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Lessons learned from Motherlode

by on Oct.27, 2012, under - Show All Posts

Today I was working on a project, and then found myself distracted by an irrepressible urge to go and play the Miniclip flash game Motherload, which I had enjoyed back in 9th and 10th grade. Little did I know how enlightening I would find the experience to be…
  • “I’m not too rich to go for that emerald”
  • it’s all a matter of economics! Of course I’ll use the dynamite to get the emerald or the diamond because it’s going to make money on the net
  • I’m trying to win this as fast/fun  as possible, not as carefully as possible, this is my game. Therefore even when I don’t need to, I’ll use the quantum teleporting. I want to see how fast and loose I can play. This is what is fun.
  • it’s cheaper to use repair nano bots and a quantum teleporter then the matter transmitter in cases where you’re hurt and need to make the surface fast
  • it’s not about playing the game carefully or anything — it is the most a fun game to try to go through the game fastest. How quickly can I get the end? Even though the game isn’t that fun in and of itself, going through it to get to the end fastest is a fun challenge!
  • Mining in motherload is a wonderful exploratory process that mirrors discovery in a rich world. You go off a little bit go collect precious piece of ore, and then you see something out of the corner of your eye, and then you see something else, and something else, and pretty soon you have gone a complete lateral! The organization of ore and artifacts in the game is just perfect to optimally stimulate your exploratory taste
  • it is worth the monetary investment to satisfy my curiosity: does upgrading my radiator make me able to withstand gas explosions? Answer: yes it does.
  • Ignore the rest of it! It doesn’t matter anymore! Go for that amazonite! That one thing is worth more than you’ve made in your entire life! It’s worth 50 diamonds! Can you imagine that! And use your dynamite to blast through all the potentially gas explosion-laden dirt, whatever it takes, just to ensure that you will get that Amazonite! Nothing else matters!
  • Odysee is a good song, and it brings me back to playing this very game and listening to this very song while at the Peninsula in 10th grade

  • Odyssey in 3D too
  • Russia Privjet!
  • Cross-country skiing in MN!
  • mixing music and pretty images makes sense — that way you can explore music while clicking around for the pretty images!
  • I’m thinking not worried! Not by imminent pressure to choose a career, not by anything!   It’s like I’m hanging out at Anu’s in the wintertime! And actually, Anu is here, so it’s really like that! All the time that has passed between those memories and now is gone in a blink of an eye. It’s all going to work out smoothly and okay!
  • When playing the game is the right thing to do, play the game. It’s worth it, and it completely revamped your philosophy, and get you into a state that’s worthwhile and fluid again. I should write something on the value of games
  • stock up on fuel refills, repair nano bots on plastic explosives, buy everything you ever will need, because you’re probably never coming back to the surface. And it doesn’t matter
  • whether you in the refuel and repair in the cost-effective way or based on money
  • When playing the game is the right thing to do, play the game. It’s worth it, and it completely revamps your philosophy, and get you into a state that’s worthwhile and fluid again.
  • I should write something on the value of games
  • stock up on fuel refills, repair nano bots on plastic explosives, buy everything you ever will need, because you’re probably never coming back to the surface. And it doesn’t matter whether you in the refuel and repair in the cost-effective way or based on money
  • how to start behaving when money becomes irrelevant — you make decisions for aesthetic considerations. Should I use dynamite or plastic explosives? It’s all what suits your fancyEinsteinian isn’t worth the dynamite it takes to blasted outI think that their randomness algorithm makes it sometimes so that you have to use your explosives to get to the really valuable stuff.Don’t stress if you mess up and accidentally only blow up one rock instead of 2 and therefore  lose money for both yourself and the company, what’s important is that you keep getting  deep.
  • Above all, for the experiential value  of your whole game completion the depth of your straight tunnel is perhaps most important. That way you can be totally hands-off on descent! It’s worth the cost! Even when you’re rich beyond your wildest dreams, old habits die hard, I still went for that Ruby even though I was a multimillionaire!When the integrity of your whole is the rate limiting step of your dissent, it’s worth it to use explosives to blow up lava. However, when fuel is the rate limiting step, you should just take the damage, and be carefulthere no gas explosions as far as I can tell below 5000 feet. Freely let your health lower, go through lava patches, etc.!It doesn’t  matter whether I go for emeralds or rubies or not anymore. I’m never coming back to the surface. All that matters is that I go deeper. Moreover, the bigger danger is an  earthquake destroys my tunnel. I must make haste.Even tapping to fingers and alternating pattern – doubletime – I can’t Click fast enough to spend all the money I have. Better just to go on w/ what I have for speed — it’ll prob be enough
  • how to start behaving when money becomes irrelevant — you make decisions for aesthetic considerations. Should I use dynamite or plastic explosives? It’s all what suits your fancy
  • Einsteinium isn’t worth the dynamite it takes to blast it out
  • I think that their randomness algorithm makes it sometimes so that you have to use your explosives to get to the really valuable stuff.
  • Don’t stress if you mess up and accidentally only blow up one rock instead of 2 and therefore lose money for both yourself and the company, what’s important is that you keep drilling deeper.
  • Above all, for the experiential value  of your whole game completion the depth of your straight tunnel is perhaps most important. That way you can be totally hands-off on descent! It’s worth the cost!
  • Even when you’re rich beyond your wildest dreams, old habits die hard, I still went for that Ruby even though I was a multimillionaire!
  • When the integrity of your hull is the rate limiting step of your descent, it’s worth it to use explosives to blow up lava. However, when fuel is the rate limiting step, you should just take the damage, and be careful
  • there are no gas explosions as far as I can tell below 5000 feet. Freely let your health lower, go through lava patches, etc.!
  • It doesn’t matter whether I go for emeralds or rubies or not anymore. I’m never coming back to the surface. All that matters is that I go deeper. Moreover, the bigger danger is an earthquake destroys my tunnel. I must make haste
  • Even tapping to fingers and alternating pattern – doubletime – I can’t click fast enough to spend all the money I have. Better just to go on w/ what I have for speed — it’ll prob be enough


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