3 ways to prevent a ban from online games

3 ways to prevent a ban from online gamesGetting banned or suspended from a game is never fun and sometimes you might be mistakenly banned for no reason that you can see, but sadly some games won’t even talk to you about your misfortune, they are right and you are wrong.  Even if you say you were hacked, they say that this is your problem you should have protected your password.

I’ve played online games for many years with various gaming companies, Sony, EA games, Jagex,   Square Enix from the biggest to the smallest games – usually games that involve chatting and meeting new players, which is why I like Empire Avenue, the social media stockmarket game. This game enables me to chat to people that are like minded.  Empire avenue has recently changed many of its rules or TOS basically because the game had been seen to have users that were using the game for reasons not intended and it needed a shake up, to protect its users and its reputation. Due to this people have found themselves, told off, suspended, banned etc, however wrong this may seem this is actually how most gaming companies behave – in fact no, as you will see, from these examples, they are much more severe.

MMORPG Games such as Runescape have this policy 

If your account has been permanently banned for macro use, gold farming or real world trading, it means we deem the rule breaking serious enough to remove the account from RuneScape forever. We do not process appeals, tickets or emails about these type of bans. We will not enter into debate about these type of bans on our forums, Twitter, Facebook or through any other communication method.

Please remember that players are responsible for the actions of any person to have accessed their account. We provide a number of tools and tips to help players keep their accounts secure. In instances where an account was hijacked at the time of the ban offence, the account owner will be held accountable. Further details can be found via our T&Cs and Privacy Policy.

Bans on World of War craft 

We suspend an account when we find the user has violated one of our in-game policies. Depending on the severity of the violation, suspensions can range in duration from three hours to 14 days, 

We ban accounts when we find the user has repeatedly or grossly violated one of our in-game policies. A banned account is permanently closed and cannot be accessed for play. We will usually send a final warning message and apply a suspension to users in danger of an account ban. If this warning is ignored, we will permanently close the offending account.

However you may read on the forums that people have been “banned for no reason” and they cannot get their account back.

Banned on Xbox

XBox are very strict with their rules and I have known someone that lost 5 years worth of games and credits, when he was banned for no reason and Xbox would not discuss it, it was a very sad day for my friend.

MICROSOFT IS NOT OBLIGATED TO SEND YOU A WARNING BEFORE THESE ACTIONS OCCUR.  Microsoft is not obligated to monitor every post or activity, but has the right to remove any post or take action against any user.

Microsoft reserves the right to remove at any time, without notice, any user-created content, account, or device from the Services for actions determined to be in violation of this Code of Conduct or Terms of Use. Microsoft also reserves the right to immediately terminate or suspend a user for violations.

UPON RECEIVING A PERMANENT SUSPENSION, ALL CONTENT LICENSES, GOLD MEMBERSHIP TIME, AND MICROSOFT ACCOUNT BALANCE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUSPENDED ACCOUNT ARE FORFEITED.

Banned on Empire Avenue

Empire Avenue has similar rules

You agree not to use any spider, robot or other automatic means to search, monitor, copy or manipulate the content of Empire Avenue websites. You agree that you shall not use any automatic means, including software, to interfere with or attempt to interfere with Empire Avenue software or websites or their use by any other user. You agree not to knowingly cause any unreasonable burden or load on Empire Avenue software or its computer systems.

If you do not agree with any of the terms of the amended Agreement and/or Rules and/or Policy(ies) then you must terminate all use of the Web Site. This Agreement may not otherwise be amended.

These rules are put in place for the safety of other players and to prevent cheating so that gaming is fair for all.

Yes, all games are different, with any sort of game the best thing to do to secure your account is to follow the rules or if you like to take your chances and not follow the rules, then you need to take the consequences.
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3 ways to prevent a ban from online games

  1. Always read the T&C – TOS – Code of Conduct or rules for that game – mostly you see the same types of rules, but it is always good to make sure you have actually read them and follow those rules
  2. Most games will ban you without notice  for using unauthorized BOTS, MARCOS, Mods, Scripts or other automated programs that play the game for you that are used basically for cheating or to create unfair advantages to the user.
  3. Be respectful to other players, this can come under many guises, such as being abusive to other players with insults, bullying or threatening or even spamming them with your messages, that’s just rude.  Some games do not allow you to advertise your own product in-game. You won’t win friends and influence people by doing this and you can very well get reported by other players which can land you with a ban or a suspension.

There are many other ways to prevent yourself getting banned but if you have read the rules and abide by them you should hopefully be okay, this can apply to any platform or network online actually.

Obviously mistakes sometimes happen even to the big guys such as Xbox  if you search the internet for banned for no reason or suspended for no reason or I am being targeted by this game you will see thousands of results, with people complaining about many different games, whining that they were hacked and it wasn’t them or moaning about all the money they have now lost, and they didn’t do anything wrong, I would say the gaming companies have heard these complaints over and over and 9 times out of 10 the user knew exactly what they were doing, and this is why now the complaints fall on deaf ears, they don’t want to hear your whining. Rightly or wrongly, that’s just how it is – They want to concentrate on the users that are doing it right.

So basically we all need to tread very carefully, and check the rules on our favorite games haven’t changed, or actually read the changes in TOS when we are sent them –  myself included- especially if we want to keep the accounts that we care about and have built up over the years.

I hope that these 3 ways to prevent a ban from Online Games will help you understand the concept of gaming within the rules.

 

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Addicting Indie Adventure Game – Spud’s Quest

SPUDSQUESTLOGOSpud’s Quest is a fabulous indie adventure game created by Chris Davis from Derby UK, that takes you back in time as it was inspired by classics such as the Dizzy series, Zelda and Metroid.

Talk about nostalgia, yes – I’m emotional!

Chris has been interested in making games since he got hold of the ZX Sprectrum age 12, since then has taught himself to sprite and code games.

Spud’s Quest was successfully funded 120% on back in November 2012 on  Kickstarter with its 475 backers raising £6000

I first noticed this game from chat floating around on Twitter – It seems that Chris, who is on @SpudsQuest has done a wonderful job raising awareness on this Game.  Somewhere I saw someone ask him, how many on the Dev team – “Just me,” he answered.

I love Platform Puzzle Games, and the name “Spud’s Quest” intrigued me,  so I had to check it out more –  I saw that @beetlebear of @indiegamehq was reviewing it on Twitch.tv and giving away keys – so I popped over to have a look, I was impressed!   Its not often that you see a game like this that is so charming , with a story so fascinating you just have to carry on. The graphics are fantastic, the music just fits so perfectly with very smooth gameplay – just awesome, I couldn’t wait to have a go, so  I went straight over and downloaded the demo. (link below)

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Spud’s Quest – Story

Spud, (who is a small, round and blue) and his friend the frog, who of course is prince charming go on a journey through many lands, dungeons and levels to uncover four ancient stones to free prince charming of his curse.

Spud’s Quest – Adventure

On your journey to save the prince you find and collect items that you will need to advance to the next part, such as a key to open a door.  One annoying thing – I mean challenging part is that you can only hold 4 items, well you are very small and round. So, you need to remember where items are, so that if you need to you can come back later to collect them.    Talk to all of the characters in the game and they will often give you clues or tasks to complete and you will get a reward, to unlock another piece of the puzzle.

There are little blue diamonds throughout the game, as on the image – this is where you save you game, remember to save as often as possible, as its frustrating having to redo a large section of the game, as always.

The controls you can change to whatever you like but the standard settings are..

  • Arrow UP – Jump
  • Arrow Left – Go Left
  • Arrow Right – Go Right
  • Space Bar – Action/Inventory
  • Z – Fire/Shoot
  • C – Switch between Spud and Frog
  • X – Jump
  • Esc – Quit Game

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Spuds Quest – Updates

Spuds Quest is in Beta and Chris is continually updating the game, just today he added 25 accolades (achievements) and said he will probably be adding more.  Things just got even better !

I can’t  think of anything that I would like to change about this game – Full screen? Got – Hints, done.

Spuds Quest is currently waiting to get on to Steam, you can help with this by voting for its Greenlight – it costs you nothing, please help Spud’s Quest go Green

You will be charmed, taken back in time and addicted to this game within minutes – check out the DEMO and tell me you weren’t.

The full game costs just £4.99 (on the same link as the demo) which is absolutely worth it – I’ve been playing for ages and am only 4% done!  Okay so maybe I’m slow due to testing reasons! 🙂

Support indie games, lets spread the word. #spudsquest

 

 

 

Am I an Xbox Widow?


Xbox widows are people that complain that their spouses are playing on the Xbox all the time, that they are in second place to the console.

You can read on websites that some people are relegated to the bedroom to watch the 14inch portable TV all night, while their partner plays on the Xbox on the 42inch plasma.

When playing Xbox you might hear someone saying they have to sign out as their other-half wants to watch Eastenders or Big Brother and it will be divorce if they don’t.
There’s even a Facebook group for it
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=60579179697
A forum
And a support group
Some sound really extreme, like the guys that don’t work and just spend 24/7 playing on the Xbox but generally its just the evenings people seem to complain about,  griping that they don’t get any time with their spouses or the TV. Basically they feel unloved or replaced by the Xbox.
Thank goodness I don’t have that problem. 
We like gaming in this house.  We have 2 Xboxes, a playstation2 (not a PS3 we aren’t greedy), one main PC and some laptops and “stuff”.
We do spend family time together often but we don’t sit down every evening, all evening, slumped in front of Eastenders or Coronation Street or any other mind numbing program. 
I have never watched TV very much.  Even when I was younger and had my own lovely bedsit in Balham, I didn’t bother getting a TV as I preferred to listen to music or read a book, and my then bf thought I was poor and bought me a TV, or was he was bored with sitting in my bedsit, having to talk to me?
Nowadays I prefer to be to be designing, social networking, blogging, working, writing, playing games or just surfing on the internet. I used to play the Xbox more than I do now, but I choose to be at my desk, working away at something. This may all change when Kinect comes out though, for a few months anyway! 😉
When the boys are playing their Xboxes here it gives me peace and quiet to do what I want. So no, I’m not a widow, I rejoice in it!  Otherwise I would be the one getting moaned at for being on the internet or at my desk all the time, its happened before.
When the TV isn’t being used and I find myself suddenly in charge of the Xbox and the TV, I get my fix of gaming on the Xbox.  Here lies a problem – I use the TV so rarely I always forget which remote to use, which buttons to press and which channel to go on. This is truly embarrassing; me, the gadget girl can’t work a TV! I do however eventually remember or suddenly discover the correct buttons 🙂  and then I get stuck in, those hours then pass so quickly… until the next fix.
So maybe Xbox widows just need something for themselves, a hobby? Something that doesn’t involve the TV and then they won’t feel so left out.
Either that or get a bigger house and another 42″ TV – Job done.