July 11, 2010 … I told you so !

When deciding on publish an MMO, there is more to consider than the game itself and making money on it. There is also the community, the real world and law. On top of that, you also have available the work of players who have researched, analyzed and in some cases gushed over the years, the game.

Us, the authors of this blog told all over again to Acclaim people, that what they do with the community and game is wrong. They have many vulnerable points that can bust out anytime and create chaos. But, of course, we were considered  ‘trolls’  spreading ‘conspiracy theories’. Because we didn’t stand back and we supported with arguments our point of view, we were baned on forum and threaten that we will baned in game too. Well, we are not sorry fot that, because in the end, like it is in this case, seems we said the truth and had right all the way.

I don’t like to ‘try look smart’ now and  say: ” I told you so… “, but let’s remember :

1.  July, 11, 2010 I wrote on this blog: ” FTC Report to US Congress, Finds “Violently Explicit Content” in 9Dragons”.

2. July 23, 2010, Acclaim Sparta wrote on 9D forum :

Acclaim has implemented a new policy yesterday for all Acclaim games that we require players to be at least 13 years old to play. The changes have been deployed to all of our websites to prevent underage players from registering:

If a player enters an age under 13, they get an error message and a cookie is created preventing them from just changing the age and trying to register again. We are marking as “Inactive” status all existing player accounts whose age falls in this criteria.Players may contact 9dsupport@acclaim.com about the changes on their existing accounts or attempted registrations.

3.  August 2, 2010, Fugen wrote on 9D forum :

As many of you know, we recently banned all accounts that were registered when the person was under the age of 13. We require you to be at least 13 years of age to register and play 9Dragons.This is due to Federal Trade Commission regulations.This means that if you were under 13 at the time of registration even if you’re over 13 now, we have to ban your account. It does not matter how old you are; if you were 13 or under when you first registered, we cannot unban you. Again, this is due to government regulations. We appreciate your understanding.

How come this ‘troll blog’ how they like to call it knew it before Acclaim ? 4 people vs Acclaime ‘official specialists team’ can do a better work or wait… we are from US Congress…? Who are in reality, the trolls and the specialists? I think you already know the answer. This thing could have been avoid it,if only Acclaim had chosen the right people to work with. They all laugh on us and the law and now they hit the floor for the first time and is bad. From the topics answers on 9D forum, we can see easily that they can’t handle the situation in a crisis point. The explanations provided by ‘official team’ are not enough and are not substantially motivated because they don’t know how to do it. In fact, the only reason that Fugen is giving us… is : ‘ this is due to government regulations’.

I read there some hallucinating and imbecile explanations from moderators and VGMs like the law has changed and ‘poor’ Acclaim didn’t knew it and now they have to apply it. The law was there long before this. Federal Trade Commission only released the results of a congressionally mandated report looking into incidence of sexually and violently explicit content in online virtual worlds and made five recommendations to virtual world operators (including Acclaim) to “reduce the risk of youth exposure to explicit content :

1. Use more effective age-screening mechanisms to prevent children from registering in adult virtual worlds;

2. Use or enhance age-segregation techniques to make sure that people interact only with others in their age group;

3. Re-examine language filters to ensure that they detect and eliminate messages that violate rules of behavior in virtual worlds;

4. Provide more guidance to community enforcers in virtual worlds so they are better able to review and rate virtual world content, report potential underage users, and report any users who appear to be violating rules of behavior; and

5. Employ a staff of specially trained moderators who are equipped to take swift action against rule violations.

So , Acclaim started with the first one… I wonder what will happen when they will reach the 5th one… I said in post and I will say it again now :

So, let’s say congratulations to 9DRAGONS OFFICIAL TEAM for how  ’professional’ they manage the community, ending as  negative example in US Congress. Only Hermit, Fugen (let’s not forget BluFlash and Historian, Fugen is ‘new’, but he do the things in same way), drakenfyre aka 9D Bleez or whatever she calls herself now and the full bunch of anime, manga, vampire freaks aka the ‘muppets official team’ can have such a performance. Clap hands for you all, you deserve it!

So, Acclaim has learned a lesson from this whole episode ? The future will tell. As for me and the rest of the authors, we got sick and tired to try help Acclaim that we will not do it anymore. If they want help, they should take it to PMs !

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33 responses to “July 11, 2010 … I told you so !

  1. So true so true.

    They should`ve been more careful with their players to be over 13 yrs old, but as we expected , they didn’t

    P.S. – I love draken’s description. It really fits her. I mean, who in the world would make a thread about manga/animes and even sticky it on a 13+ game forum?

    I love her adult behavior.

  2. People expect an MMO developer to be in partnership with the players, sharing information to some extent and actively helping people get started. The last thing any player is going to expect from an MMO developer is to be ” far away” from player concerns, and chosing ‘stupid people’ to work with.. as Acclame is, look what happens…

  3. 5. Employ a staff of specially trained moderators who are equipped to take swift action against rule violations.

    When ?

  4. This is call ‘virtual face palm’.
    Acclaim didn’t even knew about FTC even is a old story, before you posted on this blog.

  5. Seems that Acclaim can only be forced to do the right things.When we get rid of all the anime-vampire freaks ? When is that? They should have start with no.5.

  6. Bones WTF ! Anyway the anime freaks should take along break and some pay moderators with special training must be hired . This will bring better communication with the community.

  7. For how many times Fugen said that the forum and game is Acclaim domain and they do what they want? The things has changed. All must respect the real law no ? Fugen, this is so epic for you, in your face!

  8. Omg ‘ this is due to government regulations’ ? Is that so Fugen ? Wasn’t the forum and 9D Acclaim property and you can do what you want in there ? Why you need to respect government regulations if you can do what what you want on your property?
    Yes, Acclaim people shut up and take this community humiliation : ‘we told you so’.

  9. I find this disturbing. I’ve asked about players under 13 and was told they can’t be banned, because the game is “recommended for 13+”. Not to mention how stupid it is to ban old accs. Imagine you started playing 2006 and were 12. Now you are 16 and get banned from a 13+ game for being too young 4 years ago? Wauw.

    Though I do find this ridiculous. A 10-year-old kid can play AC, CS, Hitman etc, but 9D is violent and sexually explicit? And what would stop ppl from lying aout their age? Eventually, the honest ones will get banned, the cheaters will keep playing…

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  11. Magimay the law was there since 2006, older but Acclaim didn’t knew or didn’t care so they have to apply it now, if not… closed game!

  12. In the future we might have to enter a credit to verify our age before playing a networked game. This is a new push from advocacy groups who say they want to protect minors from in-game advertising messages.

  13. Parents right now have the ability to block content via current consoles!
    I think all it’s about enforcing morality on kids as a whole.

  14. It is funny to see how Acclame blaime the US gov for his and they have no guilt. Acclaim didn’t respect the law and now players must suffer. They are at fault not the kids.

  15. ACCLAIM = FAULT = GIVE COMPENSATIONS !
    Once again Acclaim played with the law and got burned. I am gald to see that they have to obey the law on their own property!

  16. I subscribe to this :
    ………..So, let’s say congratulations to 9DRAGONS OFFICIAL TEAM for how ’professional’ they manage the community, ending as negative example in US Congress. Only Hermit, Fugen (let’s not forget BluFlash and Historian, Fugen is ‘new’, but he do the things in same way), drakenfyre aka 9D Bleez or whatever she calls herself now and the full bunch of anime, manga, vampire freaks aka the ‘muppets official team’ can have such a performance. Clap hands for you all, you deserve it!………………………

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