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More VN talk!

Heya! So good to be back posting again. My own fault, I had two half-finished blog posts (in notepad files!) waiting for me and I didn’t go back to them. Sorry about that, but I promise I will go back and finish those off probably tomorrow morning and tomorrow evening and there’ll be three posts (including this one) this weekend. And then…

Well, I realised that with the departures – we’ve got another person leaving the development team, and he’ll be leaving in July, to go with the one that’s leaving at the end of this month. And while people are saying we are gonna eventually replace the one that’s leaving in July, we’re still down to three developers in the whole development team. *sighs*

So… Undoubtably, I’m gonna be pretty busy every day at work right now, which means I’m gonna have to make doubly sure that I make the most of my time. Unfortunately, I did also have a bad headache on Thursday, which didn’t help. But Friday, and today… I’ve been getting on with things, and I feel good about getting on with it all.

Basically, I’ve got almost everything that was on my to-do list crossed off. And it’s only Saturday evening! *grins* Was almost expecting it to take until tomorrow morning before I could do it all.

Anyway… One of the things that I had to do – not that I particularly wanted to do it – was to transfer my VN data from the standalone AmeMix applications – Astoria and all that – because they were gonna close those applications down and just have LoveStruck around. The reason being, basically, they’re a small team and they felt they couldn’t really manage maintenance on three standalone apps and the main one that they’re working on now. And, to be fair, I can understand that. I dun know enough about game development to know how much maintenance work they need to do on standalone apps, but considering that Google and Apple are always improving their systems, I guess it probably makes sense that, at the very least, with every upgrade they need to make sure it all still work and everything else.

The good news is, since I first posted about LoveStruck, AmeMix has – very kindly, I thought – decided that the best way to allow those, like me, who bought those stand-alone apps in the first place would be to allow us to read those stories in one go and making whatever choice we want to make, with the need to spend tickets or “hearts” for premium choices. I tried it with another stand-alone app first (Castaway, in fact), before I risked transferring over my Astoria data, and thankfully it all works fine. I’m currently going through Medusa’s story. Again. For about the twelfth (had to look it up – didn’t think “twelveth” looked right…!) time. *hee*

It is different, there’s been a few minor modifications, and the way they handle the change from three sets of six episodes each (plus one free prologue) in one chapter to something like 19 episodes in one chapter means that you don’t get to see the meter that tells you whether or not you’re making the right choices for the passionate ending (if we still even have passionate or thrilling endings any more – I’m currently about two-thirds of the way through the first chapter, and those point of views are now a separate selection in the app) and the fact that you can’t pick to re-read individual episodes any more is a bit of a pain, but… That’s the way it goes. *shrugs* I’m just happy that I’m still allowed to just sit down and read my Medusa stories all the way through without having to wait for tickets or whatever to recharge.

I still don’t think I’m gonna be using the tickets or anything else for the other books – much as I’d like to read Aurora’s last chapter or Serena’s last chapter – because the problem I mentioned before still stands. But as long as I’ve got Medusa… That’s the one that I really really love. And I love being able to read it all. 🙂

What I would’ve suggested is that the developers of these VNs – not just AmeMix but Pixelberry Games and so on – allows the reader choices. In other words, to either be able to read it for free and spend credit for premium choices, -or- allow the read to pay a fixed price upfront and be able to read it all without having to wait or anything. I know if I had that choice, I’d be buying stories from both teams like a shot.

And some stories need that option. I got lost with a couple of Pixelberry’s stories, just couldn’t remember what was going on.

Ahh… I still wish Medusa existed for real. *grins* Oh well… One day, I’ll meet my own Medusa! 😀

Something else I’ve noticed… Every time I see one of those films or whatever that features Medusa, I’m like… “Leave my wife alone!” *lol* I knew… Hmm… Possibly when I was about 10 or 11 that the original story I’d read and seen on telly and all had been… amended… from what the apparent original version was (I say apparent, because we are talking about a story from over 2000 years ago, which had been amended and expanded upon probably numerous times), and since learning that, I had a lot of sympathy for Medusa. But after reading those stories… Yeah. I’m pretty much now completely on Medusa’s side.

I’ve never really been fond of the Greek Gods, especially Zeus, for fairly obvious reasons. I do sometimes wonder just why the writers of those mythologies decided to make the gods the way they were… But then again, those stories have lasted this long, so… Yeah.

Okay, well… I’ll stop here for now. Like I say, I will make another blog post tomorrow morning. Just have to pick one of the notepad files to finish off first! *grins* Probably the one about football, leave the politics one until the evening. In the meantime… Hope to see you soon!

The “library” dream is over… *grins*

Heya guys! How goes the week so far? Hopefully it’s all going really lovely for you!

Me… Well, work is work – so its normal fun-filled self *rolls eyes* *lol* – and these past couple of evenings, I’ve been casting an eye over some of the books I’ve got, trying to decide if I’m getting rid of them or not. At the moment, the number of books that might be leaving my shelves is closer to 100 than 50. *lol* I did say I had a goodly number of books…! (I’ve never actually counted how many I’ve got…)

But honest… I think – well, put it this way. I know my reading preferences has changed as a result of my depression – there’s a few fantasy / horror books that I’d bought with the intention of reading whenever, but nowadays, I’m just more into otome visual novels and the like. I will gladly read Astoria over and over and over again, rather than go to the shelf, pick out a book I hadn’t read, and read that. And right now, and it’s been this way for ages, I have absolutely no intention of taking those books I haven’t read down and reading them. And if I don’t think I’m ever going to, well… What’s the point in keeping them?

I know the fact that I have books that I haven’t read sounds a bit silly, but that’s the way it’s been for me. And who knows… It might also be the fact that I’m in my late twenties now, and I have been battling depression for a long time, on and off (we’re talking, like, from teenage years). And people’s tastes do change so… Yeah.

The other thing is, I’m not entirely sure I really want to have that much of a library any more. When I was younger, I had dreams of being able to have a room that I’d be calling my “library” with walls covered in shelves of books and a nice comfortable reading area, where I’d curl up into a corner seat, next to a window or light source and just read, letting the time past… And of course, my girlfriend would be right there, her head on my lap, or mine on hers, and we’d just be happy together.

And now… *shakes head* Well, after this, I’ll still have like three big bookshelves mostly filled with books but I can’t really see myself going out and buying that many any more. Not because I dun want to read – of course I do – but because I really do need to check everything out, and I gotta be careful. So that dream of having a “library” is over, quite honest. Maybe a writing area / library, but that’s probably the extent of that these days. Which makes sense, because if I’m gonna be referring to reference books every now and then for my stories, might as well have them in the same room as me, right? *grins*

I was actually at the bookshop this lunchtime – I was on my way back from the bank (I know, I shouldn’t be walking that much with this knee, but didn’t really have a choice…) – and I’d picked a book up because it seemed interesting, but reading the bit on the back made me think again, because I just felt it wasn’t something that I could read. And there wasn’t anything else that I thought looked interesting enough for me to grab.

Thinking about it, I’d need to count, but if I don’t include otome visual novels, I would say I’ve bought less than 10 books this year. Which is a massive difference – in past years, the number of books I’d buy would be much, much higher than that. (Which probably explains why I had so many books in the first place…! *grins*)

So far, about the only genre of books that I haven’t felt the need to get rid of is the mythological and ancient history section (Although those “ancient history books” are still more mythological than actual ancient history). And that, probably because of the fact that I sometimes refers to them when I was putting together my story universe. At the moment, the stories I’m writing aren’t really relating to the myths and legends of time past, but I’m sure they’ll be back soon enough!

Oh, and I picked out some more DVDs to get rid of. I had a bunch of DeathNote anime, and I wasn’t sure about them. Decided to put the first disc in last night, and try watching that… *sighs* *shakes head* It’s just not something that I feel good about watching any more. So those are on the out pile.

I’ve still got Chrono Crusade, Final Fantasy Unlimited, Noir and Madlax for anime, though. I still like them and can watch them! *lol* Dunno why those were fine and not DeathNote, but there you go!

…Well, if I had to guess, I’d say it’s because they have light or funny moments, or moments where there’s a pause. Take Noir, for example, it’s about two lady assassins, more or less, but there’s times where they just sit, have dinner, talk, paint, have tea in moonlight, that kind of thing.

I don’t remember seeing all of DeathNote in the past, but the four episodes I saw yesterday just felt relentless (despite the lack of any real action in the anime) and I just felt tired and down just watching those.

About the only hobby-style thing that I’ve kept everything of is video games. And even on my tablet I’ve got rid of a few because I got bored with them (although they are free ones, so… No loss there!). About the only games that I’ve got on there are like Pixelberry’s games (High School Story and Hollywood U) and a couple of others that I have every intention of going back to. Otherwise, apart from that, I’ve got three VNs – Astoria, Castaway! (both from Voltage USA) and The Freshman (PlayChoices – I have zero interest in any of their other stories so far).

But all the Spectrum and consoles games I’ve got, I’m keeping. I just need to hope that when I do get a wonderful, loving, caring, beautiful girlfriend, and we move in together, I can persuade her to let me have a retro corner for my old Spectrum and consoles…! *grins*

I’m sure she’ll have her own hobbies, though, that’ll require the use of a room of her own, but I won’t care in the slightest! 😀 As long as I can come in and put my arms around her and everything every now and then, anyway! *hee* (Yes, I’m daydreaming! I’m allowed! 😀 )

So… There you go. A little bit more about my changing hobby preferences! *grins* Sorry if it’s a little disjointed, I got kind of side-tracked a bit by the news that Sam Allardyce has resigned as England manager, which I gotta say is a bit of a shock. I means, yeah, he made a massive mistake, but I was still expecting him to just get a slap on the wrist, not lose his job as manager of England.

I dun really have any sympathy for him, though. I means, yeah, he got stung – and I thought sting operations like that by media organisations were illegal now – but he should have never gotten himself in that situation in the first place. The only sympathy I have for him is the fact that when he became England manager you could see the enthuasism he had for the position, and to have that taken away from him after only one match… Yeah. It’s sad.

…Anyway. I’ll see you guys later this week! Might be Thursday, might be Friday. Depends on what happens! *grins* Oh, and I’ve got the physiotherapist tomorrow lunchtime. I’ve got a fair bit to tell her about the knee. Not much good news there, but we’ll see what happens tomorrow. I’m sure she’s got other ideas to try and get rid of the problem… Hopefully ones that will do the job! *grins*

More Visual Novels!

Heya guys! Writing a little late tonight (or very early in the morning, whichever one you’d prefer! *grins*) – it’s currently, umm… Nearly 2am, on a Wednesday morning (it’s not Tuesday any more!) and thankfully, I dun have work tomorrow – I took the day off because I have to go and see the dentist for the bi-annual check-up. Not expecting anything worse than a clean and bit of plaque removal – I’m lucky in that I’ve never had any problems with my teeth (so far!) and I haven’t had any complaints in the mouth department (apart from the usual problems that most people get occasionally… you know, like biting your lip and all that)

Anyway, the appointment’s not until the afternoon, so… Yeah. I dun have to wake up early or anything, and… *looks sheepish* Well, to be fair, I kind of lost track of time. *hee* I was reading a VN called Astoria, and playing the Medusa path – which, obviously, is the only path I’m even remotely interested in… *grins* – and… Yeah, it’s confirmed. I am a complete and total and utter hopeless romantic at heart. Not that I think that’s a surprise to anyone that’s been reading my blog or twitter for any length of time…!

It really is so nice to imagine that there’s someone like Medusa out there, just waiting for me to walk into her life and all… Although… I will say I’d rather just have a nice straightforward romance with her instead of having to worry about investigating gods and monsters and the like… *grins*

…Although I have to say, my main story Universe – which I’ve put on the back-burner, but not discarded or anything (I still intends to come back to that sometimes…) – does have their fair share of supernatural beings, so I’ve obviously done a fair amount of research and writing background and information about a lot of them – including the Medusa of Greek mythology. A far cry from the Medusa of the story, I must say!

But yeah, point is… All the things that the main character and Medusa gets up to when they’re together – whether it’s in the bookstore, going out for meals, or staying in together… That’s what kept me tapping away at my tablet eager to read the next bit.

Is it a good story? Well… I know I tends to cry at the drop of a hat, and that’s been the case ever since one of my depression attacks some years ago, but… Yeah, I did have tears going down my face. Mostly happy tears, don’t worry!

…I also tends to get a little bit obsessive over certain things from time to time. There’s been many a time when I’ve obsessively compulsively pored through books or sat down and played a game non-stop, or… *sheepish grin* well, you know, gushing about this or that lady I’ve seen (I really do wish I had more confidence in myself to actually go talk to them, seriously… One day, I promise!). A few days later, and I’m kind of back to my normal self, as in, not obsessing or gushing about that, maybe something new, but whether there is or isn’t… I do tends not to stay in that mood for long. And, yes, my current obsession is over Astoria and Medusa. I couldn’t wait to get back from work and snuggle up in my chair and read more about Medusa and everything else. Plowed my way through book 2. *grins* No, honest, about the only break I had reading that book was to draw curtains and turns on the light.

I’ve finished book 1 and 2 now. There’s one more book to go, which I think will be done later today (Wednesday), and then after that… Well, it’ll stay on the tablet until I wanna read it again – and I’m pretty sure I want to. I did see an upcoming post in-game (they give you quite a bit of spoilers in their text…) about possible future releases, and the latest one said that book 4 is going to be about you expecting a baby. Well, I guess with 5 possible guys and only Medusa being the only lady you could choose to date, I suppose they thought they should go that next step, after what’s happened in book 2 and what I can see from their spoiler descriptions for book 3.

How that would work with Medusa, though… *shrugs* I dunno. Maybe a sperm donor or possibly an adoption. Be interesting to find out.

Edit: Okay, I’ve finished book 3 now. I’d read most of it in the bath… And if you really need any further proof that I can get so lost in a story I forget my surroundings… *sheepish look, biting my lip* When I put the tablet down, I’d suddenly realised that the bath water was cold. *lol* Checked the time, and believe me, you do NOT want to know how long I’d been in there…! *grins* I really did love the story so much, though… Being with Medusa and everything… My heart ached at times and leaped for joy at other times. I don’t want to give anything away, but trust me, it was wonderful.

I’ve read a few VN books by now. Some good, some… not so good. And what’s surprising is the differences in what you get. I’ve read VNs that were completely free and accessible right from the start. I’ve also read VNs that were mostly locked until you pay – and there’s different methods about those too. For example, the simpliest is a straightforward payment to unlock the whole story, there’s a payment to unlock individual books, chapters, whatever you want to call them. And then there’s those that are free, but gives you only a couple of tokens to open the next chapter with at any one time, with renewal phases typically being around 4 hours for each tokens.

…Honestly, I find the token thing a little restrictive. Especially if you can’t go back and read previous chapters again, after already getting that far. I find it more of a struggle to keep everything straight in my head with those.

For example, I’ve read the romance stories (as far as they’ve gotten, anyway) in Choices, and you have to wait 4 hours for each token renewal, with a maximum of two. Considering that the romance section has 20 chapters – including the special date one that I went on, with Kaitlyn – that’s a few days to wait to read everything again.

The one that I’ve been struggling to read currently is from the same company (Voltage Entertainment USA) that made Astoria – Kisses and Curses – and you get a maximum of 5 tokens, plus any that you might want to pay for (or occasionally get for free), but each chapter in the story costs between 2 and 5 tokens themselves. So you’re not exactly getting much of the story in any one go.

If I had to choose a payment option, I would go for the flat fee that unlocks everything within the VN. I wouldn’t choose the multi-pay platform. I have decided to pay for those books / chapters individually when there wasn’t any other option (Astoria and LongStory, for example), but… It’s not something I’d choose to do, and I would certainly think carefully before going further with those stories locked by that payment method.

LongStory, though… I think it got it pretty right that payment method, if they had to do it that way. While the bulk of the story is generally the same, you do have those moments with your choice of romance option, and you don’t have to pay anything extra. Everything related to that book / chapter / etc is all included.

Astoria… I don’t think has it quite right. I willingly paid for it, but I certainly think it’s probably a bit too expensive, in the long run. Thankfully, I’m just sticking with Medusa. I’d shudder to think how much it would be if someone paid for all six options…

While I’m levelling criticism at Astoria, can I just say that the body shapes of the characters looks a little out of proportion? The torso area seems to be a little too elongated. The artwork for Kisses and Curses is better, but like I say… The method chosen to release the story – while free – is sometimes a little hard to remember by the time you’d get enough tokens to unlock the next section. And there’s no way to go back and re-read them either. Probably not until the end of the story. We’ll see. But yeah… It’s hard to keep track of it.

Okay, I’m starting to get a little drowsy. Gonna post this and then try to get a couple hours’ shut-eye before getting started on Book 3 of Astoria.

Hope all’s going well and I’ll write later!

Reading my next VN / game

Heya guys! Sorry for the delay in writing – I was planning to do so last night, after work… But work was just soo tiring and I was getting more and more annoyed over the day. What with tappy-happy people making my desk vibrate, and people coming over and taking over half of my desk because they want to talk to the guy next to me and everything else… *smh*

I swear, as soon as 4:30 hit, I was out of there. I just could not wait to get out. At all.

And to make matters worse, I had problems with – well, first of all, it was my knee which was feeling like it was sore every time I walked, but that soon passed – I don’t feel any pain from it, which is weird. I don’t think I banged it or anything, so… No. I dun have any idea what that was all about.

But I also had (and still have) pain from the heel area of my right foot – well, the back of my foot up to the ankle area. Which I cannot understand how it happened. Again, it’s not like I banged it or anything, unless I twitched or something and banged it on the wall or whatever while I was sleeping…

Hopefully, my heel will heals up soon. I know I’m not planning on going anywhere this weekend apart from the shops to get some groceries for the week but… Yeah.

I’ve been going back to play High School Story from Pixelberry. As I mentioned before, when I started changing my e-mail address and all around, I lost the progress from that game, and I was kind of upset about that, plus their support wasn’t really very helpful. And Google support which is apparently phone only is basically useless and pointless for me.

So… I left the game alone for a few weeks and now I feel like I can go back to it and all. I’m trying to get through the whole first few levels as quick as I can (I’m back up to L8 now – still a far cry from my L18 days!) and I’ve got so many quests open to me, it’s kinda crazy. But… It feel good to get back to it. With luck, I won’t have any more problems with this.

I haven’t gone back to Hollywood U yet. I probably will do in the near future, but for now, I just kind of want to focus on High School Story.

Well, that, and the new VN / game from Pixelberry, called Choices. You basically read one of three (so far) stories – a romance, a fantasy and a detective one. I went straight for the romance one (I don’t think anyone’s surprised about that! *hee*). Anyway… You make choices in those stories. Sometimes, they will cost diamonds, which is their way of getting you to give them money.

The problem I have with it, though… Okay, the VN / game (there’s a fair amount of choices here) is that for the romance one, you have a choice of three people you want to date (and you’re a female in the story), two of them are guys and the other’s female. Well… Considering I’m a lesbian, my only choice is going to be Kaitlyn! *hee* I don’t mind being friends with guys, I’m just not interested in going any further with them, and even though I know it’s just a story… I can’t pretend to be someone I’m not. Not when I’m trying to kind of project myself into the character, anyway!

So, I’ve been playing the game and making the choices as if it was myself. I try to be friendly to the guys but not giving them any encouragement, and I’m all over Kaitlyn (who’s also all over me!).

…And yet… The VN / game still tries to throw Chris and James (the two guys) at me. And I’ve been reading it, thinking, “Why is there still drama, why is the game trying to pretend I still don’t know who I want to go to this formal thing with? I’ve known right from the start who I want to be with. And the way I’ve been going about this, there shouldn’t be any question about who I wanna be with.”

For a VN / game setup that’s called “Choices”, it really does sometimes makes me feel like my choices aren’t really counting for very much. Which isn’t very good, I’m afraid. See… If I were to try and write a VN (and I think I could probably do the story side of thing, but the graphics… I’d need someone else to do that!), I would try and do it by taking into account all the different branching possibilities. That would means in some ways, the number of choices available would be less but it would also give you that feeling that the choices you’re making are having a definite impact on the way the story progress.

So, take the above story, for example… It should work out in a way that, if you’re only interested in one person (Kaitlyn!), the story should be different and Chris and James – while still around – would be less in the foreground, still somehows trying to get together with you. They’d be off dating someone else (in Chris’ case) or maybe looking wistfully at you (James) but knowing that you’d made your choice a long time ago. The VN / game really shouldn’t try to keep pushing them at you.

Likewise, if you really want to play it so that you’re kind of trying to hook up with all three at once, you should be able to do that. And the VN / game would play considerably differently between those two scenarios.

Although I can’t imagine trying to get together with three people at once. I know it’s college and all, but… Yeah. Maybe it’s just the way I am, I might think a number of ladies are hot, but I’d only want to be with one at any one time. I wouldn’t feel right having two or more on the go.

I have known guys and ladies who have done that… And if that’s the way they wanna live, the best of luck to them. But that’s not for me.

Anyway, yeah… The point is, if you put together a VN / game and call it something like “Choices”, you kind of really do have to give that feeling that your choices that you’re making really matter. At the moment, the feeling that I’ve gotten is, there’s this central story and all you’re doing is making the occasional incidental choice that’ll affect something on the sideline – like choosing whether to spend the night with someone or not.

I gotta say, there’s been times when (in VN / game) I was talking to Chris or James and they kind of tried to push themselves on me. Not fun. I know we’ve all had that kind of pressure in the past – I’ve had it myself (even from guys who know I’m a lesbian – they somehows think they’ll be the one to “change” me, make me realise all the fun I’m missing out on… *shudders* Eww… No thanks, guys!), I think pretty much every lady have had that pressure – but it’s still never fun to have to experience it.

I kind of want to say to every guy out there… Read this, and just see what it’s like when someone unwanted push themselves on you. Now you know what it’s like for us, so try not to do that. There’s no problem in asking, even asking more than once or whatever… But when you try to force us to date you or kiss you or something… That’s where it go wrong.

Anyway… The VN / game… I think once I’ve finished the romance story, I’ll put it aside until the new one comes out. I dun really have much interest in the detective or fantasy one at the moment. Hopefully, the second one in the series will be considerate of what choice you make in the first one – I dun hold out much hope, though…

The last complaint I have about Choices is that the maximum number of keys it allows you to have at any one time for free is 2. I think it should be a bit more, but… Oh well. Again, they’re trying to make money, and I can’t really blame them for that. But it does basically means I can only read 4 chapters a day. I’m currently on chapter 16. One more chapter to go, but I have to wait another hour and a half before I can read that last one!

Okay… Gonna stop here for now. Gotta get ready, go round the shops before it gets too busy, then do the laundry, and probably some cleaning up and moving things around. Fun and games, I know! *hee* See you guys later!

Lost games and recovering from illness

Hiya! How’s it going? Hope you’re doing well and everything. Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately, it’s just been, well… A bit of a mare for me, to be honest. I’ve been ill a lot, especially last weekend, and it’s only because I basically only slept and worked yesterday that I finally feel back to normal. Before that, I just felt really, really tired and not very well.

Thankfully, like I say, I’m now pretty much back to as normal as I ever get! *grins* And just in time, really, because next week from, like, Sunday evening to either Friday evening or Saturday afternoon, I’ll be on a break with the family, in Cornwall. I know, not the most exciting of trips, but I’m looking forward to it. First real break for a few years or so. (In the past few years, it’s been either staying at the flat and gaming a lot, or visiting family, nothing else).

This time round, Imma gonna be going to see Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan, and probably a few other places. I’ve not been to either place before so… It should be pretty interesting.

There are, of course, more places to see than just those two in Cornwall, but you know, I’m not the only one going, there’s other family members as well, so I made my two choices and there you go. I think we’re gonna be see castles or the like as well. I know Tintagel was mentioned, so I think that’s gonna be one of the places.

I haven’t started putting together a list of what I’m gonna be taking with me yet. I’d probably do that Saturday, make sure I’ve got everything before I head off on Sunday. I know some people would’ve started putting together a list as soon as it was arranged, but I think the day before is more than good enough.

The hard part of the whole going to see something will be the travelling. I seriously do not travel well, but if you want to go and see something… You’ve got to travel. Basically. So… Yeah, I just try to cope with it as best as I can.

You know that I’ve reviewed High School Story and Hollywood U, made by Pixelberry Games some time back? Well, ever since I’ve got my new tablet, I’ve been having trouble. Basically, my Google account (bleh… I know, Google are just as bad as failbook for their anti-privacy rules, but to be absolutely fair, I had an account with something or other – I think it was “blogger” – and that then got taken over by google, so… Yeah. They just basically transferred it over to their systems, so… *shrugs*) But, anyway, yeah… That account was linked to a Yahoo e-mail account, and… Let’s be honest, Yahoo have been progressively getting worse. When I created an account with them originally, I opted to use Classic, and… Let’s be honest, Classic was by far and away their best mail system. All they’ve done since then have made it uglier and slower and more awkward with every update. All in the name of progress, of course(!)

But the main problem that there is with Yahoo right now is simply the fact that they are getting more and more aggressive about trying to enforce you to give them your phone number. And when you’re deaf… Yeah.

So… Lately, I’ve kind of come to a decision that I need to move away from Yahoo. The only problem was there’s obviously been some kind of mad juice in the drinks that those free mail companies have, because pretty much everyone is asking for phone number and everything else. *smh* I mean, SERIOUSLY?? Not everyone has a phone! There are deaf people out there! Freaking companies, how discriminatory can they possibly get??

Anyway… I finally found one that don’t ask you for a phone number (shocking, I know!), so I’ve been trying it out for the past couple months or so. So far, so good, and I’ve not (so far) found anything bad about them – you know, security risks and the like – so… Yeah. If it stay this decent, I’ll probably be moving everything over there by the end of the year. Maybe. There’s probably a lot of forgotten stuff that I probably need to close or switch if I close down my yahoo accounts… (I got two left – I had a couple more, I think, but I closed those down as they’re not used or required).

But yeah, going back to the point off that tangent… I’ve recently transferred my google account from Yahoo to the new account and apart from Pixelberry’s two games, the other games were absolutely fine with my transferring from the change of e-mail address linked to the google account. Odd that it only affected Pixelberry’s.

Obviously, I don’t want to lose all that progress, especially considering I’ve spent real money on it, so I contacted their support and they were… less than helpful. It basically boiled down to “You’ll have to switch that account back to your old e-mail account if you want your game back”. *smh* They also advised me to contact Google if I couldn’t do that. Well… Guess what. I went to look at Google to see if I could find a contact e-mail address to ask for help to sort this ridiculous problem out and lo and behold, what do I see?

No contact e-mail address. Just a phone number. The site does mention if you want another way of contacting them, click on “contact us” but no matter where I go from clicking that, all I got was “Give us a call on this phone number!”

…….

I’m fairly certain this is really discriminatory.

Sadly… This is fairly common all the time. People are just so obsessed with their phone and “you must enter a phone number” fields on websites and the like that it just… They just forget sometimes that not everyone has a phone, and not everyone can use one.

So. Basically, thanks to Pixelberry for apparently linking their games to e-mail addresses instead of google play accounts (such an obvious thing to do, clearly all the other companies are just insane for daring to do something as crazy as link to a google play account!), and thanks to Google for being discriminating against deaf people, I have basically lost all progress and the money that I spent on those two games. *smh* *shrugs*

Will I start again? Right now, no. I’m just too disappointed in Pixelberry and Google. Maybe I will again one day, but… No.

I still think they’re good games, but the support and everything is just… abysmal.

This is, by the way, one of the main reasons why I so much prefer having physical copies of games and the like. That way, as long as you look after these things, you can’t possibly lose your stuff. I means, sheesh, I’ve got ZX Spectrum games older than me that still loads up fine!

Oh well… I was planning to write a second one to post today, but I think I’m gonna go watch a bit of recorded TV and then get some sleep for my last day at work before my week break… It was only gonna be about politics and women’s football anyway! *hee* I’ll write it tomorrow – so see you then!