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Topic: Serious Discussion / The first plasma: the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device is now in operation

@Bobneson

Let’s leave it at that. But I have to say you have a mature way to deal with criticism.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The first plasma: the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device is now in operation

@Bobneson

Your words and actions don’t sum up. You claim to be critical and at the same time you proposed a solution which is completely impractical and has several severe disadvantages including the death of a large part of our population. On top of that I haven’t seen you question anything. You were just refusing things. And there is a huge difference between those two. Questioning things implies answers for problems. Simply refusing is for people with a victim mindset that think life owes them something.


I think you make a mistake I’ve already seen people doing here from time to time. You seem to think that proposing or accepting a position comes at a cost. But refusing it is free. And that’s just not true. Decisions have always consequences.
If you say no to a solution you say yes to all the problems it would solve.

Also your decision seems to be completely random without any arguments whatsoever. If you are indifferent to fusion why do you even bother to post in this thread? This isn’t adding any value to the discussion. And if you are critical as you claim to be why don’t you make a complete analysis with the problems, solutions, advantages and disadvantages you see and by that make your decision transparent to us?


And finally I suggest you go and act up to your values. If you are critical of technology go live without it. The very fact that you can share your opinion in an instant with us has its root in electricity. So it would be only consequent not to use the internet. Anything else is hypocritical and in no way authentic.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The first plasma: the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device is now in operation

@Bobneson

I don’t understand why you are so opposed to this technology. I mean if we were talking about cloning or pure fusion bombs you would at least have some moral leverage. But all fusion power will do is produce clean and cheap energy which will help to maintain and improve a high lifestyle all around the world.

You will easily find “investments” which are less useful. And once you have removed all of those you can still come back and take a look at the the cost/ value balance of the nuclear fusion technology. But otherwise you give up a massive advantage without any real reason that forces you to do so.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Bernie Sanders fatal flaw.

Originally posted by Bobneson:

Hooligan, he’s maybe not using his wealth directly to help the world. But the knowledge and skill to have made that money to help the world.

“In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.”

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The first plasma: the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device is now in operation

Originally posted by Bobneson:
We don’t need electricity to survive, we were fine without it.



We need to focus on medicines or improving current technology more than some theoretical power source.

We don’t need current technology and medicines to survive. We were fine without them.

Not really a convincing kind of logic if you ask me.


Fusion power is one of the key technologies for interstellar travel and interstellar colonization. In the distant future our sun will expand massively and wipe out our earth and probably all life in our solar system. But even without this threat, being able to colonize planets outside of our system seem like a “worthy” goal to me.

Water is unlike coal, oil or unranium a very basic and very common resource. And out there in deep space you don’t have many of the regenerative options you have down here on earth. All you are left with is solar power. And besides being inefficient it depends on the distance to a sun.


Lack of resources is a source of tension and wars. Even if the oil price is low right now this is only a temporary situation. Skip ahead a hundred years and we will be probably almost out of oil. Oil is necessary for any form of modern transportation.

If we manage to miniaturize fusion technology we have a solution for one of the biggest problems of our not so distant future. But doing so will take time and the clock is ticking against us. On top of that we reduce the risk of running into a world war for the last drops of oil. And the next world war might wipe us out completely.

Also oil isn’t needed only as a fuel source. It is also used for medicine and plastics. Less oil for fuel means more oil for “medicines and current technology”.


Ecology. Do I really need to talk about this? If we keep going like we do right now we will kill off our planet before the sun gets a chance to do so. Of course we might just give up technology and go back to the stone age. But that would have all kinds of disadvantages. And why giving up an advantage if you don’t have to?

Fusion power shares the pros of conventional power methods without sharing the cons of regenerative methods.


And finally having to spend less money on energy means being able to spend more money on other things. Things like “medicines and current technology”.

Fusion power might require an initial investment but it will pay off in the long run. After all our planet’s surface is mostly water.


So I don’t know about you but to me fusion power will be one of the major breakthroughs of humankind. Not sure if it is on par with inventions like the wheel or the steam engine but it has certainly more value to our species than the newest IPhone. You might have to think in a bigger context and longer intervals though.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / [Userscript] Kongregate Crow Language Support

Kudos! Nice idea.


Shouldn’t it be CAW n gregate instead of CAWgregate? The first one feels more natural to me.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / More evidence that Kongregate is working on a secret game.

Nice! Heather’s profile pic has now a crow in it. Crow business is serious business.


The games share the RPG tag. Not really helpful. Besides that there are other mobile games with the RPG tag that are not included in the job description.


But they also share the same (top) positions in that mobile games list. No idea how the list is sorted. It’s clearly not sorted alphabetically. Maybe by popularity or plays or something like that? So if we go by that list we get to Adventure Capitalist.

And the more I think about it the more sense it would make to look for a game by Hyper Hippo Productions (HHP) (the devs behind Adventure Capitalist):

  • AC itself is not included in the job offer list. But it would be automatically included in the qualifications if you add the IP that is connected to the secret game.
  • HHP made a lot of games which means a lot of IP. Enough to have it as a separate point unlike other one-hit games.
  • For some reason I think the connection between HHP and Kong is closer than the connection with other devs. Don’t remember why though.
  • Something like a sequel to Adventure Capitalist would fit nicely into the rather short contract for the design guy from the other thread/ job offer.
  • And the theme would also fit. I think they were looking for someone who could draw realistic objects or something like that.
 
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Topic: Kongregate / More evidence that Kongregate is working on a secret game.

Originally posted by Bluji:

Battlehand, Spellstone and Raid Brigade are all Kong-released mobile games. Battlehand and Spellstone are CCGs, I believe, while Raid Brigade is an RPG of sorts.

Well… Magic: The Gathering would fit into this setting. And there would be also a lot of IP. But I doubt Wizards needs Kong to release a mobile game.

Are there more Kong-released mobile games? If so how do they differ from those three?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / More evidence that Kongregate is working on a secret game.

CAWesome news! Congratulations Heather!


@Holy

Maybe you are right.

I haven’t played any of those games. What do Battlehand, Spellstone and Raid Brigade have in common?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / More evidence that Kongregate is working on a secret game.

I don’t see any new information in that job offer. Especially since it is mixed with the support for other titles.

However…

“Working knowledge of unannounced title’s IP’s

That means if you have the other qualifications you could go ahead and apply for the job to figure out which title they are talking about. Maybe it is a trick to get people to apply? :D


Also still no job offer for a Senior Crow Relations Manager. :(

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Idle Games...Why?

Short answer: Demand & Supply and Cost & Value.


Long answer: Idle games have constantly an above average rating. This means there is a big crowd out there that actually likes this genre.

Now put yourself in the position of a dev. Would you develop a game where you are almost guaranteed success (or at least acceptance) or take the risk and release a game which might be a failure in terms of ratings and plays. The best answer you can give is “It depends”.

And here is where cost and value comes into play. Idle games in the most basic form require just an addicting idea and some balancing. No graphics, complex physics or atmospheric story line. This results in rather low development costs.

In the end with idle games you have low development cost, low risk and an above average reward. So why would you go and make a different kind of game if your predicted outcome can only get worse (in most of the cases)?


If you still think “the devs” have an obligation to provide you with high quality games for free I suggest you go ahead, spend hundreds of hours and/ or thousands of dollars and make such a game. Then provide it for free and see if your opinion about idle games is still the same. Everything else seems rather ungrateful to me.


I don’t think there is a lack of non-idle games out there. They just cost money now. I’m pretty sure if you browse Steam or some App stores you will find exactly the games you are looking for.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / United Nations SD Goals

No point in being disheartened. Better focus on positives.

But I think it would be really interesting to compare these goals to the goals from 15 years ago. What has worked? What didn’t work? And why did/ didn’t it work?

Many of the goals seem to collide with the interests of some powerful groups. For example education collides with national budget planning. Fighting poverty might have a negative impact on rich people. And agriculture might be cause problems for factories or infrastructure projects.

But that aren’t new problems. So an overview on where the really big challenges lie and where progress was made despite resistance would be worth to take a look at.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Have you completed any impossible badges?

Yep. Most proud of the Dolphin Olympics 2 imp.

I have respect for anyone who actually managed to get the imps for ZunderFury, Hexiom or any of the Super Crazy Guitar Maniac games (without cheating). Those are badges actually worth the name “badge”.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / United Nations SD Goals

Certainly an interesting list with a lot of ambitious and honorable goals.

It would be interesting to see also goals from the past years, actions that were taken to reach those goals and the results of those actions.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / It's Community Manager Appreciation Day! We're giving a big thanks to all of our Community Managers at Kongregate!

Totally approve of this!

Thank you for being awesome, positive and having an extra mile attitude. :)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Should similar games be excluded from the Best of 20XX quests?

@FlyingCat:

I didn’t vote them since I felt Bulet Heaven was slightly better

I can totally agree with that sort of thinking. There are many good reasons to prefer Bullet Heaven 2 over any of the other games.


@TurkeyPie

Imagine a dev making 10 games and those 10 games become the new all-time top 10. Would you put all of those in the quest with not others?

Let’s take FlyingCat’s scenario instead. 10 sequels in one year. That’s a bit more extreme.

My initial reaction would be probably close to yours. But take a second and think of the implications of such a scenario.

1. There is a dev who released a new game almost every month.
2. Those games are good. Not dress-ups or MMOs with a fishy rating.
3. Those games are not only good but “better” than any other game released during that year.

So to me just picking one out of those ten games not only sounds unreasonable. It would also be very close to an insult to somebody committed to deliver you high quality games without any sort of payment in return.

That doesn’t actually mean that you have to include all of his games. You might include just 1-3 games and also:

  • Make a separate quest with the rest of the games (your scenario)
  • Give him some sort of “Dev of the year 20xx” badge on his profile
  • Put his name into a “Hall Of Fame”

Or you could make a “Best of” quest with two different paths. One path would be his games and the other path other games. Might even work with genres.

I just think that simply ignoring a game that has proven its worth in competition is not the best solution.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Should similar games be excluded from the Best of 20XX quests?

For those who aren’t aware of how the Best of 20XX quests work:

  • (Some of) the highest rated games are automatically in the quest
  • There is a voting among the rest of the highly rated games

This year Don’t Escape 3 and Cube Escape: Case 23 are among the games which are automatically included in the quest.

However, Don’t Escape 2 and Cube Escape: Seasons were also released in the same year and have a high rating. So those two made it into the voting.


I’m a bit surprised that this situation has an impact on what people vote for. I guess this is supposed to balance the quest somehow? But to me this is like telling the dev that he might as well made only one great game.

Making games is (among other things) a competition. And the quest is “Best of 2015” not “Fairest and most balanced distribution of good games in 2015”. And it is hardly the dev’s fault that the competition couldn’t come up with something better than his games.


So what is your opinion on this situation?

Do you think this is a reason not to vote for those two games?
Do you think those games shouldn’t even show up in the voting?
What if all of the games were automatically qualified through their rating?
What if those games were made by different devs but were still very similar?
What about two games which are different but from the same dev?
What if the games would just share the same genre but would be otherwise a bit different?

In case you think any of these questions is a problem. What would be a better way to manage the voting without causing too much additional organisation overhead?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongregator of the Year 2015 - The results are in!

Congratulations to the winners!

And a big thank you to the stranger who organized this event.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Do you donate money to charity?

I hope it doesnt sound selfish

Your life, your (imaginary) money, your rules. ;)

I’m not here to judge. I’m just curious at how people make a decision when it comes to donating money. As always the “why” is the interesting part of the answer.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Do you donate money to charity?

The reason being, humans can vocalise if there’s something wrong; they can complain in detail and get attention to the specific problem. Other animals have no such luxury.

That sounds like a great argument.


I did a bit of research today and stumbled upon betterplace . It is shocking to see how much help is needed everywhere. But at the same time it is heartwarming to see that people actually care.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongregate is making a game! What do you think it could be about?

“4-6 weeks” seem a bit short for an MMO. Maybe something that reuses graphics a lot?

“Must be able to adapt to the existing (2D) art styles of the IP” could mean a sequel of an existing game. Do we have a list of games made by Kong?

“Proficient ability to draw from life and have knowledge of anatomy and architecture.” That’s probably another hint in the right direction but I have no idea what to do with it. At least it doesn’t sound like a Sci-Fi game.

“3+ years working on mobile game titles” Did Kong release any mobile games?

Also I’m pretty sure that Kong made their homework and examined the demand on the mobile market. So what games are popular on those devices? We are probably looking for some genres with low development costs and high popularity.

That’s all I can read from those tea leaves. :D

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Do you donate money to charity?

If so how do you decide which organisation will profit from you? It’s not like there is a shortage of opportunities to help in our world.

(If you don’t have the money just imagine you would win in the lottery or inherit from a rich person.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Found in the office: Meeting rooms named after games found on Kongregate.

This must be a great place to work at.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongregate is making a game! What do you think it could be about?

Originally posted by IAmTheCandyman:
Originally posted by Tulrog:

I hope it has crows. This would be a really cool insider joke. :)

Edit: Also Kong should make an April Fools’ job offer for a “Senior Crow Relations Manager”. With weird CAWWlifications like having to speak at least three dialects of Caaaawese.

FTFY! :D

I CAWncur. Now start recruitment.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Best of 2015 Quest Voting!

Don’t Escape 2
[50 Years]

(Even with after adding BH2 to the competition)