Recent posts by Nikc10 on Kongregate

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Topic: Kongregate / Suggestions

Personally, I’d like to see an option to put friends above mods on the user list in chat rooms. In rooms where there are a lot of mods, I can’t see if any of my friends are there, yet I can see the six mods. Its nice to be able to easily see mods, but its rare I need to really need to know they are there so much that they push out my friends from the top of the list.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Graphs of Kongregate User growth

Originally posted by adv0catus:
Originally posted by Nikc10:

Actually this is incredibly easy, its just at http://www.kongregate.com/site_stats.json, so I’ll try to start recording data tonight at 15 minute intervals. I think I’ll just be lazy and put each in its own file, though that’s certainly not an ideal solution.

What the difference with delimiter and not? Is that a really fancy way of saying “we’re properly displaying the numbers with commas”?

I think its just the comma. Not sure why they are bothering to put the number of users in there three times.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Graphs of Kongregate User growth

Actually this is incredibly easy, its just at http://www.kongregate.com/site_stats.json, so I’ll try to start recording data tonight at 15 minute intervals. I think I’ll just be lazy and put each in its own file, though that’s certainly not an ideal solution.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Graphs of Kongregate User growth

Originally posted by adv0catus:
Originally posted by Tulrog:

You would need a server which is running all of the time for several weeks. That sounds like a lot of effort. But I have to admit that the data would be very interesting.

I can run the script. I already have a private room that operates 24/7.

I also have a server which operates 24/7, so writing the script is the hard part. Once I get that done, just scheduling it to run every night via cron should be trivial.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Graphs of Kongregate User growth

Originally posted by Thok:

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.)

I think that’s partly what I’m looking to see as well. Steam has some really good graphs of their players online, I imagine it will look somewhat like theirs: http://store.steampowered.com/stats/

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Graphs of Kongregate User growth

Originally posted by WloJTqpCTolW:

Why can’t you log on at a certain time each day and record that?

EG: Users Online at 18:00 hours PST from 1st March to 1st April

I probably could, but my schedule tends to be erratic, so I could miss days, miss the time by a bit, etc. I’d prefer to have a consistent record on a more granular basis, at least every hour or so.

Originally posted by adv0catus:
Originally posted by WloJTqpCTolW:

Why can’t you log on at a certain time each day and record that?

EG: Users Online at 18:00 hours PST from 1st March to 1st April

There’s this thing called life. However, a script that even just logs the players online every half hour or something for 3-4 weeks would be great.

Agreed, that’s probably what I’ll end up doing if I get time to script it.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Graphs of Kongregate User growth

Originally posted by WloJTqpCTolW:

May I suggest looking at the number of “online playing” users each day at a certain time and plot a graph of that. I’d be interested in seeing a pattern.

Good idea. I’d have to write a bit of code to do it though, since I can’t stay up for 24 hours a day and it seems to be generated via some scripting while the page is being loaded. If anyone knows more details that would save me some time rooting around all the network requests.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Graphs of Kongregate User growth

Originally posted by AEBEATIAxSOOKIES:

So we’re judging Kongregate’s growth by the number of sign ups!?

Sheesh.

Its the best measure I have access to. I’m sure Kongregate themselves have much better stats like pageviews, average stay length, etc. However, all I really have is all the various user numbers and join dates. If anyone at kong wants to give me access to more data I’d be perfectly happy to make some graphs and charts of that too.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Graphs of Kongregate User growth

Its been about one and a half years since I’ve updated this, I’d be curious what the results would be if I redid this.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Say Hello to Your New CEO

I’ve been here for quite a while. I think I started playing games in 2006, but it took me until later in 2007 before I registered this account. From all that I’ve seen, I can see no one better to take over as CEO. I’m sure the next few years will be just as good, if not better, as the last few.

Just remember to never forget that the users are the ones who make the site what it is and you’ll be fine.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The Evolution of Kongregate over the years.

It’s just occurred to me that in about two weeks, I’ll have had an account on kongregate for six years. Considering how much both I and kongregate have changed in that time, I think I’ll share some of my views on how kong has changed, both for better or worse.

1. Kong has gotten more commercialized. This isn’t always a bad thing, as websites always need to make money, but I do think its gone a bit over the line lately. Whereas I used to disable my adblocker for kongregate because of how non-intrusive the ads were, I now enable it site wide because of the annoyingly loud, long, and intrusive video ads before each game.

2. The community has become less cohesive. Once again, I feel this is simply a consequence of kong becoming a bigger site, the sense of community does lose a bit. To give an idea of how much kong has grown, there are now more games than there are users when I joined.

3. Game development has grown and shifted. We’ve seen the introduction of the iphone and mobile games, which have forced flash game makers to up their ante, because a new timewaster has finally sprung up to compete with them head on. I feel this has had almost universally positive effects, except for maybe mircotransactions.

4. Microtransactions. I can’t decide whether I love or hate these. I guess it really depends on the game. Some games (especially certain multiplayer ones), basically make it impossible to compete unless you spend money, which sort of ruins the fun, whereas other ones have good, balanced upgrades and cosmetics which serious players don’t mind paying small amounts of money for.

I’m sure I’ll think of more, but this is quite late after a long day and I just threw this together really, so I’m curious what everyone else has to add to this.

 
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Topic: Platform Racing 2 / Official Guild Promotion thread

Get off my lawn usb!

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Senior Project Questions (Unity)

To bounce of UG here, I don’t think hardware is really that much of an issue. I use VPSes for servers (granted, not flash player servers, but things like TF2 and Minecraft), and if you shop around well, you can get quite powerful servers for less than $10 a month. I can’t speak to software, but hardware could be an issue.

The only real issue here is that Photon server appears only to run on windows, which really limits your options, as windows licenses can be expensive and will come close to doubling the price of a low cost server just for the license. Finally, you could try a free Windows Azure instance, but I’m not sure that will be powerful enough.

 
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Topic: Platform Racing 2 / how to beta test pr4?

That’s because there isn’t a beta test of pr4, so you can’t.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongregate ERROR AUTHENTICATION, all the online games are inaccessible!

Originally posted by trickyrodent:

Hey guys— We’re really, really sorry about all that. Our DNS provider dropped out on us. D:< Looks like “find new DNS provider right this second” is going to be the next order of business.

Round robin DNS it using multiple providers?

 
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Topic: Kongregate APIs / Question about grabbing chat data for a program

Originally posted by SReject:

kongregate uses a flash object as the relay between Browsers and it’s server. It looks to use the XMPP protocol with a few addons.

Ugh, that would be a royal pain to implement in a server, if not pretty much impossible.

 
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Topic: Kongregate APIs / Question about grabbing chat data for a program

So I was thinking about making a chat bot that could respond to various queries and perform automated functions, such link title parsing and such.

Since as far as I know there isn’t any API for grabbing the raw chat data, especially from outside the confines of a flash game, is there any other way to do this?

I was planning on simply having it run on a server instead of having to make a flash game that ties into it or something like that.

I suppose I could just do everything manually, essentially grab the raw HTML and parse it as it comes in, but that is a very messy way of doing it and I’d like to avoid that if at all possible.

 
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Topic: Platform Racing 2 / Folding@home client Version 7

There should be no real difference in the amount of points you get, however, the v7 version has a much better user interface, is generally easier to use, and will generally give more information to the user.

 
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Topic: Platform Racing 2 / GROMACS and F@H

Well, its a lot easier if you just download the latest verion of F@H, v7. It usually is much better about saving checkpoints, and its much easier to pause it when you log off too.

You can find the link here: https://fah-web.stanford.edu/file-releases/public/release/fah-installer/windows-xp-32bit/v7.1/fah-installer_7.1.52_x86.exe

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Graphs of Kongregate User growth

Originally posted by Captain_Catface:

I’d say that if you removed alts; half (if not more) of that count would be gone. There are some users who have literally hundreds of alts piled up… And a huge amount who have 2-5.

But while it would change the labeling on the axes, the slope would remain the same.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Graphs of Kongregate User growth

Okay, I’ll grant you that it is technically the number of accounts, but the graphs would probably look pretty similar even if we removed all the alts. For one, most kong users don’t create alts (I’d assume the vast majority), and those that do usually only create one or two.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Graphs of Kongregate User growth

Originally posted by riddleschool:

this site does not have that many users

There are currently 8716974 users on kongregate. (Note: this is total accounts, not users online.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Graphs of Kongregate User growth

I did these when I was bored, so they’re not perfect, and are missing a few data points, but overall they show kong’s growth pretty well.

Here’s one with a log scale:

And one with a normal scale:

 
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Topic: Platform Racing 2 / Wannabe Mods. (read first)

Its called trolling, I thought you’d be familiar with it.

 
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Topic: Platform Racing 2 / Ask a Moderator

Originally posted by VforVendetta:
Originally posted by aqworlds12345:

vforvendetta can u tell jiggmin to read my god dam email

I don’t see how I could help you there, I’m not Jiggmin. :P
We don’t have some sort of magical connection with him where we can communicate telepathically.

Though that would be pretty cool, to be honest.