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Bio Hazard
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Post by Bio Hazard »

where are all the most recent versions of all the maps? im going to a LAN party on saturday and i want to get a big co-op test going (not to mention just show off ZDoom to those weak CSers :) )

what tormentor did for the part1 files would be great!
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Post by Risen »

After some discussion, Bio and I have realized that with this new intermission and stat tracking comes a whole new set of possibilities:

Performance rewards.

I was considering putting in something after you finish M8 to the effect of commendations for excellence, but Bio has come up with another idea: rewarding the player with actual items as you go along. Perhaps you got 100% kills and under par time in maps 1-7, the player could be awarded a weapon for map 8.

Thoughts?
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Post by SirTimberWolf »

Mayhaps collecting 'parts' to a special weapon over the episode...
Like 100% kills or something nets you a peice of omgsuperweapon
collect all 7 for the final showdown...
*shrugs*
It sounds like a cool little bit that would add some replay value
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Post by Kirby »

Risen wrote:After some discussion, Bio and I have realized that with this new intermission and stat tracking comes a whole new set of possibilities:

Performance rewards.

I was considering putting in something after you finish M8 to the effect of commendations for excellence, but Bio has come up with another idea: rewarding the player with actual items as you go along. Perhaps you got 100% kills and under par time in maps 1-7, the player could be awarded a weapon for map 8.

Thoughts?
Sounds like quake 3 for ps2. I like the idea, but what kind of rewards? The player can get most of the weapons before getting to M8 anyways. I like sirtimberwolfs suggestion better, but it sounds more complex, and someone would have to do the gun sprites, projectile sprites, etc.
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Post by SirTimberWolf »

not if the gun was something that had already been done (the unmaker comes to mind...)
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Post by Chris »

Hmm.. on that same token, it could be something to make an existing weapon stronger (much like the artifacts make the unmaker stronger). Like for every level you get 100% kills in, some "unholy" weapon you have becomes a touch stronger.

Or conversly, you could have doing good make the rest of the game harder. Like if you get a lot of kills, monsters become stronger and/or come in greater numbers, or if you do the levels fast, you start moving slower. That would make speed and kill runs much more interesting..
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Post by NiGHTMARE »

I don't think you should be punished for doing well.
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Post by Chris »

I don't consider it punishment. I consider it a bigger challenge, which would enhance replay value (after all, even if you can beat it on the highest difficulty setting, you can still make the game harder by doing better) which would be a reward.
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Post by NiGHTMARE »

Reducing player stats certainly sounds like a punishment to me.
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Post by Bio Hazard »

just imagine all the easter eggs i can plant into the credits sequence by looking at stats :)
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Post by cyber-menace »

Yeah, and I can just imagine the extra time it's going to take to release this now...
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Post by NiGHTMARE »

Why? It's not as if Risen/Biohazard's work will affect anyone else's mapping time.
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Post by Risen »

Adjusting the difficulty of the maps based on how well the player did is possible, but that would take a much greater amount of time to pull off. It's not a new idea; did you know that even Super Mario Bros. (for the NES) did this?

Right now it's still all my work, but Bio has been helping me considerably with logic, code fragments, and idea generation. He's still working on M9.

Pardon the terrible analogy, but I always wondered if rewarding good players by making things asier was a bit like "tax cuts for the rich." They don't really need it to be easier, they're good enough anyway. Something that rewards them but doesn't affect the gameplay itself is better. Generally secret characters/level fill this role, but we're limited in creating those types of rewards.
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Post by NiGHTMARE »

Perhaps there could be a small "E1M0" level you start the episode in (the dropship perhaps?), which contains various computer consoles. These consoles would do some of the things mentioned above - alter player speed, number of enemies, add bonus weapons to certain maps, etc.

To activate them, you need to insert codes, which are rewarded to you during your previous play(s) through the episode for various things. It would certainly increase replayability :).
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Post by ellmo »

Man. I'm really happy those two weeks have been extended. I was afraid to ask, but I was in desperate need of somemore time also. Having 2 more weeks - gonna surely do it on time. I'm sorry, but Real Life's killing me. Killing me hard...

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