramic rush, a 2/1 Ice Tower will turn the Ceramics into Zebras.

Edit: Though in case it isn’t obvious, I’m not as far in the game as spirit68, so my strategies don’t take early MOABs into account.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Best of 2014 Quest voting!

Originally posted by FlyingCat:

Speaking of Run 3, it’ll be totally a great time to put a hard badge on it to celebrate it making the Best of 2014 before it goes the way of Enigmata: Stellar War.

I’ve asked Greg to wait for a specific update before adding a hard badge, and the update in question is going to take a month or so, even if everything goes smoothly. :(

 
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Topic: Kongregate / New Kongregate Version: New navigation changes

Originally posted by GeometricPlaza:

Yeah that actually kinda pisses me off but I have OCD, so…

Have you been formally diagnosed? Otherwise, it’s probably not OCD.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Source Code

Looks like that’s a Chrome issue in particular. Firefox should save the swf as long as you choose “Web Page, complete” in the save dialog. (“All files” is misleadingly named, which may be why it wasn’t working for you.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Source Code

Originally posted by Tetsuo_Shima:

I have a fairly good reason why it’s not going to work, so I’m wondering if you actually tried it in a clean/default browser on a computer with no access to kongregate.com (after you saved the page in question using your method of course) to verify your claim?

You’re right. Looks like this particular game has to load extra data before starting. And it loads from assets.kongregate.com, which is most likely blocked as a subdomain of kongregate.com.

Fortunately, the Newgrounds version is older, meaning it’s only available in English, meaning all the language data is packaged with the game, meaning you could save it.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Source Code

Originally posted by Tetsuo_Shima:

So, even if it were extremely clear it was fair use in the country of the op, it’d still be nice to simply let the dev know.

True enough.

Originally posted by Tetsuo_Shima:

Also, visiting the game page and seeing the ads for each game play is not the same as visiting the page once, seeing the ads once and playing the game multiple times or even by multiple people.

I got the impression this was meant to be a one-time demonstration. I’m just guessing, of course, based on my own high school classes. Though this is a game, so perhaps Andrew wants everyone in his class to load up a copy. (Which counts as redistribution, as I said above.)

In that case, yeah, just email them to be sure.

Originally posted by Tetsuo_Shima:

I guess that specific school would have to find themselves in the networking stone age or something.

Would that surprise you?

Ok, so it probably only requires deleting a single item from a list, but an administrator would be the one responsible for the list. And again, web admins tend to be busy.

Originally posted by Tetsuo_Shima:

In any case, it is not that technically challenging and whether it is administratively challenging or not seems quite irrelevant to any fair use grounds that could be claimed, to my layman eyes anyway.

Wait, this is still about fair use? I thought you were just suggesting an alternative. I’m no lawyer either, but I’m pretty sure this whole “temporarily allow access” tangent is irrelevant to fair use.

I mean, I’ve read about questions courts ask in fair use cases, and I don’t remember any mention of “what alternatives did you have?”

Originally posted by Tetsuo_Shima:

I doubt the swf will load upon opening of the saved html on a computer with no access to kongregate.com.

Pressing Ctrl+S will save not only the HTML page, but also the media files embedded in the page. This includes the SWF.

Browser technology advances faster than school network technology. :)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Source Code

Originally posted by Tetsuo_Shima:

I have no idea how broad they generally let fair use go, but copying the entire thing and avoiding a location where the work is already publicly present in ad supported form does not make it seem very clear-cut to me.

AtemAndrew would be visiting the game page, and therefore viewing ads, in step 1 of my suggestion.

There might be an issue if he made copies of the files and gave the copies to all his friends. That would count as redistribution, which presumably wouldn’t be fair use (but everyone does it anyway, so ChiefWakamakamu couldn’t even convincingly complain about that).

My suggestion is comparable to caching the webpage – which many browsers do automatically – and it’s similar to leaving the webpage open.

Originally posted by Tetsuo_Shima:

It would be a trivial matter for the school to temporarily allow access if they chose to do so.

That’s a pretty big “if.” There would likely be all sorts of bureaucracy, and people would object for all sorts of not-necessarily-relevant reasons (fear, uncertainty, and doubt related to these evil video games that will corrupt our children). On the technical side of things, there’s a chance changing the code would break something, and then the network admin would have to do even more work to repair it.

And even if they agree, the admin is probably already booked solid for the next month, and this just isn’t important enough to do yet.

Nothing is ever trivial when you want an exception to an institutionalized rule (unless the exception was written into the rule in the first place). Doubly so if a software change is involved.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Source Code

1) Go to the game page.
2) Press Ctrl+S.
3) Save it to a USB drive.
4) Open “Play Socrates Jones[…].htm” at school.

Originally posted by Tetsuo_Shima:

Strictly speaking, what you’re trying to do is a copyright violation btw.

“Fair use” is usually not clear-cut, but this seems like a clear-cut case of fair use.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Optimisation with assets in Flash

If you want optimization, you should use sprite sheets, in which case it doesn’t matter which program first created the graphics.

You could use Flash’s built-in solution, this highly-popular tool, or this less-popular-but-possibly-better tool.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Loading Kongregate pages inside game

According to this article, loading from kongregate.com should be fine (assuming the game is hosted on Kongregate), but loading something from another domain might not be.

var request:URLRequest = new URLRequest("http://www.kongregate.com/");
var loader:URLLoader = new URLLoader();
loader.addEventListener(Event.COMPLETE, onComplete);
loader.load(request);
private function onComplete(e:Event):void {
	var loader:URLLoader = e.target as URLLoader;
	trace(loader.data);
}
 
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Topic: Game Programming / Is this using too much memory?

When everything is in PNG format or whatever, it takes up less memory than when you create a BitmapData object. PNGs have pretty good compression, but a bitmap is always 32 bits per pixel (or 24 with alpha disabled).

A 1024×1024 PNG might be ~200kb, but in bitmap format, it’ll be 3-4MB (depending on alpha). I don’t know if there’s much you can do about that, except perhaps disable alpha and don’t have too many large images loaded at once.

Oh, and fun fact: the memory usage reported by Flash Player is actually the total amount being used by any Flash app on your system. If you’ve got a Flash game running in the background, it’ll count that too. (Not including Chrome’s Pepper Flash Player, presumably.)

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Is this using too much memory?

Have you tried disabling one feature at a time? For example, compile one version without backgrounds and compare that to a version without bullets.

 
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Topic: Bloons Monkey City / Bloons: Monkey City Early Game Guide

Another thing to consider is the +2 popping power granted by the Monkey Intelligence Bureau. (For most monkeys, that translates to +2 pierce, for splash damage towers it translates to +2 splash, and for Snipers, it translates to +2 layers popped.)

This doesn’t make a whole lot of difference for towers that can pop ten or more bloons per shot. It is kind of nice with a 2/3 Sniper or 3/2 Glue Gunner.

But where it really matters is with Ninjas. The +2 pierce applies to each shuriken, so it’s a 50% increase overall. Instead of popping 20 bloons per throw, Bloonjutsu Masters now pop 30.

And that’s how you deal with MOABs and BFBs without MOAB Maulers.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Why the Homepage Change?

I assume they only look at people who visit the homepage. Or maybe the outcome of each homepage visit.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Why the Homepage Change?

Originally posted by bobby71983:

They are doing a split test in which two thirds of users matter. There is 0% the original will be kept, so r.i.p to it.

Kongregate has been known to stick with the original. But they only do a split test when they’re pretty sure the new version is better, so it makes sense that the new one usually turns out to be better.

Of course, “better” is defined based on click data, not complaints in the forums. If you want to protest the new version, don’t click it.

 
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Topic: Bloons Monkey City / Another Consecrated Ground Question

I’ve heard it gets easier as you level up.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / 'Because you rated X highly"

Probably relevant.

The games don’t have to be connected; all the system cares about is, there are people who liked Run For Box who also liked Berserk: The Cataclysm. (Well, I assume that’s the case, anyway. I don’t know the details, and AI is all about the details.)

 
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Topic: Bloons Monkey City / Picture Guide to Forest Impoppables

Nice! I’ve been developing a similar strategy of my own after realizing how well Ninjas handle MOABs, but it sounds like you’ve got more of the details figured out.

But… wouldn’t it be worth selling the 4/0 Engineer later on? The payout drops off over time, and once you have the 2/3 village, you don’t even need the cleansing foam.