In the next version… Cult movies

Currently in Movie Business you can find cult characters or known characters played by specific actors in real movies. In the next version it is time to go a step further and introduce cult movies. What they are and how they will look in the game, you'll find out in the rest of this post.

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In the next version. Production with investor

Another problem, who is trying to resolve in the nearest version is a quick bankruptcy player at the beginning of the game. It is often the case, that after two failed productions at the very beginning of the game, the player does not have the ability to rebound from the bottom, What can be frustrating, especially for those who are just starting their adventure with the Film Business. One solution to this problem is to introduce deals executive producer about which I wrote before. Today about another option "production with the investor".

Currently in the Movie Business player in financial trouble, in desperation, can use the help of the mafia. However, this is a last resort, that does not necessarily allow you to escape from the problems (and may cause the dig in the next ... in the end mafia sooner or later will ask about their money). The new version will allow for more civilized approach to the problem, namely the ability to seek investor , that will partially finance the production. Here's how it will work.

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In the next version. Post-production visualization

Movie Business is not a game in which you will find too many fancy features. By "fancy features" I understand such features, which do not affect in any way enhancement of game mechanics, and these are only the audiovisual gimmicks. Hence, the game looks like it looks like… In the new version I decided to enhance it with a “fancy feature”. It will be the visualization of special effects. How it will work?

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In the next version. Production report

One of the more frequent complaints relation to the game, ranked mainly by beginners, is its randomness. Randomness by itself is not a problem but the fact, that often the Player cannot see the consequences of this randomness (apart from the final assessment of the film). Such a situation occurs e.g.. during production of the film, when there are many calculations and some of them depends on some random coefficients. While some of them are visible to player (such as. star rating of the performance of a creator) the others are nowhere shown.

The antidote for improving the current situation is "production report" published after the production is finished and show in detail several so far not visible pseudo random decisions , that ultimately affected the final result of the film.

This report is intended to facilitate understanding of the player why the movie came out so, and not otherwise. Not always the production report will contain some information – sometimes it can be empty (this means, that there was not undesired random elements in addition to the performance artists).

Such a report could come in handy in the future, When new features appear ... but more on that in next episodes.

 

New chapters of help to the game

Work on the next version of the game are going pretty smoothly. Last informed You in advance of your expected functionality Executive Producer. Information about the next news will appear after the new year. However, you do not bored by Christmas I have for you a few new chapters help to BF2. Perhaps not everybody is aware of the existence of aid, therefore, I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the. Can some of the items in the game will become better understood and will help you contact with the title.

All texts can be found in section Help.

Of course, if you have any comments or questions to the form of help let me know about it.

In the next version… Executive Producer

All followers of social network (Facebook / Google ) official profiles of the game already know, that next version is coming. Today it is time for the first details related to next release. The first one goes so called, Executive Producer.

The idea of executive producer appeared inspired by the comments from the author Level Design for beginners Jacek Wesołowski. He drew attention, that MF2 doesn't allow for safe experimentation. Wrong decisions at the beginning of the game will result in a rapid defeat and discouragement among the beginners. Remedy for it was introduced recently short films ... They are cheaper to produce what in practice means taking less risk. Unfortunately, it looks like, that this idea was ultimately not good enough in practice.

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Video Tutorial: Cult characters

I am pleased to present to you the first in the history of the Movie Business video tutorial to the game. It is dedicated to Cult Characters. The 10 minutes video I am telling you about what cult characters are, how to use them in your own films, and how to add new one, with the use of the site MovieStats.

As a part of extension of MovieStats the new option appeared, that allows you to add your own cult characters for a particular actor or actress. This video shows in detail how to do it.

Video is recorded with a commentary in Polish but there are also subtitles in English. In addition, all examples have been presented with the English-language version of the game and MovieStats so material will be useful for all who do not speak Polish.

This is the first such material for the Movie Business, so, let me know what you think about it. If you like it maybe in the future there will be more videos about other aspects of the game.

In addition, after watching the video, you can run the game. Yesterday's version 0.9.2 contains more than 200 cult characters added by me. So right away you can try out this mechanism in practice. The MovieStats search engine has been extended. To allows check whether a particular cult character is already in the game. I hope, you will be tempted to add also your own favorite characters.

Version 0.9.1 – fixes and improvements

Slowly it becomes tradition, that after the next big version of the game being released , in a short time after her, occures another which is something like hotfix. Economies of scale makes its own and run a program on multiple computers, by many users finds consecutive errors and faults. With some of them you can live, others are quite critical and require a fairly rapid response.

So it happened with version 0.9.0, which, as it turned out contains a fairly major bug in algorithms. The effect is that, after several years of the game the popularity many (average popular) creators going into the space. Problem found again Kacper, who sent me a movie illustrating the problem. After examination I was able to find its source and fix it.

By the way the new machanism which automatically sending errors to the server online works. Thanks to it I got auto notification of several other (smaller) problems arising in specific situations.

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Version 0.9.0 ready for download

I am pleased to announce that, after several months of intensive work, You can now download version 0.9.0 Movie Business 2. However, before you do this please do read a couple more important information.

Information about changes and news in this release can be found in version history, a more detailed description of the new functionality you can find in the post on my personal blog.

With the new version, the game requires an updated .NET Framework library (to version 4.5). No stress, most likely you do not have anything special to do, probably because you have it already installed on your systems (this library is very popular and is used by many applications such as. the drivers for your graphics card). If during the installation, it will not be detected, the installer informs You of this and indicates where it can be download. However, if for some reason something went wrong, just let me know by email. I will try to help you solve the problem.

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A summary of what's new in version 0.9.0

The new version of Movie Business 2 marked as 0.9.0 fast approaching. So it's time to gather all the news, changes and modifications, that will appear in this version of the game and summarize it in one post. Welcome to the text on the my private blog, where in addition to a summary of all recent posts about the new version, There will be some slightly broader comments to each new feature, as well as a few ones which have not yet described. Link to this entry has also been placed in the section Director's Cuts.

I invite you to read and commenting.

Dynamic parameters

As you probably know, some of the parameters of the creators of the Movie Business are dynamic. This means, that they change in time. So far this was related to sexappeal and action parameters of the creator. This mechanism was used to simulate the aging of creators. In the new version there are two more parameters which will change over time: popularity and talent.

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Profiles in the cloud

Version 0.9.0 of Movie Business will make it possible to store the profile in the so-called. cloud that is on the game server.

In which situations this feature can be handy:

  • when we play with more than one computer so start the game on the first one but we leave for example. on holidays to parents home, and we would like to proceed with the acquisition of such subsequent challenges. Then we can export a profile before you leave and then import it on the new computer (where you installed the game).
  • the second often case is when you re-install computer. Here again before reinstalling we export profile and after new instalation can recover it from the cloud.

Due to the fact, that store the profile in the cloud takes up valuable space on the server this feature is available for donors from golden level.

Translation and review updates

The new version of the Movie Business introduces some significant changes and improvements in reviews. The emergence of sequels forced a significant amount of development conditions, that affect their creation. It was necessary to add many dependencies between the new film, and the original one, starting from its assessment of the, by the values of the individual parameters of the scenario, the presence or absence of specific creators and the assessment of their performance in both parts. Dependencies are quite complex and… We'll see how they will work in practice. Sugeruję jednak uważne przyglądanie się nowym recenzjom 🙂

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Short films

Until now, short films were one of the genre. It was not the best solution because the shorts are rather form than genre. I decided to change it and impulse were the comments I received from the author Level Design books about game design, I mentioned to you on the occasion of the crowfounding collection on the Polak Potrafi service.

As a person who supporting this project as a reward I chose the opportunity to receive analysis of any game. Of course, the choice fell on Movie Business 2. As a result, I received several page document with some suggestions related to game design. One of them was to give players opportunities to experiment more easily without incurring high risk, in the form of loss and rapidly bankruptcy. Jacek, author analyzes, as the solution proposed creation of short films, which would be less expensive to manufacture, and therefore, in case of no success, the effects of this have not been so severe for a player.

I liked that suggestion, and that i just had to get rid of the short films, it was a good opportunity to modify the game.

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Game+

Today the new functionality available for Donors. Several times appeared suggestion of players to allow infinite playing time or be able to continue the game after the completion of regular, for a given type of game, time. I not really liked the idea because of the fact, the game includes many algorithms depend on the passage of time. These include aging artists and other dynamic parameters. Another problem is the data structure, which can be overloaded with too long a period of game. Longer explanation for the lack of this functionality can be found in FAQ section.

GraPlus

Starting However, the expectations of the players, but I decided to do a little experiment and share new option called Game+.

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Changes in the levels of donors

The Movie Business is constantly being developed, appear the newer and more advanced mechanisms and therefore I have found, that the current amount of donations do not reflect a substantial amount of time and effort in creating the game. Since their were establihsed it has been quite a bit of time during which the game heavily developed and offers a lot more features and powerful options. As, that in the next version there will be additional features only available to donors I decided to slightly modify the thresholds for the various levels of donations.

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Temporary production costs depend on the film's budget

Temporary production costs are the additional costs incurred by the manufacturer during the production of the film. Their amount depends on the amount and types of artists involved in the project. To date, however, their high, was independent of the budget of the film which caused, that player producing a multi-million budget movie even did not notice them.

In the new version of the game it is about to change. Monthly production costs will depend on the budget (the cost of the whole movie). What will be the consequences? Well, such, that much more care need to be take about the length of film production. Since every month these costs can (though not necessarily – due to the random factor) grow.

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Sequels

In the current (0.8.7) version of the game, production screen of the new film you can see an option “sequel”, However, it has no influence on such production. When I started to think over how this future would look like in the final implementation I have come to the conclusions, that should behave quite differently than I thought in the past.

Here is how the sequels will look since version 0.9.0 Movie Business 2.

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Freedom in the actions of the director

Additional features, that was visible in the production dialog of a new film almost from the beginning, but so far has not been implemented, It is possibile to give free hand for director. The new version of the game, finally, This option will run.

What it will consist? Well, in a big cinema on the final shape of the film very much affects the producer often limiting the activities of director (hence the rash of directing films in versions designed to present a true vision of director). In the Movie Business player (or producer) will have the opportunity to give a certain freedom in the doings of the director affecting the ultimate shape of the movie.

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Reactions

The second part of the Movie Business offers the possibility to export films produced by players to the site with statistics online MovieStats. Thanks Your best productions can hit the global boxoffice where you can view and compare performance with other fans of game. Unfortunately due to the non-commercial nature of Movie Business, and limited the amount of space available for hosting, It is not possible to send all produced by You movies. Sometimes there are situations when you would like to share with other players (or the author of the game) movie, which was not the best but something stood out among all the other production.

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Script adjustements

Scripts, which are the basis for the production of films in the Movie Business, You can get in two main ways: buy ready-made script on the open market, or create it from scratch, in its sole discretion.

When we entered into possession of a scenario it could not be modified. At most, during the film production itself, We can change its ending or ultimate to censorshiop the movie, which could lead to a reduction in the amount of violence and / or sex in final production.

In the earliest version of the game will appear, however, the option of introducing adjustements to the existing script.

How it will look like?

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair is the title of the novel by Williama Makepeaca Thackeraya published in 1847 which is a satire on English society of nineteenth century. This place is suspicious, full of deceit, hypocrisy, lies and respect for appearances. Vanity Fair It is also the name of a popular magazine devoted to the culture, politics, the life of celebrities and fashion. And in this context, it must be interpreted in the game.

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I want to appear in your film

In the upcoming version of MB2 there is a new functionality, which a few times was raised in the proposals of players. It concerns the opportunity to report to us some well-known creator, who for a much lower salary wants to play in our production.

Of course, there are some conditions, that must be met that such situation could occur.

First, you need to have assistant. The assumption is such, that it is our assistant in an informal way (for example,. at some party) whispered words for some actor / actress (or his/her assistant) about our new production, which potentially may be interest for him/her..

Secondly, the screenplay must be our authorship. Because it is the originality of our film is what can convince of the creator to play in our production.

Thirdly, is not always an actor, who will want to play with us will be of the highest quality or it is not said, that it will be a good actor ... it will be simply more popular person than originally cast. So ultimately you, as a producer, have to decide whether this "opportunity" is worth it ... it may be, that in your ambitious drama. ... Paris Hilton will want to play

And the last issue ... it will not be too frequent event ... so do not expect, For the second that your production will be pushed crowds of actors willing to play for next to nothing ... just a game perhaps, sometimes surprise you.

Poll: Do the cheat codes should appear in MB2

I am not fan of cheating in games. I expressed my opinion on this topic in this text placed in Director's Cut when I discovered, that some players trying to cheat in Movie Business game.. Recently, however, I looked at the problem from a different perspective. Thus because reading the first chapters of a book on Level Designowi which I mentioned You on the occasion of the crawfounding action on Polak Potrafi service. (The action was a success and I have already gotten a brief but professional analysis, and the conclusions probably will contribute to the emergence of several new, small but interesting elements in the game).

The author writes in it about, that cheat codes often are use by most engaged players just to experiment and discover as much as possible elements in the game.

Do not get angry with the players, who use fraud, while not spoil the fun to other players. Codes excluding certain challenges allow them to adjust the level of commitment to their own needs.

Hence the idea for this poll ... what do you think? Do the cheat codes should appear in MB2?

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