Recent posts by Thok on Kongregate

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Topic: Kongregate / Levels

Levels are an excuse to get people to post on the forums asking what levels do.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by greg:
Originally posted by Thok:

I’d suggest moving the current medium image to the easy, and making the medium be a picture of the Saturn Space emperor.

Done.

Thanks, and thanks to PolsVoice for bringing up the issue.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

I’d suggest moving the current medium image to the easy, and making the medium be a picture of the Saturn Space emperor.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by rerttt:

How about Skywire/Skywire 2 by Nitrome?

Nitrome has never put API on their games, and seems uninterested in ever doing so.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

For Soviet Rocket Giraffe Go Go Go: Laika Giraffe Badge? (There’s a bunch of real life Soviet animals sent into space, like Laika, and one of those should give a useful name.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

So a minor quibble: 100 squashed bugs feels a touch high for the easy (especially because you can make it so you never fight bosses 1 and 3 again in normal mode.) It’s not really that important however.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / [Update] R.I.P. Cooper (not the kongpanion)

I give this joke a -CROW/10. A better joke would have been for RollerCROWster to have revealed himself to be a flamingo.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Let’s be fair. We won’t be seriously discussing the Best of 2014 list ever. Mocking potential games for the quest with ill-thought sarcasm? Sure. But not serious discussion.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

5. Learn To Fly Idle

Is an idle game, and hence isn’t being badged.

I’m worried about the legal issues behind 2048 (since I don’t know if the person who made the flash game is the same as the original app.) That said, making a 2048 seems a worthy impossible. I’d suggest It goes up to 2^11 as a badge name (it’s a Spinal Tap reference and 2048=2^11).

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Thok:

An obvious medium badge for Tinysasters2 is

Tiny Terraforming Training Triumph Badge (medium~15 points)
Complete all 12 training missions in Tinysasters2

(It can be tweaked to be get 3 stars on each training mission, but I want to see at least one alliteration title for that game.)

Since the training missions are mostly separate from Time Attack/Endless Mode (you only need to do one mission to unlock those modes), I think there should be a badge for them as well.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / We need a sticky for legitimate high scores.

Originally posted by AEBEATIAxSOOKIES:

We still don’t have a thread for SPEEDRUNNING.

People have made threads for optimizing individual games in general gaming. There’s no need for a sticky to handle all speedrunning issues; typically any speed run discussion of a specific game involves multiple people discussing potential improvements and techniques that apply to only that game.

tl, dr version: Why do I need to mix an Achievement Unlocked speed run with an Epic Battle Fantasy 4 speed run?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / We need a sticky for legitimate high scores.

Originally posted by AEBEATIAxSOOKIES:

The current system DOES NOT WORK FINE.

Firstly it’s full of hackers.

Secondly it struggles to report a second highscore.

Nobody actually cares that much about the specific high scores for most games. People care about cool techniques to manipulate game mechanics, but the actual number is only important in that it reflects your ability to perform those techniques.

If there’s a game where you want to brag about your achievements, do it by making a thread or a youtube video where you demonstrate your domination, instead of trying to show it with a number on a high score board.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

An obvious medium badge for Tinysasters2 is

Tiny Terraforming Training Triumph Badge (medium~15 points)
Complete all 12 training missions in Tinysasters2

(It can be tweaked to be get 3 stars on each training mission, but I want to see at least one alliteration title for that game.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Developer Subscriptions

Originally posted by ClawOfJudgeJudy1:
theres really not that much games being uploaded to kong and since everything is uploaded freely and all content is able to be viewed from the get go, why not just have 1 guy just go through the…like…i dunno…50-100 games being uploaded a day?? to see if they’re worthy or just spam.

There’s already people who go through the game list and rate them for free. If you don’t like the non-highly rated games that show up daily, you don’t have to play them: you can just limit yourself to the hot new games list.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Tepus:

Can Pretentious Game 4 get a badge? :) Thank you.

Only if it’s rating goes up a lot.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Achievement Boards

I’d suggest doing a one-time scrape of the entire data set to try to recover all level 65’s to get them into SumGato’s board. That’s probably not enough people to cause delays, but would be a good data set to have to assess people’s relative positions.

On a side note, apparently I’m 60 points from having level 65 just from badges. I did not know that.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by greg:
The developer and I talked about the possibility of doing an easy badge for winning a few llama battles, but I didn’t want to give too strong of an incentive to spend money on this aspect of the game instead of other stuff.

This is silly. You don’t need to spend that much to upgrade the llama to actually win fights, and the bonus items from winning llama fights more than justifies the cost.

As for Once Upon A Life:
Give a SPACESHIP! Badge medium for piloting a spaceship, another medium for game completion, and maybe a hard for collecting coins/getting level flags.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Achievement Boards

Originally posted by 123aaa789:

Yeah, currently Kong only shows the top 25 overall, the script that I’d written before was devised to rank everyone by total points, which I still think would be cool for Kong to do (technically speaking, they have to already be doing it, otherwise they wouldn’t know who the top 25 are, so this is still a topic I’m confused about).

Assuming that points only increase, you can maintain a top 25 with O(n) work, as opposed to the O(nlog(n)) work needed to support a full ranked list. (It’s much easier to check if a score increase lifts somebody to the top 25 then it is to sort people on every point update.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

If you say his name three times in a row, greg jumps out of your computer and drags you into a badge picture, never to be seen again (except by the thousands of people earning that badge).

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

More suggestions:

Rocked the Road
The Neapolitan of Cream

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Greg, how would you feel about badging Epic Battle Fantasy (the first one)? It already has functional API, although you’d probably want to and together some existing API stats (it does progress/completion on each difficulty separately) and clearly passes the rating threshhold..

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Graphs of Kongregate User growth

If you are doing the users each day at a given time, be aware that there’s a weekly pattern that will affect your data (I assume more people come to Kong on the weekends then the weekdays.)

If you were doing things hourly, the 24 hour cycle of the day would also affect things (the set of Kongregate users is not equally distributed around the globe, so American and European sleep cycles will probably dominate hourly data.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by PetalmaneBaku:

OFFS3T

Yes, do this one. It’s only currently at 3.7, but it’s an easy game to badge (do a medium for completion, call it something like “World Tour Badge” and you’re done), and OFFS3T feels like a game that would increase in rating with a badge for completion.

Edit: OK, to be fair the API for the game would need to be changed to add a levels completed or game completed score. (I don’t know why the developer thought this puzzle game needed a time based scoring system, or made that the only API stat.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by greg:

Also, Blood Realm badges scheduled for Friday.

I assume the easy will be called Card of War and requires beating Mars?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Suggestions

On the drop down menu under achievements, there’s currently empty space under “Badge of the Day”. That would be a good place to put links to “My Kongpanions”/“My Cards”/“My Items”, which are currently a bit annoying to get to.