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Don’t Spend Another Dollar On Mobile Strike

Mobile Strike is a darwinian base builder and combat game promoted by Arnold Schwarzenegger and developed by Machine Zone subsidiary, Epic War, LLC.

The game is overrun by pack loaders and griefers and we cannot recommend any purchases made in application until the developer takes steps to curb the rampant abuse.

One state in particular, state 635 HOCA, is run by an alliance thqat itself exploits the game and other legitimate consumers with a known pack loader selling in game to players in their alliance.

His full customer list is unknown, however the Alliance leader and current Head of State plainly is aware that the “pack loading” is occuring and ignores it.

The game is basically a cash grab.  Rather than deal with the fraud and abuse the developer opens new “states” with players drawn into new areas and segregated away from the older states.

As states develop and grow the pack loaders and griefers proliferate and gradually the states are driven to low population and then the developer opens news states.

The developer doesn’t go back and balance combat or deal with the corruption in the old states, that is left to the players.

However the combat is unbalanced by people who purchase from hackers, ie “pack loaders” who sell deeply discounted hacked in game upgrades.

Machine Zone is based on Palo Alto, CA, so we are unsure how long this corruption will last if it comes to the attention of regulators, but for now we recommend no one play nor make purchases in Mobile Strike.

The in game corruption, combined with rampant abuse of players with inadequate safety and privacy safeguards makes this game unsafe at any speed.

We contacted Mobilke Strike via email and received this response:

(Game of War is by same developer and same engine as Mobile Strike.  The game has the same issues and this player who  made this pack loader video plays both games.)

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Review of Crowdify: A New #SocialMedia Sharing (Slightly Gamified) Application

What is Crowdify?

Simply and succintly:  It’s Empire Avenue social media without the abusive personalities with perks and bitcoin.  It’s copromote, with a bit of gamification.

You set “Tasks” ie “missions” and send your fellow crowders out to your social media.

I created one, and “stole” some crowdycoins from MQT (20,000) on his facebook group mission.  Sadly I couldn’t complete it, but I did try.

He’s the banker I guess, so he can afford the loss.  I did join the other pages however.

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Where does my mission lead?

To this review.

The perks?  Nothing really special.

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It’s a clean and simple interface.

The app permissions to hook up facebook and the facebook page aren’t working.

The rest of the major social media sites hooked up quickly and easily.

Bitcoin is also built in, if you are into that.

It’s a little more content and “free stuff” than something like co-promote gives, and potentially less fun than EmpireKred (no serious gamification), but without the obvious negatives empire avenue offered.

So there’s always that.

The potential for a fun sharing site is there, and they seem to have a good chunk of new users to continue the testing.

There were not that many “tasks” to complete at this time.  I easily completed them all in a few minutes and earned what seemed for the small economy, a fair chunk of crowdy coins.

The game is available for free with a simple twitter login, and a premium membership of $12.00 a month that offers expanded options.

 

BeDeviled By Eggs On #Twitter? #SocialMedia Hints and Tips

Have to many eggs suddenly following you en masse?

Suspect “goons” are buying you followers as a strange form of reputation attack?

This helpful gentleman has written a script to get rid of eggs.

It works really well.

One tip, scroll down your follower feed to get as many eggs included in the scan as possible.

Most people think “eggs” are probably botted or fake accounts.

This script doesn’t scan for “fake” accounts, just egg avatars.

For any fakies, we recommend Status.People combined with Tweepi for excellent Twitter account management tools.

 

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@WorldofWarships Open Beta! Update! Building A Community A Priority

Last year when I was blogging about Empire Avenue and their attacks on customers, their support team lied to me and members of their leadership Gareth Davies (@me_gareth), Chris Sandys (@usafa_93), Keith Gill (@digitalkeith) and Team Leader Nance Larson (@nancelarson) not only attacked me in the forums, but spread their putrid behavior to Twitter to further attack myself and other customers.

Their attacks in public on Twitter necessitated a CA DOJ investigation of Twitter’s handling and the San Francisco DA’s office intervened twice to mediate with Twitter on my behalf.

Of course Empire Avenue has no commitment to their own Terms of Service or customer safety as their support team lied to me openly even as their leadership was suspended on Twitter for violent threats, doxing me, and non violent threats.

Keith Gill was moderated by Instagram for using violent imagery to cyber bully.

Strangely enough Empire Avenue had to learn the very hard way that attacking customers is not a way to build a successful community or business and suffered a massive loss of traffic according to Alexa rankings.

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This contrasts sharply with Community Manager for World of Warships who responded in a timely manner after the weekend moderation team was somewhat slow in moderating the horrendous troll in their forums.

The troll has been banned from posting, which again directly contrasts with how Empire Avenue acted, when they let their leadership openly attack other customers both inside the Empire Avenue forums and online on Twitter, G+ and Facebook.

In fact many people have reported that Gareth Davies can hack facebook messanger to act in an intimidating manner.  I have seen that happen myself as well.

Except for this adventure with the troll, World of Warships continues to be a fun game, and I will soon be unlocking tier 5 ships across the 4 classes.

My tier 5 Destroyer is tons of fun, and pursuing battleships in the shallows between islands a fun challenge.

My thanks to the Devs and Community Manager for the quick response and proving that community, safety and customer feedback is important during their open beta.

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@WorldofWarships Open Beta. Recommendation? Don’t Play

Honestly the game itself is fun if you’re into non historical ship battles.

The game is in open beta, is free to play at baseline with paid in game currency purchasable to gain certain new ships and make progression through the tiers easier if you convert “free” experience with paid for currency.

That’s right.  You can look at your pretty “free” experience on the screen but you can’t USE it until you buy their in game currency.  That’s not my definition of free.

I’m just over one week into the game, and have been seriously trolled by a fanboy with the grand total of 2 weeks experience for daring to post about my experiences in game so far.

Unfortunately abuse on the internet is rampant and that includes the World of Warships forums.

As a result I can’t recommend playing for free to help World of Warships get their game into final playable condition until they stop abusive players from abusing other new players who are simply offering honest feedback about their experiences in good faith.

The game itself is simple and intuitive.  Typical WASD controls, and it’s easy to learn the gunnery to hit small moving targets moving at oblique angles.

Unfortunately the forum denizens ruin it for anyone who wants to have fun and provide honest feedback.

Thumbs down for now.

It’s hard to imagine I get better customer service from Twitter, but I do.  That’s how bad it is.

 

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