Former Shroud of the Avatar forum member and current Shroud Unlimited forum member Nemo Herringwary has created a couple of little video reviews with his ongoing experience into SotA to this point. And when I say little, I lie! These are packed full of logical even handed information and I think are reactions from your average every day gamer, this is probably why voluntarily left the cash heavy SotA forums long ago! Someone like you or me, the 99%, would think the same things Nemo does as he rolls through New Britannia experiencing everything he can’t afford to buy for real cash, lawl. Sorry Nemo, but your videos really do prove that human beings love to watch other human beings suffer 😛
These are a great watch folks, and Nemo is quite entertaining so give them a watch if you’re a SotA newb, pro, or perspective future player!
A link has been added to the blog to his channel also so you can catch future episodes.
Just a quick post here today as it will be related in part to my next post. This is a collection of Steam posts which were posted by a single Shroud of the Avatar developer working for Portalarium who goes by the handle, on Steam, catnipgames.
Some of these posts appear to since have been retracted and can no longer be located, unless I am doing something incorrect, but thanks to helpful members of both the Shroud of the Avatar and the Shroud Unlimited communities some evidence in form of screen shots remain.
Here first are the rules for posting:
And now for some drugged up cat meows:
So you’re not going to tell people who might read this review what you don’t like. You’re just going to restate that you think it is a cash grab. K, thanks for the awesome feedback. I’m sure that really helps real users who are considering the game make an informed decision.
@Deagle, I banned someone who had not purchased the game, came to the forum and made about a dozen completely unconstructive posts. We might ban one person a week, if that and I always verify that they haven’t purchased the game. Sorry, but you have to add something to the conversation and that guy didn’t. He was just dropping poop everywhere and attacking other posters and then moving on to the next forum to troll.
And the rest:
I don’t think I need to comment further, the comments stand for themselves. Have a look at those reviews linked in while they still exist because they may not for long. Especially the one where catnipgames is accused of banning a user from the Steam area including his review because he didn’t own the game, when in fact he did own the game.
There are a number of Steam and/or review topics over on Shroud Unlimited so I don’t need to create a new discussion at this point. Feel free to do so if you wish or find any of the others.
Steam. Fucking Steam. I don’t own it, but others do. Portalarium have had a rather sorted affair with Steam already with the Devs asking in the Shroud of the Avatar Forum for backers to post positive reviews to the culling of both negative reviews and forum posts on Steam. Surprise? No. Working? Yes.
Just have a quick look, when I last checked the game overall read as: Mostly Positive out of 509 reviews. 74% are positive.
But when you get right into it, check the All Time reviews for helpfulness. 8 out of 10 of them are negative. Check the most recents(when I did it was this) and you end up with 7 out of 10 negative. The trending is there, and they will need to stay on top of this by a few simple criteria:
1. Did someone say something bad about SotA?
Yes: CHECK USER
2. Is user a backer, owns Shroud of the Avatar?
No: BAN or Lie about it and then BAN.
Yes: Establish one or more negative comments in either Steam or SotA community, issue a troll label and then BAN.
Easy as that kids, two steps.
Today Kuno, a friend of the blog and poster on the Shroud Unlimited Forums, shed some light on some activity which was observed recently in the Steam community. Portalarium are up to their little tricksies as always. I suppose this counts as my first guest poster! Here it is:
In a Steam discussion thread titled “hearing alot of mixed reviews“, an individual asked if he should buy the game in light of the mixed reviews, and several posters warned the OP not to buy SotA.
One of these posters was Strykerx88, who unsurprisingly, posted many negative things about SotA being a chance for adults to play dress up and that it was little more than a virtual LARP-fest (he also posted a review about it with 17/20 helpfulness rating).
However, his posts were quickly removed and he was apparently banned, but fortunately, some snippets of quotes from him remained in posts made by “Smackaholic” (I assume that’s Smack from the SotA forums). This snippet of quoted text led another individual named DEAGLE EVERY ROUND to post the following:
I see people responding to comments that don’t exist. Are these devs banning people who say negative things about their game too? A lot of this going on lately on Steam.
Hilariously, and with no sense of shame, Chris wrote the following in response:
@deagle, I banned someone who had not purchased the game, came to the forum and made about a dozen completely unconstructive posts. We might ban one person a week, if that and I always verify that they haven’t purchased the game. Sorry, but you have to add something to the conversation and that guy didn’t. He was just dropping poop everywhere and attacking other posters and then moving on to the next forum to troll.
It’s too bad for the LYING LIAR Chris that taking a simple gander at Strykerx88’s Steam profile shows that he DOES, in fact, own the game:
So much for the LIE that he verified if Strykerx88 purchased the game or not.
Also, all the talk about verifying if he owned the game or not implies that they don’t ban people who own the game, but then what about this:
^(This image is from my own ban, not Strykerx88’s, but I wanted to include it as proof that they DO in fact ban people who own the game, not just those who post negative things and don’t own it, as Chris implied)
What’s even more amazing to me, considering the experience of so many of us here, is the claim that they “might ban one person a week.” LOLOLOLOOLOLOLOLLLLLLLLLLLLL. Holy shiet.
And how about the hubris in statements like “Sorry, but you have to add something to the conversation and that guy didn’t.”
So, Strykerx88 posts a review that garners 17/20 “helpfulness” rating, yet now his posts are deleted and he’s presumably banned because Chris decided Strykerx88 is not adding something to the conversation and then Chris LIES about him not owning the game.
Let’s call a spade a spade… he wasn’t adding something to the conversation that Chris LIKED, so he banned him.
In conclusion, FUCK YOU, Chris.
Alright, back to delivering mah rainbows all around tha werld….