Recent posts by Tetsuo_Shima on Kongregate

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Topic: Technical Support / What the heck happened with the email login

Seriously? This is possible? So basically a random person can totally screw another kong member over by simply making a ‘fake’ account and changing his email address into the one of said kong member, thus possibly preventing any future normal password resets of said member when he needs to and tries to use the forgot password link? Brilliant software development kong devs! :D

hint: unique key in database anyone?
(what a pain in the ass if you need to implement this after the fact, possibly spread over thousands of users)

I love how brilliantly unorganised kong works, as in the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is thinking? In one forum a kong admin posts that password security is serious business, in another it is hinted that mulitple members can be set to use the same email address which conflicts with password recovery, brilliant, you just can’t make this stuff up. :D
(provided the above explanation in the posts before holds any ground that is, if they don’t, ignore me completely, heck ignore me anyway, lmao)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / [PSA] Check and change your Gmail passwords!

Now talk about a late notification… :D

“Some people who checked the list and found their Gmail addresses there reported that it contained an old password for them, and often a password that they had reused on multiple sites. There’s speculation that the addresses may hay been stolen from other sites where people used their Gmail address as a log-in. Google itself says less than 2% of the leaked address-password pairs were current for Gmail. That sounds small but it means nearly 100,000 people need to change their Gmail passwords ASAP. If you’re one of them, Google should have already notified you.”

“Google encourages people to chill out about the leak. “We’re always monitoring for these dumps so we can respond quickly to protect our users,” says Google’s security team in a blog post about the leak. “We found that less than 2% of the username and password combinations might have worked, and our automated anti-hijacking systems would have blocked many of those login attempts. We’ve protected the affected accounts and have required those users to reset their passwords.””

So erm, don’t sweat it really, if you were affected and actively use the address, you’d already know about it. Furthermore, it’s always a bad idea to re-use the same password for multiple related websites (using your gmail email to sign up makes it related), so instead of just making a new password, make 2 passwords. Or better yet, grow some awareness, press through with some stamina and familiarise yourself with a nice open source password manager. ;)

google responds
forbes digs deeper

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Why so much discrimination?

If that upsets you, what are you going to do when another of those US-only potentially-win-nice-prizes events pops up again? Bomb Kongregate headquarters?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

It could be a funny comment if the account was actually lvl 65 7 years ago already, though that’s probably not the case.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The irony of giving a farewell gift for "Yu-Gi-Oh BAM" in the game "Tyrant Unleashed"

Doesn’t really matter, considering the dedication that has been shown to keeping war metal tyrant going, I’m sure in another year or two tyrant unleashed will be shutting down as well. People should realise this when they start to play these small time mmo’s, they are extremely unlikely to go on for a prolonged period of time. Any investment made is short term only! If people would realise this or be made purposely aware beforehand, some frustrations would never surface. Then again, most people have a knack for ignoring what they don’t want to hear anyway, so it could just as well be futile.

That being said, I opened the thing, but don’t seem to have gotten the actual loot. That or I don’t know where to look for it, not that it really matters, I won’t be playing it, it seems to be mostly identical to the old series, in the sense of: “hey, let’s do this all over again with minimal changes and updated technologies, so we get to charge people for mostly the same content again!” Kinda reminds me of EA, or lots of hollywood content for that matter. Still, if it sells, people must like this sort of semi-repitition. :D

edit: nevermind on the not gettig of loot, apparently i responded too quickly to the pm to load the game, since it’s now several hours later, i reloaded the game and tadaaa, there is the loot.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Dont post deleted

I guess no one here ever heard of the proper way to do email validation (I personally do not know any website worth mentioning where account details matter that does not do email validation for that matter). And even if you do not agree that kongregate should verify whether the contact details a user signs up with are at least working at that time by princible alone, surely no one can argue that it would not be a whole lot more user friendly in the long run if they did. Hence, small effort on kong’s part, increased stability on end user’s part, hence kong’s problem to fix. That is, if they care at all about security and stability for end users. The excuses you’re coming up with notwithstanding. At the very least verification should happen before any user is allowed to make payments. On top of that, having an email address as sole means of communication in terms of permanent and irreversible bans concerning monetary matters is a stupid thing anyway, though at least in this case I can see the effort required seriously exceeding the benefits for such a small company as kong that does try to do international sales. In the end I guess this all depends on expectations, education, good faith and effort. For kong I’m sure it boils down to cost versus benefit, as do all things, eventually.

No one actually commented on the fact whether or not kong actually does any email validation for starters btw, so i went and did that myself. It appears they don’t, at all, which would make kong an excellent website to get some scripted spam send to your bitterest of enemies. The whole sign up procedure seems to be something from 10 years ago. There’s no money in that of course, but it’d still be a fun hate project for an evening of boredom. :D

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Dont post deleted

Kongregate expecting a valid email address and actually using it for official communication without actually bothering to check wether it really is a working email address prior to full registration is really kongregate’s problem, not the user’s. It would be so easy to implement, but that would be a hurdle to take for registration and it would hurt their registered and active user’s count, thus less people potentially spending, so I can totally see how in an akward way they’re kind of scamming their way through common sense. I registered so long ago that I can’t even recall if they validate email adresses or not, but considering what you guys wrote above I’m guessing they don’t, in which case the above applies, if they do, it really is on the user’s own head.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Idle Games continue to hit the top / hot games on Kong

(yawn)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / An idea

you need to be over here with that

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Was there a font change?.....Solved

Chrome changed the graphics rendering from GDI+ (in use since before windows xp) to DirectWrite (since vista) in the update to version 37. Supposedly this was to bring with it better graphics, sharper defined edges etc, however, for a lot of web fonts, it’s clear the opposite is true. FireFox made this change a while ago, but after complaints, they switched back to GDI+ for certain badly affected web fonts. We’ll see how Google will handle this. If it really bothers you terribly, you can always switch off the new rendering in the chrome://flags page.

To be clear, this was not Kongregate’s doing, though in theory, they could solve it too, by switching to less affected fonts.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / miniclient for Wartune please.

Ah, the perils of massively investing in on line flash mmo games hosted on non-original sites (or even on line browser mmo’s in general). (chuckle)
It’s kind of funny that the solution would be a dedicated client? If I understand correctly?

(As a side note, I wouldn’t count on getting what you’re asking.)

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Muting another person

If someone has 1000+ muted members, maybe they should consider who really has issues anyway. :D

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Corrupt a wish glitch?

Not on purpose eh lmao…

It only took my laptop 10 seconds to expand all the nested <big> nodes, only to find at the center: “a wish where i wish of a wish”.

Open the post source and delete the offending node and you’ll be able to get to the bottom too, only to find another post that was deleted by a moderator (chuckle).

linky

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Why does Kongregate hate middleclicks?

You should probably mention your specific browser + extensions etc.

For me, while using default chrome install, the games dropdown on top works fine with middle clicks, all items on the frontpage also load fine in a new tab with a middle click, EXCEPT in the trending section, anything i middle click there gets opened in the active tab, if i however wait for the popup to appear and middle click on the “play now” button, it opens in a new tab again…

It also varies where i click on the item, if i click on something that is an explicit link, it opens in the active tab with a right click and with a left click, if i click somewhere random in the item box that isn’t explicitly a link item, it does nothing at all when i right click, but when i left click it open in the active tab, so something must be intercepting some events there, but i can’t be bothered to find out what and where. I’m sure an attentive dev that’s somewhat familiar with the code can probably nail it within a few minutes, the only question remains… Will it blen… errrm … get fixed… ^^

 
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Topic: Kongregate / how do i buy GP using phone payment in lebanon

Not a clue what game you’re talking about, but as far as I can tell, you cannot purchase kreds via phone in Lebanon on kongregate. On the bright side, you can always crunch some numbers on the gpu and apparition some bitcoins into existance and pay with those, apparently kong accepts bitcoins these days as payment. :D

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Fake accounts



For the die-hards
(Be sure to watch it in its entirety for full effect!)

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Accidently spend all my Gold

You need to contact the game’s developer.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / What Kongregate Needs

Depending on how they implement such a feature, it might actually make things worse. It’s always bad if you don’t “own” your own data. ;)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / possible to somehow transfer data?

If it’s for a multiplayer game, you can forget about it though.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / [New Feature] Guilds on Kongregate are Levelling up--Guild Chat is Here!

Interesting addition, probably useful, but considering you can only have one chat open and visible at the same time, it’s also not nearly as useful or community improving as it could be, in fact, it might even increase segregation.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Gateway really wasn’t that hard imo to call for a walkthrough. All puzzles are pretty straightforward and everything you need to solve them is blatantly screaming in your face. The only time I ran into a snag was in Gateway I, picking up the power cord for the tv, trying to plug it in, finding out it wasn’t long enough and the whole power cord disappeared on me, so even after I picked up the extension cord, I had to restart the whole game. Fun game though. ^^

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Birthday Kreds

I’m just gonna be just as lazy as you and simply tell you this has been suggested many times before without positive result instead of linking you to the respective posts and threads.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / [SUGGESTION] Kongregate 250 chat limit

I recall there being certain games where you actually had to announce raids and whatever in chat or you’d be waiting forever and forums really aren’t fast paced enough for that. I don’t recall issues with any chat post length issues though. Admittedly the current limit is a tad small, but doubling it would really create text walls. If it needs to be increased I’d definitely recommend a less than 50% raise.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / People need to stop judging each other, regardless of origin!

Everybody has some sort of prejudice going on, people aren’t robots and there is no absolute objectivity. Even you yourself in your opening post are showing sings of prejudice. The way to handle it is learn to live with the notion and as said before, ignore and move on.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The Problem of Ban Evasion

Unless Kong is doing the nasty, there is no way to check past account history when someone creates a new account. Even if they are doing the nasty, if the person who is making a new account can read and google and has some rudimentary skills, kong still won’t be able to if the account creator chooses.

Kong’s policy is a laid back one. If you’re counting on Kong or mods to solve this for you, you will run head first in to a dead end. Use the tools available to you as an individual user and don’t rely on any sort of modding and you’ll never have problems (unless you’re the one creating them).