Outsiders’ Musings XLVI: Too much information, nerds

Hello, everybody. I am here to moan and muse about stuff relating to this game, for the 46th time. I’ve waited a little while to do this post as the rest of the team have been getting the posts out for you about our latest event, obviously Clash of Clones, and I didn’t want to flood you with too much stuff. It’s died down a little now, so I’m gonna spend my Monday evening with you folks.

Ned Head
So first, nitpickety observations, of course. I only have one, and that is where during some CoC quest dialogue, Ned says “That’s a little too much TMI”. Of course, this touches the OCD nerve of myself and hopefully someone else (or perhaps they flicked through without reading it), because it induces some of the old RAS syndrome, like PIN number, because Ned is actually saying “too much too much information”. Yet another dozy developer making mistakes. Does nobody proof-read what they write? But I’m balanced: it could be a joke about how Ned doesn’t know how to use modern slang.

This event is quite confusing for me. As a non-Clash of Clans player, it all seems pretty random to me. I get that the castles and attacking others’ Springfields is probably related to that, although I don’t know about all these new event currencies like Elixir and Nerds. Nerd is not a very nice term anyway, but I suppose it is generalized. Can’t they make it straightforward and easy to relate to? For instance, collecting eggs at Easter and hearts at Valentines to earn prizes is simple because we all know about Easter and Valentines and Christmas and can cope with the idea of collecting an additional currency to get limited-time prizes. When they combine really complicated (it seems to me) event gameplay and parody a game many people won’t have tried, (Clash of Clans), it really sort of turns me off playing TSTO for the duration, which is the exact opposite of what EA want, so they appear to be failing in my house.

Hey, I seem to have done a load of complaining that I didn’t even have planned when I started to write this post. Mission accomplished?

But to end, I’ll just say that I have not been completely disappeared since my last post a few weeks ago. I’ve been behind the scenes, creating site graphics, looking after categories and moderating your comments. I just don’t post very often so seem to get forgotten about!

Laters, tappers.

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28 thoughts on “Outsiders’ Musings XLVI: Too much information, nerds

  1. I don’t play Clash of Clans, but I’m more interested in this update than I have been for a while. I really enjoy the updates that encourage friend interaction, and I really like that this one doesn’t even need friends to interact!

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  2. I play a lot of CoC and this update is hilarious! It was a little strange at the beginning and didn’t make much sense in the execution, but as it progresses I’m laughing at the storyline, dialog, and what games like CoC and TSTO say about us as gamers and a culture.

    Next to the Stonecutter event, this is the best they’ve done. By the end of it, it might even be better than the Stonecutters.

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    1. I also play a lot of CoC and LOVE this update. I hate that it has nothing to do with the Simpsons, but love the spoof and the storyline. I wish they would have fully committed and done a crossover with SuperCell. I would love to see some sort of Simpsons event in my CoC game!

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  3. Kind of like the event 🙂 Yes, at first it seemed a bit strange of a combination — teaming TSTO with Clash of clans (which game I haven’t played either), but I have to admit it turned out to be fun, gave The Simpsons game a new twist. And I do love the complexity and the jokes, and the cross-genre thing, and all the allusions and reminiscents 🙂 Fun! Again, the prizes don’t look too impressive, but once more this gives us a chance to play for the sake of playing, chance to enjoy the process. I am sure also that some “old school” players who remember, right, Dangeons and Dragons, Kings bounty, Heroes of might and magic and other RPG strategies are enjoying this event as well 🙂 A good chance to get a little chuckle about ourselves :-))

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  4. O ya RC by the way when you do the assian characters to go to Lisa’s recital quest under threat of death. It says for Maude ( who’s already dead an ghost) for her task under threat of death um she’s a ghost she’s already dead. I think the writers are being lazy I mean just look ay how many different ways Mr Burns has been used as a villian in a level or event quest since the game started

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    1. Yes, some good things you have noticed there.

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      1. Would that fall on the writers or on the programmers?

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  5. RC I agree with everything you posted. You truly hit home with everything you type in all your post. Not to mention all the artwork you do as well. Keep up the good work.

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  6. lol but EA even troll you in the update (not for the first time) and point out it’s a waste of time and all freemium games are pointless, so when you say they want you to play… Are you sure about that…. Yes you are… Or are you… Yes… Or maybe……

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    1. Well, EAs customer relations has always been …umn… nevermind, familysite and all that 😉

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  7. Never played Clash of Clans or similar games – tried one of those once for about 2 seconds and didn’t like it – so I can relate. Feels strange and not very Simpsons-y at all. Still, I dutifully erected the castles, send my nerds on raids and upgrade my peeps, because I want all the prizes. Being a completionist and all… So far, things are going well, I am already more than halfway through the prize-list. However, I don’t see me needing till October to finish, so the event will probably get rather tiresome very soon. Maybe I can switch to collecting hay (albeit in wagons) when everything else is done 😉

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    1. The prizelist is horrible in the jumps between prizes! Marge’s skin is at 5,000 and you need to almost double that for the next prize at 9,500. The top prize is at 38,000 so I’m guessing its gonna take a while.

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      1. Magilla84131 08/26/2014 — 18:26

        With the prizes, I’m on the “3 towers” prize. Does that mean that we will only get 1 of each tower? That stinks. It means that we will have to spend 40 donuts for another tower to complete the corners of Bart and Lisa’s castles.

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        1. You will get two of each towers for free as well as a few walls and one set of gates for those castles, too. However If you want more Homer’s castle towers/walls, you will have to pay with elixir, and if you want more Bart or Lisa’s towers/walls you will have to pay with donuts. But don’t worry, two towers of each kind you will get, so it’s not just one tower and it won’t look asymmetrical 🙂

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  8. Cruellestk1ng 08/26/2014 — 04:28

    I’m thoroughly enjoying the update.Not a COC player either so this is new to me. This will likely lead into the Halloween update or lv 44 a nice change of pace, some of the useless items actually look good with the castles too.

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    1. This sounds interesting – could you please list some of the items that look good with the castles? I haven’t gotten around to decorating them yet.

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      1. Thinking of using the original items on Lisa’s castle: the trashcan, barrier, gaspumps, gazebo, washer/dryer, cementwall etc 🙂

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      2. Agree with Minicha! Also those slides from Stonecutter’s update would look nice with it as stairways from Lisa’s castle walls. You can also use plenty of other items in various combinations with all the three new castles — even the simplest brown fences and/or hedges will do 🙂 I love how you can play lego with those blocks they gave us in this update 😀

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  9. The nerds are very much relatable to the update, and knowledge of clash of clans really isn’t needed to find this update enjoyable. It’s a brilliant [arody of everything from clash of clans to dungeons and dragons (20 sided dice?) to LARP. Yes it’s a sweeping generalisation to say that these sort of things are only played by nerds, but what is the simpsons without hilarious over the top stereotypes?

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    1. Agreed, agreed… 🙂 Funny to see those “nerds” with their shaking knees dressed up in those theme costumes %-) All that RPG related kind of stuff… OTT tongue-in-cheek jokes, yes. But that’s what we love about the Simpsons 😀

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      1. astalker305 08/27/2014 — 01:07

        Oh, and a little bit of GoT parodies too! haha I find the hole event excelent. Best event ever!!! (Consider I’m just as addict to CoC thant TSTO)

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  10. Magilla84131 08/25/2014 — 22:26

    The one thing I don’t get about this update is the length of it. That’s something I see people complain about with every update . It goes on too long, and people get bored of it. So, why has EA double the length of time for this event? Is there more stuff coming for this event? It’s not even a week into it and at this rate I’ll be done before next week. So, I have to think either there’s more surprises coming for us, or they just really overestimed how long it would take people to complete this event.

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  11. I had the same thought about the TMI dialog before realizing that’s exactly the joke: Ned doesn’t know how to use modern slang. Also had the same thought about the event complexity at first, but it’s actually been a lot of fun figuring it all out by playing the event and learning the system a little at a time. By now I think it’s probably the best event TSTO has ever had. (And I’ve never played Clash of Clans either.)

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    1. I was gonna put it’s a joke and forgot. Thanks embeebee for reminding me to add that in!

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    2. yes the “TMI” think was a joke. I’ve done it myself. My favorite is “What the WTF?”

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    3. I was going to say that the dialogue was intentional, but the way you describe it is not how I interpreted the joke. The joke isn’t that Ned doesn’t know what he’s saying, it’s in the large amount of personal information that is being shared. It is so much information that it even exceeds the term TMI. It is too much TMI.

      I’ll try and keep my example as clean as possible:
      “I kissed someone last night”
      “That’s (too much information)”
      “She was your sister”
      “That’s TOO MUCH (too much information)!”

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      1. I see, good thinking Richard.

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  12. If anybody has concerns about the image of a dude’s whatsit on this page, just be a little grown up and take the humour, please. It’s only a shape.

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