This is just to remind you that we are scheduled for downtime tomorrow, Wednesday March 25, 14:30-17:30 GMT for some electrical work.(Tue, 03/24/2009 - 23:16 | 0 comments)
Grand Challenge 11b extended by one day
We've extended Grand Challenge 11b, which was due to expire today. You have until tomorrow 11pm (GMT) to get in your best solutions.
A Quick Update
We've just posted an update, with several requested features.
Events in the intro puzzles: The Intro Puzzles now are able to respond with hints based on your score, or how far you are from the correct solution, or what actions you take. We've also continued to revise the design of the puzzles based on playtesting.
Turn off background music: Background music is now a separate option from sound effects. You can find the option to turn it on or off in Menu > General Options.
Sound effects for rubber bands: Rubber Bands now make a snapping sound when you attach them to the protein. This should make it a little more clear whether you've attached them successfully or if they are still hanging in space.
New fast voids, with sound effects: Voids are red bubbles that show you the empty spaces in the protein that you can fill. We've made some adjustments to the way they are detected, and they are now many times faster than before. And they make nice popping sounds when you fill them.
A Quick Developer Preview
We've just posted a new developer preview that you can check out! You can find instructions for enabling the developer preview in our FAQ.
Changes include new events in the intro puzzles, an option to turn off background music, sound effects for rubber bands, and most excitingly, new fast voids! Voids are red bubbles that show you the empty spaces in the protein that you can fill. With this update, they are much faster than before and now have nice popping sounds when you fill them. :)
This developer preview will be a quick one, only lasting one day because in one day we'll be rolling out yet another developer preview immediately afterward! I hear it has something to do with cooking...
Hi folders -- we've had an unexpected downtime due to the failure of an upstream network component. Fortunately, the system administrators of the Computer Science department here were able to replace it tonight, so we are finally back. All told, we have been down for about 5 hours.