I have defeated the shark game March 10, 2019 6:03 PM   Subscribe

Many moons ago, the shark game was posted on the Blue. (Also, 2, 3) I had never played a clicker game before, but I played. And I played a lot and then I left it for a few months. And then I got pregnant. Being pregnant takes forever and involves a lot of waiting, so somehow early in the pregnancy I stumbled upon the idea of a pregnancy project in which I would get "lots" of everything and have everything going up by "lots per second" by the time baby game. Baby is 22 months old and I have succeeded. Thanks for nearly two years of purpose-to-my-life, Metafilter and boo_radley.

I honestly don't know what to do with myself now.
posted by If only I had a penguin... to MetaFilter-Related at 6:03 PM (31 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite

Congratulations all around!
posted by janell at 6:34 PM on March 10


Congratulations! I am happy that you met your goal!

That game ate my brain and I eventually had to block it with my adblock filter to keep myself from spending every free minute on it. I think I found it due to your first askme question about it. So thanks!

I have since graduated to a chicken game which scratches a similar itch, plus there are co-op challenges where you can play with other Mefites. Join us!
posted by beandip at 6:50 PM on March 10 [3 favorites]


I honestly don't know what to do with myself now.

You are a kitten in a catnip forest..
posted by flabdablet at 10:59 PM on March 10 [8 favorites]


I honestly don't know what to do with myself now.

You are a kitten in a catnip forest..


You feel like making cookies.
posted by Fizz at 4:52 AM on March 11 [3 favorites]


I honestly don't know what to do with myself now.

Comrade Penguin, what if you only had a potato?
posted by jacquilynne at 6:48 AM on March 11 [2 favorites]






“Because it's there!”
posted by XMLicious at 12:26 PM on March 11


I clicked on the link and it still remembered the game I started back when this was first posted! Built up quite the stockpile in the last 3Y, 9M, 2W, 1D, 4:34:50.
posted by randomnity at 3:56 PM on March 11


"I resent this a lot because I missed this shark game the first time and boy howdy do these things always catch me when I see them. I have more important things to be doing right now," he says as he favorite the thread to check out all the links.
posted by Caduceus at 4:19 PM on March 11 [2 favorites]


Mama shark do do do do do
posted by CMcG at 5:41 PM on March 11 [1 favorite]


Dang it.
posted by bendy at 4:08 AM on March 12


My month just got booked solid.
posted by bendy at 4:35 AM on March 12 [1 favorite]


Maybe you would like to enter this dark room and kindle a new fire?
posted by cubby at 6:28 AM on March 12


Welcome to Universal Paperclips

That was fun! Thank you.

30 septendecillion paperclips is quite a lot of paperclips.
posted by flabdablet at 9:40 AM on March 12


You are a kitten in a catnip forest..

*bof* "I can't believe you've done this!"
posted by loquacious at 1:22 PM on March 12 [2 favorites]


You're welcome and I have a lot of other suggestions for weird/ dumb idle games. I keep them to myself because I realize that a lot of people have issues with them for reasons of compulsion...
posted by boo_radley at 1:42 PM on March 12 [1 favorite]


Congratulations on meeting your goal! I almost never stick with those kinds of long-term goals.

While I'm here though, could anyone tell me what benefit the sand has?
posted by FirstMateKate at 1:58 PM on March 12


I'm still playing Egg Inc, I don't even know why
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 9:12 AM on March 14


Intermittent small rewards, I should think.
posted by flabdablet at 9:19 AM on March 14 [1 favorite]


I'm still playing Egg Inc, I don't even know why.

I have been striving to get to the point where I could actually afford all of the regular research before my hen houses filled up and I could no longer earn money using the running chicken bonus / 24 hour time warp trick. I have had all the trophies and everything else for quite awhile, just couldn't quite buy that last research before I ran out of room to earn money at any kind of rate that would get me there without waiting literal months.

With the 3X prestige bonus they were running this week, I managed to get my prestige/golden egg levels up to the point where that was possible (so much tapping!) so I feel like I might actually be done with Egg, Inc. There's no point in running further contracts now that I've achieved all the things it is possible to achieve in the game itself.

That said, I'm about 3 weeks into Adventure Communist now, and it takes up a surprising amount of time.
posted by jacquilynne at 9:25 AM on March 14


you have defeated
the shark game
that was posted
on the blue

and which
I was sort of
hoping
no one would remind me of

i forgive you
i was probably not
going to be productive today
anyway
posted by Two unicycles and some duct tape at 11:38 AM on March 14 [3 favorites]


I'm currently playing Space Engineers, which is a Minecraft-but-in-space game with no narrative or fixed goals, and so I'm just sort of exploring what sort of things can be built.

There's a tech tree that offers a bit of self-imposed structure: what haven't I built/unlocked yet, and what do I need to do that? And that sort of thing can really hook me; I've spent bits of gaming time the last couple days searching the asteroids in orbit around a Mars-like planet for a lode of gold so that I can mine it and take the ore back to my floating space base and refine it into bars which I can use to build semiconductors so I can build a jump drive and visit other planets.

It needs a lot of semiconductors. A lot of semiconductors. So now that I managed to find several hundred metric tons of gold ore, I'm "playing" the game in the other room and letting my refinery process the ore and my assembler build the semiconductors. This is probably going to take an hour or so, during which I could in principle be doing other stuff in the game but I don't actually need to or want to right now.

And the thing is I can look at the sort of idle pointlessness (or pointless idleness?) of things I've sunk time into like Cookie Clicker or the shark game and be like "boy that was kind of an empty game mechanic there, huh?" but then you take one of my Serious Games and I'm literally running my computer to let it fake-refine fictional metal for an hour and hrm! These distinctions, they are fragile and invented.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:09 PM on March 14 [4 favorites]


I finished Egg Inc. All the eggs, all the trophies. I felt such a sense of relief.
posted by Mavri at 8:08 PM on March 14


Well, I just started playing this and it gave me the sentence, "Snip snap clack clack burble burble crabs crabs crabs crabs," which I am going to be chanting all day at work, so thank you for that.
posted by coppermoss at 7:26 AM on March 15 [2 favorites]


And the thing is I can look at the sort of idle pointlessness (or pointless idleness?) of things I've sunk time into like Cookie Clicker or the shark game and be like "boy that was kind of an empty game mechanic there, huh?" but then you take one of my Serious Games and I'm literally running my computer to let it fake-refine fictional metal for an hour and hrm! These distinctions, they are fragile and invented.

The result of stripping back a dopamine-hit delivery system to its barest essentials in any genre can be quite pleasing.
posted by flabdablet at 8:48 AM on March 15


I just found the tip from axiom about logging out all the game data. It's fascinating and is helping me figure out how to play.
posted by bendy at 5:51 PM on March 15


Congratulations on winning the Shark Game!

I played it for a long while myself, but never got to lots/lots/s on any of the stuff, I think. So that's pretty amazing! I am impressed!

If you are looking for a similar dynamic, there are certainly a lot of clickers available, and I'm pretty sure all the ones I know about are already mentioned in this thread.

If you are looking for something a bit more complex, perhaps a resource manager/builder like Factorio? Or the newer, cuter, and arguably more accessible, Factory Town?

Factory Town just came out for Early Access on Steam, but I've been playing Factorio for, it feels like, forever, and it just released the 0.17.x version, which is pretty good. I may talk about both kind of interchangably here. They are different, though, for sure. Factorio's default look and feel is quite muted and the focus is almost entirely on making things and laying out huge complex 2D logistics networks. Factory Town is a bit brighter in color, but still quite similar in dynamic. It feels easier to me coming to it from a Factorio run, but I may be imagining it.

Both do 2D (Factorio does do sort of 3D but mostly for more layout challenge, Factory Town has 3D for roads and layout) factory building. You can (slowly), build everything by hand (super not recommended - in Factorio) or you can build things that build more and more other things (in both). In fact, a winning strategy in Factorio is to get through that challenge early and just start building as much as you reasonably can of things that build other things, which reminds me a lot of a good clicker like the Shark Game or the Cookie Game or all the other choices.

Factorio, being older, has a bunch of extra-game utilities (things you can use outside of or with the games import functions) to make your complex game playing a bit more easy to manage. It has a Reddit community, a wiki, blueprints (the game lets you copy/paste big-ass scrambled text to import/export blueprints to help you know what to put where), and calculators. Factory Town doesn't yet, but may still get those sorts of things.

If you want to check these out, there are YouTube streamers who have recorded introductory and/or hours-long Let's Play sessions. My favorite is Katherine of Sky. KoS Factory Town. KoS Factorio.
posted by kalessin at 6:17 PM on March 16


Ask.

Is this the first callout from Meta to Ask?
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 10:34 AM on March 17


I mean, you can learn a lot about numbers and computing by stretching and exploring the practical limits of a game like the Shark game. So that's totally valid too, of course! Go on with your bad/good(!) self. :)
posted by kalessin at 12:08 PM on March 17


I wish it didn't count migrated allies for the event display. I picked up a whale migrator which is very helpful for the early game on each world but means I don't get to see the art for the different worlds anymore, which makes the whole thing a lot less fun.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 12:59 PM on March 17


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