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Posted by: NZs no.3 - 30-08-2018, 10:16 AM - Forum: Video Game Discussion - Replies (7)



just watch it CHRIST:

What we can take from this:

  • There are fucking mounts. Thats right, MOUNTS. YOU CAN RIDE A TURKEY, A DOG, A DINOSAUR?
  • This game is set on some sort of planet? Olmec home planet????
  • ghosts can freeze shop keepers?
  • The bow is back from the orginal version. and you can use it on the terrain
  • The way it introduces the characters its almost implying they have their own abilities. Just looks like items already in the game though to me


Derek Yu Wrote:PlayStation.Blog: So, first things first: What is Spelunky 2?
Derek Yu: Spelunky 2 is the sequel to the roguelike platformer Spelunky and takes place after the events of the original game. Since Spelunky 1 was released a lot of great roguelike-inspired games have come out and pushed the genre in cool new directions, but I think Spelunky is still very unique in terms of the freedom it offers the player and the way different elements interact, where one event can trigger a cascade of consequences that have to be dealt with. That’s something we’ve been building on – not just adding lots of new things (which we’re doing!), but also making the world feel even more interconnected. And that includes storytelling (both developer-created and player-created) as well as game mechanics.
PSB: I understand this game is very, very different from Spelunky 1 – why? What guided that decision? Why not be safe and just do another like he already did?
“The big question on my mind was ‘What makes Spelunky, Spelunky?'”
DY: At its core, Spelunky 2 is not too different, actually. My opinion about sequels is that they are extensions of the previous games, so I want fans of Spelunky 1 to jump in and feel like they’re playing a continuation, both storywise and mechanically. The big question on my mind was “What makes Spelunky, Spelunky?” I wanted to figure out what those ideas were and take them to their limit without anything getting in their way. Sometimes that means adding, sometimes that means remixing – it can also mean subverting expectations created by the original game.
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PSB: What will Spelunky fans “get” about the game right away? What’s similar? What’s different?
DY: I think they’ll immediately get into the flow of playing the game. Which is great, because with Spelunky 1 we had a hard time explaining that to people. Now that they get it, we can spend more time making the experience deeper and richer. There are a lot of differences that, when added up, really make the game feel different. For example, each level will have a second layer that you can go back and forth between. Sometimes the entrance is right there and sometimes it’s a hidden shortcut. Even though the gameplay is still 2D platforming, this adds a feeling of a third dimension to the exploration.
“Each level will have a second layer that you can go back and forth between.”
We’ve also added liquid physics that are really fun to play with – combined with the destructible terrain you get things like dynamic water or lavafalls that you have to deal with on each run. The world breathes more. And then there’s all the expected new areas, items, monsters, and traps. It really is a lot.
I’m still very much thinking about new players, though. But my philosophy has always been to attract new players by making the world more interesting and inviting instead of focusing on tutorials and things like that. Spelunky is still Spelunky and it will be very challenging – my hope is that new players will want to persevere because we made the effort worth it. Spelunky 2 will have very strong themes of family and friendship and I want new players to feel cared for even as we put tough obstacles in their way.
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PSB: Are the levels randomized? That’s super hard to do; what was the approach?
DY: The approach is the same as with Spelunky 1 where we generate a “safe” path to the exit using room templates. However, with new features like the second layer we’re finding lots of surprising new ways we can make random level design even more interesting. As I said before, it feels like there’s a new dimension to it. And BlitWorks is doing the programming on Spelunky 2 and has built tools for creating and testing levels that we didn’t have the resources to build the first time around. It’s been a lot of fun going back “into the lab” with our previous experience and a lot of new technology.
“The goal is not extending the game’s length but making the stories that emerge even more rich and personal.”
PSB: How is the flow/pace? How does that change when moving to this new gameplay style?
DY: To me it feels more fast-paced but also more expansive. I imagine that runs may take a little bit longer beginning to end, but the main goal is not extending the game’s length but making the stories that emerge even more rich and personal.
PSB: Is it safe to assume there will be lots of secrets?
DY: Oh, of course!

Source: https://blog.us.playstation.com/2018/08/...interview/


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  [split] Forum Game: The Crystal Mage Bitching
Posted by: Jargonion - 29-08-2018, 06:07 PM - Forum: Unrealpolitik - Replies (10)

Somebody help me

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  The The Da Vinci Code Code
Posted by: crispier taco - 29-08-2018, 04:43 PM - Forum: Everything Else - Replies (23)

The Da Vinci Code is the highest selling English language novel written in the last 50 years, if you exclude Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone. What makes The Da Vinci Code such a great sale? Accessibility? Controversy? Fast paced action? The dreamy heartthrob protagonists Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu?
It’s probably mostly the controversial conspiracy theory of the book that really got it so much attention, and as much as people like to slam it, there are a bunch of cool riddles and twists, and the pace of the book makes it a pretty great read.

So, I decided to try decipher the format of the book, and write my own detective thriller story.
That’s right, I’m going to crack the The Da Vinci Code code.
(Everything I have done is mired in caveats, premature rounding and general sloppiness, brace yourself)

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I decided not to included flashback scenes in any of the stats I collected because they were annoying. This is why Saunière only has one appearance (the prologue).

I counted 18 real characters in the book. There are maybe 2 named characters who are not included on this list because they only had one appearance and were not significant in the plot. There were also various (mostly police and catholic clergy) unnamed characters who aren’t worth mentioning either.
For each character, I figured out how many chapters they appeared in and which character archetype best described the character based on this website.
Although Robert Langdon was a mentor to Sophie Neveu, and Sophie was a hero in her own right, I just chose one primary archetype per character to keep it simple.
I also counted 18 “scenes”, one being “travelling somewhere” and another being “other”: all the scenes that only existed for a single chapter and weren’t really important to the story.
Instead of counting actual chapters here, I split chapters that occurred in multiple scenes. 13 chapters occurred in 2 different locations, 1 chapter occurred across 3 locations. In 16 “chapters” there was a telephone conversation.

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I categorised the locations into 8 types of location (including “travel” and “others”).
I also recorded events that occurred, grouped into 14 messy, unsatisfying categories:

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Show ContentIt's pretty terrible but also I'm amazing never doubt my genius:
This will give you a template for a best-selling detective-thriller novel. You’re welcome, I’ve given you all a fool-proof method to instant wealth and fame.

I'm going to write up a prototype bestseller detective thriller now, and post it here when it's complete. Ready your eyes to weep tears of joy about how great I am and how excellent this whole thing was

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  Steins Gate rewatch
Posted by: Oathy - 22-08-2018, 07:10 PM - Forum: Degenerates - Replies (3)

Anyone keen?

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  Toastie Picklegate
Posted by: crispier taco - 22-08-2018, 10:50 AM - Forum: Everything Else - Replies (8)

This article on The Spinoff gives us two commercial toasties recipes used by cafes in Auckland and Wellington.

Interestingly, they both use pickles in their toastie recipes
also interestingly, they both use the exact same brand of pickle
and suspiciously, they use the exact same flavour of this brand of pickle

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what is it about these pickles that make them so suitable for good cheese sandwiches?

But also, who the fuck puts pickles in their toasties anyway? Everytime I do they get far too hot and burn off the roof of my mouth. Is this standard practice?

Where does "sweet and spicy" get off as being the best pairing for cheese?
At first I went to their site to get answers and found you could buy four jars of pickles for $40, or 12 jars for $99. I guess they primarily target commercial suppliers and real pickle enthusiasts? But then I found out they are also sold at other places so I think in time I will go find some and inspect the labels and the flavours carefully.

Do you put pickles in your cheese sandwiches? Do some pickle flavours clearly lend themselves to the flavour of cheese? Does this shadowy pickle distributor make you feel suspicious, uneasy? Have you ever ordered a cheese toasty at a cafe??

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  Birthday cunt
Posted by: NZs no.3 - 21-08-2018, 09:22 AM - Forum: Everything Else - Replies (4)

Aight who is it?

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Who's birthday is it, and why did you hide it from us?


Don't make me use my admin powers to TRACK YOU DOWN AND FIND OUT



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  Forum is Top Dog
Posted by: NZs no.3 - 20-08-2018, 09:18 PM - Forum: TVGF Discussion - Replies (11)

But what colour is Top Dog? Current the colour is FLAME

Cast your votes bois

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Exclamation TOP is back in utero
Posted by: crispier taco - 20-08-2018, 09:38 AM - Forum: Unrealpolitik - Replies (12)

Geoff Simmonds Wrote:The Opportunities Party (TOP) is alive and kicking, and I want to thank you for the part you've played in that.

Now it’s time for us all to step up.

I will be taking over as Interim Leader. The other Board members are Timaru’s Olly Wilson and Wellington’s Paddy Plunket.

Kind of hoping against hope that Geoff will remain leader of TOP. Excited to see this survived abortion, here's hoping it makes it to term and eats its veges and becomes a big strong boy that all mothers can be proud of

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  Property Tax
Posted by: Kalazarc - 16-08-2018, 10:57 PM - Forum: Unrealpolitik - Replies (26)

Should we tax property? I think so.

Seems to me one of the biggest problems facing New Zealand (and most of the rest of the world) is wealth inequality. In NZ the top 1% owns 22% of the total wealth (inc. assets, savings, investments, debts etc), the top 20% own 49% of the wealth.

The way the NZ economy is set up, most of this wealth is tied up in property. So maybe we should tax it?

I don't have an issue with rich people, but as a general rule the percentage a person's wealth that is fed back into the economy is inversely proportional to their total wealth. Poor people have to spend 100% of their income to get by (which is largely spent in local shops etc), rich people have to spend very little of their income to get by, and a large portion of what they spend is overseas (travel, investment, online shopping etc). Having uber rich people ties a lot of our country's wealth up, which I feel must stagnate our economy. The "trickle down" effect has well and truly been disproved at this point.

So, how do we get this 49% of our country's wealth to start flowing again? I reckon property might help. Thoughts?

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Music free speech concerns in USA and NZ ?
Posted by: crispier taco - 12-08-2018, 08:28 PM - Forum: Unrealpolitik - Replies (9)

skip to 2:30

you probably only need to listen up from 2:30 to 3:30 for what I'm going on
I'm not especially sympathetic to the alt-right, but I'm not sure how I feel about these people getting so censored, or companies like Paypal apparently banning users for political reasons?

any thoughts anybody?
I feel like we could tie this into the free speech issues in NZ recently (Molyneux,Southern being deplatformed, Don Brash being uninvited to a Massey Uni event), but I haven't really done any real reading on that either haha

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  metal gear solid
Posted by: ████ - 09-08-2018, 08:53 PM - Forum: Video Game Discussion - Replies (1)

is there any way metal gear solid could make a good movie? is it wrong to have any faith in video game movies?

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  phat games
Posted by: ████ - 09-08-2018, 03:44 AM - Forum: Video Game Discussion - Replies (9)

DOOM is 80 gbs. Tekken 7 is 80 gbs. I want to buy DOOM, but there's actually not enough space on my harddrive for it. wtf, it feels like I'm using a console or something. 240gb SSD on a modernish laptop and it's a real concern when buying games. what is this. On-jail-crazy-rabbit-emoticon

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