Recent posts by ghosty1212 on Kongregate

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lol a few things:
1) pizza place is like 2 miles from my house or less
2) dominos had a free promotion going on (AKA i just had to pay for delivery costs of about 4 dollars with tip) for 1 free pizza
3) agreed local pizza is better, but it was 4 dollars for a medium pizza so… ¯\(ツ)

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Delivery Time: Approximately 69-79 minutes

just came in, time to eat… now that i’m not hungry anymore D:

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Delivery Time: Approximately 69-79 minutes

WTF DOMINOS

 

Topic: Off-topic / in america...

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Topic: Kongregate / Warning: Inflation of badges

bUmPeRs

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Warning: Inflation of badges

Originally posted by Fricknmaniac:

An excellent point bringing up Gamestop, since this really presents Kongregate with a new problem. Since the sale to Gamestop, we’ve seen a massive influx of immigrants which are coming onto Kongregate illegaly, let’s just call them hackers to keep things clear. These hackers come to Kongregate and take badges away from HARD WORKING KONGREGATERS! These hackers are here illegally, and the only way to stop more from coming here is by building a firewall between Gamestop and Kongregate.

I will patrol the games here on Kong looking for these hackers, but I need everyone able bodied Kongregater to help me in my endeavor. We may have the right to bear arms, but we also have the right to shark fins and dinosaur teeth. Only using all of these tools together can we keep Kongregate safe.

OMG that’s right… illegal Kongregate users are now here which are devaluing the Kong badges which will surely lead to deflation… Everyone pick up your mice and start to fight back against the illegal users!

Wait a second… If they’re playing on Kong… and getting their badges under a FREE account, without play Tax Kredits, then that means they are also stealing the money we put into the system!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Find Your Kongregate User ID

wow 480 k i’m young

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Warning: Inflation of badges

Originally posted by Fricknmaniac:
Originally posted by Pokarnor:

If people will stop trying to earn badges because they’re are lots of others out there, they don’t deserve to have badges anyways.

Kongregate shouldn’t punish people for earning badges, they should reward them. By increasing the badge rate, they only harming the people that they need the most, the people who earn badges. If they reduce the badge rate, this would encourage people who earn badges to earn more badges, thus making it better for Kongregate. As a matter of fact, if they reduced the badge rate to zero, then that would maximize the number of points that everyone could earn from badge. refer to the earlier Kongregate Laffer Curve for reference

yes, making badges accessible to everyone while also making “some” hard, is fine— but there are too many “easy” badges floating around while the “impossible” badges are just that.. Impossible! It should counterweight it, but the values of medium/hard are not distinct which therefore blur the line between actual “hard” badges (impossible) and then a mix of “medium/hard” which is basically the same badge system.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Warning: Inflation of badges

Well Zshadow, I appreciate how you have extrapolated your data but I fear that is not enough, as the recent partnering with a larger company “Gamestop” will bring in even more “gamers” that will attempt to destroy your current system… This wave will devalue badges and on top of that we can’t underestimate what others have said… With 55,000 gamers… and the badge market only “steadily” increasing, we can’t be clear on whether the value of achievements will hold up. On one hand the badges may seem impossible— but it most certainly is attainable (make a badge for the impossible?!)

BUT let’s examine the other side. What if badges as you have said have increased, and by proxy their value increases because of some unknown variable? I’m no economist here, but if everyone can’t hit those Hard badges and those are missing out on 30 points to that next “level up”, what could happen? Then, the values of the badges will be so high that the market itself will just plain be flooded— pushing to what I had envisioned in my first post… I don’t think that only similar games will improve the value of badges, but has potential to devalue!!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Warning: Inflation of badges

bump, otheres need to be aware of this problem.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Warning: Inflation of badges

Originally posted by AioriaRox:

By 2015 we’ll have 3000 badges. Reflect upon that for a brief moment.

VVV

Originally posted by Fricknmaniac:

Some developers are just too big to fail. Kongregate would have to pay out some one time sponsorships, paid for by not giving kreds to people who buy them.

Yes, they WILL be too big to fail. They just can’t. The gaming economy is too good with them, and will itself be supported by absorbing smaller gaming sites. The badge inflation should deprecate.. But look at the American economy! Unless they properly deal with subprime badge loans, I don’t think Kongregate is in for a good few years!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Warning: Inflation of badges

Originally posted by Fricknmaniac:

Specifically by cutting the badge rate to the highest rated games, this encourages the developers to develop more games since they don’t have to worry about making games with badges in mind. This way we can avoid a recession.

Of course! An increase of games will saturate the competition and should disperse badge earnings equally amongst the players. Although, what if the greedy and seedy developers can’t decide on how to flood the market and therefore break it instead…? It’s a possibility…!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Warning: Inflation of badges

Originally posted by Fricknmaniac:

The only solution here is to cut the badge rate. By cutting the badge rate, we actually increase the points earned. As you can see by this handy dandy graph, it’s obvious that with a badge rate of zero, the points earned by everyone will be at the maximum possible.

Yes, this is a true statement of fact. You see, if we reduce the badge rate by 1/2 (a factor of 50% reduction) we can ensure that the badges have a while to go— but that only solves the short term problem… The long term problem is how do we make it so that the badges do not crash and burn into a recession and the value deprecates to the point to which no ones can enjoy the site anymore?!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Warning: Inflation of badges

Hello fellow Kongregate members. Today I’ll be warning you all about what will happen in the near future: Inflation of Kong Badges.
Inflation is sometimes a good thing… but sometimes a bad thing… Does anyone remember the US Housing crisis of ‘08? Yeah. That’s gonna happen here. This is what’s going to happen.

As more and more developers create games an exponential increase of badges placed on games is soon to occur. Why? More games. Unfortunately, the members of the site will not be able to saturate the “badge” market, and this effect will soon take place. As Badges increase, players are staying constant, and we will see a huge deprecation of players in what I like to call the “Great Badge Recession of ’11”. You see, these badges are simply “created” with no way to constantly subsidize the market for them. It’s like the money in the US— it was just being created and no one knew why… but we know why now. The greedy developers at Kong are the culprit, and they are vehemently trying to distract you from the impending doom by doing what? INCREASING BADGE COUNT. This clever distraction is unfortunately a two headed sword for them— as the badges increase and distraction increases, there will be a large enough rumble eventually in the Badge economy that will hurt them… And I command you, gamers of Kong, fight for your rights! Do not let Kong crash!

Here’s a graph to model the amount of badges vs. players..!
http://i.imgur.com/Jj0fx.png

Please! I beg of you, protect the welfare of the Kongregate nation!

 

Topic: Kongregate / Racial Slurs-- Are they actually a problem?

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Topic: Kongregate / Racial Slurs-- Are they actually a problem?

well due to the reactions that i received i guess i did troll you guys!
loooooooooosers

 

Topic: Kongregate / Racial Slurs-- Are they actually a problem?

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Topic: Kongregate / First!

666

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Racial Slurs-- Are they actually a problem?

LOL I TROL U

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Racial Slurs-- Are they actually a problem?

Originally posted by fobster06:

Well, what this reminds me of is the usage of the word day-go. Not to long ago this word referred to Italians and was very offensive. Nowadays the only people that really find it offensive and the only people that know why it is offensive are the very old generation Italians. People that are 70 and younger either don’t care or have never heard of it. I understand that calling someone a day-go isn’t anywhere near the n-word because of the fact that day-go has died out of social norms, but they were both used as derogatory terms in the past. Intrinsically, language is very subjective by nature and words only mean what we allow them to mean. I disagree that the n-word should be used, because I live in Saint Louis and about a week ago, it was still used as a derogatory term written on an African American church wall. The evilness of the word hasn’t died out at all and is still present within our communities. I mean it still hasn’t even died out in Saint Louis, the center of America, let alone the south.

This is probably the most insightful post I have read on how it is used in contemporary America.
I live in the North so I can not say that I have encountered the prejudice that still occurs elsewhere. Although I do know it happens, it just isn’t very real for me, unlike this post.
Thank you.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Racial Slurs-- Are they actually a problem?

Originally posted by Thok:
Originally posted by ghosty1212:

It is slang… Why does anyone use slang? Just for fun.

Again, what makes slang fun for you? I’d argue it’s that your using an edgy word that other people see as taboo. Not everybody thinks that is fun.

Also, I’m sure you can come up with some other fun slang if you wanted to. Unless you are a stuck up, half witted, scruffy looking, nerf-herder, in which case you are hopeless.

Why should I? I do have other words to use, but it’s just another one in my catalog of words that I can use. I’m not trying to get the word ‘nigger’ removed from kongregate, just a much more lax way in which it is seen and moderated by.
Why is slang fun for anyone? It’s just slang. People say any number of ‘slang’ when they’re with their friends or with people (maybe you’ve used the term baller once in a while?) It’s just something new.
Also I don’t consider it as taboo, or ‘edgy’ if it was, it would have lost it’s flare a while ago.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Racial Slurs-- Are they actually a problem?

Originally posted by Thok:

Here’s an easy solution. If you feel the need to use a racial slur, use an appropriate synonym that doesn’t give off racial connotations instead. If you feel there are no useful alternatives, go invest in a thesaurus.

If the n-word was truly equivalent to friend or buddy, why do you need to use it instead of friend or buddy? You and your friends are using it because you want to flaunt or make fun of the taboo nature, and you shouldn’t assume that people in an anonymous chat room feel comfortable dealing with that subject.

It is slang… Why does anyone use slang? Just for fun.
I’m not asking for everyone to be comfortable— just that moderators review the usage of the word instead of instantly banning anyone who uses it. I got out of my could-be ban because I was able to talk to the moderator and she understood that I woudn’t use it (whiskercat or something) and it was fine. She did well, but other cases… not so much (on friend’s accounts etc).

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Racial Slurs-- Are they actually a problem?

Originally posted by sellyme:

Why should it become an acceptable word? Why not use Black/Negro/African American or one of the hundreds of other non offensive terms. Why can’t you call Asians Asians, or Italians Italians.

Why? Because the word has social stigma, and it should be a much more relaxed version of the rules and that people should not flip out over it— especially over a text-based chat. Plus, that’s like saying don’t use facilitate, because you can use the hundreds of other synonyms.
The word is here, and it’s not going to disappear, it is going to stay here. So, I suggest a different view on how it is used and more relaxed rules on how people are using it.
I know Kongregate isn’t going to change, but maybe my concept will have some sort of idea or thought that others can look at it without having a problem.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Racial Slurs-- Are they actually a problem?

Originally posted by Cryptosporidian:

Because not everyone lives in your little social bubble. You aren’t around the people who are still alive that had to go through being called that. You don’t talk to the people who got called that for standing up for their rights. It holds just the same connotation on your earth as any other racial slur does. You’re chained to your history, and your history still exists. It isn’t just going to be erased, especially so recent.

And you talk about the Chinese having a “recent history” of discrimination with being called chinks. Have you ever been down to Alabama? Or Mississippi? Where people still feel the same racism that you imagine to have disappeared back in the 1960’s (which was only 50 years ago). Where you still have the folks feeling the exact same sentiments, just like they also feel the exact same religiously hateful sentiments. And when they say “nigger” they mean it in every single hateful way you can imagine. And believe me, it is not uncommon in a lot of places, especially in those areas.

You speak about letting us give the word power by letting it hurt us. You might as well advocate letting anyone say any hateful things that they want, because everyone else should be able to suck it up and take it, or not worry about it. That’s a very positive social environment, isn’t it? The word means something and we aren’t going to tolerate it. It’s as simple as that.

If you want to call people in your own little social environment this, then go right ahead. That’s your business and your decision and your community’s decision. I don’t agree with it, but that’s me. The fact is that Kongregate is world-wide, and the word means what it’s actually defined as to many more people than what it means to you. I find it plenty offensive. I’m white. I’m mature. I’ve never been scared by it.

Also. What Greg said. And Frog said. Ninjas.

I’m not claiming to be racist. I know that I wasn’t alive through it, but if you read what I wrote, the definition has changed so has the culture.
I can guarantee you that people that experienced that racism hand on will not be on this website— or at least in the quantity that you’ve described.
I know that there are still Klan meetings around the world and I do acknowledge that my ‘social bubble’ is special, but I’m only contemplating on whether or not the word should be given as much power as it has.
I understand the history behind it, but hey, I get called a spic day in and day out, but you don’t see me or any of my ‘spic’ friends flipping the hell out. I’m only taking into consideration the social problems of what it is.
Chink, spic, and other words are words that do not have a history and were created simply for mal-intent. The ‘racist’ word that is ‘nigger’ is not exactly used a lot anymore, and I’m considering most of the world.
My friends in Portugal use it openly (the American word) and my friends in Germany use it openly around their black friends. I am saying times have changed, but I am also trying to get others to acknowledge the problems that are to be had by using this word.
I know Kongregate will not change anything. It is a company and it has investors to look after. I just think that the way it is viewed should be held on a case-by-case basis and I’m not asking for a re-engineering of how it is used.
I know people are offended by it, but take stock of who plays on this website.
12-15 year olds who are predominantly white is the demographic that I am talking about. Also, those with the malicious intent will most likely die within the next 10-30 years, and I don’t even care about the Nazi groups or other KKK groups (although I hear the policemen are racist as hell across this nation).
I believe that we will be free once the racist ‘elders’ leave.
People who actually consider their ‘race’ to be superior obviously have been brainwashed.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Racial Slurs-- Are they actually a problem?

Originally posted by greg:

The offensiveness of this word (or any other word for that matter) is all about context. If the word is being used among friends in a respectful way, then yes, the offensiveness of the word is largely removed.

Unfortunately, however, when you’re dealing with online chat rooms, the makeup of people is quite a bit different from that of a racially secure group of schoolyard friends, and it’s usually impossible for us to know what the intention behind the use of the word is. Even if the word is used in chat as a greeting, it’s impossible to know whether the greeting was meant to be legitimately friendly or intentionally offensive. This is not the case in the real world, as reading the person’s tone of voice, body language, and the context of the situation will easily reveal how the word was meant to be used.

So while I agree with the sentiment of your post, in practice, there’s just more potential harm than good when it comes to allowing the word to be used freely on the site. In a perfect world, anyone could use any words they wanted to in any setting, and their message would be viewed and judged based on context and intention. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and text chat on a gaming website would not properly convey the intricacies of one even if we did.

I do agree with this, but really it is illegitimate to consider ALL uses of the word to be a problem and that it should be a case by case basis and should not be treated as a case in which the person is automatically guilty.
Since the change of the word I think that the effects of the word are much different and the only reason why people don’t say it anymore is because they’re afraid of what will happen. If we stop letting our fears control us, we can see a much different side to many things and we can push forward (“The only thing to fear… is fear, itself!”) into a new era of peace. The only words that typically have malicious intent regardless of the usage would probably be ‘curse words’ although many comedians use it to lighten up their comedic act. I can honestly say that I have almost never heard it being used negatively around where I live and the people I speak with. I know that text based game chat is not the place to understand and consider all topics readily (although they should, but that would defeat the purpose heh) I do think that many people should have a much more lax view of that and other social stigmas (i.e. the definition of a word to insult homosexual people has changed years after years after years while it’s shape having no actual form).
I do want to say the word is actually derived from the latin word negro- meaning black- which is what is should be viewed as. Not as a term to insult one’s ‘race’ (I don’t believe in separate ‘races’ but that is a different matter).