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Rating Orb Lyle, Peasant – joined 7 years ago Revert, Block, Ignore (And Other Troll Repellents)202.89.XXX.XXX6 years ago
I was watching a thread*, and I was disappointed to see band-wagoning down-rating on some trollish comments, even when it was specifically said before those posts that instead of giving attention, people should be going back to "revert, block, ignore". In theory the audience of this website has a greater chance of being successfully 'trolled' than others, due to a (probably) higher population of aspergers, etc, and people who have difficulty telling the difference between someone being serious and joking/trolling. What was interesting about that thread was that the first few responses WERE serious responses, as if the OP had a point worth discussing. Those posts were berating the OP for short, mispelled posts etc.

I'm tempted (not really) to suggest we should have some firedrills, where someone posts a trollish comment and then everyone else practices ignoring it... resisting the urge to take it seriously, or bandwagoning on the red orbs/attention giving. So that everyone knows what to do in the event of a real fire, uh, I mean trolling.


*Yeah, you know what one. (edit: and for that matter, the obvious troll comments on Pseudo's profile, c'mon guys....)
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Rating Orb Lyle, Peasant – joined 7 years ago dwarf fortress202.89.XXX.XXX6 years ago
Hey now, let's not be like that. There's no reason to say that just because this thread isn't about something DEEP and MEANINGFUL like RELIGION or PHILOSOPHY, that it shouldn't have been made. Sometimes it's possible to be overzealous about some things, y'know?

I also sort of disagree with you over the tileset and wiki - in general, for anyone who isn't used to ASCII graphics (ie, graphics that look like this [LINK] this picture shows the PC, who looks like an '@' symbol, in a foodstore buying food in a country village that has a lake in the middle), it's probably better to start off with a tileset, so you don't get put off by the way the game looks before you get into it. Also, I was very frustrated at the start by not really knowing how to do things - again, if you don't have much experience with rougelike games, probably best to follow a walkthrough until you know how to do basic things like build buildings, and be self-sustainable with food...
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Rating Orb Lyle, Peasant – joined 7 years ago Why I will spend five pounds on a meal, but not a game.202.89.XXX.XXX6 years ago
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Revenge of the Titans. I had several hours of fun with it.

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A good meal can make you feel good for hours


Sounds like they're both of equal value to me.
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Rating Orb Lyle, Peasant – joined 7 years ago Grr, People who hate America(ns)! (Or any other country, for that matter)202.89.XXX.XXX6 years ago
I think the US cops a lot of flak for how they're portrayed in the media.

I just want to note that every American I've met (in real life) has been a pretty cool, decent person.

The biggest turn off for me (and I suspect everyone else) was when Bush was in power, and he was doing the whole "you're either with us or against us" "pre-emptive strike" thing. Which really pushes buttons in psychology - for example, if I said to you "If you don't agree completely with me, you're my enemy, and I reserve the right to attack you before you've even done anything"... even if you did actually agreed completely with me before I said that, you're probably seriously considering disagreeing with me or punching me now as a matter of principle. And despite the fact that in general 49% of america always disagreed with him, the thing about politicians is that they represent the 'face' of the nation. Which is why people hate North Korea and (used to) hate Iraq, despite the fact that the majority of the citizens are decent, hardworking people who are simply trying to do the best they can with the cards they're dealt.

Understand that when Obama got elected, I forgave the 'US' for saying those things. It seems everyone in America hates Obama right now... I've got no idea why, I can't really follow the news/popular opinion closely over here. He still seems like a pretty cool guy to me.

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Something that annoys the hell out of me about people from the U.S.A is that you refer to your country as America. You are in North America which is a Continent, by saying you live in America you are basically saying you live in two Continents which is impossible. You live in the United States of America....not America

I um... Seriously, why does that bug you? Some things it's just better to let go, y'know?
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Rating Orb Lyle, Peasant – joined 7 years ago Would you work for them?202.89.XXX.XXX6 years ago
Oh okay. So you can choose to go with that job or you can go back to exactly what you were doing anyway.

I'm not going to talk about my personal circumstances, because I feel sometimes here, if your life's going well and you talk about it, you're kind of inferred to be bragging or something. So I'm just going to vaguely say that my personal circumstances are such that I am safely able to resist the temptation to work at the unethical company, under those conditions.

Just out of interest at the part in which you can't dob in the company to anyone who cares, and it will destroy your reputation (so let's assume that how it works is that whoever you report it to - the company president, auditor, police, government or media just happens to be in cahoots with the company, so reporting it backfires because they cover up your complaint and the company knows who snitched). I would report it anyway, destroying my reputation... because in my industry, this is actually a preferrable option to the alternative, which is that eventually, the corruption is uncovered by people who care, and you are named as a person who knew about it but didn't do anything/signed off on it and said LA LA LA. So if I was working there, I would report it, despite the risks, because the alternative of being uncovered as a colluder is much, much worse.
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Rating Orb Lyle, Peasant – joined 7 years ago dwarf fortress202.89.XXX.XXX6 years ago
The best bit at the start where it randomly generates a world is that it then 'ages' the world 1000 years. You get to see the years fly by while the game zooms in on particular towns and cities that have developed.

The game developer is seriously keen on making this a realistic, involved game, almost coding down to the atomic level. For example, suppose your dwarves get in a fight - there's no hit points or anything, if the attacking dwarf is lucky enough to strike the enemies' arm, the game calculates if the sword/strength of the swing was strong enough to cut through the cloth/armour... then if it was strong enough to pierce the skin... then if it was strong enough to sever muscles... bone... so getting hit with a sword on the arm can do anything from glance off your armour, give you a shallow cut, a gaping wound, or sever the limb completely...

What I enjoy the most is following his blog and reading some of the troubleshooting/bug reports he finds while making the game. Here are some exerpts.

(When he was testing necromancy/undead, which is a relatively new addition, not sure if it's in the game yet)
"My adventurer fought through around sixty zombies in the tower, killed the necromancer, learned the secrets of life and death, and then raised various limbs (not my own). Then I talked to one of them, and it told me that it was peasant. It was flattered but had no need of my services. I imagine its little fingers were shaped into the form of a mouth and they flapped back and forth while it spoke with a high-pitched voice. I guess there's still work to do."

(When implementing the doctor/surgery system)
"Today we wanted to see how the hospital zones worked out over there in a real fortress environment, so Zach took his fort and made a dwarf-dropping device. After a few false starts, we got a dwarf with a compound fracture in his left hand. One of the caretakers wanted to clean the dwarf off but kept dumping the water next to the dwarf, over and over. Once that was sorted out, surgery began. The dwarf Zach had selected didn't have any surgical experience. As I was watching, blood splattered on the walls and floor, and another dwarf ran over to diagnose the patient again, while the dabbling surgeon moved between repairing the compound fracture and trying to stop bleeding from malpractice. Eventually it was time to suture up the wound, and the dabbling surgeon did this... then again... then again... our poor patient had four sutures in his left wrist before I got the bug figured out. Bandaging worked out fine, but I had screwed up the meal requests for patients that can move under their own power, so while the patient was waiting for a splint to be constructed in the workshops the caretakers left him to die of thirst. I got the splint together just in time, the caretaker put it on correctly, and the patient jumped out of bed and ran to get a drink."
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Rating Orb Lyle, Peasant – joined 7 years ago Would you work for them?202.89.XXX.XXX6 years ago
This probably changes the rules of your hypothetical scenario, but it's really important to consider the alternatives. For example, if I choose not to work there, will I be able to find a job somewhere else? If the alternatives are literally 'work at this place or be unemployed, living on the streets, starving', I would take the job. You have to survive.

If there are other jobs available, I would be willing to take a pay cut to work at an ethical company. But I can only go so low. For example, suppose a solar panel power plant was offering me $50,000 to work there, I would accept, but much lower than that and I would have to consider the (evil) generic utility company again.

The bribery thing doesn't really have any impact on my decision. I mean, if you found out that your manager at work was giving out bribes so that people would create unethical reports, would you feel honour-bound to resign? Of course not. You blow the whistle (publicly or privately), turn him in, and then when he's been fired, you're working for a (less unethical) boss again.
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Rating Orb Lyle, Peasant – joined 7 years ago A request, and perhaps a discussion.202.89.XXX.XXX6 years ago
Pseudo did mention that Forum Games is unlikely to be included in the new site here [LINK] (word search 'forum games'). So that wording coming from Pseudo basically means that Forum Games is gone.

So yeah, looks like it's been resolved forever now.
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Rating Orb Lyle, Peasant – joined 7 years ago Flash Game DEVS202.89.XXX.XXX6 years ago
I like 'kupo707' (the guy that did the Epic Battle Fantasy series). I know not many people here liked EBF because it's sort of a competitor to Mardek, but I liked both of them equally. If anyone's particularly interested, kupo707 has a blog [LINK] and we'll get EBF4 sometime next year (I think).

Otherwise him and Psuedo are pretty much the only flash game guys I follow. I don't mind the Protector series and its spinoffs, but I'm a little frustrated that the graphics style hasn't really evolved and it's the same old sprites recycled over and over again, making it feel a bit samey. Same with the Nerdook franchise, I think it's great that he has so many ideas and different types and styles of games, but his art style frustrates me no end.



Unrelated, I think the ratings in this thread have been a little harsh. Guys, don't get into the habit of downrating someone either because they have a bad rating to begin with, or they're trying to encourage a bit of life in the forums. I mean, I'd honestly expect to see more than three posts about which flash game developers you like on the website of a flash game developer!
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Rating Orb Lyle, Peasant – joined 7 years ago The Wish Corruption thread just needs to be locked...202.89.XXX.XXX6 years ago
Considering it looks like we'll be switching over to the new website and starting afresh with a whole new EVERYTHING in less than a month, does it really matter? It's sort of like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic or something.
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