Recent posts by Tetsuo_Shima on Kongregate

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Topic: Kongregate / You guys.

First: YAWN ; Second: Kreds existed long before gamestop took over ; Third: Statements such as the op made by someone with 1 forum post, 2 comment posts, a level you can get with half a day of gaming and a join date well after gamestop took over have no credence to them whatsoever (and in case the account is an alt because the person in question might be too unsure of himself to post in his genuine account it would be even worse) ; Fourth: I love posting in big blocks to you either have to work your way through it, or it’s easier for you to ignore altogether. ;p And Finally: what about all the girls?

 
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Topic: Technical Support / video ads

I’m guessing you didn’t report the ad… Anyway, if you’re dead set on not using any sort of annoyance blocking, the next best thing would be to install and use flashblock in case you use firefox, or in case of chrome, go in to your settings-advanced-content settings-plugins-click to play, turn that on. The only plugins playing will be the ones you specifically allow, so even with no sort of blocking you will no longer be seeing any annoying flash unless you specifically allow it. This does require a lot more interaction with webpages, since you’ll be clicking every flash (or other plugin) -thing you want to make use of.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / 2x Kreds ads and K+

You can buy a digital US gamestop card from anywhere in the world.
You can use it on Kong and take advantage of the promotion from anywhere in the world.

The funny thing is though, Kong is kinda blowing the real high rollers off since it seems impossible to buy $250 worth of kreds with a gamestop card, thus people doing that need to buy the $100 versions, thus for every $250 puchased, they lose out on 50 free extra kreds, $5 worth. There did not seem to be any problem buying a gamestop card $250 worth, so that can’t be the reason.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Best of 2014 Quest

It’s been up for a few hours already: http://www.kongregate.com/badge_quests/best_of_2014

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Certificate expired?

Well, I looked this up yesterday, but it’s not a solution to your problem, so I didn’t post it, but considering you’re now in need of an explanation I’ll post it anyway:

The kong cdn subdomains use https, the subdomains host among other things some css files. Other kong subdomains don’t use https (for example www or chat). The certificate used by the subdomains in question has been granted to instartlogic (some sort of hosting) rather than kongregate and most definitely has not expired and is signed by globalsign. There can be several reasons why yours isn’t working, but you won’t be able to do anything about it, if you don’t have access to secure settings.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / video ads

I’m always correct pip, but lately I tend to reserve my info for when I feel like sharing or being slightly less useless that usual. (chuckle)

 
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Topic: Technical Support / GameMaker

You don’t.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / video ads

The location in question is most definitely a kong ad location, so I would be highly surprised if the ad in question wasn’t served by some ad server that kong allowed to serve ads in that position. If it annoys you enough, go and install abp or ghostery or some such extension that will swipe away most traces of ads. If you want to be nice, you can just select the ads that annoy you the most and get rid of those only. If you really don’t want any blocking software installed, you can buy K+ or beg the nice admins to track down and/or disable video ads altogether. I have found that doing things myself usually results in faster results and more satisfaction. If games are crashing because of ads you receive, either the ads in question are malicious in nature, or you’re running into browser/add-on/extension-bugs or your computer might have some issues of its own (lag on multiple things executing at the same time can be an indication of low end hardware).

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kong +

There is nothing in K+ that makes it worth even paying $5 for imho. If you get it, you’re basically sending Kong a donation because you approve of the good work they do and think they deserve some extra funding for that. (coming from someone who does not have nor has ever had K+, so forgive my opinionated ignorance) :p

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by LouWeed:
10 seconds game (3.4): A simple avoider game where you win by surviving for only 10 seconds

AAArrgghhhh, that is easier said than done!! Quite fun albeit a tad frustrating restarting the same game 10 times in 1 minute after dying that many times within 5 seconds. :D

 
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Topic: Technical Support / html5 requires flash??

I have to agree with the opening poster that it’s preposterous to always require flash for html5 games. I can see some situations where it might still be necessary for ‘site functions’ (log in to chat functions for high score or mp gaming or such for example), but there are plenty of use cases where it definitely is not or at the very least should not (game with no kong api, no mp option, user not signed in – would be a prime example). The whole point of html5 games is to no longer require obnoxious plugins.

Anyway, I might be able to post a potentially useful suggestion.

You do NOT actually need flash installed to be able to play most html games on Kongregate. Our wonderfully attentive Kongregate developers have simply put in a check to see if you have flash installed and if you haven’t, it HIDES the actual game content and only shows you a no flash warning instead. So, all you need to do, is make it show the game content again and throw away the warning. All games I tested this on work perfectly fine this way. Two clicks is all it takes.

You will need an on-the-fly html editor running for this though and I have no idea if your Wii U has a browser that has one. The beauty of client side, it runs on your computer (if you were using an actual computer) you can do whatever you want with it, for simple html, the solution is equally simple, though they could make it a lot harder if they really wanted to, I doubt that is the goal, it’s probably more a catch all piece of code from ages ago when html5 was still being ‘invented’ and they haven’t seen fit to take newer tech and newer use cases into account, more so since many of the ‘proprietary tech’ kong uses is build on flash, they have a vested interest in getting you to use it, sooner or later they’ll have to bend though.

As a side remark, if you wanted to play a Unity game with no flash installed, you’re going to be greeted by the same warning. After re-displaying the game content, you get warned off by yet another warning. As it turns out, those very same lovely devs I spoke off above, have seen fit to insert a piece of javascript code that actually overwrites the location of the game data with a warning to install flash…. So fixing this requires both re-displaying the game content and copying over the correct data in the correct section and again, almost all unity games work perfectly fine with no flash installed… One starts to wonder what the real purpose is of these flash requirements. It’s certainly not to make sure you can actually play the games in question, since they run fine without flash.

In case you don’t have access to a flash enabled computer, you may have a hard time putting in the correct data for game location in case of unity, however, using a low tech solution, what you can do is just open up the debugger, open the page in question, immediately after loading starts, freeze and remove the offending javascript so it never gets a chance to overwrite the correct code and unfreeze.

As I said, it’s your computer, you determine what happens on it, they can make it harder, and that’ll simply make you work (or think) harder. They can make it a bunch harder than both cases above here still if they really wanted to, a determined and skilled enough user will still be able to get to it and in the end it becomes a cost vs benefit scenario. The way they are doing it now, probably halts 95% of the users in their tracks. Not to mention most current users have or are able and willing to have flash installed anyway.

As a closing remark, if you cannot alter the code in your browser in any way, all you can do is plead to the kong devs to alter the way the game pages behave or find another site that does not have these requirements.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Saving - a 2015 resolution

If you really want it and if you own all computers involved you can always whip up your own cloud saves which, once configurated, won’t need any user interaction to stay functional. All you need is something like a combination of dropbox/onedrive/google drive/… and freefilesync/dirsync/… Or in case you’re feeling adventurous, you can just go straight out and use bittorrent sync, but that would require all machines to be on simulteneously. In all cases some small margin of patience is needed to let synchronisation take place once booted and before shutdown.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Banned for purchasing issues?

The best solution for not ever having this happen is to simply not buy kreds. ;-)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / 1 Year Late

@LouWeed
You simply write them that the notification has been received and studied immediately after an admin has looked over the report… Whether or not to append to that if action has been taken or not would be up to kong staff to determine if that is necessary or not, potentially the reply could hold a reasoning why (no) action was taken (yet and an explanation why that isn’t necessarily a bad thing). After that, the reporter’s issue has been handled and he doesn’t need any further notifications on this matter until he files another report.

You can take it as far as you want, you could even let the reporter tick a box in the report form to keep him informed about any actions resulting from his report, depending how acceptable that is with regards to user privacy. There is so much that can be done that would be better than how I perceive it is done currently.

Anyway, the above, instead of simply sending an automated response with no further notification until someone decides to clear the entire stack (for who knows how many months/years back), so to speak… , would be one potential way of doing it better, there are plenty more alternatives.

I have no idea how the system currently actually works btw, i’m just extrapolating from what I read on these forums. If the info people dish out around these parts is wrong or incomplete, it’s likely my reasoning about it is also wrong. From a lot of things I see however, it does look like certain things have been set up a decade ago and have never been adapted to current times and better methods since, not just the example in this thread.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / 1 Year Late

I completely disagree with your analyses. I don’t see how a simple reporting system would be ‘almost impossible to account for’ and even if it works ‘functionally as intended’, as far as I’m concerned, it’s functionally flawed by design. ;-)

A simple wording change will definitely not fix it. It’s not hard to see when someone files a report they expect to get notified about progress either within a reasonable time frame or not at all. One year later is not a reasonable time frame, no matter how you word the content of the message. That is where to problem lies. If they’re storing their data properly, fixing it shouldn’t take more than a day, if they aren’t, it could be one hell of a job to fix it. Either way, there isn’t enough incentive to ‘fix’ anything at the moment, no matter how easy or hard the ‘fix’ would be to implement.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / 1 Year Late

I’m pretty sure he does get it actually. He’s just describing how useless the system in question is. Flawed by design and not enough incentive for kong to fix it, as with a lot of things on this site. But at least most of it is free, so whatever. ^^

 
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Topic: Kongregate / advocatus

I am willing to bet $20 that the subject of this thread has read the opening post!

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Something really weird happened...

I’m pretty sure this is a kong bug btw, not an issue that doesn’t happen often for just one or two users.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / December '14 Suggestion Thread

Originally posted by Bluji:

Make it so that people you have muted cannot post in topics you have made.

That would be a very bad idea.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / What do I do when someone gives away one's gamestop card for free?

It all depends on whether or not it was the actual owner of the gift card handing you the information. If not it’s fencing and that is illegal, using it is also illegal if there is only a hint of such possibility. Considering the source, there seems to be more than just a hint, people usually don’t go around throwing money in the open to random strangers, so that very act makes it suspicious and requires you to verify the source before using it.

I agree with the above statements however that it’s highly unlikely you’ll get in real trouble over doing it anyway without any sort of verification.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / MINI MODDING

It all depends on your level of zealousness imho. Same thing applies to regular mods and admins too though, also imho.

Having someone give false or incomplete or unhelpful info can also be a blast though, to see how long it takes until someone does do the right thing. (chuckle)

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Stopped supporting IE 11

As a side note, upgrading to 8.1 wouldn’t fix the issue, IE11 is the latest IE version available, also on 8.1.

Also, your browser seems to be indicating to kong that it’s IE7 instead of IE11. If you’re certain you actually have IE11 installed, you should check if you have compatibility mode turned on or if you have manually set your target to 7 instead of the default or some other thing that results in such behaviour.

http://www.howtogeek.com/113439/how-to-change-your-browsers-user-agent-without-installing-any-extensions/

Go over that for starters. It may look different depending on which IE version you actually have, but it’s in that general vicinity, if you’re on IE11, look for emulation for example.

Not sure if that’s the thing that caused it, but something is making your browser report an older version and those above are the first things that come to mind.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / new script on the site

Ewww, I despise analytics and my default analytics blockers didn’t recognise that one yet. Thanks for the info, now I can block it. ^^

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Idea: Add Exclude Option

I like the suggestion, having both positive and negative filtering is always useful.

As to your specific issue with unity. There are some workarounds to get most unity content playing on Linux.
To get you started:
http://wiki.unity3d.com/index.php/Running_Unity_Web_Player_on_Linux_using_Pipelight

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Should Kong Ditch Wartune?

I’m not gonna comment on anything regarding wartune as a game, R2Games as a producer or the amounts of spending you’re talking about, i’ll leave that up to any sane person to consider for themselves, however, I do think that as far as Kongregate is concerned R2Games IS the developer and responsible for this game on Kongregate.