Recent posts by momoguru on Kongregate

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Topic: Game Programming / What's with all the hate on Unity?

just some perspective…

ive been building games for over 20 years. back in the mid 90’s when i started fooling with flash, NO ONE had the plugin. no one liked flash and everyone complained that they could not see the websites, or games i made with it. flash would crash, lock up your browser, freeze your pc forcing a reboot. it sucked.

after many years, looking back now it is kinda funny how flash is almost standard on all browsers.
now in 2014, flash is on its way out the door. i loved working with flash, i was good at it. but little by little, the writing on the wall told me to start looking for something else to build games with.

i had seen unity games on kong many times… i, like many, did not want the plugin. i skipped over them for years. it was only during my quest to move away from flash did i consider looking into unity as a dev platform. after visiting the site and learning about it, i FINALLY downloaded the plugin, only to discover, most of the unity games SUCKED A$$. what the unity website was showcasing looked nothing like what was showing up on kong.

iv’e been using unity now since JAN of 2014. i will never go back to flash, and in hind sight was a fool for waiting so long to get into unity development. in 5 years or so, the game will change completely. people will be complaining about the crappy flash games and demand users start making their games in something more robust.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Astrox players?

here is the lowdown on officers.

1) When a sector is cleared of all pirate ships (including hideouts), an OFFICER will warp in with escorts.
2) The OFFICER’s level will be based on the system level you are currently in.
3) The OFFICER’s level will scale the HP, ARMOR, SPEED, DAMAGE and SPECIAL abilities like, MAGWEBS, EMPS, and MISSILES.
4) If you skip clearing a level, example, you clear system 3 and then run thru system 4 WITHOUT killing the OFFICER, No OFFICERS will spawn in system 5 until system 4 is cleared (Green)
5) If you get to a system with a pirate hideout, you DO NOT need to wipe all the pirates to clear the system. You can trigger a CAPTAIN to spawn by harassing the hideout long enough.
6) Killing a CAPTAIN is the same as killing an OFFICER, they just give better loot and better chances of getting loot.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Super Bug SLAYER UPDATES

i gave it a whirl, not a bad start. i would suggest a less open field atmosphere and more obstacles . this will let you do better lighting which will add a ton to the feel of the environment. it would seem that many unity devs all go for the same FPS style, don’t be affraid to change it up a bit, unity can do a whole lot more than just FPS games. anyway, keep it up, looking good so far.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Can I report someone for comment plagiarism?

I know it’s pretty petty, but I’m still very offended by it. I posted a strategy for a very hard boss in the comments section of Mighty Knights, which I spent around an hour testing things out to make sure it was accurate. When I came back to look at the comment a bit later to see if people found it useful, I was shocked to see that it was downvoted by 5, and that the very next comment after mine was, word for word, my strategy posted by somebody else. And it was upvoted, so I can only assume that people thought I copied it from him.

It’s incredibly minor in the grand scheme of things, but is there anything that could be done about this?

sorry, couldn’t resist ;P

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

greg, i cannot thank you and the kong staff enough… i’m in shock to be honest.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

is there any reason in particular as to why unity games don’t get badges?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Secrets of Kongregate Ratings.

dead on bobby, i think alot of devs don’t realize this fact… as i didn’t until astrox. i just assumed when a game got featured or made it into a top spot on the homepage, it would get a better rating. we know this is NOT the case, as explained in detail in the video. one thing i may cover in the future remake of this video, is the studio devs vs the solo guys. i’ve been sitting on this video for about a month, so i didn’t get a chance to cover this aspect. But i know for a fact, some of the studios DO NOT like it when the solo guys bump their games out of the top spots under any tag. i may share some very interesting private msgs and emails i received (all names censored) from some studio devs who publicly bashed me, then msg’d me privately to apologize explaining they were told to do so.

Slightly off topic, but relevant….

i personally believe, the trend of internet gaming it the future of all gaming. soon, you will NOT ever buy a game. it will all be transferred over the web. as technology improves, and costs of maintaining the infrastructure drop, you will be playing WOW and COD over the web with no hard copy or installation at all.

consider this, GAMESTOP is one of the largest game distributors in the world. Why would they buy out kong years ago? they are smart. they see this trend. they will let kong do what is has been doing until the trend becomes so mainstream, they will take the reigns and transform the site completely.

gamestop is like blockbuster… a slowly dying market with an eventual expiration date. they were smart though, they are the equivalent to blockbuster buying out netflix before netflix was anything big. kong one day may not even be called kong, and quite possibly transform into a paid monthly service. the game here will NOT be crap, they will be premium quality designed for hardcore gamers. now, don’t get me wrong, i suspect they will continue to offer the same services they do now for free, but the overall format will change.

This is based solely on my opinions based on patterns and trends i have noticed over these past few years.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Top Rated Yearly Nice Update!

very cool, they must have just did that. looks like they are trying to make it easier to find the gems :)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Secrets of Kongregate Ratings.

thanx for that input… perhaps if we can compile more info about this, i will make a shorter video that just covers like 15 top tips. for those who just watched the video, keep an eye on the HOT NEW GAMES, you can watch the rating slowly fall.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Secrets of Kongregate Ratings.

Okay, so over the years, I have been tracking and logging my stats for the last 5 games I have released. I learned a few secrets that I thought I should share. I just posted a video that covers these on youtube (no ads). I you would like to see what I have learned so far about the kongregate rating system, head over and watch this. Keep in mind, this video is 40 minutes long.
I hope it helps some of you solo indie developers (like me) to make the most out of your kong rating.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAEWSpmTy9Y

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Astrox players?

hey , we got a forum set up for the game right here
http://astrox.proboards.com/

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Astrox players?

with the addition of NPCs, pirates now have other targets, and NPC fight back as well. this takes a bit of pressure of you.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Astrox players?

i found a bug with the jobs code and fixed it, not sure if this was the cause for your glitched jobs. last nights update has a bunch of new stuff to play with. tonight i will start working on the npc ships.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Astrox players?

the do have life so to speak, it is energy. i havent timed it, but i think if you don’t dock them, they will die in 15 minutes or so. docking them should recharge them up again. i will add an indicator for this. also, new drones are coming. heavy combat, mining, defensive (shoots down enemy missiles and shields their bullets from you). lemme know if you can think of any more good drone ideas.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Astrox players?

right click them to load, and or cycle thru the ammo that will fix that module.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Astrox players?

tonight is new ammo types, that adjust range, speed and damage of missiles and projectile weapons. then im focusing on trade and the new “CENTER” that wil replace, but contain NEWS, trade info, tips, npc info. then a few new levels of gear, ships, etc…

then i want to build a map editor so i can make a campaign mode instead of just the sandbox demo

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Astrox players?

Build 27: 5 new ships, 3 of them carrier class. the big one can deploy 25 drones, which is awesome to watch. :)

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Astrox players?

12.5 to 25 dmg per missile. so a battle launcher can launch 6, max dmg of 150 per volley (25*6) min (75)

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Astrox players?

once everything is balances, ill put together a nice manual with charts for everything. no sense of doing that now only to have to change and add stuff as i go.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Astrox players?

i will make some tweaks to the galaxy generator so that it isnt insane with bad luck on stations and goodies. i am just about there with tightening things up… so… i think my next update will include new stuff. im thinking magweb and emp, some aoe things like nukes and repulsor bombs. ive got 6 new ships already to go, just gotta balance them out and make adjustments to the generator so you can buy them in shops. after i add more toys to play with, ill be adding npcs, and the oasis system (end game lounge). stay tuned!

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Staking Claims

got trapped playing, damn you!…. well done. i couldn’t help but think, how awesome it would be if this was in isometric view instead of top down. not that you should change this, just something to consider if you do a v2. don’t think iv’e seen this type of game in isometric view, anyway, just a thought. i rated 5

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Astrox players?

i was able to beat the 10 map default galaxy without mining, surviving on pirate bounties alone :) get easier towards the end

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Astrox players?

that extra gate that is in the game now on the last system, will soon be offline until the commader is destroyed. the gate will then power up, and you will be able to warp to a solar system, with planets and stations, tons of rocks, and no pirates. its like an oasis. you will then be able to return to astrox and play the map again :) i am VERY VERY close to finishing my list of tweaks and fixes. once im done with that, a whole bunch of new content will be flooding the game :)

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Astrox players?

if you killed the ASTROX COMMANDER, that you won. but if not, i suspect your save game was from a much earlier build. try reseting the pirates under options on map 8 and see if that works for ya.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / My First Game in Unity-looking for feedback :)

feel free to PM me with any unity questions… although ive only done 1 unity game so far, i have learn a ton about how it works.