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By: Hobbes on 10 Apr 2009
Rating: 5.00 in 7 votes
Status: rate | *In Roadmap*
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Spam/fight zone

Hey peoples I just thought I'd make this for anyone who wants to have spam wars (you know like "I push you into lava" and "Well I save myself from the lava and toast you with my laser blaster"). Please use this instead of other peoples suggestions.

Thank you.
Roadmapped by steve (done)


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14 Jul 2014 [comment_44218]
good to see you Hobbes

8 Sep 2014 [comment_44309]
Well, it just so happens that I don't have enough funds to invest into entrepreneurism and studies continue. I think the next two weeks will be extremely hectic on my end, but I'm very excited on getting to fine-tune and update my maps after that, especially now that there is some actual statistical data available.

I guess I'll be around in two weeks, unless I decide on procrastinating through them! :)

11 Sep 2014 [comment_44310]
Thanks for the update - if it wasn't right to do the business then it wasn't. Good job on finding that out now rather than the seven years it took me to realise it. :)

15 Sep 2014 [comment_44311]
I'll still recommend the book four hour workweek to anyone who is intrigued by the title. :P

18 Sep 2014 [comment_44312]
Hewwo cuties ^.^

I've been doing pretty well lately~ I'm in university now, studying economics, which is going great so far :D

Wow, everything I ever did here as a kid is now rather supremely embarrassing...

Anyway, I'm still really immature and annoying :3

18 Sep 2014 [comment_44313]
Ok good to know!

20 Sep 2014 [comment_44314]

I've been stalking your ascends on AI:TG occasionally, it's pretty interesting :D

Good luck with your studies ^^

In other news, one of my fellow students recognized the name Merlin's Revenge - now if I only can get him interested :D

I also tried playing the Temple of Elemental Evil, one of the better Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 videogame; but alas, my attempts were foiled. Out of 11 tries, I only managed to get past the tutorial fight twice! Sounds like my type of game :P
Apparently the mystical space-age machine took us to a different planet entirely, seeing how this "Berlin" is inhabited by the Zoll people.

21 Sep 2014 [comment_44315]
After a bit of checking and readjustment, one of my maps is almost done, apart from some adjustment and balancing! It's not really my map, but you'll see that it's definitely interesting! Since the weekdays will probably be hectic enough, I'm looking forward to getting this released next weekend or the week after that.

I have a couple of other nearly-finished maps as well, but I doubt I'll get them done quite yet. Adjusting the difficulty of Descent into Darkness takes higher priority, seeing how most players can't get to even see the latter half of the map!

25 Sep 2014 [comment_44316]

How do you delete save data on Mr open so
when you die you go back to the beginning?

27 Sep 2014 [comment_44317]
There should be a prefs folder somewhere.

27 Sep 2014 [comment_44318]
OK Thanks.

28 Sep 2014 [comment_44319]
Merlin Created doesn't exist in the suggestion list :c

29 Sep 2014 [comment_44322]
you found it - merlin_c is merlin created

1 Oct 2014 [comment_44324]
I input it manually, it's not actually in the dropdown menus or suggestion filtering.

1 Oct 2014 [comment_44325]
Not that it matters too much, of course. It's not like people actually make suggestions here after all :D

I'm still kinda imagining a system where the website could parse through merlin_c suggestions and create a list of maps automatically or something, with the editors available online...

...But I suppose that won't be happening anytime soon, and it doesn't look like there will be dozens of new maps daily :)

Would you like it that way, though? Loads of user-made content and an automatic manager and stuff? I think that's how I imagined MR6/7 to be like back in the day :)

4 Oct 2014 [comment_44330]
Absolutely! That is exactly what I would like :)

6 Nov 2014 [comment_44347]
I'm back again, and I'll probably be lurking around from time to time. How is everyone?

6 Nov 2014 [comment_44348]
Yay! Welcome back! :D

I think most of us are doing well, if not a little busy. Unexpectedly, even I have stuff to do - perhaps this will open perspective to how grown-ups are constantly wishing for free time, eh?

I can highly recommend trying Merlin Created out - it's finally possible to play user-made maps online! <3

6 Nov 2014 [comment_44349]
I'm doing fine still making my maps one by one.

10 Nov 2014 [comment_44350]
Doing good too thanks Hobbes. Still wishing for free time! Glad you're back:)

25 Nov 2014 [comment_44351]
Anybody been busy recently?

30 Nov 2014 [comment_44352]
I've been busy with various school projects ;__;

Just finished up an RSS parser, and next up is a refactoring exercise... It's pretty interesting though :)

1 Dec 2014 [comment_44353]
Okay Did you all have a nice thanksgiving?

3 Dec 2014 [comment_44354]
Thanksgiving, in fact, doesn't really exist as a tradition here in Finland. Actually, as far as I know, it's only celebrated in the US and Canada. According to Wikipedia, the roots are in harvest festivals and the like...

...But we all know that like Christmas, it's not so much about the traditional stuff nowadays. Instead, it's a major opportunity for increasing sales, and seems like peoples' purses aren't quite tight enough to resist something like Black Friday :)

3 Dec 2014 [comment_44355]
yeah I thought about two minutes after I posted that 'I wish I said If you celebrate it'

Also Finland Explains why you posted Your comment the Third of December and its still the second for me :D

4 Dec 2014 [comment_44356]
Actually, the server time is adjusted to the UTC timezone. It's ahead of the US time by some 6-8 hours or so, but Finland's is still two hours ahead of that :)

Are you be looking forward to Christmas?

4 Dec 2014 [comment_44357]
Oh... That time explains so much :O

Anyways Christmas It's Okay,
I think most people get a bit too worked up about it though.

13 Dec 2014 [comment_44358]
I must be getting old. I find myself looking forward more to the family being around than the pressies these days.

Do you guys get the mad rush on certain toys in your counties too? You can't get a Ninky Nonk here in Ireland for love nor money lol

23 Dec 2014 [comment_44359]
Finland is small-ish (less than 6 million inhabitants!), so I don't think the craze would be so big... Turns out though, that most shops' shelves are currently completely empty and the lines in post offices for last-minute wellwishing are huge. Of course, it's nothing at all compared to waiting 3 hours for a rollercoaster ride in Japan, but like, normally people don't use the post offices around here at all - as expected, I suppose.

I'm understanding the "being with family" side more than ever myself, even though I still don't really consider it all that big of a deal. I guess people just aren't made for figuring the important things out before they're gone.

Barely passed all of my finals for the courses I left midway in spring, which is pretty neat. It came with the cost of having to do some network theory and digital media related exercises before the year ends, but overall I feel like this autumn went pretty well studying-wise. :)

Still going on with the debate of working early vs working later - my lifestyle is fairly frugal so studying seems kinda pointless career-wise at this point, compared to all the things I'd like to use more of my time on currently. But then again, I guess a degree is kind of like insurance for the future - you might never know when you'll need it but be glad you do (笑)

30 Dec 2014 [comment_44360]
I was pretty frugal as well when I was younger. Having kids in Ireland means I have about the same amount of disposable income now as when I was a student (virtually none lol). It's good to be able to get by on little cash because it frees you up to make choices based on other criteria.

As for the degree - it helps. It basically means you don't have to work as hard to convince an employer that you know what you're doing. That said, not having a degree can show that you're a self starter willing to learn things off your own initiative etc. So it really just depends how you spin it. I don't have a cs degree and I'm sort of proud to have got into the industry without one. I'd probably be higher up than I am if I done things in a more straightforward way but who wants to be straightforward?

1 Jan 2015 [comment_44361]
Happy New Year everyone!!

1 Jan 2015 [comment_44362]
Happy New Years To Everyone!

3 Jan 2015 [comment_44363]
Happy New Year!!! First log on of 2015

9 Jan 2015 [comment_44364]
Happy belated New Year from here too!

And as always, thanks to Super_merlin and Steve for updating the copyright notice... lol

Here's a great show about game design:

12 Jan 2015 [comment_44365]
cool video - this is definitely one area that MR has room for improvement

31 Jan 2015 [comment_44366]
Megaman4ever: Not a problem :)

I'm now a senior in high school, desperately waiting for April to tell me where I'll be going to college. I hope everyone's doing well.

31 Jan 2015 [comment_44367]
I just tried reading this thread from the top. I was definitely twelve years old, lol.

31 Jan 2015 [comment_44368]
I last attempted such a thing around a year ago... Truly a trial for one's sanity.

31 Jan 2015 [comment_44369]

1 Feb 2015 [comment_44371]
It's so cool to hear how the twelve year olds who played this game are now going to college. When I made the games I was 26-29 I think. I didn't actually intend them to be for "kids" I thought they would appeal to other people like me who were bored at work and wanted effectively an Amiga game in a browser. I guess they actually DID appeal to people like me just younger versions. I'Be just turned 40 this year, got a young family and a career that seems to be progressing nicely. But this site is always on the list to "return to when I get a chance".

1 Feb 2015 [comment_44372]
Back when sites like Bonus, sess and ArcadeTown were around, and Random Thoughts was still a big deal, the young "gaming generation" didn't have much of a choice on the internet, while at the same time the amount of games was often overwhelming. However, most free online games lacked quality or polish, and in such an enviroment MR1 really stood out in being novel and most importantly fun.

At least, that's the kind of impression I have. It's also very highly likely that I just didn't know where to look, but as I recall, back then homepages were all the rage and most of the current big communities were just starting out.

1 Feb 2015 [comment_44375]
That's my memory too. There was no Facebook or even MySpace back then. Online games tended to be quite limited and I reme thinking I wanted to make a "proper" game. However things have moved on a lot since then and the quality of modern online games is staggering to me.

1 Feb 2015 [comment_44376]
Especially with the advent of HTML5 and Unity, some really amazing things have been coming forth in the realm of online gaming, huh. The extent to which social gaming has grown into is also very commendable, even though they generally copy each other and often lack depth.

I recently checked out Ludum Dare, and was kinda surprised to find that many games are made using Game Maker. I recall that Yo Yo Games bought it, but looks like there's a possibility to compile Game Maker games into HTML5 now... Sounds pretty nifty. Sure, there are a bunch of game development libraries for traditional programming as well, but GM always astonished me with how powerful and quick to use its simple drag-and-drop design is.

1 Feb 2015 [comment_44377]
If I remember right, I was actually nine when I first stumbled on MR on Bonus. I failed miserably at the first one, but MR2 was absolutely fantastic. I waited until I got an email account when I entered sixth grade to make an account, but before then, I was always super excited to get to a computer after school each Friday to see the Big Friday Update.

2 Feb 2015 [comment_44378]
It's Fun to remember such times as those which have passed so quickly.

17 Feb 2015 [comment_44383]
> It's so cool to hear how the twelve year olds who played this game are now going to college

Graduating, actually!

... and I think I'm going to graduate twice this year, once from mechanical engineering for a BEng in june, then again in November with a BSc in Computer Science :)

23 Feb 2015 [comment_44388]
Fantastic!! Congratulations!!

24 Feb 2015 [comment_44390]
So there's actually been a bit of an update since then. I found out Wednesday that I've been advertised into none other than Harvard University, which is absolutely completely insane. I can definitely say that The Metal Box was really instrumental in exposing me to new ideas when I was that awkward little middle schooler. It was always a place to have fun but great conversations with fantastic people. I really do love this site.

6 Mar 2015 [comment_44393]
That's amazing! I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors!

Also... Hey everyone!

6 Mar 2015 [comment_44394]

18 Mar 2015 [comment_44396]
Omg !! That is just astounding! Brilliant! Amazing! Well done and congratulations!

Let us all know how it goes, what its like, when we can all come visit etc :)

18 Jun 2015 [comment_44417]
Although things are much more quiet these days, it still amazes me that the membership system and Suggestions DB have been around since 2004!

24 Jun 2015 [comment_44418]
Yes the time has flown. 11 years!

24 Jun 2015 [comment_44419]
Even now, it feels like a fairly modern system, the UI is clear and having plenty of features for managing the suggestions... I was always wondering what you used to create the SDB and the scaled-size "most popular" -icons on the front page? Parts of it seem to be php, at least.

10 Jul 2015 [comment_44420]
Wow! the comments though... March to June to July...

11 Jul 2015 [comment_44421]
I tend to check back almost daily, though! :)

12 Jul 2015 [comment_44422]
I check by at least monthly

22 Jul 2015 [comment_44423]
Yeah Sounds about right.

11 Aug 2015 [comment_44424]
I check whenever I can. It's been a while. Thanks for compliments on the UI (or "UX" as they're calling it these days).

Everything is done in PHP, html and css. There is not much javascript as it was to-be-avoided during most of the period this site was being made. lol seems funny to think that now.

So yes the scaling icons are done in php based on how many views each page has.

11 Aug 2015 [comment_44425]
Just upgraded to windows 10. Seems good so far anyone have any thoughts on it?

20 Aug 2015 [comment_44426]
After Windows 8 happened I haven't had any thoughts regarding Windows apart from "don't upgrade from seven" - what do you feel like are the major upsides?

...And I wonder whatever happened to Windows 9.

21 Aug 2015 [comment_44427]
I liked 8, and 10 seems fine.

The changes are all to things I dont really notice, considering I mostly am using my computer through a command line, sublime text, or chrome.

22 Aug 2015 [comment_44428]
I wouldn't say there are major upsides. It's just that the messiness of windows 8 feeling like two operating systems in conflict is gone. In other words it's more like windows 7 lol.

I still prefer Linux mint though. :)

26 Sep 2015 [comment_44431]
Through the past few years, I've sort of switched back to using Windows. I do miss Linux quite a bit, but the convenience of Windows became too tempting as I got busy. Also, my Surface Pro 3 is seriously the best college computer I can imagine. It's fantastic having a digitizer and stylus so that I can write and draw, while also having a keyboard to type.

4 Oct 2015 [comment_44432]
Hey everyone! It's been awhile.

I'm an Uncle now, and it's amazing! My older brother and sister-in-law had a little girl this August. They both work so I've been helping them take care of her for about a month now, it's so much fun!!

Anyway, I thought I'd pop in share that, and see how everyone else is doing.

15 Oct 2015 [comment_44433]
The cycle of life indeed is very amazing, to say the least!

15 Oct 2015 [comment_44434]
Well, I've recently contracted some lovely pneumonia. It's been less than pleasant, but on the plus side, it is making me miss my physics midterm. No complaints about that!

30 Oct 2015 [comment_44435]
pneumonia Hope you get past that soon.

And Whoa An Uncle you say Hobbes Cool!

10 Nov 2015 [comment_44436]
The master of wizards
Oh windows 10, I shall await the day I finally decide to download you (which will probably be the day before it starts to cost something). I see you are all in rather deep discussions, so pardon me simply dropping in unannounced. University tends to make me forget to say hello to the old chaps over here.

11 Nov 2015 [comment_44437]
It still blows my mind how a bunch of elementary school kids are suddenly all in universities or jobs. Or both.

11 Nov 2015 [comment_44438]
The master of wizards
I mean I was like 12 or 13 when I first joined this community.

Ah those were the days. Getting into fights with firestorm.

11 Nov 2015 [comment_44439]
"like i said i blocked up the hole to hell so im not in it and i made one underneath u so ur in spam hell and i closed it up"

- The master of wizards, 2009

Yeah those were the days.

11 Nov 2015 [comment_44440]
And like, who the heck goes along with a lame username like "megaman4ever", anyway?? :D

20 Nov 2015 [comment_44441]
The master of wizards
Yea, good ol twisted logic that didn't make any sense if you understood any actual logic.

23 Nov 2015 [comment_44442]
Congratulations on becoming an Uncle, Hobbes!

Thinking about getting an Apple Watch - any thoughts?

24 Nov 2015 [comment_44443]
Far too expensive for too little gain in terms of long-lasting happiness is my opinion regarding most Apple products. In five years, there will be all sorts of knock-offs anyway, and the price will be cut in roughly half.

Well, I'd say that being content or even thrilled about consumer tech that's considered outdated is much better in a lot of ways than purchasing every new widget that comes out.

25 Nov 2015 [comment_44444]
The master of wizards
Well at least those google glasses are not half bad.

Not that I am ever going to buy them unless required.

25 Nov 2015 [comment_44445]
That's the exact same stance I had toward Facebook back in 2011, but look at me now, checking my messages at least twice per day!

Maybe one day I'll even be supportive of Apple in terms of investing in their products. The notion feels laughable now, but I guess you never know.

2 Dec 2015 [comment_44446]
I think that it's a pretty awesome idea, but the implementations are still too young. We don't really know the best way to integrate wearable tech into our lives, and battery life is still a massive issue for phones, let alone a watch. I'm definitely excited to see where smartwatches go, but I'll pass for now.

And looking back, yeah, wow. I was in fifth grade when I joined this site. This community really had a huge impact on my life back in the day. It's pretty awesome that a few of us are still around, even if only intermittently.

5 Dec 2015 [comment_44447]
Well I got the watch. I am delighted with it especially the heart rate monitor. I used to think Apple products were a waste of money as well but having kids is what changed my mind :)

9 Dec 2015 [comment_44448]
Oh? I'd like to hear more about that, since it's most likely inevitable that one of these days a peer of mine will announce that he's getting married and the next thing you know they have kids. At that point, it might not be too far-off an idea for myself either :)

23 Dec 2015 [comment_44449]
It comes down to time vs money. When I had more time to be interested in tech I liked Android - it was more flexible and I could play with it more. Not to mention that you can get decent android phones pretty cheap.

However, once the kids came along I suddenly found I had no time whatsoever for anything. So if the phone needed some attention, it just stayed like that. I also found that my particular phone was very slow getting into the camera which meant I missed shot after shot of the kids doing cute things. So I got iphone and haven't looked back.

Now, some of this is negated by the latest round of high end Android phones which may be even slicker and faster than an iphone. But I still think the iphone gives a more consistent experience, mine always stays responsive.

iphones are expensive, and when you look at the specs you wonder where the money is going but I think Apple focuses on the user experience rather than the pure specs. There may be a time when I move back to Android, but right now I'm happy with the Apple stuff I've got and I wouldn't mind a bit more :)

24 Dec 2015 [comment_44450]
First, merry Christmas and a happy New Year to everyone!

Young developers always seem to dislike SAD, requirements engineering and documentation, and turn up their nose at concepts like domain modellin or TDD. Even though these methods ultimately are there to help define the user experience.

Based on your description, looks like courses such as Software Design and Engineering will literally pay off!

Now that school is on break, there's finally time to tinker with my own projects! Perhaps a neural network design tool... I have a base ready for the logic, but unfortunately the package structure is not working quite as intended. The code compiles and runs, but Eclipse has problems figuring out the visibility quirks. If you're interested, check it out on GitHub!

27 Dec 2015 [comment_44451]
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Today was a very proud day for me. My daughter (aged 3.5) played one of my games for the first time. She's into the Disney princesses so of course the game of choice was Rapunzel's Escape. To my amazement she actually liked it and we had a great time with it. She even got her actual Rapunzel doll up to the screen, willing it to grow it's hair like the character in the game. Hard to believe it's getting on for 11 years ago that I wrote that game.

1 Jan 2016 [comment_44452]
Wow, that's awesome!

I wonder if in ten or twenty years someone will play the games I made as a wee lad back in 2002-2006... It still blows my mind that Steam actually has a bunch of games made with Game Maker nowadays.

20 Jan 2016 [comment_44453]
That's incredibly awesome, steve! It makes me want to play it again when I'm on a computer that supports it next... it was maybe even more fun than Merlin's Revenge, at least when my gaming skills were less pro and beating the MRs required brute force and repetition.

It's really weird to post here, so much has changed and I think this might be the first forum I ever frequented. (can't remember the password for my original mr#) I still want to be a game developer, though.

21 Jan 2016 [comment_44454]
By the way, this difficulty can be beaten:

I wonder, can you figure the strategy out? ;)

Another thing that I'm wondering about is that this is actually a Flash game, as well as is Lemony Snicket. How come?

21 Jan 2016 [comment_44455]
And yes, I systematically tried different combinations to find the most difficult setting that is still possible to win at. This could be quite interesting as a two-player game, hm.

24 Apr 2016 [comment_44460]
Silent as a ghost town.

...Well, a quick update on how life is going at my end:

Third year of CS studies behind me, I'm starting to feel more and more like an adult. Taking a more professional approach in my networking, I managed to land a summer job at a company producing high-speed database solutions for the food industries.

I've finally had the opportunity to study interesting courses and my motivation was through the roof all year long. Some of the things I did include software architecture design, computer graphics (rendering), business related things, working on some projects, sharpening my English and Japanese skills, etc. Having a bunch of programming experience behind me and a decent grasp on the basics, I thought that it was about time for more advanced subjects. :)

I'm also astonished at the great strides of AlphaGo and the AI community as a whole. Many players were saying that it will take 5-10 years before computers beat humans in Go, and it just suddenly happened. Will this be the case with when we cross the boundary of AGI as well? Dangerous but interesting times ahead, perhaps.

Finally, I also went through with the decision of quitting competitive gaming. My hands have hurt from sessions of excessive gameplay recently, and overall the feelings I get from tournaments these days are nostalgic rather than exciting. When faced with the choice of becoming #1 in whatever hot game of the year, or becoming #1 in developing applications that border the boundaries of human development, I think that it's clear that some sort of change was needed. I still enjoy board games though, especially in the play-by-mail format.

I would think that this is a fairly common transitional phase to go through for young adults in the modern age. Therefore, if the folks here have any comments, I'd be more than happy to hear them. :)

Guess that's it for now.

Signing off,

26 Apr 2016 [comment_44461]
Well, if anyone stumbles around here, feel free to tell what you've been up to lately!

30 Apr 2016 [comment_44462]
A quintuple post (or comment?), and nobody can stop me from doing it!

Went thought my old suggestions to see if I could find some of the old projects online; no dice, considering I used expiring links since they were alphas.

On a side note, I did stumble on a comment reminiscing the old good days. It's a thing of the past by now, but back in the day of 2010 we had that brief month of over 1000 comments each week (along with roughly a dozen suggestions)! It was insane, and of course I and many more read every single one. It still blows my mind when I think about that.

I wonder how things were in 2006 and 2007 when the SDB was new and fancy? Not that it still isn't one of my favourite web systems. :)

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