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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar Hello Fri 12th Mar 2010 4:16pm

Category: Games (FH)

I meant to write a news post specifically mentioning when I was going away, but I didn't for some reason...
Anyway, now I am currently in a rented house with my dear girlfriend rather than at home alone, which is, uh, exciting and stuff!
I have access to a computer and the internet, obviously, but the internet connection is like... dial-up, or worse, and that makes it difficult to upload things like MARDEK 3 versions for the beta testers...

I'm still getting settled in to this complete change of lifestyle, but I'll likely get a lot done on MARDEK 3 and Raider in the next few weeks... even though the thought of working on either is just tedious and tiring at the moment, largely due to just general tiredness also from a change in my lifestyle and stuff.

Anyway, I hope to get MARDEK 3 done soon, and have still been reading the feedback from testers, even if I've not been responding or anything.

I've been playing a lot of platformers and thinking about Raider recently since it feels like a nice break from working on MARDEK *constantly*, and some of the feedback that people have been giving on that last news article was helpful too. Some of it was annoying though, because it's so much easier to say things from the perspective of a player than it is to add them as the developer... I mean, it's easy enough to suggest I add some various details for the sake of interest or add loads of different enemy types, etc, but I'm just one person trying to handle *every* aspect of the game alone so focusing on things like details and enemies isn't a good use of my limited time...
Still, the small number of enemies is something I seem to want to do something about... though it's difficult to come up with enemies that are easy to make and pose the exact right amount of challenge. Note that the difficulty isn't coming up with what the enemy LOOKS like or anything - that's trivial - but thinking of what AI it can have, HOW it should be an obstacle, etc...
I haven't really put much time into specifically thinking about such things though, so I may do that.

Something else I also want to mention is that, uh... well, people have been making comments and suggestions and so on about the Raider version that I linked to from the other news post thing, but it seems that a lot of people are making really *obvious* 'suggestions' just because I uploaded an unfinished version, either complaining about the lack of certain features or suggesting that I add them, features which are so 'obvious', like saving, etc, which I will 'obviously' add eventually but, uh... the version I uploaded is FAR FROM FINISHED so don't assume it's what the final version would be like. Yes. That...
Another thing is that there were suggestions of a sort from people about how I could make the game 'better' and so on which were too picky or something, and it sounded like the people giving them don't even like platformers ANYWAY *or* like certain platformers, have played few or no others, then dislike that mine isn't like the few or only one(s) that they've played... Like someone who's only played Mario then complains that Raider isn't like Mario, or something. Hmm.
If you don't much like platformers ANYWAY, then there's no real point suggesting things.

Oh! But here's something else that I remembered I was going to ask!
The influence for Raider is NES and SNES platformers that I used to play in my younger days and which I now play often with emulators, NOT things like 3D platformers, modern independent platformers, or Flash games.
BUT it seems that many people who play my games have much of their gaming experience from playing other Flash games, and that seems to affect peoples' expectations and impressions and so on.
What I want to ask is... can you think of any Flash platformers that you particularly liked, and link to them? I've played very few of them and probably only briefly then, so playing others for the sake of research would surely be useful to me.
It would also help if you could comment about what you do and don't like about the games you link to rather than merely linking to them.

Also remember that I am a one man development 'team', Raider is a SHORT project, and I am not trying to make the best platformer ever made. I'm just trying to make a game that might give some people a moderate amount of entertainment for a short while, as a way of distracting myself from my, uh, more WANTED projects...

Uh... I feel like I can't focus and that I'm rambling, so I'll stop typing now, I think. I'll probably try to write more on Sunday, maybe?
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Erektionsgehabe`s Avatar
Rating Orb Erektionsgehabe 28 Germany 1C 1F
7 years ago | (1)
Im very fond of the raider-episodes for what they are - simple and clean but tricky. To my knowledge its practically impossible to create a platformer which works that way for the todays mass-audience. Yes, most of the suggestions on how to improve that game appeared pointless to my eyes too - so please dont listen to them.
DetroitLionsFan`s Avatar
Rating Orb DetroitLionsFan 16 United States PhlegmaticSanguine 188C 99F
7 years ago | (2)
Hey, someone is rating all the comments here with a red orb. Whoever it is, please stop. Some of these posts are insightful and could really help Pseudo. Please give them the rating they deserve. (dang those trolls, down=rating everybody when Pseudo's not around. This is why we need mods!)
Tama Yoshi`s Avatar
Rating Orb Tama Yoshi 18 Canada PhlegmaticCholeric 68C 33F
7 years ago | (2)
I suppose that Pseudo, as the admin of this site, can change the ratings or something. Be it by the removal of the red orb or by the addition of a green one...
Lust4Blood`s Avatar
Rating Orb ! Lust4Blood 18 Venezuela CholericSanguine 11C 0F
7 years ago | (9)
Pseudo is full of smeg =D and everyone that answer to this comment is gay =P
necroramo`s Avatar
Rating Orb ! necroramo 18 United States CholericMelancholic 15C 201F
7 years ago | (5)
way to ban someone for being right, pseudo. i see you haven't changed at all
TrilobiteChamp`s Avatar
Rating Orb TrilobiteChamp 14 United States PhlegmaticCholeric 26C 29F
7 years ago | (4)
The wait for Mardek 3 is killing me, I can't wait for even a small update on the status of the game.
113milesprower`s Avatar
Rating Orb 113milesprower 17 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic 23C 4F
7 years ago | (6)
well one of my favorite flash developers other than you is lostvectors.com i don't know how to create a link at all but ya. He does all his games himself just like you and goes more for quality than quantity. most of his games are shooters though.
Anonymous Guest`s Avatar
Rating Orb Anonymous Guest 21 Hungary 23C 71F
7 years ago | (3)
My favourite flash platformer is N.
Here's the link to the download page: [LINK]
It's a download, but it's made in flash.
It's made of short but often insanely hard levels. The difficulty isn't that discouraging, because usually the player only looses a few tens of seconds of time when dieing.
It also has a level editor included, witch means that lots of user made content is available.
If anyone's interested, here's a link to the online level archive: [LINK]
aturtledoesbite`s Avatar
Rating Orb aturtledoesbite 15 United States PhlegmaticMelancholic 132C 35F
7 years ago | (5)
If you're exhausted from working on MARDEK and Raider, then why don't you give Beast Signer some love. It craves attention.
shadow`s Avatar
Rating Orb shadow 15 United States MelancholicCholeric 40C 5F
7 years ago | (3)
by far, my favorite is The Unfair Platformer, [LINK] sorry I can't do links...oh, and apart from that one, it's Raider one and two!! I really do like the super hardness, it makes it very satisfying to beat. oh, and in platformers, I think it is extremely (and I mean really extremely) annoying when your guy 'slides' on the floor after you stop pressing the movement button. If that makes sense? When it seems like there's less friction then there should be, and so when you move, and then stop pressing the arrow key, you take half a second or so to stop. I HATE that. So yeah, none of the other Raider games have it, I know, so don't put it on. Sorry, that's one of my pet peeves with platform games...
Raider Zero fan`s Avatar
Rating Orb Raider Zero fan 15 United States CholericSanguine 498C 371F
7 years ago | (3)
My favorite platformer (besides Raider Zero, of course!) is Commando [LINK] . It's simple, fun, interesting, and doesn't require much in the way of precise jumping or any of that, except at a few parts.
Lyzard`s Avatar
Rating Orb Lyzard 19 United States PhlegmaticCholeric 28C 64F
7 years ago | (5)
Mine would have to be The Unfair Platformer.

It is hard, fun, and of course, Unfair.

[LINK]
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