Archive for the ‘Weirdness’ Category

I recently reviewed a product by a popular DLC (downloadable content) creator for a popular online game on a forum of that game. While it was not a glowing review, it was honest and praised where praise was due. I have made several similar reviews of this creator’s DLC but not in the game forum.

A representative of the DLC creator contacted me and specifically asked me to explain parts of my review. For fairness sake, I completely re-examined the DLC and wrote an expanded review explaining my viewpoint and offering suggestions. This was posted to my blog. Included in the review was the complete text of my first review and my correspondence with the representative, including said person’s screen name. I did so without permission.

The rep contacted me and, agreeing with the desire for privacy, I removed the name and identifying content immediately. The Terms of Service for this on-line game does prohibit the sharing of text messages and online chat logs *within* the game or any platforms of the game publisher. The ToS does not and cannot prohibit third-party sharing including blogs, emails, Facebook, etc. So I feel justified in retaining the text of my correspondence with the representative. My purpose for including the text was so that the reader (we happy few) could have an unbiased account of the exchange with the DLC creator’s representative.

I informed the rep of my actions, expressing regret that this review, the only one I posted in the game’s forums, had upset them. I pointed out that I had praised aspects of the DLC. The rep responded that my review had not been upsetting but that they were reaching out to help me.

Then the representative of the DLC creator filed an abuse complaint against me to WordPress. As the rep did that, then *SPECULATION ALERT* I suspect an abuse report was also filed with the game’s publisher.

Wow. Talk about unable to take criticism. Wouldn’t put it past them now to *SPECULATION ALERT* attempt to ban me from game areas within their control.

It seems a bit unfair for the “big” guy to attempt to influence critics to remove or modify their comments or to remain silent.

But perhaps in today’s climate, it is not so surprising.

Note: I am not accusing the DLC creator or their representative of anything. I am simply stating what happened. At no time has the DLC creator contacted, written, or spoken with me in any form concerning this issue.


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Names displayed from left to right: Aditi Grid Admin, Tessa Wycliff, Penis Linden, LoganMartin Dover


Courtesy of Blynn Heron: Check out this – entitled “Display names are fun” – evidentially they have not yet blacklisted the use of “linden” as a last name yet in the display names lol http://privatepaste.com/download/5bf92b1d8e

Participants in this exchange showed their Display Names (from left to right: Aditi Grid Admin, Tessa Wycliff, Penis Linden, LoganMartin Dover).

Tessa Wycliffe: Hello, checking out the display names “feature” password lol

Penis Linden: hahahaha

Tessa Wycliffe: penis linden, what a hoot!

Penis Linden: xD

To which the Linden online at the moment replied:

Spike Linden: ‘linden’ will definitely be blacklisted

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I've never been to San Francisco or Golden Gate Park in real life OR Second Life

While the Facebook Places application may be a good marketing idea for publicize your business or to share fun places to visit it is a bad idea for personal privacy.

You can choose ti post “Hey, I’m at Golden Gate Park and it’s great” to your friends rather than let the world know. Using Places mean that anyone who looks at that site’s Facebook page, ANYONE IN THE WORLD, can see who is there. They don’t even have to be one of your friends to know where you are.

While the application current works mostly if you update Facebook from your phone, there is the option that anyone you’ve friended can reveal your location without you knowing or permitting it.

The settings to prevent this are located in your ACCOUNT>PRIVACY SETTINGS

Choose Your Privacy Settings > Customize settings
Things I share > Places I check in to > CUSTOM > EDIT > THESE PEOPLE > ONLY ME
Things I share > Include me in “People Here Now” after I check in: Visible to friends and people checked in nearby (See an example)) > Enabled (UNCHECK THIS)

(This option means that anyone else can post your location)
Things others share > Friends can check me in to Places > DISABLED

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I love this!

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What Farscape Character are you?

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