Game Mechanics

  • 3400 days ago

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    slothrangler Level 3
    I've noticed that the men that I know (who I have definitely been exercising more than), have progressed much more quickly. I wonder how the game mechanics work. As a woman who needs to take in fewer calories than these men, I will not be entering as much food data (whether its high reward food like fiber, or really crappy food that still gets rewarded points just for entering it). Are the game mechanics such that smaller people are inherently disadvantaged for leveling? I'm very interested in the health tracking part of this website, but the social gaming part only serves the purpose of being discouraging if my gender/size put me at a disadvantage. Have you thought about using proportions of daily calorie allowance or something like this when rewarding points associated with food? Do you continue to reward points when people go over their calorie limit?

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  • 3398 days ago

    The point system is probably the same across the board. Like you mentioned they should probably put in a multiplier. So that you can compete. However at the end of the day, your leveling should motivate you personally. The leaderboard against your friend is a good motivating factor, however my biggest problem is keeping myself motivated specially when I have no one else to compete with... so the personal goals in the leveling game are that much more important.

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  • 3398 days ago

    I could see some sort of multiplier for foods inversely related to your daily caloric goals. If you only get 1400 calories a day, and I get 1800, I see no problem with you getting a ~25% boost on your food points vs mine. Somebody would have to set a baseline that made sense - probably somebody with access to the overall stats of the community. I must not have hit any of the bonus foods yet, all my stuff is 1 point at a time. I'm still very new :)

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