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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 12, 2014, 03:33:12 PM
Just be sure that you rate the games based on the compo/jam versions and not the "post compo" versions. That would be unfair.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 10, 2014, 02:07:49 PM
Here's another pretty high quality game. And it's nice and relaxing, so I'll go out on a limb and say it's Tao-approved. (c:


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Sail the sea, discover underwater treasures, and befriend a squid! Gather all six treasures to see a special ending :D

WSAD: Sail boat
Left Mouse: Drag fishing net
Right Mouse: Use hook
Space: Use spyglass

One thing that confused me at first was that you don't start with the hook or the spyglass, so those controls won't do anything until after you acquire those items. (c:
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 09, 2014, 01:31:08 PM
Hi Burderdare, and welcome! Thanks for coming here and creating an account to talk about your LD29 entry. It was a clever take on the theme. I liked it. Thmbsup
129  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Google not paying for OSS / how OS licence choice relates to monetization of OSS on: May 07, 2014, 09:17:33 PM
Thanks for clarifying that. I originally took you to mean that Linus had indeed been approached but was somehow legally unable to say so, so he nodded yes but said no.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 07, 2014, 05:46:36 PM
Interesting. I'm not really a Platformer guy myself, but on my wanderings I did see lots of people doing them. How did this make your list as a 5? What finesses about platformers are super important to you?

And how tight do you like your difficulty levels? In the comments I keep seeing notes between the commenters and devs that the devs misjudge the difficulty quite often, maybe because they intuitively have a feel for how they are involved with the controls and the content, and can make all those tight hops. (But then I never mastered the asdw/arrow controls for games either.)

In my surveys here I tend to enjoy relaxing with a game that others might call too easy, but it means I can at least get solidly into the game before maybe some spot just makes me call it a day and move on.

Corollary, I like watching speedruns! : )

Edit: I just needed a nap!

It's definitely a hard game. In fact, I didn't beat it.

But I rated it as a 5 in all categories because...

Somebody created it from scratch in 48 hours.

The art was pretty good. It all fit a style/theme and worked well together. It looked good.
The game itself was pretty well developed. Text above the player's head, the police chasing the escapee, the helicoptor, the platformer controls were pretty good (though I feel there was a problem with knowing where the player's feet were, which made it easy to fall off the edge just as you press the jump button.
The sounds and audio were well done.
It made a good use of the theme "Beneath the Surface"
It wasn't a worm game or underwater game (good innovation).

Etc.

I think most people, when reviewing games, give a rating based on how much they enjoy playing the game, or seeing the pretty visuals, or hearing the nice audio. I think the LD ratings are (or should be) different. I think the rating should be based on the understanding that time was limited, and developing all aspects of a game is difficult with such limitations on time. In other words, I'm rating not just how enjoyable I feel the game is, but also based on how well developed it is.

Senilescape might not be that impressive of a game compared to something like Super Meat Boy (which I believe also had its origins in a LD competition), but the difference between Super Meat Boy and Senilescape is that Senilescape was made in 48 hours by one person while Super Meat Boy was made over the course of several months by (mainly) two or three people and (IIRC) with grant money and other support from Microsoft.

Senilescape is one of the few games that both impressed me from a technical/completeness perspective and from a fun/gameplay perspective. Really, the only complaint I have about it is that the jumping was a tiny bit off, resulting in falling onto spikes when I felt the jump button should have worked. My guess for this problem is that the physics engine probably sees the character as a thinner rectangle than the sprite would indicate.

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That is, if the physics sees the character as the size outlined in pink then the sprite gives the player the impression he has some extra width (underlined in green) that is still standing on the ledge before he has to jump. This means that if the pink area is no longer on the ground, but the green area still is, the player will be unable to jump and will fall.
131  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Google not paying for OSS / how OS licence choice relates to monetization of OSS on: May 07, 2014, 01:42:27 PM
(When asked if the NSA ever approached the Linux kernal maintainer group to put in a backdoor, Linus Torvalds nodded an exaggerated yes while smiling broadly - and then said "No." Try getting that degree of candor from the corporate crowd.)

His tone of voice and demeanor were very sarcastic/silly. A few seconds later when the laughter died down, and this time without any indication of humor, he more seriously shook his head and repeated, "No."
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 07, 2014, 01:23:08 PM
Here's one I just played. It was the first one I thought was deserving of 5-stars across the board:

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You are an old gangster, locked up in a prison for 42 years, and you suddenly find a way to get out of the cell. Your goal is to escape and stay beneath the surface so you don't get killed.

(There is no preloader and the filesize is 6Mb, so it might take some time to download)

133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 07, 2014, 01:06:01 AM
It would be great if you would link to the respective LD29 entry page instead of (or in addition to) linking directly to these games so that people who play them can also rate them. Thmbsup
134  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Feature request: quickly switch between PNG und JPG on: May 05, 2014, 02:15:24 PM
Due to their better quality, PNG generally have a larger filesize than JPG, hence the longer loading times.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a good non-Logitech keyboard on: May 05, 2014, 01:41:29 PM
They look more like a Space Invaders player-ship to me. But I just call them arrow keys. :-D
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a good non-Logitech keyboard on: May 04, 2014, 12:17:18 PM
What is an Inverted-T cursor key? huh
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a good non-Logitech keyboard on: May 03, 2014, 01:42:48 AM
At least two things about that Gyration keyboard would really bother me:

The Fn key is in the wrong place. Ctrl should always be on the outside.
No numpad.

I can nitpick a lot of other things about it. I'm not a fan of the compressed/condensed/compact form factor. It makes too many keys go in places that don't make sense. And actually, it reminds me of my first ever illuminated keyboard. The EluminX. They inexplicably compressed the keyboard layout (but kept the numpad). There were lots of little things I didn't like about that keyboard, but considering it was the first and (AFAIK) only illuminated keyboard on the market at the time, and considering how much I paid for it, I was psychologically invested in my decision. cheesy
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a good non-Logitech keyboard on: May 02, 2014, 05:49:00 PM
At this point it wouldn't really have mattered. I thought it only had a 1 year warranty on it, so I'm sure I voided any warranty that would have remained on it when I tried to take it apart.

But in the future I'll be sure to check to make sure my devices are no longer in warranty before I attempt to repair them myself. (c:
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a good non-Logitech keyboard on: May 02, 2014, 05:45:17 PM
A $100 keyboard should last longer than that. And no, I didn't spill anything on it. I'm sick and tired of my Logitech devices failing after only a couple of years

You might want to see if you have records for when you bought the K800 - it has a 3 year warranty, so you might be able to get it replaced for minimal cost.

I thought I had bought it when I got this computer in August 2011, but it seems my memory was a little off. According to my records, I bought it just over 3 years ago. January 28, 2011 for just under $60 (after gift cards).
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: An interesting look at what 'Big Data' means to privacy on: May 02, 2014, 04:53:54 PM
She makes a scary point about how the act of just trying to avoid being tracked makes you appear immoral or criminal. And that right there is a problem. Sad
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: May 02, 2014, 03:36:29 PM
This video is fairly amusing. And at the end it becomes pretty hilarious in multiple ways.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cumTHJHoHIM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cumTHJHoHIM</a>
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: May 02, 2014, 01:49:29 PM
I don't understand why people keep calling this a Windows XP update. It's not. It uses the "Microsoft Update" automated update system to update a Microsoft product, namely IE. It's not an update to XP. It's an update to IE.
143  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 29: April 25-28 Weekend on: May 02, 2014, 01:46:02 PM
It's a bug. There are two inexplicable bugs that I've been made aware of:

1. Somehow, sometimes the people stop spawning
2. Somehow, sometimes the bullets stop hitting/hurting the worm.

As far as I'm aware, there's nothing in the game that should make it possible for the colors to shift. I'd guess it's your monitor or video card. But I could be wrong.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a good non-Logitech keyboard on: May 02, 2014, 01:31:35 PM
Another thing I've realized that I miss from my K800 that I always thought of somewhat derisively in other keyboards before I got my K800 and never fully realized how much I used/like is the media keys.

I used the volume controls on the keyboard so often that it's a hassle to adjust the volume from the tray now. And the button I felt was the single most worthless button (on the keyboard when I first got it was a button to open the calculator. But that thing has become indispensable for me. In the one day I've gone without my K800, I've sorely missed the volume controls AND that calculator button.

The good news is that it seems my fingers are starting to get used to having to press harder on the keys to type every letter I hit. So I'm making fewer typing mistakes on this old Belkin keyboard I've had forever.

One of its fatal flaws, one you did not mention, is that it is impossible to take apart to clean.

Honestly that was never something that bothered me. I never felt the need to clean it. That said, the fact that it's impossible to take apart is a large part of why I need a new keyboard. The alt key stopped working so I tried to take it apart to see if there was anything that had gotten in it that was interfering with the contact. In the process of taking the black panel off the back, several of the snaps broke, which I didn't think was too bad, but I also popped up several of the keys because I noticed a lot of lint under them and in the process a tiny bit of plastic on the underside of the E key broke off.

In other words, if I hadn't tried to clean or fix the keyboard, I'd still be using it (without an Alt key).

I loved, loved, loved that keyboard. But as I said, I'm sick of every Logitech product I buy failing in some way after only 2-3 years, so I'm going to try to do without it.

You paid $100 for it? That's MSRP. No one should ever have to pay MSRP for anything. smiley    I picked mine up for about half that on sale somewhere so i guess I'm not going to be too upset when this one dies. I've gotten my money's worth out of it.

I think I got mine for about $60 on sale, plus I had a gift card which brought the price down to something really nice, like $30. But still. I need a new keyboard now, and they're $100 now. And it's the principle of the thing. If they're going to charge $100 MSRP for it, it should last. This isn't some cheap no-name brand Chinese ripoff. Logitech is one of the big names in HID hardware. They need to make high quality, premium devices if they're going to be charging premium prices.
145  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: ADATA S102 64 GB USB 3.0 $5 promo ends May 1 on: May 01, 2014, 08:11:08 PM
That's the only criteria I was going by. Price per GB. cheesy
146  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 29: April 25-28 Weekend on: May 01, 2014, 08:08:32 PM
I didn't realize it was that difficult. I've only seen one person besides myself play the game, and she also had troubles controlling the worm. But I just chalked that up to the fact that she's not much of a gamer.

Hmm...  undecided
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 01, 2014, 02:57:53 PM
Here's another one that is very similar to mine:

148  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 01, 2014, 01:24:48 PM
This one is hilarious. I loved the ridiculousness of it:

149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a good non-Logitech keyboard on: May 01, 2014, 01:06:40 PM
Wow. I didn't know that Amazon made hardware (other than Kindle). Looking for keyboards I found there's an AmazonBasics line of products. Including a keyboard for $11.50.
150  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: ADATA S102 64 GB USB 3.0 $5 promo ends May 1 on: May 01, 2014, 11:43:00 AM
Go for this 256GB thumb drive:

http://www.newegg.com/Pro...aspx?Item=N82E16820178725

$98 after $10 mail in rebate with this promo code: EMCPEPW86 cheesy

That's cheaper per GB than the 64 GB drive.
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