No New updates

 
TiramaSue
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Re:No New updates

[Post New]by TiramaSue on Jun 3, 15 10:20 AM
Blue - yes, things are changing and will continue to change. If it makes some people happy to ignore the signs that things are changing, whatever.

The mods can only tell us what they are told. Right up until the last minute they were telling us that as soon as they heard there would be an update to ART, they would let us know, EVEN THOUGH THE DECISION TO CEASE UPDATING THIS GAME HAD ALREADY BEEN MADE.

The signs were all there, all we had to do is look around. But we insisted on being old dinosaurs who resist change. "I don't do Facebook" we cried. Well, if we had been adventurous to at least READ the developer's Facebook page (don't need to open a Facebook account to read), we would have noticed the developer's lack of promotion for their PC games and all the hype for their mobile phone games.

We used to buy games that came in boxes and played them on our tabletops. Then we bought games for those computers we were finally brave enough to try, and those games came on floppy disks, then moved on to the hard floppies, then to CD's, and finally we got brave enough to download games.

I personally have been dragged kicking and screaming from Windows 3.1 to Win95 to Win98 to Windows 200O to WinXP to Win7 (skipped Vista) to Win8. Each time I sat there fuming, mumbling that I liked the old OS better. Until my computer acted up and I had to use an older machine with the former OS. Then I couldn't wait until my DH fixed my machine so I could get back to my newer, better OS.

How many of us swore we'd never play a free-to-play game when the first one was released? But here we all are crying because this game will never be updated.

We cling to the familiar and resist moving to the unknown, forgetting that what's now old and comfortable and familiar was once new and strange and awkward for us to use.

 
Bluex
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Re:No New updates

[Post New]by Bluex on Jun 3, 15 10:57 AM
Oh god that win 98 was the worst! You are spot on.. I haven't bothered to change from Vista (PITA VISTA, asks you everytime if you want to do something. gotta click on it more than the comb in the train station!) as I was waiting for something better and 7 wasn't it. The when the son brought that windows 8, good grief it was a mess for me to work on, felt the fool too. So now that 8.1 is here I may need to bite the bullet and switch as that's where all the programs are going to go.
Saw a lil number in Best buy some months ago.. Had 8gigs of memory and 1TB hard drive....smooth! touch screen too....wonder if I could have touched screened my turtle .. Now that be a gaming workhorse!

 
ekstra2000
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Re:No New updates

[Post New]by ekstra2000 on Jun 3, 15 12:20 PM
8.1 isn't terrible...though it may be that I say that only because 8, which is what this laptop came with, was SO awful. They have promised a free upgrade to 10 when it comes out.
Some days I think 7 was the last halfway stable OS they offered.
Meanwhile, I'm still playing ART, for whatever reason. (Pirates Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas probably being the reason!)

 
ekstra2000
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Re:No New updates

[Post New]by ekstra2000 on Jun 3, 15 12:31 PM
And a PS to TiramaSu:

At my last job, when I was an auditor for a company which shall remain nameless, I started noticing big changes. The first was bringing in an exec from a different division to run ours. The next was a monthly conference call for all of us to update us on changes, new procedures, etc. Then there was an automation effort for our reporting. The new exec suddenly thought that we all needed "professional certification" for our jobs. Every time I'd see my direct boss, I'd ask him when they were going to close the department entirely. He, of course, had to say that he had heard nothing of such plans. On the day that they announced a mandatory call, I sat down at my desk, addressed an email to my direct boss that said "Told you so" and sent it to him about 30 seconds into the call. What amazed me was that apparently very few of my colleagues had figured it out. All the signs were there...but nobody was bothering to connect the dots. My boss, of course, knew quite a while before the official call, but of course wasn't in a position to admit it to me.
The same, I think, is true here. I started playing fairly shortly after the update in 2013 (I think...or maybe very early 2014). I've never had a Christmas special, so I'll be staying in this game for a while yet. But the length of time before the last update was a telltale sign in itself. BZ stopped answering questions...another sign.
And, of course, those who thought that this was going to happen were called naysayers and pessimists. I mentioned my theory of departmental closing to only one of my colleagues, because I knew that he harbored many of my doubts. But I'm not sure anyone else would have listened. Like the giraffe that somehow missed the fact that everybody else has left the watering hole for some reason, many of us just want the status quo...even if we wind up be dinner for the lions.
It's been fun...and it will continue to be fun until I decide it's done.

 
bfgMurrumbidgee
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Re:No New updates

[Post New]by bfgMurrumbidgee on Jun 3, 15 1:37 PM
G'day,

While I know that a post made earlier this week has already been shared in here I wanted to drop by personally and check in.

TiramaSue, you're correct there is a lot of change, and this is something that ha always been true of the games world. Yes, some developers are making the decision to move to new platforms for the products that they create but, as with all things what is good fit for one isn't always a good fit for all.

Downloadable games are important to Big Fish Games and our customers. We partner with a large number of developers who are passionate about PC games and we're excited to continue sharing this content with you.

The feedback that is being shared as a result of the decision surrounding these two games, and the conversations that have come up as a result are being shared with our teams, and touch on many important points. I will ask that we all try to keep the conversations related to the game and remain constructive and mindful of the Forum Rules when replying in these threads.

Please feel free to PM a moderator with any questions or concerns.
bfgMurrumbidgee


 
TiramaSue
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Re:No New updates

[Post New]by TiramaSue on Jul 14, 15 12:25 AM
How long has this been on the 'About Us' page? (bolding done by me)

Founded in 2002, Big Fish is the world's largest producer and distributor of casual games, delivering fun to millions of people around the world. Through its mobile and online distribution platforms, Big Fish has distributed more than 2.5 billion games to customers in 150 countries from a growing catalog of 450+ unique mobile games and 3,500+ unique PC games.

After successfully transitioning from a PC-centric to a mobile-centric company, Big Fish has emerged as a top grossing mobile publisher worldwide with a portfolio that includes the #1 mobile social casino game, Big Fish Casino. The company is headquartered in Seattle, WA, with regional offices in Oakland, CA, and Luxembourg.


My figures

# of PC games released by June 30 in 2011 - 271
# of PC games released by June 30 in 2014 - 234
# of PC games released by June 30 in 2015 - 202

 
Bluex
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Re:No New updates

[Post New]by Bluex on Jul 14, 15 5:52 AM
Well that gives a lot of validation(sad as it is) on what we have been talking about for months, doesn't it.

Edited on 07/14/2015 at 6:00:09 AM PST


 
TiramaSue
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Re:No New updates

[Post New]by TiramaSue on Jul 14, 15 6:03 AM
Bluex wrote:Well that gives a lot of validation on what we have been talking about for months, doesn't it.


And once again, the info was right under our noses, all we had to do was look.

 
 
 
 
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