Some of you know me from my 2017 forums rants. Others may know me for my in-game generous giveaways.
This is my last huzzah on this game. Since 2018… This community has grown… Increasingly hostile to my presence. Unlike 2017, I find no comfort in playing this game anymore.
Pixel Worlds has taken not only a toll on my wallet, but also on my mind as well. It has lost it’s magic touch that it had on me when I first saw an online advertisement about it.
The rant was going to start here… But I deleted it and saved the draft in a text file. I went over this thing more than 20 times in my head. The spoiler parts maybe count as rants idk.
If anyone wants the draft, it goes into detail about all the problems this game has. I wouldn’t bet on it though since I might not even be here much longer. If I posted the full draft, I probably would’ve gotten banned from the admins just because that’s how it is with many admins/mods in many gaming communities.
I was hoping the admins would help me with my final problem… But the wolves of this community are, as always (same in Discord and on the old forums), quick to tear apart. However, I won’t tolerate any verbal abuse. The admin’s can prove me wrong right here and now. They shouldn’t be bound by standards that many admins/mods in other gaming communities uphold. Especially the “can’t” and “won’t” standards.
If anyone wishes to put up an argument against my case, I’m all for it. However, I’ll only take it from the intellectuals of this community that know about the problems that this game faces. Not the ignorant wolves that cut to the chase.
At the end of this year. . . I’m going to be doing my final giveaway. It first started with 2017. Now it’s all going to end with 2020. I still believe there are many other good people within this community. However it’s only full of greedy individuals looking to profit off this MMO just like any other. What a shame. What a big fat shame. . .
My first criticism…
ADE… Admins just had to ruin the immersion for us rare rift travelers. I mean… Sure… Open it up to advance the lore. But now… Stop. Everyone is just trying to profit off of it. Ruined it for us 1%. It’s been more than a couple of months. Always profit. If it had been open for at least 2 weeks, it would have kept the rarity and exploration at a balanced minimum… However… You admins ruined one of my reason for staying.
The second criticism…
I don’t hate Support. I’m just not fond of them. That is both an opinion and fact.
I can’t leave without saying one thing on the matter of scamming. It has become much more prevalent in pay to play (P2P). It’s always the players. You’re going to take it from me admins. You going to take this informative criticism. IT’S ALWAYS THE PLAYERS THAT SCAM OTHER INNOCENT PLAYERS. THUS THE CYCLE REPEATS AND THE VICTIMS BECOME SCAMMERS THEMSELVES. Eternal. Unlimited. Infinite.
Why the heck did you guys think P2P was a good idea to be allowed. Especially when managed by shady players. You guys can’t keep mitigating the situation with the moderators. Enforcing the rules does nothing but causes the rule breakers to do their shady business in secrecy and anonymity. In the end, it’s the general population of innocent players and bystanders that lose.
P2P is basically gambling. Underage gambling is illegal in some particular countries. Kukouri Entertainment is overdue for a class action lawsuit from the parents of many underage players of this game in multiple countries. Especially when such fraudulent activity is involved in this environment. You guys are gonna have to cut your losses right now and prohibited P2P.
But how could you guys have forgotten. Especially in gambling, there’s always dealer in gambling that manages the assets of all the participants in the playing field. Make a dealer block/item that auto detects winners/losers and distributes the rewards to the winner. Compatible with multiple minigames and wiring mechanics. Make it a free 0 gem item in the shop that is only available after 24 hours between purchases. And allow a percentage tax. Only allow P2P with such an item because it discourages scamming.
I still wouldn’t risk it though. Prohibit P2P. It’s done. It’s over. If the parents find out, they’re going to hunt you admins down across international waters. It’ll all be all over the news and a PR disaster.
The only way P2P would survive is if it was prohibited but mutiple third-party individuals are still dedicated to keeping it alive. It would still encourage scamming, but it would rat out the scammers themselves and engrave the trustworthy dealers as potential P2P hubs for many players.
I would even go so far as to say Boosters are a form of gambling. In fact, it would be very much akin to scratchers that you would buy at any store that sells them.
Last but certainly not least, the lottery wheel of fortune in PIXELMINES. I got on 5 stars 10 times and it bopped it back to 1 star from like 15 feet away. That’s not how physics works. That’s not how a lottery wheel works… Especially in real time and life. That is trash RNG. That is blatant fraud. That is pure arcade gambling. I put so much money into that and never got the Wyvern. The same can’t be said for the lucky few who managed to achieve the possible “payout” rate.
There’s another topic that I would like to bring my attention towards. It’s cheating. I’ve lurked around in some game hacking communities and forums… It’s blatantly obvious that the development against cheats/hacks have reached an all time low for this game. There are also some months old trainers that I’ve seen that are possibly still working. I can’t say much though because… How the hell would I know.
On the matter of hacking and not cheating, an acquaintance of mine recently had their account compromised. I have advocated for 2FA for in-game accounts in the old forums but admins don’t listen. Money money money.
Unless you follow the stereotype of being the kid who takes candy from the shady guy in the white van, no one would ever share their account credentials. Not only that, but you would also make a good password. However, I had a password that was relevant to my username and easy to guess for 3 years. Same password since 2017. I changed it a week ago into a completely different and secure password. They had a password that was utterly irrelevant and impossible to brute-force under any circumstance and never downloaded any sketchy keyloggers or malware. Based on the knowledge they have given me, my only guess it that there was an unannounced database breach. That’s only speculation though. I’m not pointing fingers though.
It just goes to show how lax the security in this game is. I would encourage 15+ character string passwords that are changed every month.
2FA for sure won’t solve anything. But it’ll at least add an extra layer of security that is needed. Better yet, security questions. Many games use security questions as a form of account security. Not only that, but also suspicious activity and IP detection with the possibility of blacklisting unauthorized IP.
Back to cheating. As I have just mention, blacklist. I recently brought it up on Discord but world owners should be able to blacklist cheaters from re-entering a world after they leave to escape a world ban.
That’s all I have for now…
There are many other things that I would love to bring up, especially in some “private” support emails. But… Typing this is already getting too stressful.
Fifth and final…
Old forums and user data. Here’s my take on the new forums… It sucks. The old forums was much more linear and easy to navigate. This is too much for my small brain. User data from the old forums should at least be archived if not imported. There are some useful points of reference that community may still need and not have access to.
There are going to be some crack heads trying to be smart and explaining things to me that I already know. I’m going to say it right now. Stop. I don’t want to hear it. I already know how things work in this game. If you do it, I will consider you a troll when I’m trying to be serious.
I will only take serious arguments. If you start to defame me, call me weird, or question my sanity, I’m going to delete and repost this. This is how I have always been. Since 2017 old forums. Until today.
To those who read until the end or maybe skipped everything but still chose to view this rant. . .
Congratulations. You have come across the crucial information to my giveaway.
The theme of this giveaway… “Regret.” I’m only going to choose only 1 winner. Tell me what is your greatest regret of 2020. Starting now until the end of this year, I will only look for 1 winner with the most serious and honest answer. The prize is unknown. Anyone may participate.
(Ex. “My greatest regret of 2020 is/was returning to this game and playing it.”)
(Ex. #2 “My greatest regret of 2020 was staying home and not being able to see my friends.”)
(Ex. #3 "My greatest regret of 2020 is being unable to help my parents financially during these hard times.)
So and so forth. If you want to give me a list of your greatest regrets go for it. But I’m only looking for 1. Your top most greatest regret of 2020. Let all your frustrations and anger out. Share your regrets. Tell me everything. I will listen. Then we can move forward towards a better future. To 2021. This is and will be my last act of defiance and charity against the nature of this toxic wasteland. Until then, fare thee well and stay safe.
I was also going to bash on the moderator system. Not the moderators themselves. They’re only human. Same with the administrators. But… Still. This system is outdated.
With the advent of this new forum board. . . Admins should be asking themselves this. When was the last time they hired new volunteer moderators?
There are not enough mods online to go around. There should be at least 20 mods. Moderator applications should be based on age, maturity, and practicality. A new rotation cycle should be implemented every 4-6 months to see who wants to stay on the team, who wants to leave, and who has been inactive the longest.
I’m definitely not going to apply since I’ve already quit this game to begin with. But we should have a new fresh set of virtuous applicants willing to go around the clock and moderating the game.
Definitely should hire some, multiple people from each different timezone so that “around the clock” idea will work. 3-5 users/players from each timezone.