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  1. Depending on how long the game is, one thing that might work is to give bonuses for completing the game/playing the game with missing/damaged limbs for the next playthrough. So if you play through half the game while missing an arm, and die, when you restart the game you some bonus experience or something along those lines when you start out the next time. People then might not be so inclined to quit/reload since there's a benefit to playing with a handicap, but it doesn't have to be immediate to make it something that a player will do just for the benefit.
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    McCain picks Sarah Palin

    Quote:Original post by LessBread Quote:Original post by Kaisel Quote: Socialist Alaska! A part of the profits from the exploitation of Alaska's natural resources are paid back to the citizens of Alaska! Palin pushed a windfall profits tax on oil companies! Palin is the Hugo Chavez of the North!!! You have no idea how much this makes me laugh, not because I necessarily disagree with Alaska being rather socialist (like with the dividend and all), but because nearly all Alaskans are rather libertarian and would probably rather die than be called socialist. Actually, six or seven years ago, when I was still in high school, there was discussion of scrapping the dividend, and instead using the money to get more funding to schools. I don't think the talk was ever really serious, but you can bet that it wasn't particularly supported, since people like that free money for vacations, snowmachines, or college. As for Palin herself, I think she's a terrible vice president candidate, and has no business being there, but here absurdly high Alaskan approval rating is rather commendable since we hate everybody. Also kinda interesting to see my somewhat hometown in the news all the time now. I'm glad you're laughing because I meant it all in a very flip way. I don't think Alaska is socialist but paying oil dividends to citizens smacks of socialism. Looks like this is a banner year for Alaskans. Life in Alaska: This year's check to residents a record $2,069. The dividend, plus a one-time $1,200 "resource rebate" from the state, will be direct-deposited into the accounts of eligible Alaskans next Friday. Checks for the $3,269 will be mailed to those who asked for their payment that way during the week of Sept. 30, the state has said. Just in time for the election. Here's some follow up on Palin's penchant for book burning... Here's the story about Palin's book-banning try as mayor Quote: WASILLA -- Back in 1996, when she first became mayor, Sarah Palin asked the city librarian if she would be all right with censoring library books should she be asked to do so. According to news coverage at the time, the librarian said she would definitely not be all right with it. A few months later, the librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, got a letter from Palin telling her she was going to be fired. The censorship issue was not mentioned as a reason for the firing. The letter just said the new mayor felt Emmons didn't fully support her and had to go. Emmons had been city librarian for seven years and was well liked. After a wave of public support for her, Palin relented and let Emmons keep her job. ... In December 1996, Emmons told her hometown newspaper, the Frontiersman, that Palin three times asked her -- starting before she was sworn in -- about possibly removing objectionable books from the library if the need arose. Emmons told the Frontiersman she flatly refused to consider any kind of censorship. Emmons, now Mary Ellen Baker, is on vacation from her current job in Fairbanks and did not return e-mail or telephone messages left for her Wednesday. When the matter came up for the second time in October 1996, during a City Council meeting, Anne Kilkenny, a Wasilla housewife who often attends council meetings, was there. Like many Alaskans, Kilkenny calls the governor by her first name. "Sarah said to Mary Ellen, 'What would your response be if I asked you to remove some books from the collection?" Kilkenny said. "I was shocked. Mary Ellen sat up straight and said something along the line of, 'The books in the Wasilla Library collection were selected on the basis of national selection criteria for libraries of this size, and I would absolutely resist all efforts to ban books.'" Palin didn't mention specific books at that meeting, Kilkenny said. ... Four days before the exchange at the City Council, Emmons got a letter from Palin asking for her resignation. Similar letters went to police chief Irl Stambaugh, public works director Jack Felton and finance director Duane Dvorak. John Cooper, a fifth director, resigned after Palin eliminated his job overseeing the city museum. Palin told the Anchorage Daily News then that the letters were just a test of loyalty as she took on the mayor's job, which she'd won from three-term mayor John Stein in a hard-fought election. Stein had hired many of the department heads. Both Emmons and Stambaugh had publicly supported him against Palin. Emmons survived the loyalty test and a second one a few months later. She resigned in August 1999, two months before Palin was voted in for a second mayoral term. ... To be fair, the PFD comes out typically in October every year, so even if it hadn't come out early this year, it would still be in time for election. Personally, I wish that Alaska would take that money and invest it in an industry that could sustain the state besides oil and tourism, though the $3200 is gonna help me make rent payments. Though I figured the dividend might hurt the Republicans/Palin because it's only Alaska that gets the money, and it's essentially free money for the state. And off all the things that Palin has done, it's the book banning that pisses me off the most, I don't agree with her (or a lot of Republicans) on a lot of things, I can usually see them being somewhat genuine. The book banning is just vile.
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    McCain picks Sarah Palin

    Quote: Socialist Alaska! A part of the profits from the exploitation of Alaska's natural resources are paid back to the citizens of Alaska! Palin pushed a windfall profits tax on oil companies! Palin is the Hugo Chavez of the North!!! You have no idea how much this makes me laugh, not because I necessarily disagree with Alaska being rather socialist (like with the dividend and all), but because nearly all Alaskans are rather libertarian and would probably rather die than be called socialist. Actually, six or seven years ago, when I was still in high school, there was discussion of scrapping the dividend, and instead using the money to get more funding to schools. I don't think the talk was ever really serious, but you can bet that it wasn't particularly supported, since people like that free money for vacations, snowmachines, or college. As for Palin herself, I think she's a terrible vice president candidate, and has no business being there, but here absurdly high Alaskan approval rating is rather commendable since we hate everybody. Also kinda interesting to see my somewhat hometown in the news all the time now.
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    Xpert 11: Anyone up for a soccer match?

    I've been meaning to try this every time I see one of these threads pop up. Now seems as good a time as any.
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    My Life in 30 Seconds

    I was only a lurker when you actively posted, I'm glad you're back. It hasn't been the same since you've been away.
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    Need Ideas For 2D RPG

    Top-down action RPGs aren't boring, have you played Secret of Mana, Zelda, or any of the Ys games? I'm curious, how much experience do you have, and what's the scope of the RPG (how large?). Content in any of those is going to be the limiting factor, I think, so maybe an RPG isn't the best choice if it's your first time. And even a top down click-fest (like Diablo) could still be fun, as long as you have a variety of skills.
  7. Thanks for the feedback everyone, I'm glad the idea has some merit. I did get a bit of the idea from Persona 3 actually, but that still has combat and the whole saving the world bit. I'm glad that it looks like people would be able to get past the non-epic story.
  8. Imagine that you're playing a console style RPG, you know the type that was spawned from Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. As your character approaches, let's say, a desk, there's the patented pixellated transition screen (or screen blur, take your battle transition screen of choice) and your shown your character at a desk, with options such as "Read Chapter" in place of attack, and instead of your skill "Uberheal" you have "Study Break" to combat your exhaustion. Would a game that used RPG mechanics to model the sort of drudgery that a college student goes through be interesting enough to merit someone's attention? Would it be possible to take a lot of the things that console RPG players enjoy in their games and completely shift it to a different setting? Does the setting matter that much with the standard console RPG, or is the game just as fun in a setting where instead of battling dragons, you're studying for your math midterm? Granted, in this theoretical game I suppose the story would be very important, how your character interacts with others and whatnot. Sort of like making a normal sort of drama into a game. I suppose this boils down to a question of how much setting matters, but does the above sound even remotely interesting?
  9. I like the status effects for the most part, the idea of having to meticulously plan out a long trip, or staggering around, hoping to find some food because I didn't plan well enough sounds pretty appealing to me in a sense. Done right, I think your list is really good. The only worrisome thing I can see is the encumbered and over-encumbered status effects, not because they're bad, but more because it implies a limited inventory space, which might make juggling amount of food and water a little difficult. Though, if you can have pack animals to travel with you on long journeys to carry your stuff, then this is a bit of a moot point. Your sleepy status effect, I would change into more of a stamina type bar or something, it's a good status effect, but there's always the part where the heroes have to work through their exhaustion, and still do extraordinary things. Maybe there could be an adrenaline/exhaustion status effect, where sleepiness is negated for x seconds, but after it wears off, your character is exhausted, and must sleep.
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    Tribute to the dead

    Wow, I really liked that. Very unique, and very interesting. I was wondering though, why did you pick firstborn children to be given away as tax? Seems a little odd (just because it's common for the firstborn to have all the privileges) though it makes sense in an economic sort of way (guarantees that all couples who wish to have a kid get taxed).
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    Choice in Games

    I think probably the worst thing that Bioshock could have done is what they decided to do: make the two choices have pretty much equal outcomes. I haven't played the game yet, but if the approximate outcomes are the same, what point is there to choose the "evil" option, aside from the novelty of being evil. Leigh Alexander talks a bit about choices in games, with regards to Bioshock, and she chose to kill rather than save, due to a pragmatic reason, the immediate benefit was worth it, and that's a good bit of choice, but for someone who is pretty good first person shooters, there are less pragmatic reasons to choose to kill. I think I agree most with what Oluseyi said, there needs to be distinct consequences. It always bothers me in games when one choice is overwhelmingly the better choice (as it seems to be in Bioshock, if saving the girls gets you a better net reward, there's less incentive to kill them, aside from seeing what happens). Moral choices in a video game is a much more mixed bad, being "good" and being "evil" both cost something, but in video games it seems being "good" means a delayed reward, while being "evil" means getting an instant reward, of usually lesser value in the long run. That, for me, seems to be a poor way to make one choose a moral path, because of the numbers game. I think a better way to do morality, is to hide most of the changes, say in Bioshock, does killing on of the Little Girls make you an overwhelmingly evil person? The game seems to say that, "yes, it does", so if one event marks your character, it means all other choices after it are meaningless. Sorry about the disjointed rambling, I think this is an important topic, and one that sorely needs a lot of work on it.
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    Fishtank II (Updated, rules by request)

    I really like this uh, contest? I think it's a great thing for people without too much graphics programming experience as well, you have to move things around the screen and have some rudimentary AI, if I can find time around my classes, work, and personal projects I'll definitely work on this.
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    Craziness expected

    I just wanted to say that I think the headers are great! Are you going to be focusing mainly on Nintendo games with 'em, or just a variety of things?
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    First Post!

    Ah, procrastination, the bane of every game programmer. But welcome to Journal Land, I'll be watching your journal since I'm in the same boat (well kinda, I never planned on making money from any of my games) but I've told myself I would have a game made nearly every summer, and here I am, a year left of college, and still haven't finished a game. So, good luck!
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    Indie game design principles

    I think another strength of indie is that you can make a game in a genre that isn't considered profitable by the publishers, if it's well made people will be attracted to it, and you don't need to sell as much to turn a profit. And a lot of neglected genres (side scrollers being my favorite) still have a decent amount of fans. And speaking of rogue-likes, I want to eventually try to make a cross between a rogue-like and a traditional jRPG, I think it'd be interesting to see.
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