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    Written by . Posted at 4:33 pm on January 29th, 2012

    There is a well established trend in creating computer games these days. This trend is to make a game NOT fun at all. This happened a while ago and we haven’t noticed it because it didn’t happen suddenly. It was a  slow degradation.

    How did it happen? I think because game developers forgot what games are meant for. Modern video games have in the essence become movies with rendered graphics. You only control how fast the movie progresses.

    How many times have you bought a game thinking it delivered what it promised, only to experience the same repetitive gameplay over and over? These games are developed with a trailer in mind. Game companies try to blind you with flashy effects and trick you into buying the game – NOT fun.

    The good news is that this trend is starting to reverse. The successes of indie games like Minecraft in the last year, tell us that millions of gamers are tired of mainstream games and are beginning to see what games should be like and what they themselves enjoy most. This is the beginning of a revolution. A revolution that will show you what video games were always meant to be…

    This is where King Arthur’s Gold comes in.

    This game is my dream come true. My name is Michal Marcinkowski and I am a single coder and game designer who used to draw simple war games on pieces of paper with friends at school. All my life I have been looking to experience that simple wonder and fun on a computer. So much freedom from something so simple. Few games come close. That’s why I decided to make them myself.  The pencil doodles have come to life and you too can experience the sheer fun of it. This is the only point of my games. To have as much fun as possible.

    King Arthur’s Gold – affectionately known as KAG – is a unique build’n’kill game. KAG lets you use siege engines and catapults to knock down castles in randomly generated medieval worlds. It lets you mine for gold and set traps. Cooperate with your friends and watch as the meticulously-built enemy fortress topples down on the tiny pixel heads of your foes. It’s bloody fun. It’s Free. And hey… King Arthur’s Gold will have ZOMBIES! You haven’t seen anything if you haven’t played this game.

    KAG is a perfect blend of the coolest aspects of modern games. Mine, build and fight real people in real-time. Use castles, catapults, siege engines and traps to gain advantage. In KAG the environment is 100% interactive – everything can be built and everything can be destroyed.

    KAG brings a new level of fun never-before-seen in a computer game. We all deserve to enjoy and have some REAL fun after years of being robbed of our time and money by shitty games.

    As gamers..
    We love to explore.
    We love to build.
    We love to fight.
    We love to cooperate and compete with others.

    Not with a scripted character that is being forced on us.

    How many times have you been tricked into believing that a given next gen game will feature a revolutionary cooperative AI only to end being stuck in a corridor? A real person playing like you, interacting with you and striving to achieve a common goal is the only friend you will ever need. Playing with other people is fun. Destroying your enemies castle is fun. Watching them fall into your spike trap is fun. Dropping a rock on their head and seeing them make an angry face is FUN.

    But that is not all. While most independent games focus on gameplay, they tend to forget about the graphics and do not appeal to the eye. That’s a mistake – the visuals are also important. And I’m not talking about bleeding-edge bloom effects that try to mimic reality here. We’re talking about special aesthetics, because that’s what counts. KAG is presented in beautiful hand-drawn pixel graphics. Every pixel is carefully picked and matched to create a unique visual experience and to paint a great story. A story of King Arthur and his knights trying to prevail over the evil enemy.

    Experience a work of love that mixes mythological themes of grandiose battles and dreams of bravery and combines that with the best aspects of classic and future gaming trends that rock the very foundations of video game design.

    This is King Arthur’s Gold. And you are invited to join the adventure.

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    1. Bro, seriously. No one cares about making traps and castles. You should make Soldat 2. That’s a real original and fun game. KAG just seems like a twist on minecraft.

    2. Totally agree, modern games are getting stupid. Even the gaming consoles are having the same problem, they’re focused on looking good for advertisements but break in 2 weeks.

      I don’t know about small PC games, but from what I’ve seen from the big companies is they’re still at large and still pumping out garbage.

      Video games are not movies and shouldn’t try to emulate them, as they’re far worse at doing so. I find myself skipping so many cut-scenes that a game that’s supposed to last 50 hours only lasts half that, and that’s only if they have the decency to include a skip option.

      MM keep up the good work, and never bow to the mainstream.

    3. Is link-dead ready yet?

    4. Blacksheepboy

      “KAG just seems like a twist on minecraft.”

      Haha what?

    5. No, no more zombies… please…

    6. RaptorAnton

      “We love to cooperate and compete with others.

      Not with a scripted character that is being forced on us.”

      And you say that a day before the zombie update? =)

    7. Well, zombie mode is all optional. You can still play some CTF if you wanted to

    8. RaptorAnton

      tsx1096, I just pointed out that it isn’t a good think to tell someone is doing something bad – just do it better. Otherwise you will not even notice, when you will start doing things that are totally the same as you used to dislike =)

      Or, possibly, I’ve just put here a little troll-trap, and you totally ate the bite 😉

      Think as you wish =)

    9. >”My name is Michal Marcinkowski and I am a single coder and game designer who used to draw simple war games on pieces of paper with friends at school.”
      I used to do that too and I always wanted a video game like that.

      Do the best you can, MM and co.
      You’re building one of our childhood dreams and I don’t want to see it crumble before it’s finished and gleaming with an awesome glow of enjoyment.

    10. RaptorAnton: “a scripted character that is forced on you”. What I had in mind is more like those ‘buddy’ characters ala Half-Life 2 that talk and bore the shit out of you. And you can’t kill them cause the designers didn’t allow it.

    11. “Experience a work of love that mixes mythological themes of grandiose battles and dreams of bravery and combines that with the best aspects of classic and future gaming trends that rock the very foundations of video game design.”

      This is exactly how I feel about King Arthur’s Gold. I really feel like I’m experiencing the battles waged during medieval times.

      I hadn’t even read is post but this is exactly as I described it in this post I just put up on the KAG forums:

    12. MM,I really couldn’t agree more. Though you may be overselling KAG a little much ;). I often find myself struggling through newer games that hint at the possibility of that “fun” moment, just to be disappointed. And the scripted movie thing has been taken too far, I think that is a lesson EA, Activision, and others will learn soon enough, when they file for chapter 10 wondering why their ultra budget AAA++ titles are failing.

      p.s. please remove bombs from knights and make a bomb using sabatuer class, kthxbye

    13. ILoveElectro

      Sup MM ! Keep going ! Your game start to gain populary and everything ! I can’t wait for the zombie mode and the overworld gamemode..For now I didn’t play anymore im too busy with school but I miss KAG and the great community haha ! Anyway GOOD JOB MM!

    14. UnnamedPlayer

      Games need to give you more freedom. If you’re going to make an story based game, you should at least add multiple endings.
      Or multiples storys.

      KAG, minecraft and other similar games give you the freedom of making whatever you want. All you need it’s some good players, roleplay and a good mod support (we could use that). Of course, sometimes they feel pointless, since you don’t have a linear game progression (or no progression at all), but their fun it’s on online gameplay.

    15. good to see you writing again.
      anyways, i agree that many mainstream games are getting too easy, too stupid etc (call of duty being the prime example (although mw3’s campaign is pretty good compared to mw1&2) or bf3)
      the biggest mistake u made here is that you seem to have forgotten one major thing – singleplayer vs multiplayer.
      you’re not making a sp game and mp is much easier to do. you just give some tools and mechanics to the players and they make it fun by being humans, everything seems to be random, stupid or smart – it just depends on the players.
      i won’t hide it, as i have stated it earlier, i don’t like kag – tried it and it’s just not my kind of game. it’s good that some ppl like it and play it but it’s not the holy grail of gaming – for most gamers it’s just unattractive in many ways – not everyone likes to explore or build. sometimes you just want to shoot someone in the face with a shotgun and enjoy top notch animation and physics at work and that’s fun! combat in kag is at best very limited, i enjoy watching some vids of it as it evolves and what players do with it.
      remember that and good luck with the game!

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      Точно так же, как и ремонт стиральной машины электролюкс любая
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      Ремонт Стиральных Машин Мерефа
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      правил и режимов использования стирального автомата, но,
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      Починка в каждом конкретном случае очень
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      мастера, нужно указать модель и название производителя своей стирального автомата, чтобы специалист по ремонту перед выездом имел возможность собраться и положить себе
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      даст возможность специалисту по ремонту примерно
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      Специалист по ремонту появится у вас дома,
      достаточно точно зная, необходима ли вашей машине замена подшипника установленного на барабане, управляющего модуля стиральной машины, ремонт насоса
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      На основе перечисленной выше информации мастеру станет очевидно и то, можно ли рассчитывать
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      детали (очевидно, что восстановление и
      ремонт подшипников автомата
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      стиральной машинки, вернуть
      работоспособность есть возможность
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      состояние стирального автомата сегодня же,
      Мастер прибудет к вам домой назавтра.

      Это происходит потому, что приведение в исходный вид стиралок требует определенного времени, а
      немного кто пожелает видеть техника в своем доме поздним ночью, в случае если происходит замена подшипников смонтированных на стиралке.
      А еще с тем, что подшипники стиралки или части,
      требуемые для восстановления
      платы, могут храниться на складе
      в другом конце города.

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      возможно будет выполнен на следующий день.
      Это выполняется для того, чтобы специалиста приехал к вам готовым к работе,
      со всеми нужными деталями и быстро,
      не занимая ваше время больше необходимого минимума,
      провел все требуемые работы.

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      указанных ниже производителей:
      Siemens (Simens, Сименс).
      Но, в случае если вы обладаете
      машиной от менее распространенного производителя стиралок, мы сможем помочь с ремонтом.

      Стиральная машина эксплуатируется уже 5 лет.
      Это все место работы стиральная машина зарекомендовала себя сильно надежной.

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      Неисправность показалась смехотворной.
      Мастер поставил стиральную машину и
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      За эту сложную работу попросил денег.

      Аргументы типа «стиральная машина на гарантии» были парированы
      глаголом, когда не сложный ремонт.
      Взяв деньги, этот умелец сделал вопрос в сервисной
      книжке, про проведено отличное прикосновение и
      ушел с чувством своего долга.
      Я не второй час общался с таким
      сервисом, но этот удар по заднице установил тогда.
      А когда в магазине отремонтировали через дополнительную гарантию увеличить
      на месяц гарантийное запиливание.
      С давних пор мы всегда на эту удочку уже стираюсь.
      всего этого, стиральная машина, иногда недоговаривающая большое сильное касание как «автомат», не ужели уж и новое хозяйство,
      что со стороны сервиса, что со стороны ремонта.

      Поэтому такая поломка, сопровождающаяся сырым из сердца машины через 2 годов ремонта, была выполнена умелыми руками.

      если когда-нибудь горит на плате, остаются сажные места, такие устранения,
      горелая изоляция узлов, стараются перегореть дорожки на постоянное стиральной машине.
      Честно отвечая, отремонтировал, что стиралке абзац,
      оно было силно внезапно, думал сломалось.
      Когда раскрутил до платы, выяснилось, что выгорел
      штекер, он припаивал силовые провода к разъему, соответственно изоляция
      сделала тогда сгорела. он понял,
      что есть большая уверенность починить
      стиальную машину умелыми руками.

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