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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: October 20, 2015, 04:33:44 PM

Quote from: Punisher on October 20, 2015, 04:16:14 PM

Where is the unmasked Kylo Ren pic?

Here you go.

Tongue
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: October 20, 2015, 04:07:04 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 20, 2015, 02:01:09 PM

Quote from: Punisher on October 19, 2015, 07:28:45 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
Luke is missing.. Red Herring or is he Kylo Ren like some people think?

Spoiler for Hiden:
I know nothing about SW outside of the movies, but that was my first thought. He's the sith guy in this film.

Nope, Kylo Ren is not Luke. We've seen pictures of both, an official one where Kylo Ren was without his mask, and an unofficial one of Luke in his Jedi garb. I understand why people are jumping to the conclusion that they're doing, but it's just not the correct one.
123  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Who do Isis fear? on: October 20, 2015, 03:38:45 PM

Quote from: Arclight on October 20, 2015, 02:21:02 PM

We're told as many lies as the Russian people are.

No you are not. You seem to be living in some kind of bubble where you think the US and Russia are the only two nations on this planet. If you actually stuck your head outside and listened instead of just talking, you'd know that while there's tons of criticism to toss at the USA, it all pales in comparison to the cause for criticism towards Russia.

This isn't even worth debating. The facts are available to everyone. You'd have to have your head stuck in the sand to believe even a single word coming out of Putin's mouth these days. There are videos, photos, endless witness accounts, international reports from independent observers, and all other kinds of evidence against Russia in both Syria and Ukraine. Just because the UN and NATO have their hands tied for diplomatic reasons doesn't mean that Russia isn't doing anything wrong.

Do you really have this much of a need to be part of someone's propaganda machine? Whatever propaganda you face within your own country is harmless fun compared to what goes on in the country you seem to have designated as saintly. Wake up and do some bloody research before jumping into your fantasy world of conspiracies.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: October 20, 2015, 07:18:16 AM

Quote from: Canuck on October 20, 2015, 05:44:17 AM

Is OO down for anyone else or just me?

It's up, and I haven't noticed any downtime on it.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing through the Uncharted series for the first time on: October 20, 2015, 05:31:07 AM
The other games aren't the way you describe. Just power through it. It's definitely worth it in the end.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: October 20, 2015, 04:29:32 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on October 20, 2015, 03:22:33 AM

Great trailer. I'm a big fan of trailers that leave some mystery to the movie going in.

They've been very deliberate about it. I heard something about how the previous teasers hadn't shown anything that isn't in the first 1/3 of the film, and it doesn't look to me like the full trailer goes any further in. Just the way a good trailer should be for a franchise as familiar as this. We have the basic outline of a plot, but not enough to actually spoil it.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing through the Uncharted series for the first time on: October 20, 2015, 04:25:09 AM
The first game hasn't aged that well, but stick with it for the story. The second game is one of the best console games of the last generation.

I'm kind of surprised the story and characters aren't resonating with you though. I was pulled in from the start.
128  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Who do Isis fear? on: October 19, 2015, 04:08:53 PM

Quote from: Arclight on October 19, 2015, 12:47:09 PM

Last few days have certainly been revealing to me. Russia has apparently done more to stop the so called, Isis machine, than the US.

You mean by bombing cities where ISIS hasn't had a presence for months, but where, by pure random chance, rebels were holed up? Yeah, that'll show those ISIS guys, for sure!

Don't fool yourself into thinking ISIS is Russia's main target in this conflict. They're there to secure Assad's regime first and foremost. ISIS is a bonus they get to whenever they feel like it. Should ISIS fear them? Sure, because Russia doesn't give a shit who they're trampling all over with their war engine, unlike the US which actually does care about international conventions for the most part (with some notable and serious exceptions).

Russia outsmarted everyone else in the Syria conflict, of that there is no doubt. China scored brownie points too. I doubt the rest of the world will be as unprepared for their stunts the next time. ISIS, on the other hand, have plenty of time to dig their foxholes before Russia decides to deem them worthy of bombing.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 19, 2015, 08:36:12 AM
Surprisingly for such a long list, I'm not seeing anything I feel like buying right now. I might get Assassin's Creed after a few price drops, but I have no hope for that series any more. I've got more than enough to deal with in my backlog, not to mention Wasteland 2 Director's Cut that came out last week.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: October 14, 2015, 08:28:24 PM
I'm seeing lots of subtle changes to the game so far. The most surprising (and very welcome) one was the simplification of the valve quest in Highpool. That one was very fiddly before, but they removed the annoying parts and turned it into what appears to be a more straightforward dungeon crawl. Previously you had to let one of your party members stay behind, but not this time. It made the quest interesting, but it was kind of frustrating to have to deal with, so I can see why they removed it.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I will no longer grind for certain achievements. on: October 14, 2015, 07:29:22 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 14, 2015, 07:20:03 PM

This is really why I thought Mad Max was inferior to Mordor (last year's under the radar WB game). I enjoyed playing it, but expect I left at least 30% of the map undone because at some point it just became busywork.

Mordor has its fair share of incredibly annoying trophies too. Take that from someone who platinumed the game. I expressed my frustrations with a few of the trophies in the main thread for that game at the time.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you want a Resident Evil 7? on: October 14, 2015, 05:39:31 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 14, 2015, 05:17:59 PM

(can you imagine not having control over the camera?)

I can. I played through Revelations on the 3DS, and played a bunch of that extra mode in it too. Loved it.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I will no longer grind for certain achievements. on: October 14, 2015, 05:36:06 AM
I find myself limited in my trophy/achievement grinding simply by the fact that even the most single-player focused games seem to have some trophies that require a serious investment of time in a typically lackluster multiplayer mode, and I just don't do multiplayer. If a fun game comes out with realistically obtainable trophies that require no multiplayer, then I'm all over it like flies on shit. A rather apt comparison, if I have to say so myself.
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you want a Resident Evil 7? on: October 14, 2015, 05:33:26 AM
That's interesting. I seem to recall that the first Revelations received great reviews and great feedback from players, whereas the second game wasn't well liked at all. Everything I heard about it indicated that it had turned into a The Last of Us-wannabe, but that it didn't manage do a single one of the good things that The Last of Us did right.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: October 09, 2015, 08:23:38 PM
Yup. You should stay far away from Expert levels.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: October 06, 2015, 07:40:39 PM
I just hope it's not going to be another iteration of Ubisoft: The Game. Far Cry 4 is notorious at this, with an endless series of collectibles and mindless drudgery that can only barely be called "content", and the truly interesting missions and sidequests appearing only rarely. I just wish I could play a AAA Ubisoft game again without feeling as if I'm sitting there working my way through a glorified spreadsheet. Oh, and I'd be very happy if they stopped with the "something has to happen all the time, everywhere! Action! Action! ACTION!" Even if you stand still in FC4, some kind of "content" will pop up on your screen since the developers are scared witless over the fact that you might, just might, be bored.

And let's stop with the "every animal in the history of animals will attack humans on sight, and won't stop until death". It ended up a parody of itself in FC4, and I don't think that was intentional. I mean, has anyone here ever heard about an eagle repeatedly dive-bombing a grown human being? One who's firing at it with a loud weapon, even.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Has anyone played The Beginner's Guide? on: October 06, 2015, 04:33:49 AM
I played it and liked it. The nature of the game and the narrative within is such that it becomes really, really hard, if not impossible, to discuss it with any thoroughness without falling into the trap that the game apparently warns about.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/6) on: October 05, 2015, 04:29:21 AM
I want to buy Rock Band 4, but like with RB3, Europe seems to be treated like some disease-ridden bum. There's no way to buy the game yet, either digitally (it doesn't even show up on the PS Store) or physically. Heck, I can't even find a clear indication of release date. Some places say the 6th, while others say the 16th. Who knows if it'll even be possible to buy instruments around here? It was next to impossible with RB3.
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on: October 03, 2015, 06:22:17 PM
What's really insulting is the sheer lack of believability of these "campaigns". They're pretending to be crowdfunding campaigns without really offering anything, all because there's no accountability. How many pre-orders will lead to unlocking a specific tier? Who the hell knows! The real answer is: The tiers aren't set to unlock at certain amounts of pre-orders, but at certain points in time. What kind of marketing campaign would offer pre-order incentives where there's even the slightest risk that the customers will feel as if they aren't getting the full product because there weren't enough people pre-ordering, especially when there's no need at all to take these risks? No, these campaigns are carefully designed so that tiers will unlock when they're the most dramatically appropriate. Of course the final tier would end up unlocking a mere days before the game's release. This was never an honest competition. Such campaigns never are. They're 100% marketing.

But people seem to swallow this huge bluff. They swallow it hook, line, and sinker, and then ask for seconds.

I hate this whole "we're crowdfunding too, honest!" scheme, but if I were to set my personal distaste for the concept aside for a moment and look at what specifically caused the problems this time around, it's these two factors:

1) Deus Ex appeals to a more thoughtful audience than regular action games, an audience that mostly consists of actual gamers with some experience with publishers and their antics. Pulling the rug out from under this audience is tougher.
2) This is the big one: The campaign was built so that the customers would "choose" between two options at set tiers (another bluff, for the most part). The real faux pas here was that the publisher added the implication that no matter how well the campaign went, the customers would still "lose" something at these tiers. That kind of thing makes even the uninformed angry.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on: October 02, 2015, 04:24:56 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 01, 2015, 11:07:05 PM

I was never really sure why people were so up in arms about that preorder campaign when several similar ones have been done on Steam before.

Two wrongs do not make a right. Also, people not caring about one game doesn't mean they aren't allowed to care about other games.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Con Man - Alan Tudyk and Nathan Filiion on: September 28, 2015, 08:48:43 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 28, 2015, 08:45:26 PM

I'm assuming you were a backer, then?  The first three episodes won't be publicly available for another couple days.

Of course I'm a backer! biggrin
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Con Man - Alan Tudyk and Nathan Filiion on: September 28, 2015, 08:25:26 PM
Just watched the first 4 episodes, which together form what's essentially the first real episode when added together. It was very funny. Loved that Nolan North and Sean Astin both have much bigger roles than I had expected, and they're both killing it. Bonus chuckle for Casper Van Dien's recurring cameos. Tongue
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: September 27, 2015, 02:39:49 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 27, 2015, 01:47:20 PM

Oh, I have been waiting for this!!  Time to pop in a new HDD.

I actually ordered my second new HD for the PS4 yesterday. I've already got 1 TB, but I've decided to upgrade to 2 now that Rock Band 4 is coming out. RB3 took up a huge amount of space on my PS3, and I'm not about to walk unprepared into that again.
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: September 27, 2015, 10:48:50 AM

Quote from: EddieA on September 27, 2015, 09:43:35 AM

It looks like Sony has already increased the PS+ cloud storage for PS4.  All my save games are now in the cloud, and I have close to 2 GB worth.

Looks like you might be right. Just tested it myself, and got no errors after a few uploads. I've now enabled automatic uploads again.
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: September 25, 2015, 08:35:01 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 25, 2015, 07:34:57 PM

Iím surprised you didnít post your Yoshiís Day Out level.  I think that is one of your best.  My only problem with it was the Lakitu, which seemed strangely out of place in the level.

I actually did post the original version of it on the previous page, but I never mentioned that I made an updated version.

The Lakitu is there because what I really wanted to make was a Forest of Illusion level, and there were plenty of Lakitus in those. Too bad we haven't got the proper theme in Super Mario Maker yet.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: September 25, 2015, 06:08:01 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 25, 2015, 05:48:29 PM

Havenít uploaded anything in a while.  I always enjoyed secrets and branching paths in Mario levels, so this is my take on that.  See if you can find all five paths!

Three Hammer Keep
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That's a good level. Very long, but you compensated for it by keeping the challenge relatively low, and by offering frequent powerups for players who pay attention to their surroundings. It reminded me of Super Mario World in many ways.

Getting that flower at the very beginning was interesting too. It wasn't straightforward, and it required some precise and swift jumping.
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Cities: Skylines on: September 24, 2015, 03:11:15 PM
The first major expansion was released for this game today. It's called After Dark, and has both a free part and a paid part to it. The focus on this expansion is the introduction of a day/night cycle, which should change the game's dynamics pretty drastically. You can turn off the cycle at any time if you prefer the old style.

Here's an overview of what's free and what's not:



I know what I'm doing tonight! smile


148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 23, 2015, 08:12:20 PM
Two silly pictures that showed up in my Facebook feed:



149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: September 23, 2015, 07:52:43 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 23, 2015, 04:30:59 PM

I donít think Nintendo gave enough incentive for people to actually complete levels as opposed to just holding select to skip the level and getting the costume at the end.  A better solution would have been, instead of skipping the level and moving on, it replaces the current level with a different one.  That way you can still get out of levels that suck but still have to complete X amount.

That's exactly what the game does right now. You can't skip levels. You can just replace them with another one.

The biggest design fault in this game is something else you mention though: You get a costume for completing a bunch of levels. This encourages players to rush through levels as fast as possible, and makes them skip levels that aren't laughably easy or that aren't linear. Levels that are a straight line to the flag get loads of plays and stars, and thus appear more and more often in the 100 Mario Challenge.

There shouldn't have been any specific rewards for completing user-made levels. The levels in themselves should be the reward.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: September 23, 2015, 12:41:35 PM
Weird... While I have the same number of people playing my levels every day (about 15-20 per day in total, I'd say), none of them have been handing out stars over the last few days. I don't get it.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: September 20, 2015, 08:22:16 AM
Yay, 51 stars! With that, I can now upload 20 levels instead of just 10. Also, Spooky Secrets is now my most starred level, which is good to see since I still consider it to be my best.

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Also, I tried your Flappy Bird level.  NOOOOOPE.  icon_razz

Heh, I made the Flappy Bird comparison myself while making it, even though it wasn't an inspiration.
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: September 19, 2015, 11:02:00 AM
Tweaking and re-uploading Spooky Secrets did the trick. So far I've received 7 stars on the revised version, and the clear rate is very reasonable at 18%.

I'm currently at 44 stars received, and need only 6 more to get my 2nd medal, allowing me to upload another 10 levels. Since I've maxed out my currently available uploads, that's going to be very useful indeed. Stars are awarded much slower than I had expected, particularly considering how many medals you can theoretically get.

My two latest levels, and the last ones I'll upload until I get 50 stars:

Are You The Cape Master?
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This is my only pure gimmick level so far, and a response to certain comments that flying is too easy in Super Mario World. You're given a cape and are supposed to fly from the start to the end of the level in one go. If your flight is interrupted, you lose. It's currently got a clear rate of 6.25% with 32 attempts, and one of the two guys who completed it was so pleased that he even posted a drawing. smile This level would have been frustrating, except that each attempt only takes a few seconds. You're encouraged to keep trying until you've mastered flying.

Boarding the Bowser's Wrath
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This one shouldn't be too difficult. It's a New Super Mario Bros U level where you're boarding a single ship and spend the majority of your time deep within its bowels, until you emerge on the other side. This level features a couple of unusual tricks, including crushers and a method of traversal that I'm going to let you see for yourself instead of being told about it.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: September 18, 2015, 05:47:21 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 18, 2015, 05:09:14 AM

Quote from: TiLT on September 18, 2015, 04:33:33 AM


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Item Storing:  Again from Super Mario World, you had the option to keep a second power up in the top slot of the screen.  Anytime you took damage or at will, you could call down the power-up and it would give you a second wind in a difficult encounter.  Iíll never understand why they never used this system in any later games.  It gave you a reason to fully explore levels and allowed you to prepare for difficult encounters.

I think New Super Mario World has the same feature, actually. They probably see it as part of the World games' style.

I think you can use power ups from the world map in Mario U(similar to Mario 3) but I donít believe you can do it within the level, which is what I actually liked.  I remember there were certain maps in Mario World that were great for grabbing a couple capes before going to the next Castle level.  I miss that.

Sorry, I meant to say Super Mario 3D World above. It definitely allows you to save one extra powerup in the level you're in. Unlike Super Mario World, you can even trigger that extra powerup at will, without having to take damage first.
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: September 18, 2015, 04:33:33 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 17, 2015, 08:58:18 PM

One thing I noticed in your ďMario: OriginsĒ level is right at the end, itís impossible to get up onto the clouds if you are a small Mario.  One of the coins near the top turns solid and you have no way of breaking it. Being able to climb up but not get to the goal comes across as annoying. I assume you just misplaced a coin, or never thought someone would take damage in that part of the level.  icon_wink

I saw your comment about that, and it took me a while to realize what you meant. You probably climbed the coins towards the cloud by using the P-switch. That wasn't something I intended players to do, but it's maybe not worth reuploading the level over. You're supposed to fly along the path those coins make. The P-switch was meant for the stack of blocks to its right, but I can see why you'd think climbing the coins is the more obvious thing to do.

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Item Storing:  Again from Super Mario World, you had the option to keep a second power up in the top slot of the screen.  Anytime you took damage or at will, you could call down the power-up and it would give you a second wind in a difficult encounter.  Iíll never understand why they never used this system in any later games.  It gave you a reason to fully explore levels and allowed you to prepare for difficult encounters.

I think New Super Mario World has the same feature, actually. They probably see it as part of the World games' style.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: September 17, 2015, 07:39:09 PM
After about 30 attempts by random strangers at trying to complete my Spooky Secrets level, with not a single one of them making it (seriously, it was at 0% completion), I decided to delete it and upload a modified version. I did actually get starred a couple of times for the old one, but nobody had the patience to finish it.

Spooky Secrets v2
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I don't know exactly why people failed to finish this level, but I think it might be a combination of factors. It's not supposed to be difficult in a traditional way, but is more of a puzzle level (in the same way as in Super Mario World's ghost houses). Watching my brother play the level, I realized there were situations he died to far too often, so I removed almost all of the parts that could be challenging (even if I had littered mushrooms around them), including fully covering up the bottomless pit at the start of the level. I've also added arrows in a few places to help give the player an idea of what he's trying to accomplish. It's kind of strange to tone down the challenge in this way, but I never intended to have the player die while playing this level anyway.

It'll be interesting to see if this is enough. Dying in this level is going to be really hard to do now, but figuring out the trick is the real challenge.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: September 17, 2015, 05:54:43 PM
My latest creation:

Mario: Origins (for beginners)
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This is a Super Mario Bros 3 level where the idea was to create something that those players that are completely new to Mario can pick up and enjoy. There are no big challenges here, and no sudden threats that they won't be prepared for, beyond the basic threat of a rebounding Koopa shell. There are no bottomless pits for Mario to fall into. There's plenty of coins and powerups since new players typically love to pick up everything they see. Lots of reward and little threat, all in all. The inspiration was SMB3 level 1-1.

Most new Mario players are unable to run and jump at the same time, so I've designed the level to be entirely beatable without running. There's one part near the end where I encourage the player to try out running and then flying in order to get lots of bonuses, but that's all it is: A bonus.

I'm very curious how players will react to this level. I suspect that an easy but seemingly well designed level will receive more stars than one that is at a challenge level equal to the original Mario games, but we'll see.

Quote from: Lordnine on September 17, 2015, 05:27:33 AM

But anyways, new level, this time a bit more in the Fun Category.

Hammer Hills
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I love it! This is one of the best levels I've played in Super Mario Maker so far. You make great use of the Super Mario World theme as well as a level theme of your own, and you make it feel as if you're slowly climbing a big hill. You use one of my most hated enemies (hammer bros) in a way that works, unlike 99% of the other level creators out there. There's nothing I saw that punishes you for things you have no control over, and you encourage exploration by both rewarding it and by hinting that there's something nearby worth exploring. A well-deserved star. smile
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: September 17, 2015, 04:31:44 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 16, 2015, 10:51:08 PM

The thing that has amazes me most about Mario Make is discovering that people will go out of their way to die in the most baffling ways.  I get a kick out of looking up the death maps on my levels each day.  Itís like, I make a perfectly good path for people to walk on and instead they jump off the side into oblivion.

This is generally a sign that the level is confusing in some way, and that the way forward isn't clear. I'd guess the area as far right as you can get without opening doors is one such part, with people having jumped to their deaths. I did that, and it was because the level so far had trained me to expect it to be unfair and to try and trick me. I was expecting there to be a platform hidden just out of view, so I made a leap of faith.

We don't really have the luxury of external testers in a game like this, but in a regular development environment they'd probably catch players doing something like that and then add something to more clearly illustrate that you're not supposed to jump.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: September 16, 2015, 08:17:49 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 15, 2015, 08:28:10 PM

Having some fun with the effects.

Madness
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I liked my original version better, I had a custom sound effect of a demonic voice mocking Mario, but those canít be uploaded online.


I just got around to testing this. I hate to say it, but this was not an enjoyable level. It had way too many designs that reminded me of the fabled Asshole Mario stages, including invisible blocks that send you tumbling to your doom, a complete lack of mushrooms so that you'll die from the smallest of mistakes, enemy placement that punishes you for following the clues placed by the level (such as the section where you're running across multiple small gaps in the floor and run straight into a blooper), a door which will kill you instantly if you move after opening it, a gap in the roof that causes you to stop dead center above a lethal enemy if you do anything but the most subtle of jumps over it, and so on.

I'm curious though... was this intentional? Difficulty is incredibly (and I do mean incredibly) hard to observe on one's own creations, and the creator might be completely oblivious to things that could be frustrating to players (I'm guilty of this one myself).

I did give the level a star though, because I'm loyal like that. slywink
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: September 15, 2015, 06:36:17 PM
Today's level:

The Forgotten Fortress
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On the surface, this is a pretty straightforward castle level in the New Super Mario Bros U style, with a few simple tricks and situations that require you to think fast. It's not too challenging. I think it's the first level I've made that I finished in my first attempt when uploading it.

What makes it unique is that I created a less obvious speed run route, with enemies and objects carefully placed to allow you to maintain momentum forwards at all times if you do it all correctly. There's a short conveyor section in the middle, but if you pull off the speed run route correctly, you can skip right past it. There's no hidden secret to it. All you have to do is keep running while jumping at the right moments. Preparing my level for speed running was pretty damn difficult, not least because I had to actually pull off the jumps correctly myself, and multiple times too. I do believe it made the level tighter though, and it's something I'll definitely consider doing for future levels as well.

There's no way to record gameplay with the Wii U without special equipment, is there? I'd love to record a speed run of this level to prove that it's possible.

Edit: Just did the whole level in 27 seconds. I messed up a little at the end, so I think it should be possible to do in about 22-23 seconds.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: September 14, 2015, 08:36:28 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 14, 2015, 07:11:54 PM

Tilt, you REALLY like timing based jumping puzzles don't you?   Tongue

You mean the kind where I have enemies crawling around the platform you're jumping to/from, requiring that you keep moving? *shrug* Those are high intensity sections of my levels, where you're supposed to feel unsafe (without being in any major danger) until you reach safe ground again. I try to offset them with low intensity sections before and after, though I like to break the rules. The jumping section in Calamity Caverns was a product of my inexperience with level design for Mario, and I would have made some changes to it if I made it again now. I'll probably make a version 2 that doesn't feel so busy.

Essentially, I try to avoid creating levels where you just hold right and jump at the correct moments. I'm trying to capture some of the magic of the better level design from the Mario games, the levels that make you change your approach to things. This is one of the reasons why I have the conveyor returning you to the start of the level for a brief moment in Conveyor Castle, or why I have you crawl through tight passages, ducking to avoid spikes in Heart of Ice. If I can make something that feels fresh and isn't needlessly difficult, I've succeeded at some of my intentions at the very least.

I'm also trying to do these things without falling into the traps that the vast majority of level creators for Super Mario Maker seem to fall into. That means no enemy stacking so far in all my published levels, almost no enlarged enemies (I've only enlarged two, and they made perfect sense for the situation), and no cramped levels (except for in shorter parts of the level, such as in Heart of Ice). It's an interesting challenge.

Now if only I could gain some more stars. There's been a surprising lack of players trying my levels today, and even fewer of them have finished them. A few people have starred my levels without finishing them though, which is kind of funny. I've got 10 stars so far, but I need 50 before the upload limit is increased. You can initially only upload 10 levels, but this increases to 20 once you get 50 stars.

I'm sad that nobody has finished Spooky Secrets yet. That's by far the best level I've made, but I guess the few people who've tried it gave up once they realized the way forward wasn't immediately obvious.
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