Difficulty scale / system

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Post » Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:46 am

Ok, so after lots of discussions and seeing lots of different point of views, seeing the types of posts which are made, and taking into account what others have said. It's clear there's a few things which wont change.

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[*:11mvsfqb]Many new posters will always ask if this or that can be done or can you make a shark backflip and shoot lasers from its eyes while using infrared crayon shaders to make it look like a cat.

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Which got me to thinking, since the wiki is in need of work (and once I find out WHY sourceforge isn't letting me sign up at all, I'll be having a go editing it too). Why couldn't we do some kind of difficulty scale type system? You find it often in other places, particularly those involved in teaching and tutorials.

For example, and this is just a very basic example, to try get the idea across. Five stages of difficulty, from very easy, to very complicated. Maybe using nice pretty visual images or something. Each level of complexity would cover certain kinds of experience/knowledge and be explained in a linked page.

Then have a big list of examples of what construct is capable of, using real world examples (referencing particular games, showing example downloads and so on), and give a little info on how easy or difficult that kind of game or technique would be to do, as well as link to tutorials if available. It could cover anything, including various applications (since construct can do those too and unless the devs are going to remove that feature, there should be some support there as well).

A side effect of this might also be to give people, including you old and weary pro's :P idea's for things you're working on. Or give stepping off points for further idea's, that might be taken into all kinds of directions.

The point of this would be a nice simple way to give new users asking if they can do this or that, the answers they're looking for. From that point they can compare that to their current level of experience/knowledge, and it's up to them then if they think they're capable of it. Because otherwise someone could come here, ask if this or this is possible, be told yes, and maybe get an example, but be completely stumped because it's over their head, cue a collection of posts asking how to do this and that every step of the way, frustrating other users and causing animosity, even though neither side did anything wrong.

I dunno, I just think it could be useful, and could be expanded into something better and more useful in time. I also think it could be fun. I've mentioned before how newt and deadeyes example caps tend to be a lot of fun to play with. Could even partner it with those 1 hour challenges that the forum looks like it used to have, and being based on the wiki, everyone could be involved, including newer users who themselves are still learning (who I think could give a unique perspective on just how easy or difficult things can be).

I'm sure the idea will be poopoo'd, but throwing it out there anyways before going back to Fallout 3 to piss a few more hours away instead of doing any actual work until next year. :P



P.S. Sorry for the wall of text.
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Post » Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:09 am

[quote:2nsfl046]Which got me to thinking, since the wiki is in need of work (and once I find out WHY sourceforge isn't letting me sign up at all, I'll be having a go editing it too). Why couldn't we do some kind of difficulty scale type system? You find it often in other places, particularly those involved in teaching and tutorials.[/quote:2nsfl046]

Search the forum there's a thread about signing up to have access to edit the wiki. :P :shock:

[quote:2nsfl046]For example, and this is just a very basic example, to try get the idea across. Five stages of difficulty, from very easy, to very complicated. Maybe using nice pretty visual images or something. Each level of complexity would cover certain kinds of experience/knowledge and be explained in a linked page.[/quote:2nsfl046]

Actually I think this would be better related in terms of what the user is willing to learn. The stages could be anywhere from "Can I make games with this?", to " I'll have the red pill...THANK YOUUUU!".
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Post » Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:54 pm

[quote:2c49paed]Search the forum there's a thread about signing up to have access to edit the wiki. :P :shock: [/quote:2c49paed]

Yeah I think it's something I've got running that's preventing me from signing up on there. Just haven't had the time to look into it yet, I'll get it fixed though eventually. :)

[quote:2c49paed]Actually I think this would be better related in terms of what the user is willing to learn. The stages could be anywhere from "Can I make games with this?", to " I'll have the red pill...THANK YOUUUU!".[/quote:2c49paed]

Yep! Something like that. A way to see at a glance if they're thinking beyond their means or not, which is a known problem (and we've all done it, god knows I have, lol!) where you might have the greatest idea's ever, but it's just beyond your current abilities. Might even help cut down the problem of people jumping into something there's no way they'll ever be able to complete. Or something.
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Post » Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:48 pm

Interesting idea, but who's going to make this "big list of examples?"

And anyway, isn't this pretty much what the tutorials forum is for? Just mark tutorials from Beginner to Expert or something.
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Post » Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:51 pm

[quote="deadeye":32w9l2xs]Interesting idea, but who's going to make this "big list of examples?"

And anyway, isn't this pretty much what the tutorials forum is for? Just mark tutorials from Beginner to Expert or something.[/quote:32w9l2xs]

It could link to said tutorials here, like some of the others do. As for the list, I don't mind starting it, filling in all that I can. Once I've got it all signed up.
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Post » Tue Dec 29, 2009 9:00 pm

Sure, yeah... a better wiki page for tutorials sorted by difficulty would probably be a good idea.

I still don't know how you'd go about getting people to make a huge list of examples though. People around here pretty much make tutorials on a whim. It's not like we have assignments or anything :P
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Post » Tue Dec 29, 2009 9:13 pm

tutorials are a Good Thing

Just make sure you upload or link them one by one, instead of making a huge to-do list. The latter would be confusing and frustrating for everyone.
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Post » Tue Dec 29, 2009 9:14 pm

[quote="deadeye":1kvtg7g9]Sure, yeah... a better wiki page for tutorials sorted by difficulty would probably be a good idea.

I still don't know how you'd go about getting people to make a huge list of examples though. People around here pretty much make tutorials on a whim. It's not like we have assignments or anything :P[/quote:1kvtg7g9]

Well the actual tutorials would be added as and when anyone felt like making them. As you say, on a whim "oh hey deadeye just made an example cap that could be useful for X kind of game, I'll add a link on the wiki" kind of thing. The important part would be the list. For example

Game genre: Point and Click
Example games: Monkey Island, Operation Stealth, Leisure Suit Larry, Day of the Tentacle (all links to mobygames or wikipedia etc.)
Difficulty: Medium (a link to medium difficulty, which would include information you'd likely need for that level of knowledge, links to useful pages and so on and so forth. The minimum amount of knowledge required to do it without struggling too much or something)
Tutorials/Examples: List of any tutorials or examples, if any are available. These could eventually range from complex in depth tutorials, to simple caps which just happen to show a technique which may be useful for that type of game.

And being on the wiki, everyone could edit it, improve upon it and so on. Like I say, it's just an idea, a standard place new users asking if they can do this or that can be pointed to. Then it's up to them if they think they can achieve what they want to do, or if it's currently beyond their abilities.
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Post » Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:56 pm

Well why dont we start off a bit smaller. TOTD( Tip Of The Day) would be fairly easy to come up with if everyone contributes.
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Post » Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:14 pm

[quote="newt":fkbstb52]Well why dont we start off a bit smaller. TOTD( Tip Of The Day) would be fairly easy to come up with if everyone contributes.[/quote:fkbstb52]

Sounds good to me!
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