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theblacknight

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Are you developing this game solo? If so amazing work so far. But I think this game has the potential to be one of the best games out on any Market/appstore. It's easy to use, has a social network feel, and fun to play. If you're solo you should look into working with others to further develop this game. I'd offer but I have no developing skills!

Hey, at the moment I am working solo yes, although I had a friend do the photoshop work for me. I have thought about getting some more people to help out, with an iPhone version and to spruce up the website with stats and leaderboards etc..

I will have a new version of the game up on the market soon, this weekend hopefully. After that I will be considering where I want to go from there, messaging is a big thing that people want so I want to add that in, and also there are some privacy concerns which I want to address(not showing exact location). I also have a background service in the works to notify you of nearby danger. Thanks again for your support!

*Also, if you like the game could you please rate/comment on the android market, getting quite a few one star reviews and comments like "Doesn't work, don't download", which is really frustrating because they generally don't leave enough details for me to fix/help, and it lowers the apps position in the market and can stop potential users from playing, and the game will be a lot more fun with lots of users. Also, the new version will sort out the force close issues people have been seeing, also some performance improvements in there, for those that didn't get it there is a pre-market build available here if you want a sneak peek. Thanks!
 
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nqnguyen2

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Nice update! I hope these help you.

  1. Detect cheaters if they've traveled too fast by using distance/time formula. Punish them by reducing one level. Multiple cheats will suspend account for 14 days. It's easy to tell if someone is all over the map in a short period of time. However, consider that some people like myself travel for their job.
  2. Still able to infect far outside red region. This shouldn't be allowed.
  3. Please allow tap and hold on the screen to refresh the map and remote users.
  4. Allow display of the stats of a user that's already infected while in range in case i want to send a message. Instead, it shows an error notification.
  5. For some reason, the settings had the satellite selected but displayed regular maps from the very start. After deselecting and reselecting satellite, the map finally displays satellites.
  6. Include another tab in the AMI for several quick leader boards. If the user chooses, they can click a button to launch a web browser that shows them full leader boards.
  7. Some of the leader board attributes can display the user's general roaming region. For instance, i'm infected and I'm all over houston. Others that are checking the leader board will see that I'm very notorious and wonder what city I'm active.
  8. Don't know if this is possible but, allow selection of quality of maps to increase rendering speeds for those that don't need anything hi-res yet still want satellite/maps.
  9. When user uninstalls app and attempts to reinstall by inputting their last username. Instead of a generic "Parse" error message, please state that the username is already taken.
  10. Try to remember the state of the user's last status. I was already infected, uninstalled, signed in with indentifier, and it stated I've become infected. It's not true, I was already infected.
  11. uninstalling and installing the app, my achievements are gone.
Thanks for including some of the suggestions from the other post. The app is a lot smoother and the map rendering is nice. No crashes were encountered during 20 minutes of non-stop use.
 
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theblacknight

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Nice update! I hope these help you.

  1. Detect cheaters if they've traveled too fast by using distance/time formula. Punish them by reducing one level. Multiple cheats will suspend account for 14 days. It's easy to tell if someone is all over the map in a short period of time. However, consider that some people like myself travel for their job.
  2. Still able to infect far outside red region. This shouldn't be allowed.
  3. Please allow tap and hold on the screen to refresh the map and remote users.
  4. Allow display of the stats of a user that's already infected while in range in case i want to send a message. Instead, it shows an error notification.
  5. For some reason, the settings had the satellite selected but displayed regular maps from the very start. After deselecting and reselecting satellite, the map finally displays satellites.
  6. Include another tab in the AMI for several quick leader boards. If the user chooses, they can click a button to launch a web browser that shows them full leader boards.
  7. Some of the leader board attributes can display the user's general roaming region. For instance, i'm infected and I'm all over houston. Others that are checking the leader board will see that I'm very notorious and wonder what city I'm active.
  8. Don't know if this is possible but, allow selection of quality of maps to increase rendering speeds for those that don't need anything hi-res yet still want satellite/maps.
  9. When user uninstalls app and attempts to reinstall by inputting their last username. Instead of a generic "Parse" error message, please state that the username is already taken.
  10. Try to remember the state of the user's last status. I was already infected, uninstalled, signed in with indentifier, and it stated I've become infected. It's not true, I was already infected.
  11. uninstalling and installing the app, my achievements are gone.
Thanks for including some of the suggestions from the other post. The app is a lot smoother and the map rendering is nice. No crashes were encountered during 20 minutes of non-stop use.

Thanks for the feedback! I have fixed the bug with selecting users outside of your range (turns out the circle was wrong, not the range detection).
I have a check for the mock locations settings now, you can't do anything if this setting is enabled.
Select menu 'refresh' from the menu to refresh the map, holding your finger down will load remote users. The map will also be refreshed every time your location changes, just so you are sure you're not wandering into dangerous territory without realising.
I will be adding leaderboards incrementally, website only at first (the tab seciton will probably be a little small for leader board - thinking about the smallest screens).
From the achievements section hit 'menu>sync' to get your achievements after re-install.
Will sort out the other little issues (like the infection warning message).

Thanks again for your feedback!

-Kev
 

0mie

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Hey, @theblackknight I was infected in the beta. But the closest person to me lives couple hundred miles away from me in Canada. On the one from the Market I'm still clean. How is that possible?

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theblacknight

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Hey, @theblackknight I was infected in the beta. But the closest person to me lives couple hundred miles away from me in Canada. On the one from the Market I'm still clean. How is that possible?

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Hi, the apk I posted here is a preview of the new version, purely for testing. The back-end is completely different. New version coming to the market in the next 24 hours, which will force you to create a new account (because of the new level-up system and achievements, and allowing survivors to attack zombies). The reason I didn't post straight to the market is that reviews are generally quite harsh, and I only have two devices to test against (I'm making this in my spare time), and I would like to test with a wider array of devices/carriers. Hope you enjoy the new version.. coming soon: messaging and a warning service.
 

nqnguyen2

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Hi, the apk I posted here is a preview of the new version, purely for testing. The back-end is completely different. New version coming to the market in the next 24 hours, which will force you to create a new account (because of the new level-up system and achievements, and allowing survivors to attack zombies). The reason I didn't post straight to the market is that reviews are generally quite harsh, and I only have two devices to test against (I'm making this in my spare time), and I would like to test with a wider array of devices/carriers. Hope you enjoy the new version.. coming soon: messaging and a warning service.

Can you please post on this thread when the new version will be updated? I tend to follow this thread more closely than app updates. Thanks.
 

Ash88

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Didn't have my previous code so I created a new account - started off infected, however, get "Error Unable to infect user: You must be infected to infect another user" when I try to infect someone in my range.

Ideas..?
 

0mie

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@theblackknight - Can't login with my username, says it's already taken. Did this new version get put on the same server as the preview you posted? If so, I didn't keep the identifier since you said I'd need to make a new account anyway. So I can't play, I was infected randomly in the beta and there was nobody around me. Now I can't play period and the first Market version went from few 1000 players to only 300 in the update.

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nqnguyen2

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Please check my name numtumbout. I installed snd reinatalled leaving a new id. I found my id allowing proper login. However, I tried to infect my new id and it says I can't infect unless I'm infected even though the AMI says I am.

@0mie, it was probably me that infected you.i was testing mock locations and possible bugs. Sorryabout that. Nevertheless, it's more fun being infected don't you think?
 

theblacknight

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@theblackknight - Can't login with my username, says it's already taken. Did this new version get put on the same server as the preview you posted? If so, I didn't keep the identifier since you said I'd need to make a new account anyway. So I can't play, I was infected randomly in the beta and there was nobody around me. Now I can't play period and the first Market version went from few 1000 players to only 300 in the update.

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What is your user name? I could pm your identifier to you. Also the new version needs people to update and create their new accounts, so the user account will drop until people update.
 

zergify

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I'm having problems even getting it to start up, it says I need to turn off the mock locations and turn on gps locations to get it to run but I can't seem to get that to work. I have my gps on, and it works when I try maps for example, but the icon won't show up when I run the game, and I have no idea where to find a mock locations option, I looked, did not find.

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0mie

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@theblackknight my username is 0mie, will I still be infected since someone was cheating and used the mock locations to infect me :/

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theblacknight

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@theblackknight my username is 0mie, will I still be infected since someone was cheating and used the mock locations to infect me :/

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You will still be infected .. although I can change that if you would like. I found some one who was cheating and have deleted their account. They will not be able to use mock locations anymore.
 

0mie

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If all the people from the old version got the new version, then it would be worth staying infected. But there is only like 2 people around me. Before there was a few hundred, but guess I'll start infecting people now. Can you please send my code? Thanks :)

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    Outbreak! Zombies is a global location based multiplayer game. The free beta version of the game is currently available in the android market.

    To play you simply download the app and enter a user name. You will then be randomly assigned a state, either infected or not infected. If you are not infected your goal is to survive the zombie apocalypse, if you are infected your goal is to spread the infection. Each user will be visible on a world map, and to infect someone you must be within 500 metres. Currently Dublin, Ireland is in over-run with zombies.

    Each red marker is a zombie, and each green marker is a survivor. The game works best when there are lots of users, which is why I am posting it here. I am also trying to gather as much feedback and test scenarios as I can in order to make the full version a more complete and fun game.

    There is more information on how to play available here.

    There is also a forum here with a lot of discussion about the game.

    Thanks and I hope you enjoy,

    -Kev
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    After a whole day of travel and frequent use. I have several items that you can consider below. I hope they will be of good use to you. My feelings won't be hurt if you do or don't consider these ideas. Much luck to you.

    1. Allow users to update their Home position automatically, manually, or in intervals.
    2. Allows users to be notified if an opponent is in the vicinity. Size of vicinity is selectable.
    3. Update the user's position on the map more frequently. I ran by several people that I couldn't infect because the bubble jumped across the map.
    4. Update the user's infection faster because I noticed a 30 second delay when I infected someone.
    5. Reduce the infection zone size. I was able to infect someone well outside of the red area.
    6. Allow users to reduce their infection zone size for more of a challenge.
    7. Allow users to sign in with a special ID otherwise you end up with too many new usernames simply because that person uninstall the app and reinstalled.
    8. If a user doesn't check in for a period of time, they will still be considered as infected when tagged. I noticed too many users not infect-able. Also, consider adding a tiny question mark next to the name or icon on the map.
    9. Request user sign off and deletion (username cached for 60 days) when removing/deleting the app. If they don't want to play anymore why are they still on the map?
    10. Allow a listing of the person that cured/infected you in the AMI. The list will disappear after 24 hours of signing in. This feature allows some bragging rights.
    11. If there is a bug within the map program, allow the user to go back to the AMI console and reactivate the map to clear the RAM of the bug. I noticed that several times my position would never update itself until I killed the map and opened it again.
    12. Allow the ability to "load" user positions based upon the finger position on the map. Sometimes I like to know who will be at my destination so I can infect them once I arrive.
    13. If I'm not mistaken, when I was "clean" I didn't see an option in the map menu to "hide". I only saw "Home".
    14. When there's several "clean" in the vicinity and a smaller percentage of "infected", there should be a percentage algorithm that will result in the clean people being uninfected. This way, it's like the clean people were in a group/team and fought off the infected person.
    15. Allow double-tapping on the screen to zoom in to the specific location.
    16. Allow options of regular maps instead of a satellite map which will reduce data requests from the server. This also results in faster map rendering on the client-side.
    17. Designate random cleaning zones. There will be random zones throughout the month that users can become uninfected. The infected user must manually choose to be "cleaned". Also, the infected in the cleaning zone cannot infect anyone in the immediate area almost as if it's a protected fortress.
    18. Allow cellular triangulation with a selectable buffer size so players can't be pin-pointed at their homes. This option has a drawback that the location isn't accurate and can either get you infected faster or allow avoidance of infection. This is the cost of privacy for your users.
    19. If there's a point or credit system is applied. Allow random monthly or stated goals in the AMI that users can achieve. Example, this month I need to infect 20 people to get a certain amount of points for bragging rights or I need to stay clean for a period of 10 days.
    20. Allow pre-made comments such as, "I was going to infect you but I felt like being nice today" or "Gotcha!". A menu is activated by selecting the user and these comments can be made when in range of other users.
    21. Not sure if this in effect but, do not allow expletives, put-downs, offensive phrases, and/or a combination of the aforementioned for usernames. It's not fun when someone runs around town with an offensive phrase while infecting other users.
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    Yes I enabled copy protection stuff. Why would that stop you from finding it?

    Copy protection requires the device firmware ID to be "whitelisted" on Google's side of the Market. Custom ROMs and leaked ROMs often have IDs which aren't on that list. Market will not show "copy protected" apps on these ROMs.

    For someone running such a ROM this can be worked around by using tools like Market Enabler and such, but I never bother (and few do). Quite likely the copy protection flag is the reason for each and every comment about not being able to find it.

    I would also like to point out that if you are indeed using "copyright protection" box from Market, and not the Licensing API instead, you are using a form of protection that is (a) deprecated by Google and (b) doesn't protect from copying. Pretty much the only thing it does is make sure that a lot of people can't find your app. Also it doesn't make sense for something that is free.

    Anyways, I was trying it on a leaked ROM on the Galaxy S which couldn't find it. By now I'm running it on the Galaxy Tab which has an official ROM that can find the app.

    Anyways you did a really great job with this game. I love the idea, and the implementation so far is just great. Unfortunately, I seem to be the only person in my area, and I'm clean!

    A number of suggestions:
    (1) Make it more clear when you are and when you are not playing. If I exit the map, does my marker stay at the current location ?

    (2) Make a button somewhere to find the nearest zombie / non-infected (depending on what you are) and show the distance to that person from yourself. Handy in areas where you are alone, like I and several posters here are.

    (3) Allow a longer user name. 10 characters is too short. Also, does it need to be unique? What happens if I reinstall my ROM and lose the app and settings, can I use the same name again ? Can I use the same name across multiple devices ?

    (4) Multi-device... need to link multiple devices to the same account and only use the last logged in.

    (5) Background service. I would not use an interval by default to poll, either turn the service on or off. You don't need to talk to the server as long as you don't move, and if you just register with the API to receive location updates, the service won't do anything as long as the user doesn't move. You could use an interval (also enable/disable) to actually wake the device (without screen on) to be able to receive those updates every X minutes and check if there are other zombies or cleans in the area, where once every 5 minutes would be more than enough (approx the time it takes to actually walk 500 meters). You could go really fancy and automate the interval based on the average speed the past X minutes.

    (6) Allow zombies to be healed, by going to specific areas. A hospital was suggested earlier, but I don't think there are enough hospitals in most areas to make that easy enough. I'd add both police stations and fire stations as well. I think Maps knows where these are generally. Or you could even allow people to add those manually, but that'd possibly muck up the database with random buildings people want to use to heal themselves ;)

    (7) Maybe some sort of score system ? Get points for infecting people, or "killing" zombies. Survivors generally kill zombies in games and movies. But I think first-come first-serve may not be a good thing. One the service is done and you get warnings of zombies in the area, maybe killing a zombie will actually "delay" for a number of minutes, to give the zombies a chance to infect you first (as they would also get the warning a survivor is near). (The act of killing will just give you points and the zombie a notice that he has been killed - lose points? or maybe start out clean again?)

    (8) Add this image to the first post of this thread: http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?...//market.android.com/details?id=com.kbdev.lbg ...
    chart

    Will allow everyone that has a barcode scanner installer to open Market with the game selected.

    Random thoughts, hopefully they're helpful :)
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    Can you please post on this thread when the new version will be updated? I tend to follow this thread more closely than app updates. Thanks.

    Outbreak! Zombie Apocalypse version 1.5 now in the market. Re-vamped website with leaderboards coming soon.
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    After installation it says

    " to use glast it must be able to detect your location and connect to the internet. You must also disable mock locations."

    It then brings me to settings but Im sure everything is in order

    Then that keeps coming up and I cant do anything else.

    Could you also pm me my identifer for username "plonkuser"

    Thanks

    settings/applications/development uncheck allow mock locations.