Gotta Catch Em All!
December 16, 2010 10:58 AM   Subscribe

Favimon: Like Pokemon with favicons. [via mefi projects]
posted by sveskemus (43 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
Metafilter has the O RLY attack. It lacks the Best of the Web attack, sadly.
posted by andreaazure at 11:04 AM on December 16, 2010


via?
posted by cjorgensen at 11:08 AM on December 16, 2010


I thought pokemon.com would be stronger. I can't work out how strength is determined - I'm guessing randomly?
posted by doublehappy at 11:09 AM on December 16, 2010


Is there a save feature? Seems like I lose all my favimons when closing the window.
posted by ymgve at 11:15 AM on December 16, 2010


Metafilter.com killed my entire (two-icon) army.
posted by domnit at 11:16 AM on December 16, 2010


I'm kicking ass with Metafilter's Special Snowflake attack!
posted by sveskemus at 11:18 AM on December 16, 2010


favimon.com is confused. favimon.com hurt itself in its confusion.
posted by doublehappy at 11:20 AM on December 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


ask.mefi's Professional White Background is brutal!
posted by Dr-Baa at 11:21 AM on December 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


CNN killed MetaFilter with Harsh Questioning.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:22 AM on December 16, 2010


metafilter.com used Rickroll, but favimon.com was not hurt!
metafilter.com used Treaty of Westphalia! favimon.com took 3 damage.
metafilter.com used Double Rainbow! Extra damage! favimon.com took 3 damage.
...
You were defeated by metafilter.com. Retry?
posted by roguewraith at 11:26 AM on December 16, 2010


Favicon stats and skills appear to be deterministic.

I should point out that the slogan for this site is "Gotta cache 'em all!". That's the slogan.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 11:27 AM on December 16, 2010 [3 favorites]


4chan.org has given up!

Now there's something you don't see every day.
posted by brain_drain at 11:29 AM on December 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Mefi uses pedantry, it's super effective!
posted by 2bucksplus at 11:29 AM on December 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


SomethingAwful kicked Metafilter's ass with repeated "Three Wolf Moon" spamming.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 11:38 AM on December 16, 2010


It would be cooler if they weren't all blown up and blurry.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:42 AM on December 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


wikileaks.ch used Whistleblower! whitehouse.gov has given up!
posted by ymgve at 11:42 AM on December 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


"metafilter.com used Troll! favimon.com's defense dropped by 1 points."
posted by boo_radley at 11:51 AM on December 16, 2010


"goatse.cx" appears to break it.
posted by cmoj at 12:05 PM on December 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


And IRL, it looks like metafilter.com killed favimon.
posted by zylocomotion at 12:20 PM on December 16, 2010


...or at least temporarily overloaded it.
posted by zylocomotion at 12:21 PM on December 16, 2010


Maybe wait to submit this until a little further along in its beta? I loved it while I could play it, but it seems terminal now.
posted by zylocomotion at 12:31 PM on December 16, 2010


Maybe wait to submit this until a little further along in its beta? I loved it while I could play it, but it seems terminal now.

This. I tried in both Chrome and Firefox, in each I fought Google.com, and the game stopped working half way through. Cool idea, though.
posted by meandthebean at 12:37 PM on December 16, 2010


Hey, this is my Project! It might be a little unstable, hope it isn't crashing on people. I answered some questions on the Project page.
posted by oulipian at 1:04 PM on December 16, 2010 [4 favorites]


My server got borked, I am looking at dedicated hosting options. Apologies!
posted by oulipian at 1:48 PM on December 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


the game was too fun while it lasted!! good luck, hope you get it back online soon :)
posted by olya at 1:54 PM on December 16, 2010


It would be cooler if they weren't all blown up and blurry.

It looks best in Firefox 3.6 and IE, which support CSS properties that lets me retain the pixel effect when resizing icons. There is no way to do that in Chrome or Safari, so they look blurry in those browsers right now.
posted by oulipian at 2:19 PM on December 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


In Firefox 4 beta you can just keep on clicking on an attack as fast as possible and it will spam attacks out of turn order. Metafilter.com was going to kick my ass until Favimon.com suddenly launched a barrage of ten consecutive attacks.
posted by Pyry at 2:36 PM on December 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Thanks Pyry - that shouldn't be possible, obviously! I'll take a look at it.
posted by oulipian at 3:29 PM on December 16, 2010


Ha! Zombocom has a "Welcome to Zombocom" skill, which "confuses" Zombocom and doesn't do shit. Fantastic.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 5:14 PM on December 16, 2010 [3 favorites]


None of your little army seems to get their hitpoints back after a battle. So my first favimon started out with eight hitpoints, and after one battle was reduced to three.
posted by Phalene at 6:30 PM on December 16, 2010


Hm, favimon was twice as fast as wordpress, but we still alternated turns regularly.
posted by kenko at 7:29 PM on December 16, 2010


Man, with GRAR and Hug, AskMeFi is unstoppable!
posted by mysterpigg at 8:00 PM on December 16, 2010


Thanks for all your comments and suggestions! My site was hammered yesterday after Favimon was posted here and on The Daily What, but I've tweaked some of the scripts to reduce the load on the server, and it seems better today.

I added a FAQ just now which clarifies how stats work and answers some other questions.
posted by oulipian at 6:57 AM on December 17, 2010


I discovered a bit of cheese... Slate's "Contrarian" is basically unbeatable. It always takes 2 health and always receives 2 health, regardless of attack and defense power. No attackers I met could take it down. They would have needed to do 3 damage 4 times in a row. That just doesn't happen.
posted by team lowkey at 2:15 AM on December 18, 2010


Slate's "Contrarian" is basically unbeatable

Wow, you collected a small army! You're right, Contrarian is one of the most powerful attacks in the database right now, especially because the 'drain health' moves are unaffected by defense stats. Thanks for the note, I might tweak this a little.

p.s. today's update may or may not include random santa hats.
posted by oulipian at 6:22 AM on December 18, 2010


Hey team lowkey, some of the favicons you collected are really interesting, and I'd add them to the database if I knew what sites they were - what's the key in the upper right corner? And the little coloured splats next to Huffington? And the rainbow W?
posted by oulipian at 6:25 AM on December 18, 2010


The key in the upper right is lowkey.org . Designed it myself ;)

The splotches are travelocity.com , and the rainbow W is webkinz.com . I got them while randomly playing with the autocomplete.

You should add nerdist.com , the black and yellow lines in the middle of the bottom row. It's the only animated favicon I caught.

I just went looking for more animated icons, and definitely wanted to add knightknetwork.com to my army, but for some reason the game didn't pull the animated knight. His little castle isn't bad, though.
posted by team lowkey at 12:28 PM on December 18, 2010


It's the only animated favicon I caught.

Wow, nice find. I didn't even realize that was possible. It happens very rarely, because I'm using two different favicon retriever apps, and the primary one converts the icons into PNGs, losing any animation. So you only end up with an animated favimon if the first retriever can't find the animated .gif favicon, but the backup app can (it doesn't convert the GIFs).

Knightnetwork would be cool. The site contains code for two different favicons, which seems to confuse the favicon retriever apps - I can't get it to show up at all.

I'm planning to add a bunch more sites to the database later today or tomorrow, so I'll be sure to add the ones you mentioned. Thanks!
posted by oulipian at 1:21 PM on December 18, 2010


Cool. I don't know why favicons delight me so (I even made one for music.metafilter.com back when it was new), but I'm really enjoying collecting them. This is a great little game.
posted by team lowkey at 2:07 PM on December 18, 2010


Oh poop. It froze up while trying to retrieve a new site, so I've lost my little army. I was previously playing in the middle of the night to avoid that, but I wanted to see if I could find some more animated gifs.

I knew a freeze was coming, because my attacks were starting to fail. But for those, I could just try again until it worked.

Some kind of save feature would be nice. Or maybe just a button to cancel or retry an action. Or a time-out. As it stands, any failure during the attackers turn means you have to reload, losing all progress.
posted by team lowkey at 2:28 PM on December 18, 2010


I just updated the game, fixing a couple of glitches. If the server is getting overloaded you should at least just get error messages instead of the game hanging entirely. I also added a ton of new sites to the database.

I'm working on the best way to implement a save feature.
posted by oulipian at 8:55 PM on December 18, 2010


I win. Peanut butter jelly, peanut butter jelly, Ronnie James Dio in a Santa hat.
posted by team lowkey at 12:05 AM on December 20, 2010


Lowkey, that is so excellent. I twittered it, I hope you don't mind!
posted by oulipian at 12:25 PM on December 20, 2010


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