Recent posts by Thok on Kongregate

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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by greg:

Okay, I know it’s a little below the usual ratings threshold, but I tossed up a quick medium badge in Kill the Plumber.

Yay!

It’s pretty fun/unique, but I stopped short of badging the lost levels or acquiring stars. Enjoy!

Boo! Put up a second badge, even if it’s a medium.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Pipipipipi314:

I remember 37 being hard, but I don’t see how it’s so hard to get 3 stars if you beat it considering you automatically get it.

There’s your problem; you (and possibly others) seem to think that I think that the difficulty in getting 144 stars comes from getting all 3 stars. I don’t: the difficulty in getting 144 stars is BEATING ALL 48 LEVELS, and I think that is a hard by itself (and the levels I’ve mentioned are good examples why I think beating 48 levels is a hard).

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Pipipipipi314:

Example?

Have you even played the game? Looking at your API scores, it sure seems like you haven’t.

But to give examples, Level 37 (the first lost level with two spinies dodging fireballs), 45 (the last survival battle), 47 (awkward platform dodging with a Big Boo.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

The whole game took less than an hour, and there wasn’t a single level I didn’t get 3 stars on the first time I completed it. I’m not sure why Thok was having such trouble.

There are multiple levels where one can easily spend tens or hundreds of lives trying to execute the desired strategy, even if you know exactly what to do. Sadly, the game doesn’t have a death tracker to actually verify this.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Irgso:

API has been added by DEV. Game is rising towards 3.7 rating.

For Greg: high score and stars stats are updated on loading the game. The level stat is only updated on beating a level, but you just need to replay the highest level you’ve already beaten to update the stat (so for instance, if you’ve beaten all 48 levels, you need to beat level 48 again to get the correct stat.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Irgso:Suggestions:
number of Plumbers killed (suitable for an easy badge)
levels completed (suitable for medium or even hard (lvl 36 / 48))
Stars collected (suitable for medium (108) or hard (144))

Having actually earned all 144 stars, beating 48 levels is definitely a hard. Beating 36 levels is at least a challenging medium. Numbers of levels completed is too highly correlated to number of plumbers killed/stars collected to treat them too differently; there are many levels where you will lose before the timer on the third star runs out. It feels like a two badge game (a hard for lost levels completion or 144 stars, and a medium for an earlier checkpoint.)

Also, since somebody will mention the achievements: 15/15 achievements is a touch grindy (mainly because you need to kill 100 plumbers, and there are only 48 levels.) Individual achievements as easy/medium badge are possible.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

No API = no badges!

Not quite correct. No API means somebody has to talk to the developer to convince them to add API for it to get badges. That’s probably not going to happen with Get Home (since it’s a five year old game), but it’s likely to happen to Kill the Plumber (which was put up this week by a dev who has previously dealt with API issues and badges.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Hexad seems to have everything one would want in a badgeable game: a rating of 4.1 and working API to for most relevant stats (levels, colors, stars). Is there a reason it isn’t on the current list of games to be badged?

Edit: Oh. It doesn’t seem to remember previous progress. Still that’s something worth bugging the dev about.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / New Kongregate Version: Show more recently played, playlist and recommended games in games navigation menu

If we keep complaining, can we get recently played, recommended games and playlist games increased to five games?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

- Easy: Kill 3 bosses / Complete level 3 (with a badge picture of the spider with some spider joke badge name)

Keep the Spider from the Fly Badge?

(Maybe somebody has a better version of this, but a riff off of “Said the Spider to the Fly” seems workable.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Does Epic Boss Fighter 2 report the “Beat a boss while naked” achievement as a stat? Because that would be a fun extra badge, even if it would be an easy, and you could call it something like Bare Boss Beatdown Badge.

Edit: The game calls it the Naked Gun achievement, which wouldn’t be a bad name either.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / New Kongregate Version: New navigation changes

Yay for the higher limit for game files.

Boo for making the recently played games list so short.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Add a badge = loads more players = more community = game longevity and longer support by developers = more fun for the hardcore flash-MMO addicts like myself who want an online game for old computer hardware.

I’m glad to see you eager for an MMO, but what’s more likely is that people will play for a week or so to get the badges and then disappear. If the MMO really is dying, a badge won’t help that much.

Rise of Champions seems a fairly standard MMO for me (I had apparently played to level 8 a while back and forgotten about it completely). I feel “meh” about badges on it; I don’t remember how linear the tutorial portion of the game is, which might drop it below “meh”.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / A present for the modes :)

Originally posted by adv0catus:

“modes”

The mode of kongregate user levels is 1. I suspect the mode of kongregate user points is 15 (the sign up bonus and nothing else), although I wouldn’t be shocked if it was 20 or 30 (signup bonus+an easy badge or signup bonus plus a medium badge).

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Chat don't load

I had trouble getting chat to load in Safari with Flash 16.0.0.35, but was able to do it with Chrome. Logging out of my account in Safari and logging back in seemed to fix the issue.

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

If you put the trending pod at the bottom of the page, it definitely won’t get used.

Edit: which to me is a bit of a shame, since the network trending pod is probably more effective at telling me about the most recent badges then the wide feature roll (the feature roll requires an admin to update it, and while the trending pod just requires me to see Greg playing a game or my fellow badgaholics earning a new badge.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Another quick Q about "Hot New Games"

I suspect the cut off for Hot New Games is a 3.5 rating (which the top 6 had). Front page is roughly “What are recent games that Greg thinks should be on the front page, with one spot periodically taken by the MMO that currently needs beta testing”. (At least that used to be the case, I don’t know if that has changed.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

If we’re giving badges to highly rated recent idle games, Break the Limits has to get in line behind Tangerine Tycoon and Puzzle Fuzz: Idle (and the latter actually has game play, although it’s more efficient to offline mode it.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by louster:

Perhaps a silly question, but is it coming up with names for the badges that’s slowing down their release?

Coming up with names is almost certainly the fastest part of the process. Testing the API is the time sink.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Level Up

Originally posted by StillbornHorse:

Yet more proof that this site is going down the drain. I’ve been here since 2005 and I remember when users were smart enough to figure out this kind of thing for themselves.

Abandon ship. Kongregate had its day, but it’s over now.

A counterexample from 2008. Note that Kongregate only started in Fall 2006.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Bluji:

But for some [PROFANITY]ing reason, everybody seems to remember me as the guy who wouldn’t stop at nothing to get the game badged, WHICH WAS NOT THE CASE. And I don’t understand why.

Because
a. you were fairly insistent on getting Greg to make a comment about that request when one could have reasonably taken the fact that Greg was ignoring the game as an implicit response to your comment, and
b. Greg’s most likely official response to the comment would be to make a badge that few people were interested in

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by back900:

Hard – All levels completed and all artifacts got.

NONONONONONONONONONONONONONONO!

Level 20 is way too broken to be a reasonable part of a challenge.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Best of 2014 quest?

Last year, the 2013 quest came out January 29th. This year will have a similar time frame (at the very least there will be a facebook and forum vote for the last few spots before the badge came out.

And for fun, here’s the obligatory link to last year’s version of this thread. Don’t make me start a “Where’s the best of X” thread drinking game.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Level 65!

Alternatively, start looking at the top players list that 123aaa789 has made and start targetting people above you. You’re probably somewhere around 2500 right now.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Successful Pyramid Scheme Badge