Hey guys :o
I wanted to start this topic for some time now, but I've been kinda busy.
And tbh, I wasn't sure if the staff already have plans for the medal system, or anything I say here would make any difference, which is why I delayed this even more.
But I'm sure it will make a difference, right? :P
You know, I'm making this topic because I really care about Newgrounds. It's been one of my favorite websites for more than 7 years now. I didn't make my account early though. Playing games with medals, was one of the reasons I made This account.
Anyway, let's get started.
The reasons behind medals and achievements in general:
I wanted to start with this to make my points more clear (you can skip this if you want.)
, the reasons behind medals/achievements are:
1- To make the game more interesting. Without them, there is nothing else keeping you playing.
2- To show off and brag about your medals to everyone. Especially to the people with lower points.
3- To challenge you. This is actually my favorite reason for getting medals. I like to challenge myself. Can you beat the game without dying? can you beat the stage without killing anything? It tests my limits. The difficulty shouldn't be impossible though.
4- To compete with other members. Kinda different from showing off and bragging. In this case, you would be competing with members with the same or higher points rather than lower points.
5- To give you a sense of achievement/accomplishment. You know the feeling when you get all achievements and feel satisfied ? You feel like you achieved/accomplished something. I don't know how to explain it but I guess if you get ALL medals in this game, and take a look at the medals, you will understand what I mean. :P
Well, keeping these reasons in mind, I have few suggestions to the medal system and medal games.
1- Ranking system for medal points users.
I think it would be nice if there is a ranking system for medal point users in NG. A system that tracks ALL users.
Well, there is a list made by H-O-S, and it's a very good list. Also, everyone appreciate his work. I would also thank DiMono for making the list possible. But the thing is, it doesn't cover all members in NG. In other words, it's not perfect.
The good thing about it is that it doesn't have hackers. Hackers can be easily kicked from a list made by members. While a ranking system would cover everyone, and kicking a hacker wouldn't be as easy, but it can be managed. The point is, we can still have a ranking system with no hackers.
Also, it would be nice if the top ten get added to the front page with their total medal points. It would give them more attention and it will attract more gamers to compete with them. This will also give the top ten some sense of achievement for getting all these medals.
Many members don't collect medals because they don't see any ranking system. They don't know who has the most points and how much points he has. Adding the top ten to the front page would definitely attract more gamers.
2- Medal tracking system.
A medal tracking system would be awesome. What I mean is, a system that tracks the users who got any medal. You can click on any medal and see who else got that medal.
Whenever I get a tough medal, I wonder "who else got this medal?" Sometimes I really want to know who got this tough medal beside me and there is no way to find out (other than clicking on every user and checking their list.)
Well, since my idea is to track the users who got a tough medal, I would suggest using this idea for 50 points & 100 points medals only. After all, there is no reason to track every medal in NG (although it would be interesting if it's possible, but it's not necessary to track 5 pts medals. I don't care who got 5 pts medals. )
3- A search bar for the user's medal list.
I know this list used to be in 1 page, which used to be a laggy page, but now the list goes through many pages, which is nice?
Well, it was nice until I got like 70+ pages of games with medals. Then it became a pain to search for anything. Especially when some of these games are not really sorted alphabetically. I think the reason for some of these games to not be sorted is that they got their names changed, and the system still tracks the old name instead of the new one.
It's kinda annoying to not find the game you are looking for because it's not sorted correctly. Also, it's not fun searching through pages just to check one game.
That's why I'm suggesting a search bar for the user's medal list. This search bar is not only for that user, but it's for anyone who enters that list. Sometimes I want to know how many medals did that user get for a certain game, but searching for that game is so annoying that I usually quit before I find it. I think a small search bar would solve this problem.
4- Games with medals list.
First, I think the games that got removed should also be removed from this list. They are just increasing the pages for no reason. There are also games with 100% broken medals, but I guess it's not easy to track these.
Every now and then, a game gets updates either for more medals or to fix broken medals. I would suggest adding a mark or the word [NEW] or [UPDATED] under these updated games. So that we know it got more medals or they got fixed. I would also suggest these updated games to be moved to the top of the list. I mean the reason why that list is sorted by date is to know the last medal games added and to get the newest medals. Wouldn't these updated games have the newest medals? Even if these medals were broken and got fixed they would still be the newest medals obtainable.
It would be really nice if these updated games get more attention.