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1  General / Discuss! / Re: Something strange is afoot... on: August 31, 2018, 04:00:12 PM
I noticed the same thing regarding post counts on unknown users. The weird thing is that they can't just be deleted posts; I just made one myself on this thread to test that out. My post count went back down after I deleted it. So the posts can't have simply been removed by the users themselves.

I took a look at the members list and found the creators of a few indie games. They have custom ranks and post counts but no posts. This led me to believe that some of Derek Yu's game industry friends were using the forums to talk to each other, so perhaps direct messages contribute to post counts.

Then, I remembered something. What was the owner of the domain doing with other indie developers in the same timespan as the accounts' registrations? Developing UFO50. A quick look at the game's website revealed a few names that sounded familiar. Jon Perry? Paul Hubans? Et cetera? All contributors to UFO50.
This all tied back to my theory that this group of developers used the forums to talk to each other. But the question remained: why use this place, with its ancient forum engine, when Discord was so much more convenient? The forum ghosts probably got to them. I don't know.

As for the large number of guests, we've always had those. I think it's half search engines indexing the site, half defunct spambots from around 2015. Those were fun. At least they gave the place some activity.
2  General / Games / Re: What do you want in Spelunky 2? on: January 06, 2018, 01:20:26 AM
I'm not sure if this is worth anything to you, but there's still an active community on reddit at /r/spelunky, and there's a an active discord channel too. Most members there still play daily and we upload runs to mossranking. I expect you might already be a memeber, but if you're not you should definitely check it out Smiley
Oh! It somehow didn't occur to me that there is a Spelunky discord. I''ll probably join it sometime; thanks.
Regarding Reddit, I don't think it has the feeling of community that this place did, being a single subforum and all. I do lurk there for the content, though. There are some fun highlights.


To stay on topic, I'll say a few more things I'm hoping for in the sequel.

1 ) Returning characters. Even if they're all really old or something, it would be utterly heartbreaking to not see Little Suzie make a return.

2 ) Spelunkers with different abilities. In Spelunky Classic, you could play as the Tunnel Man, who had an indestructible mattock instead of a whip. On a similar note, it would be nice to have the Damsel as an unlockable character again.

3 ) Challenge rooms. They were a neato feature in Classic. 'Nuff said.

4 ) Online multiplayer. On LAN netplay between PS4 and PS Vita, the players had independent screens, which worked perfectly. Additionally, having independent screens could make large deathmatch maps a possibility.

5 ) Larger levels? It's a matter of personal preference, but I think levels should be 1.5-2x larger to support more exploration. Multiple paths through a given level would be a good add-on to this.

6 ) Remove the ghosting mechanic. It does add an additional risk to high score runs, but the tediousness far outweighs it. I rarely attempt the Daily Challenge because I know I don't stand a chance against the players who wait an extra minute after digging out all the gems in the level, then lure the lumbering ghost through the gems scattered all over. That's the second of the two flaws in the game design I mentioned in my first post.

7 ) A level editor.

8 ) Mod support in some form. Whether it's an engine open to gameplay modifications ( la Spelunky Classic) or some huge official resource like Skyrim's Creation Kit, it is without a doubt that mods increase a games longevity. People were playing Spelunky Classic even after HD came out because of fresh-dope mods such as Tastes Like Spelunky.
3  General / Games / Re: What do you want in Spelunky 2? on: January 02, 2018, 05:51:33 PM
I'm hoping for a wider range of top-tier items like the Jetpack, Shotgun, and Teleporter. One of the two flaws in Spelunky's game design I can think of is the quick obsolescence and relative uselessness of many items, such as the Web Gun, Machete, and Spring Shoes. More exotic items with late-game relevance would be great.

New ways to traverse would be welcome additions as well, especially if the player ascends instead of descending. I like the idea of wall jumping and swinging from ropes.

I am super excited. I don't have my own PS4, but this is literally amazing and I'd consider getting one soon (I'm about to graduate college so I'll maybe actually have time for games again).
On Derek Yu's tweet on the announcement, he mentioned that it would be on PC as well. Though, you may already know that and intend on getting a PS4 anyway. That is a good idea regardless; it has great exclusives. I recommend The Last of Us Remastered.

A forum that's active again, this used to be so much fun ;-;
Agreed. We had a small but quite active community until around 2013. Felt like everyone was friends. I'm almost positive Spelunky 2 will bring about something of a revival...
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