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Author:  pnm  [ Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:14 am ]
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clm wrote:
Just for curiosity, in this "experimental phase" of the 8x8 timed, are you using the same puzzle for everybody or it is being generated randomly for each puzzler (as it is supposed to be for the 4x4's, 5x5's and 6x6's timed)?

Randomly as well, but at the moment from a small pool (only 10 puzzles).

If the level of difficulty is acceptable, then I'll generate a larger pool of 8x8 puzzles of the same level.

Patrick

Author:  bram  [ Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:45 pm ]
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pnm wrote:
If the level of difficulty is acceptable, then I'll generate a larger pool of 8x8 puzzles of the same level.
I think it is. If the timed 8x8s were entirely trivial, they would become a pointless exercise in fast typing. What generates the fun & excitement is that you need to go fast but can't just assume that the puzzle isn't going to contain any devious tricks to trip you up [scared]
On the other hand, if the timed 8x8s were as difficult as the difficult non-timed ones, that would slow things down too much and everybody's need for speed would be unfulfilled [unsure]

Author:  pnm  [ Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:52 pm ]
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bram wrote:
and everybody's need for speed would be unfulfilled [unsure]

actual game graphics??

nice :-)

(just finished the iOS version of Need for Speed Most Wanted [blink] )

Author:  bram  [ Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:15 am ]
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pnm wrote:
actual game graphics??
Not any actual game of mine, I'm afraid. (I'm very conservative in the games department, preferring Pong, Space Invaders and the like to modern games with more interesting graphics.)

I originally sought out the video on YouTube to mockingly compare a classical music video to it because I found the initial zooming in from a helicopter perspective (in the classical video, that is) to be somewhat comical. (Sorry if that sounds like an XKCD hobby kind of thing; I'm actually pretty normal some of the time.) In the case of timed puzzles, however, I thought the Need for Speed video would be an appropriate illustration of the action-packed adventure we timed-puzzle solvers crave and love [love]

Author:  pnm  [ Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:20 am ]
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bram wrote:
Not any actual game of mine, I'm afraid. (I'm very conservative in the games department, preferring Pong, Space Invaders and the like to modern games with more interesting graphics.)

I played Pong when I was little (!)
(friend of mine had it, and he later got the Atari 2600 as well :)

I enjoy racing games, with Colin McRae Rally 2 probably my favourite.

Anyway, we're getting off-topic... [huh]

Author:  sheldolina  [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:20 pm ]
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I like this! It's going to take a while to become good at it, though...

Author:  bram  [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:39 pm ]
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sheldolina wrote:
I like this! It's going to take a while to become good at it, though...
s-sheldolina, you here??? [scared] jas33, prepare yourself for the kind of competition the rest of us can't quite offer [unsure]

Author:  jas33  [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Timed 8x8?

sheldolina wrote:
I like this! It's going to take a while to become good at it, though...


bram wrote:
s-sheldolina, you here??? [scared] jas33, prepare yourself for the kind of competition the rest of us can't quite offer [unsure]


My worst nightmare has come true [crying]
Just kidding, the competition's on [wink] or perhaps I should just admit defeat now, I suppose my time at the top was good while it lasted...

Author:  pnm  [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:53 pm ]
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jas33 wrote:
perhaps I should just admit defeat now, I suppose my time at the top was good while it lasted...

says the one who just recorded a 4.82 second time on a 4x4... [scared]

Author:  jas33  [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Timed 8x8?

pnm wrote:
jas33 wrote:
perhaps I should just admit defeat now, I suppose my time at the top was good while it lasted...

says the one who just recorded a 4.82 second time on a 4x4... [scared]


Haha, but we are talking about sheldolina :-)

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