Recent posts by schizophoenix on Kongregate

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Topic: Kongregate / New Kongregate Version: Kongpanions calendar changes

Originally posted by adv0catus:

I don’t like it. It gets rid of the little checkbox thing, indicating if the badge has already been earned. :(

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Say Hello to Your New CEO

Longtime lurker popping in to say best of luck to Jim and Emily!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Note to all developers who use Pay 2 Win.

Originally posted by saybox:


An admin confirmed a while ago that this is also used to exclude votes from people who load the game and downvote it without playing. It is not specific to Flash.

How is that possible? A stat like that should not reveal any information other than “this game loaded okay”.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Note to all developers who use Pay 2 Win.

Originally posted by delosford:

As for getting on the front page: I think that only requires a 3.70, so it’s entirely possible it’ll happen after I launch The Lobby. It probably would have already happened (hit 3.63 at one point), but unfortunately I had to cut advertising to the Kongregate side due to bugs in adwords and terrible adwords customer support. Now advertising effort mostly goes towards the facebook side. But launching The Lobby will draw a lot of players to Clout due to the whole interlinked games thing. So maybe it’ll happen then. Or with The Lobby itself, which undoubtedly will have more mass appeal due to the base structure of the game.

Good luck. As much as I disagree with your judgment on Kong’s featuring of P2W games, I hope I’m wrong and games like yours do eventually become sustainable as an industry.

But I think it’s far more likely that if your game ever gets badged, a swarm of cretins will come in, find it too complicated and insufficiently shiny (cf the common MMO) and 1-vote it.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Note to all developers who use Pay 2 Win.

Originally posted by saybox:
Originally posted by delosford:
Then a bunch of ingrates that don’t understand that slander me for it. And that’s why this site is dying.

Afaik Kong is still growing, the concurrent users online cap certainly still increases every so often.

The population of the world is still growing.

But I think the following are unarguable:
1) Kong’s rate of growth has slowed since the heady days in 2007 when I joined.
2) The quality of new Flash games as a whole has gone down.
3) P2W has become a dominant monetization model for Flash games.
4) P2W has become a staple of the front page.

I actually think delosford’s game isn’t P2W, fwiw. But what I don’t believe is:

Originally posted by delosford:

Mostly what I’m trying to say is that many games ARE like mine, it just might not be obvious at first.

Not the ones Kong features, at least. Let me know when Clout hits the front page with a big shiny banner.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / New badge discussion

Re: Heroes of the Realm

I do love me a game where, if you quit after the tutorial, a month later you cannot continue without asking for an account reset.

 
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Topic: Heroes of the Realm / Totally Stuck lvl1

Same problem.

Account name schizophoenix

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Behold our new GAME MASTER

Originally posted by trickyrodent:

…generally keeping an eye on how those communities were faring even after the games were launched.

Will his job scope extend to after the games are shut down?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kong is going to shut down Outernauts :'<<<<

Originally posted by Pykrete:

Dammit Insomniac, you’re better than that.

No, I’m afraid it isn’t.

As the Flash games industry slowly stagnates, with the few truly innovative developers being swamped by vast copycat studios, and iOS and Android maturing as competing gaming platforms, why should any of us expect that a new p2w Flash game is going to be able to survive and flourish? Flash was okay when it was people in a basement drawing cartoons. But as everyone tries to get a piece of the micropayment pie, there’s going to be insufficient suckers to keep the pyramid scheme of crappy copypasta multiplayer games profitable.

See the hype, recognize the bubble.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Why is Kong shutting down popular multiplayer game?

Originally posted by zennock:

First backyard monster, then fantasy online, now Galaxy life. Why is Kong shutting down these game. Many people spend a lot of kreds on these game…

It’s almost as though games which exist only as kred-magnets are unsustainable once the population of whales has been overfished.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Guess what i'm excited about.

Originally posted by sebba:
Originally posted by schizophoenix:

If a game is released and nobody plays it, does it make a sound?

It makes a sound when he plays it. Oh yeah, one of my friends is called nobody.

Nobody cares.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Guess what i'm excited about.

If a game is released and nobody plays it, does it make a sound?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Is anyone else fed with with how pathetic Kong has become?

One of my great linguistic disappointments in life was to discover that admins do not, in fact, spend their day minimizing ads.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Note to all developers who use Pay 2 Win.

Originally posted by delosford:
You really think anyone needs to be told that games with unlimited purchases of vital resources that you can only get from purchases are nothing more than a spendy dickwaving contest? The number of games that are actually like that are few and far between…

Someone clearly doesn’t visit the main Kong page very often.

My innocence was lost playing Tyrant.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Note to all developers who use Pay 2 Win.

Originally posted by bobby71983:

I think it is kind of ridiculous to ask developers to not cash in while there is still demand for a product. pay2win will not be popular forever, cash in while you can.

Games like Maplestory were successful because it was among the first games to use this method. You do know how old Maplestory is right?

Exactly. Developers should go ahead and raze what little goodwill people still have for Flash games as a genre. It’s called the comedy of the commons.

Look, I buy the occasional indie game. I’m used to paying for additional content if I like a free game. But I flat-out refuse to pay for a p2w game – even if I like it! – because I’ve come to expect that at the end of the day, no matter how enticing the bonuses, they’re going to try to screw me. And since Kong no longer seems able to curate its front page, I have lost faith that a featured game will be more fun to play than a non-featured game. Just shinier.

But whatever. Monetize away, devs. Free country and all that.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Activity feeds for everyone

My “trending” pod has:
This week’s challenge
This week’s challenge and yesterday’s BotD as “popular”
6 badges earned by one of my friends.

I’ve stopped paying attention to it. Now I just load up Xyth every morning, jump straight to the BotD and avoid the main page as much as possible. Even my inbox is rarely cleared since game devs started spamming me.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Level capacity

Originally posted by adv0catus:
Originally posted by OverweightCow:

Thank you MyName, but I will be 65 a lot sooner than most Kongers. I made my account on May 1 and I am already 80 points from level 30, and I just need a hard badge and 50 rating points and I am there. :D

I’m level 47 and I’m less then half way. You’re around 1/7th of the way.

I’m level 61, and the nearer I get, the further away level 65 seems ;_;

 
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Topic: Kongregate / It has come to my attention

Originally posted by trickyrodent:

On a semi-serious note, Benjamin Franklin wrote wisely, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

I will observe this month as anti-fascism gourd. True security comes not from constant heavy-handed intervention, but from well-informed citizens making good choices.

<3

:O
Is the NSA trying to get our Kong data?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / It has come to my attention

Originally posted by LouWeed:
Originally posted by Woon1957:

THAT’S STEALING.

My stealing does not justify your use of excessive force.

Steel yourself for my use of excessive farce.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / It has come to my attention

Originally posted by SumGato:

http://www.kongregate.com/forums/1-kongregate/topics/281776-kongregate-bots

I’m ashamed the gourds couldn’t prevent that happen.

Well, it did happen almost a year ago.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / It has come to my attention

Originally posted by Waffles911:
Originally posted by schizophoenix:
Originally posted by Waffles911:

You are all adorable weirdos in my eyes.

What are you, a potato spy?

Only real potato spies would accuse someone of being a potato spy.

Do you call me a tater traitor? Clearly you have a chip on your shoulder. I yam what I yam.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / It has come to my attention

Originally posted by Waffles911:

You are all adorable weirdos in my eyes.

What are you, a potato spy?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / It has come to my attention

Good Gourd! So many viners in one thread. We must squash this negativity before it becomes serious melon-choly. Lauki we have you guys around – at least you’re worth a luffa.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / to anyone thinking of buying kreds

Originally posted by HULKSMASHEDU:

IF YOU THINK BUYING KREDS IS RISKY LET ME REASSURE YOU THAT MANY PEOPLE HAVE DONE THIS AND IT IS 100% SAFE ACCORDING TO SCAMADVISIOR.COM

I have my doubts about scamadvisior.com…

 
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Topic: Technical Support / New friend profile hovers

In the Activity Feed: When multiple people add you as friends, their usernames link to their profile correctly, but the hover popup is always for the first person listed.