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Balancing The Points To Encourage Teamwork in PvZ:GW

July 28, 2014

keep-calm-and-ptfoI play PvZ:GW every chance I get, whether others are on and playing or not.  I haven’t been so enamored with a game since BF:BC2.  As I am currently bound to my desk, I checked out the official EA forums and it would appear that 1) there are very few people commenting which means new posts/comments stick out, 2) Popcap is reading and responding to feedback.  I believe it is not a futile exercise to offer some feedback on the scoring system as regards the Gardens and Graveyards gametype.  Therefore, I am compiling a list of actions and current points awarded for the purpose of suggesting alternate values that would more greatly encourage teamwork, or at the very least, reward those who are PTFO.  When complete, I plan to post it on the forums, and ask someone to link to it on Twitter.  Your help is greatly appreciated.  :D

Special considerations:  The current range of points scored in a given match cannot be greatly altered.  That is, any overall inflation is unacceptable due to coins having real monetary value, sticker packs having a fixed price, and gamer’s “savings” ;) .

After taking the time to list the actions/points, I realized that there are only three areas that need tweaking.

Action  –  Current Points  –  Suggested Points  (Rational)

  • Vanquish  Streak – 25 +  25, 50, 75 and then 175 per – Cap at 25 bonus points per additional kill (The current scoring is detrimental to Objective gaming because it greatly encourages staying alive and distance killing from outside the deadly garden.)
  • Garden Capture –  10 per 3 seconds? –  10 points per 1 second  (The time necessary to receive points must be shortened because life in the garden is short.  The points must be increased because presence in the Garden, regardless of Plants to Zombies ratio, is essential to winning the game.)
  • Garden Defense When Zombies in Garden  – zero – 10 points per 1 seconds (This must match the Zombies, and is only awarded when defending Plant and attacking Zombies are actually in the garden.  Regardless of Plants to Zombie ratio, if a Plant is in the garden at the same time as a Zombie, defense points must be awarded because it is stopping or slowing the Graveyard progress.)

Zombies tend to score higher per round than the Plants.  Part of that is due to the 250 point awards for special support objectives in the finale rounds (eg., Wall-Nut launcher, Flak Flowers etc.).  To even this disparity, the Plants should receive greater points for actions in finale directly related to the Objective.  The following suggestions might require more programming and not just value tweaks, but the impact would be significant and positive.

  • Defending Golf-Bomb  –  25  for elimination of last Zombies pushing Golf Ball  –  50 per Vanquish of Zombie On Golf-Bomb
  • Defending Mansion Doors/Sunflower/Tactical Cuke  –  any?  –   50 additional points per Vanquish on the front steps or within the pavilions.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

July 27, 2014

The Road Warrior, as it was titled in North America, wasn’t a feel good movie.  It was a brutal exercise in nihilism.  It was, however, highly influential and viewers were entertainedHappy Feet 1 and 2 director George Miller, who made the first three Mad Max movies, picks up the reins again to bring us a fourth.  Whether it is a sequel, or just another adventure in Max’s desolate life, is as irrelevant as it is unclear. This a modern day chariot race for water, gasoline, and the pleasure of bloodletting.  That’s all.  The trailer actually made me wince.  Oh, and Fury Road has more beautiful women than a Bond movie.  While easy on the eyes, they are as distracting and inappropriate as a fart in a buffet line.

For those who cannot wait until May 2015 for a film fix, feel free to check out Guardians of the Galaxy.  According to Harry, “everything about this film kicks AVENGERS’ teeth in.”  Trailer after the jump.

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The NVidia Shield Gaming Tablet

July 23, 2014

Getting and using the Kindle Fire HD (8.9) has been a wonderful learning experience.  It is a great little tablet, but extremely limited in what it can do, especially as regards software.  The Kindle store provides probably less than 0.01 percent of the applications available to regular flavor Android users.  It is intensely frustrating.  If, in the next two years, I have the cash to buy another computer, this will be a solid candidate. I have bolded the text of the features I find particularly enticing.

Hit the jump for the specs.

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PvZ:GW – Stranded Review

July 21, 2014

A number of us have been having a riot playing Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. The above video shows Cornie, and other Stranded if you look closely, going on a defensive tear halting the enemy’s push to deliver the Golf Ball bomb. In the end, the enemy was stopped just inches from the finish line (cropped for brevity’s sake). Having played both sides of the objective, I am amazed at how many times the bomb gets stopped just before the finish line. It is incredible game design, actually: a meter longer and no team would make it, a meter shorter and they would make it all the time.

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Word Crimes: You Should Hire Some Cunning Linguist

July 18, 2014

Most of this one just had me nodding in agreement, but that one line had me laughing out loud in the library! (LOLITL)

I love Weird Al.

And hit the jump for “Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me” Bwahahahaha!
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Pinball FX2 Coming To The One!

July 16, 2014

Under the heading “Next Gen“, the good news is that Pinball FX2 is coming to Xbox One July 31st. The bad news is that Microsoft has apparently made it impossible to bring over any data/privileges at all from the 360. I don’t care about the ‘chevos, or even my intimidating high scores, :D but I do wish I had access to a couple of my favorite tables like Earth Defense, Secrets of the Deep, and World War Hulk without having to rebuy them. Fortunately, there are still some packs that I haven’t purchased, and some sweet titles for release in the very near future. Also, aside from the principle behind it, what is 3 bucks for literally tens (if not hundreds) of hours of gaming?

One of the first tables I will buy is The Walking Dead.

Hit the jump for the faq from their forums.

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Unbroken

July 14, 2014
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Even amongst so many movie posts lately, this gets its own post because Kenai actually knows this fellow.

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