Friday Facts #32

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Friday Facts #32

Postby slpwnd » Fri May 02, 2014 7:18 pm

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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby DRBLN » Fri May 02, 2014 7:22 pm

Great!

I hope you'll earn a lot of money.
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby WhiteZero » Fri May 02, 2014 7:31 pm

I can definitely say the trailer did its job. I saw the trailer yesterday, downloaded the demo today and played all the way through, and then shortly after made my purchase. Great work!

It seems like the ripe time to launch a full Greenlight campaign. What are you guys waiting for? Gotta strike while the iron is hot! Or... maybe the iron isn't quite hot enough yet? If you could release preview code to the media outlets and embargo it for a specific date, sync that up with the Greenlight release, that would do the trick. But with such a great trailer, I would have loved to see a "Vote for us on Greenlight!" at the end.
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby Amenomade » Fri May 02, 2014 7:32 pm

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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby Puzzlemaker » Fri May 02, 2014 8:18 pm

Well considering the purchase rate of the game seems to have skyrocketed, I would say it did it's job! Hooray!
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby Avarant » Fri May 02, 2014 10:10 pm

Awesome trailer!

Btw I've been loving the blueprint system for mass expansion. And there's just something about barrels of oil that inspires lust and greed for more oil. I find myself stockpiling barrels and barrels of it, just to have it. Maybe it's because I'm American. :roll:
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby JohnTS » Fri May 02, 2014 11:53 pm

I love it, so happy for your guys success!

As was said a few posts above, now indeed is the time for the GREENLIGHT campaign to get started! All the momentum is in Factorio's favor right now. I guarantee you it will get greenlit faster than you can blink!
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby Chrotesque » Sat May 03, 2014 12:40 am

Awesome trailer, it's fun to watch and showcases the key aspects of the game pretty darn good - great work and I also love the new logo!
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby badminton » Sat May 03, 2014 5:47 am

Love it.
I watched it twice more after reading about the mistakes you weren't happy with and I still can't see them :lol:

Can't wait for those new particle effects, is the train really going to blow out steam when it stops? I don't remember seeing that come up on the forum but it's an awesome addition.

Also I love the sounds. If you could get it working like that in the actual game it would be brilliant.
They were atmospheric but didn't seem loud or monotonous enough to get annoying like they do in other games (Space Engineers).

The new steam engine is amazing too. Very steam punk.

Anyway, keep it up :D
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby TGS » Sat May 03, 2014 6:39 am

Hahaha that trailer is awesome and hilarious. I want that save!!!

Seriously... great job guys. It is awesome!
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby reinei » Sat May 03, 2014 2:17 pm

Great Trailer, Great Game, Great Progress (can there ever be enough 'Great' in an 'after-show-post'?).
And especially great that Mojang didn't want you Kovarex, else we wouldn't have this Game to play :P
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby Algram » Sat May 03, 2014 9:54 pm

I have the weird feeling that it is getting too late to go on Greenlight now..
With every minute passing the game gets more advanced and more finished, but that is not the point of a greenlight game.

I think you are setting your goals too high and that might cost you, just my 2c.
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby slpwnd » Sun May 04, 2014 6:48 am

badminton wrote:Can't wait for those new particle effects, is the train really going to blow out steam when it stops? I don't remember seeing that come up on the forum but it's an awesome addition.


At the moment it is a custom scripted effect in the trailer control.lua. But we think it looks cool and it will be put into the engine eventually (when the sound effect is there as well).

badminton wrote:Also I love the sounds. If you could get it working like that in the actual game it would be brilliant.
They were atmospheric but didn't seem loud or monotonous enough to get annoying like they do in other games (Space Engineers).


A lot of them are in the game ready for 0.10 already (inserters, miners, assemblers, furnaces, etc.). We will be adding more (train, car, oil industry, etc.).

badminton wrote:The new steam engine is amazing too. Very steam punk.


Albert did a great job on that one.
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby slpwnd » Sun May 04, 2014 6:52 am

Algram wrote:I have the weird feeling that it is getting too late to go on Greenlight now..
With every minute passing the game gets more advanced and more finished, but that is not the point of a greenlight game.


Not sure what you mean here. Earlier we felt we needed to do the greenlight campaign and get on steam asap because we were running low on cash to continue development. That danger has passed (at least for some time) now. We still want to do the greenlight campaign and get on steam eventually. It's just that it is not as urgent at the moment.

Algram wrote: I think you are setting your goals too high and that might cost you, just my 2c.


Our goal is to have a good and enjoyable game.
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby Drury » Sun May 04, 2014 7:06 am

The quality of the video is unsatisfactory compared to the original (Youtube recompresses the video) and we keep seeing more and more tiny little errors in the trailer - things like bad timing of honking when the train leaves the sorter, too close zooming now and there, one of the biters being rendered "inside the worm", clash sound on the bridge played a bit too early. So we monitored the reactions rather anxiously.


This is cute.

Imagine the headlines:

FACTORIO TRAILER SCANDAL

On May 1st, developers of a small indie "game" presented their "efforts," acquiring a large wave of criticism.

"It was going well for the first 20 seconds so I bought the game at that point," one watcher admits, "but then the camera zoomed in too much and I wasn't sure if I had made a good decision. But then I saw... That space bug, it clipped right through some sort of hole in the ground and that was it. I sent them an e-mail requesting refund on the spot, but they didn't reply for a long time. I was patient. I waited. In fact, I waited till the bugs crossed the bridge and got ran over by a train that honked late. That left me speechless. Not only they ignored me, they even lacked the decency to make the train honk a second earlier on top of their earlier mistakes! I had to close trailer that instant and start writing a formal letter. I'll see them on court and I pray to God they won't get away with mistreating their customers like this."
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby jeroon » Sun May 04, 2014 10:30 am

Drury wrote:
FACTORIO TRAILER SCANDAL

On May 1st, developers of a small indie "game" presented their "efforts," acquiring a large wave of criticism.

"It was going well for the first 20 seconds so I bought the game at that point," one watcher admits, "but then the camera zoomed in too much and I wasn't sure if I had made a good decision. But then I saw... That space bug, it clipped right through some sort of hole in the ground and that was it. I sent them an e-mail requesting refund on the spot, but they didn't reply for a long time. I was patient. I waited. In fact, I waited till the bugs crossed the bridge and got ran over by a train that honked late. That left me speechless. Not only they ignored me, they even lacked the decency to make the train honk a second earlier on top of their earlier mistakes! I had to close trailer that instant and start writing a formal letter. I'll see them on court and I pray to God they won't get away with mistreating their customers like this."


All lies! In the past every bug I ever reported was fixed within the week, and I'm sure next Friday there will be a Trailer 0.3.0.1 patch that fixes camera zoom and trains honking out of sync. And it will introduce a train driving backwards in one shot and a pipeline that has the wrong color, but that will be fixed in the week after, I'm sure! :mrgreen:
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby ssilk » Sun May 04, 2014 11:50 am

:D :lol: I laughed tears...

But it sounds like a good idea to record this video again from time to time to see the small differences in progress.
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby Kadaban » Sun May 04, 2014 1:43 pm

The trailer could have really needed a higher bitrate. Once the zooming and moving starts everything gets a blurry and pixelated.
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby Gammro » Sun May 04, 2014 2:05 pm

That's youtube compression for you. I think vimeo.com might be a better option. Not sure, but my impression is that vimeo generally has better video quality.
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Re: Friday Facts #32

Postby Drury » Sun May 04, 2014 2:13 pm

Vimeo allows gaming videos?
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