What is "platforming"

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What is "platforming"

Postby Ronnieman » Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:21 pm

Todays poll question in "how do you feel about platforming in MMORPG's.". What is platforming?

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Re: What is "platforming"

Postby Blaze Rocker » Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:01 pm

Thanks for asking that. I was wondering what that was too, and I've been gaming since the 80s.


EDIT

To clarify: I've heard of game platforms, such as a game having one platform or another, but I've never heard of the term "platforming".

In this case does "platforming" refer to multiple ways to play a game within the game itself or is this a hardware question where we are being polled about whether we would be okay with SoH being available on multiple game systems like consoles, PCs, tablets and so forth, as-in "cross-platform/s"?
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Re: What is "platforming"

Postby Golden Ace » Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:17 pm

I’ve been around for a while so I’m assuming it’s playing the game while wearing platform shoes.
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Re: What is "platforming"

Postby Warhead » Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:46 pm

Google under what is platforming had this definition.

A Platform game (or platformer) is a video game which involves guiding an avatar to jump between suspended platforms and/or over obstacles to advance the game.

If this is what they are asking, it is not high on my list for a game like this.

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Re: What is "platforming"

Postby Golden Ace » Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:39 pm

Ah. Jump Puzzles.

two minds about it.

a jump puzzle should never be in a mission or be a requirement to complete a mission.

However having a few jump puzzles in the game to reach the top of the XX Tower without using a travel power I'm all for. basically a diversion to get a badge or what have you .
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Re: What is "platforming"

Postby Von » Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:37 pm

Not a fan of platforming. Mostly because I suck at it. Trying to commence with a raid and holding the team back because I can't make one specific jump is something of a downer for all involved. If it's just for something extra (badge/achievement) that I can do on my own time...no problem. If it's something "mission critical"...well, not my idea of good time.
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Re: What is "platforming"

Postby GladDog » Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:45 pm

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Re: What is "platforming"

Postby lunawisp » Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:48 pm

Jumping puzzles have never worked well in online games. They're like a low latency reward system. Have a consistent low ping and you'll probably do reasonably well. Have a high ping and you're going to have to learn how 'early' you have to hit the jump button - bit like having to lead a moving target in a sniper game, the lead distance varies according to your latency. If you have a variable ping, you might as well not bother to turn up.
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Re: What is "platforming"

Postby Galactus55 » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:08 pm

I want to change my Vote from indifferent to Strongly negative!!!
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Re: What is "platforming"

Postby Dying Breath » Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:31 am

In general, I'm not a fan of platforming.

However, solely in the context of SoH, I am indifferent. While I'm not particularly proficient at jumping puzzles, I would think that platform jumping is almost meaningless in a game with Flight and/or readily available jet packs. Also, in CoH, I always logged out precariously perched on streetlights, telephone wires, flagpoles or whatever else was high up, out of the way and tiny.

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Re: What is "platforming"

Postby gemini » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:39 am

Here is a modern example of platforming in an MMORPG

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4csYi004YYU

Context - the underbelly is an OPTIONAL labyrinth of shortcuts through the Leviathan raid that allows you to skip "trash" fights and go straight to raid encounters, there are several routes to each encounter and some bonus loot you can find using "keys" you get from successful encounters.

The first time I tried to jump through the aqueduct took me about a half an hour. After running the raid several times I can pretty much nail it in one try.

Edit - here's another example from Destiny (first half of a 'secret' side quest for a cool Sniper Rifle)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w9sDHuI3F8

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Re: What is "platforming"

Postby Ronnieman » Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:58 pm

Thank you all for the clarification. I still didn't understand until I saw that youtube video.

I am not a fan of platforming in MMORPG's. A few instances of platforming would be fine, because I do think it would add an interesting variable to a mission map, but I wouldn't want to see it become the norm.

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Re: What is "platforming"

Postby Blaze Rocker » Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:42 pm

Here is a modern example of platforming in an MMORPG

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4csYi004YYU

Context - the underbelly is an OPTIONAL labyrinth of shortcuts through the Leviathan raid that allows you to skip "trash" fights and go straight to raid encounters, there are several routes to each encounter and some bonus loot you can find using "keys" you get from successful encounters.
Okay, that adequately explains things. Thanks.

I have actually been aware of what platforming was for over twenty-five years but I never knew it had a specific name. I've been doing precision jumping and going through secret paths since my days with the NES. I just never knew it was referred to as platforming.
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Re: What is "platforming"

Postby Capzlock » Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:07 pm

I love platforming/jump puzzles in online games. As long as an ability like Recall Friend is available then hopefully most players would be okay with them.

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Re: What is "platforming"

Postby Golden Ace » Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:00 pm

at this point in time I think the question should be scrapped and reworded. to many people don't know or understand exactly what platforming is.

just state what you intend. even if you have to do several different questions for it.

Are you in favor of shortcuts through missions that allows you to skip "trash" fights and go straight to main encounters, allowing some missions to have several routes to the encounter and some bonus items (Infusions, Augments or temp powers) that can be found using "keys" you get from successful encounters.

I know it's a mouthful, but sometimes you have to say what you mean. frankly I'm totally against wearing platform shoes while playing an MMO.
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