Recent posts by bobby71983 on Kongregate

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Topic: Kongregate / Why is the Balloon Invasion Imp badge so infrequently earned?

Originally posted by zAlbee:
Originally posted by bobby71983:

The thing about Orbular though is that it’s mechanics are close to perfect.

Haha, no. Only if by “perfect”, you mean “godawful” and “horribly unrealistic.”

Realism has nothing to do with good game mechanics.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Why only teens on kong?

Originally posted by Wtf250:

There are 3 users i know and they are 11 years old…

Age cannot be proven. The only way anyone can know your age is if you admit it and an admin sees it.

I could be 5 years ago, but since it can’t be proven, they have to trust your profile age until proven otherwise.

Very difficult law to properly enforce, but just having the law in existence protects Kongregate from potential court nonsense.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Why only teens on kong?

Because laws tend to be stupid.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / New badge discussion

Originally posted by greg:

I’ll admit that I used the walkthrough a couple of times, but I don’t think it could’ve been a hard badge.

Medium was right.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / New badge discussion

Way too many levels that were obvious. Yeah, 50 required a bit of thinking, but it was easy when I realized that lasering an item also counts as fully destroying it ._.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Why is the Balloon Invasion Imp badge so infrequently earned?

Orbular is on the easy side for imps for me. I had almost gotten it once, then a lag spike and never had the motivation to try again.

Imo, Orbular is closer to a hard.

The thing about Orbular though is that it’s mechanics are close to perfect. So it deserved any badges it got. Even under the impossible badge condition, you could never blame bad luck(unless you had a random lag spike or lost power or whatever).

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Please play Hippolyta -- trying to figure out badge difficulty

Originally posted by rinky999:
Originally posted by bobby71983:
Originally posted by Ogmo:

Right, so adding badges contributes significantly to a game’s rating, but the difficulty of said badges has nothing to do with it? Bullshit.

I don’t believe people rate the badges, they rate the game. I don’t understand your theory. This medium is comparable to many other mediums.

Of course some people rate the badges. Not everyone is as idealistic as you, or as old as you. But not everyone.

When a score is falling down really hard, it’s not because of only one specific reason. Usually it’s more.

As for Hexagon, I’m sure its programmer anticipated that. But when you know you have a good game you don’t have to worry about a small drop. If it didn’t, I’d be more worried.

Of course there are exceptions, but that is one of those things that I just like to assume is implied(and often forget that people rarely take it as implied :P) Of course I realize that the number of people who rate the badge is a non zero number, but its a single digit number at best if I was to estimate. Yes, I cannot prove it, but nobody can.

Primarily it falls because of the game itself, and a bandwagon effect is a lesser reason. A declining/low rated game is likely to be rated lower, regardless of how good it is). For example, if you load up Bible Fight and see it’s rating, and you have never heard of the game before this point, you are automatically less likely to give it a high rating because it will give them an icky feeling giving a 5 to a sub 3 game.

@Lou. Notebook is an easier game with guaranteed progression, so it appeals to a wider audience. More people like casual save your progress games than hardcore start all over games.

I’m sure badge raters are out there, but they have to be an extreme minority becaus

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Broken badges

Originally posted by greg:

Yeah, I know. I was able to fix the easy badge by manually changing the old binary stat to the new “level” stat, but the stat being used for the medium badge is just not being submitted anymore, and there’s no equivalent that I can switch it to. I’m reaching out the the developer now about this. People need to stop changing API implementations in games with badges… :(

Do you make that clear to them when you badge a game, to leave the API alone?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Please play Hippolyta -- trying to figure out badge difficulty

Originally posted by Ogmo:

Right, so adding badges contributes significantly to a game’s rating, but the difficulty of said badges has nothing to do with it? Bullshit.

Hexagon’s rating dropped to 3.1 when it was first badged and only a few people could get the hard badge. Now that more people have the hard badge (~10k), the rating’s bounced back to 3.4. You can call it a coincidence if you want. But I believe Hippolyta’s rating drop is almost certainly due to the medium badge being on the hard side. People expect an impossible to be painful, but not a medium. It’s all about expectations. When (if) more people manage to earn the medium, the rating may bounce back.

I don’t believe people rate the badges, they rate the game. I don’t understand your theory. This medium is comparable to many other mediums.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / [Contest] Avoid the...

Originally posted by randomboy839:

The speed stagnates at around 200 seconds or so.
If you can get over 300 seconds, you can get over 1500. The game never completely walls you.

Then I do believe 1500 is earnable legit with a little luck. Knowing how insane you are, I believe you.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Please play Hippolyta -- trying to figure out badge difficulty

Originally posted by Xaqqax2:

I love how the rating lowered from 3.9 to 3.6 instantly and people are raging in the comments. It happens every time in harder games.

Well I rated it a 2 before badges. It is not a good game in my opinion. You can rate it however you want. The rating should fall more. I would not be surprised to see a sub 3 rating in a few months.

Also, it is almost never about the difficulty of the game. Rating falls on recently badged games for the same reason on all games. People rate more generously to unbadged games, and unbadged games also dont tend to attract people who hate the game. Ratings are inflated on unbadged games in virtually every example you can find.

It just makes me roll my eyes everytime the “its too difficult” reasoning is given to a games rating. It’s like people get so defensive about more difficult games. That is not why ratings fall. There is a difference between a well made game that is tough, and a badly made game that is tough. This is a badly made game, and most badly made games are tough because the mechanics suck.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The ads.

Originally posted by drakan:
Originally posted by bobby71983:

The point of ads is to kill you with repetition. You see the same ad so often that it becomes hard to forget.

Actually the point of ads is being so repetitive that you get an ad block just to get rid of them, there you have the cold, hard truth, ads are just ads for ad blockers, what they actually say is just a distraction to make you sick of it.

I use to block all ads, but now I only block the ones that I feel are intrusive, which is generally only the banner one above a game.

I really don’t mind video ads anymore.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Please play Hippolyta -- trying to figure out badge difficulty

Originally posted by resterman:

It is an impossible badge. Period.

Periods are boring;

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Please play Hippolyta -- trying to figure out badge difficulty

Originally posted by LeonHendstron:

If you don’t know if the badge is hard or impossible, then it’s hard.

Yeah I agree with this. If you have to even think about which of two categories something belongs in, it is generally going to be the lesser of the options(which in this case, would be a hard)

I have not even beaten level 1, so I don’t know if this badge is appropriate, but in general, I agree with you.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The ads.

The point of ads is to kill you with repetition. You see the same ad so often that it becomes hard to forget.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / [Contest] Avoid the...

Played it once, got 139. Does it get much faster after that point? If it does not, then randoms score is most certainly attainable. I just lack the ability to focus on something for 25 straight minutes, but others can.

If the speed got even I would say..50% faster from 139 onward, then random was most likely uber lucky, but still probably legit.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Please play Hippolyta -- trying to figure out badge difficulty

This game is more of an unexplainable phenomenon than Flappy Bird. I just do not get it.

Insight requested.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Why is the Balloon Invasion Imp badge so infrequently earned?

Don’t overestimate the amount of “hardcore” players on kongregate. Most people will play a game for an hour at most and then drop it.

Even fewer will actively pursue an impossible badge in the first place.

Even fewer will actually finish it.

Balloon Invasion has similar gets as Mardek 3. Mardek 3 is an RPG where you can grind levels, so it’s not difficult, it’s just endurance. Endurance is a turn off to many people.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Puzzle fuzz episode 1 would be a good med for completion I think. (needs api)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Another Generic Giveaway

I have played the energy based/multiplayer type games as far as 2002, but Wartune is probably going to be difficult to ever be topped. For all the negativity that some people give them, there is just something addictive about doing repetitive menial tasks. Even better to do them with friends.

I only played Wartune for about 3 months, and have been inactive there for over a year, but I continue to keep contact with a very good friend that I made in my guild. I joined shortly after badges, and he joined the day after.

Wartune is a schedule based game, with certain events occurring at fixed times. At Noon EST, a 3v3 arena event took place every day. We were similar levels, so we teamed up and got a third person. The game has 3 classes, archer/mage/knight. I was a knight, and they were mages, so I was the tank. We teamed up virtually every day for 3 months, and became somewhat well known on the server. All 3 of us joined at around the same time, and we leveled up together, nobody ever being more than one level ahead or behind another. During the inbetween events time, we just chatted a ton. I would literally keep Wartune open 24/7, and be actively playing/chatting for at least 12ish hours a day for most of the 3 months.

At some point though, it no longer was about the game, and for all the friends I made, it was becoming more and more difficult to stay logged into a game that I cared little about anymore. In one rebellious day, all 3 of us left the guild we were in, and joined the top guild on the server. We got so much flack from the entire server(because we were well known) with the exception of our new guild. I have said it before, and I even said it as we left, but when you switch guilds in a game like this, you are near the end of your time on that game. It is the sign that you are taking the game too seriously, and you will burn out quick.

All 3 of us quit within a month. I was the first. I gave no warning at all. Lost contact with all but one person, the first friend I made there.

It was the last time I really went hardcore on an mmo. I guess I figured it would be too hard to top, so why try?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The first BOTD for a new kongpanion is a medium badge on a shitty game

Originally posted by FULLMEASUREZAM:
Originally posted by VforVendetta:

Ratings generally do mean something, and they play a big part in badges and even how many more people see the game. :)

I rate you a 9/11

now go away you terrorist

:’<<<<<

That is slightly over 4/5. He is badgeworthy.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The first BOTD for a new kongpanion is a medium badge on a shitty game

The game is alright.

Honestly, I am not even sure why we need to earn a badge for the kongpanions since they are always very easy. Should just be a “claim kongpanion” button somewhere.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / All games that kreds can be used in should have save files backed up by Kongregate

Use your own backups. It’s 2014 and it’s not very difficult.

I bought premium on gemcraft labyrinth a long time ago and have long since lost my save, but I am still premium. Kong has no responsibility for my save file.

Sure, it would be nice if they would do like armorgames does, but keeping your flash saves safe is relatively easy.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / New badge discussion

Flood runner 4 is fine. Not the best in the series, but good enough for badges. Bit surprised you only gave it 1, though.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Banned - but why

Ingame bans are at the discretion of the developer. Kong just hosts it, but the dev can ban you for any reason.

Kong cannot do anything about it.