Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Well, shoot

Well, shoot. I accidentally just deleted like 600 of the pics on my blog.... Kinda ruined it. Oops. Well there goes 2 years worth of work.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Random post - favorite songs. Not returning. Just wanted to post this lol

Random post. Nobody probably visits this blog anymore. I don't play AJ anymore, obviously. But if you guys wanted to check out some amazing music, click the links below. I've been getting really into music lately. Listening to it 24/7. Check the songs out below. They're awesome!! 5 Seconds of Summer, Charlie Puth, Good Charlotte, Fall Out Boy, Nirvana, Conor Maynard, One Direction, The Vamps, etc...
Here are some of my favorite individual songs at the moment:
(Click song title to go to song on YouTube)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Grow up, AJHQ

My god... Grow UP AJHQ. These POSTS... They just KEEP getting worse AND worse. And NO, JAMAA is NOT full of LUCK lately?!!!!!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I Got Scammed by CandyKat5607

CandyKat5607 scammed me today. She sent me a Jam-A-Gram telling me to come to my den. Then she said she needed my purple New Year's Party Hat and Epic Penguin Plushie for a picture she was taking. She said she'd give them back in one minute and I trusted her because we'd been friends for a while and I thought she was awesome, funny, and cool. I sent her the items and then she immediately locked her den and unbuddied me.

I was so shocked when I saw the message "this jammer's den has been locked" and was booted to Jamaa Township because I really trusted Candy to return my items once she was finished taking the supposed "pic." She said she'd give my items back in less then a minute and I told her to promise to do this and she promised.

Now, this is nothing new. I've been scammed before (all involving Jam-A-Grams and conspiracies), and I'll admit there were some early warning signs that I didn't heed. It was suspicious that she asked for my purple party hat because I'd changed my animal (it had been an owl) to my penguin that was wearing the purple party hat when I got to her den and saw that she was a penguin. Before I was in her den, I had been an owl. So the fact that she asked for the party hat once she saw it on my penguin was suspicious... but I trusted her as a friend and so I sent both items - the epic penguin plushie and the party hat.

It's not like I've never been scammed before and know it's not smart to send your items to anyone unless you can trust them. I thought I could trust her, but I was wrong... This was the first time I've been scammed in about 2 years. Even when I joined AJ for the first time, I knew what scamming was and knew when people were trying to scam me... But for some reason, I wanted to be a good friend today (I try to do that every day, but that's not the point) and so I sent her the items so she could use them for a short period to take a picture... I regret doing that now...

Thank god I have great, amazing, supportive friends who helped me out today. Some of them sent me items and others just lent a kind, supportive ear to hear what happened. Thank you guys so much: DoomyPanda, Balaur, Nafaria9, and Shimmers. You are true friends and I am so lucky to have you guys.

I am definitely not the only one to get scammed by Candy. A while ago, a person named Westernspirit came to my den (where Candy and I were hanging out - we were buddies then) to chase Candy down after she scammed her at a trading party in someone's den. I didn't know who to believe, to tell you the truth, but I was more than willing to hear Westernspirit's story. She said that Candy stole her fox hat by doing a trust trade... Now, I'll admit trust trades are a little different than just sending a person your items because they're your friend and you think they'll give them back after they take a pic, but trust trading is nevertheless horrible. So yeah. Another jammer had their long black spike collar scammed by Candy. And there are still other people Candy has scammed as well... If you see this "jammer" (more like "scammer") around, beware. What's even worse is that she fakes being a good, funny friend! It's easier to avoid and be wary of jammers who are obvious scammers, but people who stab you in the back after they feign friendship are the ones you need to be really careful of. If she's on your buddy list, I wouldn't delete her necessarily, but just know that she DOES scam, even if she seems awesome!

I only bothered reporting her once (because AJ doesn't care about people who get scammed and they never help anyone out) and I only sent Candy two Jam-A-Grams after the incident, just saying how I couldn't believe she'd do something like that and I thought we were friends. As I expected, I received no response from her. I also noticed that she happened to be wearing a purple party hat that she hadn't been wearing before. Gee, I wonder where she got that?!!
It's so ironic how we just had the Friendship Festival and are now having the Lucky Day Party, yet scamming is still going on, strong as ever.

I guess the lesson here is that ANYONE can scam you, even people who you think are your friends. The other lesson is that there are some really great, awesome jammers out there who provide help and support for people who have been scammed. We need more people like them and less scammers.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Safe Chat

How can I get Safe Chat for my player account?

AJHQ requires parents to provide verified consent for their children to use various interactive features within Animal Jam, including Safe Chat.

This consent can be given either during a purchase of an Animal Jam membership with a credit card,
or by contacting Animal Jam Support HQ at support@animalJam.com.

Safe chat is currently reserved for player accounts with an Animal Jam membership. Your parents can find out more about the different types of chat and how to change them by clicking here.

_________________________

I'm not sure about the second paragraph. AJ mentions that parental consent can be given either by buying a membership OR emailing AJHQ support... But then they totally contradict paragraph 2 in paragraph 3 by saying that safe chat is reserved for player accounts with a membership.

I'm not sure whether email consent still works (as opposed to buying a membership), but if you guys don't want to buy a membership just to get a privilege you always had until AJ took it away from you, I'd try having your parent email AJHQ to give parental consent for safe chat.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Interesting Article about Play Wild (AJ's mobile app)

LOL. Notice how Mt. Shiveer is now called Mountain Shiveer







As most of you know, AJ has an Android app called "Play Wild." I'm not going to delve into the specifics, but here is an article that talks about what AJ plans to do with Play Wild in the future...

http://venturebeat.com/2015/02/19/how-one-mobile-developer-says-it-has-an-ethical-monetization-plan-for-its-kids-game/

What do you guys think about AJ's plan to add in-app purchases to Play Wild? I don't have a problem with it, as long as the game is still enjoyable and AJ doesn't hassle players to buy in-game items.

OMG! Interesting fact. Apparently, Animal Jam's nearest rival is Disney's Club Penguin and the main reason they created Play Wild is to surpass CP!!! And apparently AJ is catching up to it!

Highlights:
- Play Wild will launch with 6 or 7 animal species to choose from, a couple of which will be free. WildWorks (Smart Bomb Interactive) will then add more every few weeks.
- Animals will probably cost $1.99
- You can send the in-game animals you're not currently using on missions, which will earn you premium currency to use in game.
- You can buy new dens and other customizable items with this premium currency
- Even free users can use premium currency, but it's going to be a lot quicker to earn if you own multiple animal species
- All the minigames and the social and educational features of Play Wild will stay free for everyone.
- National Geographic videos will also be available on mobile, but in full-screen
- WildWorks will make sure that every current player on the online version of AJ will have a place reserved for them on the mobile version. They will have their username from online AJ saved for their own use on the mobile version
Crystal Sands

AJHQ in Action - Thanks for all the support! NOT

Wow. Take a look at this. Some support. It's like they don't even care and don't even read your responses! Not that that's surprising, but still.
XD she basically stated the obvious and didn't help at all. "Dear Jammer, some words and phrases are blocked by our chat filter." Duh. That's why I sent you a support ticket, to get them unblocked!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Den Teleporters

I think it would be cool if we could have den teleporters for our OWN dens. Like you could put a teleporter in that allows people to teleport to another one of your dens.

Just an idea.

This is similar to castle teleporters in Wizard101, one of my favorite games.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Brady Barr's Chemistry Set No Longer Changes Colors

Wow... When you create Brady Barr's secret chemistry formula, it no longer changes colors...
So AJ has time to get rid of cool stuff like a formula that changes colors but DOESN'T have time to fix glitches and send non-canned AJ support responses????

Get your priorties straight, AJ! :O

UPDATE: My bad. I forgot you have to use the last test tube. >.<

Nostalgia

1. AJ's first birthday

2. When oceans and ocean animals were first introduced to Jamaa

3. Brady Barr's vids and Sarepia Theater's vids

4. The "shamans" (now called the alphas)

5. Animal Jam lore. Recently, AJ has become a lot less about science and Jamaasian culture. Now it's all about diamonds, memberships, rares, scamming, headdresses, spikes, etc

That's all I can think of right now. But AJ really has changed. And I don't think it's changed for the better. There are some things I really like, like adventures, Brady Barr, and Tierney Thys. There are other things I hate, like diamonds, the widening gap between members and non-members, the CRAZY STRICT chat filter that won't let you say more than one sentence at a time, the inability of new non-members to send gifts, the inability of non-members to have safe chat, the end of monthly member gifts, the REINTRODUCTION of old monthly member gifts that AJHQ promised they'd never bring back, and the dumb robot-responses from AJHQ support. (All except Joe, an AJ support guy. He's on my nostalgia list, too, because modern AJ is lacking in good support workers like Joe.)

I also am not a fan of the overuse of emotes, !!!!!!!, ??????, and excessive capitalization of words in the Jamaa Journal and The Daily Explorer. I feel like AJ is becoming more and more geared towards really young kids. I mean, did you hear Peck's voice in the AJ create a new account tutorial? Yikes.

P.S. Here are some responses from Joe, the AJHQ worker, so you can see what I mean when I say AJ is currently lacking in great support workers like Joe.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Baby sloths being potty-trained

Too cute. I really had to share this.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Big Rant - Necessary AJ Improvements

Here is a list of stuff that irritates me:

1. Non-members can't open gifts that are sent to them (this has always been true, but it still sucks).

2. Non-members can't SEND gifts. What the frig, AJHQ. Now you're TAKING AWAY THE FEW PRIVILEGES THAT NON-MEMBERS HAD?!!! That's just sad.

3. Non-members can't wash their pets at the Pet Wash, even though they can have 3 pets. Non-members also can't accessorize their pets at the Pet Stop.

4. Jam-A-Gram messages are so limited in the words you can use. I can't say "sorry," "membership," "but," "would," "should," "half," "long" (I haven't been on AJ in so long), "but" (which is probably the most commonly used conjunction in the English language). You get the idea. I can't even say a person's username. GOOD GRIEF. You can't even use two periods in a sentence. WHAT?!! Is AJHQ trying to promote run-on sentences and bad punctuation??? What the heck was wrong with using two sentences in a row? And what was wrong with using a period and an emoticon in the same sentence? If AJHQ can give me a valid reason for making all these stupid changes to chat, then I'm a monkey's uncle.

5. Animal Jam chat blocks almost everything, including, as Mel pointed out on her blog, the former name of the company that runs AJ - Smart Bomb Interactive. This is so sad it's funny.

6. Now you have to buy new animals and new pets WITH FREAKING DIAMONDS. No way. Rip off.

7. You have to buy a membership AND buy diamonds (or wait for like 10 weeks). That's twice the expense as before. And most diamond items are members only, so if you have like 30 diamonds on a non-member, guess what?!! You can't use them!! How awesome is that?!!

8. Animal Jam brought back MONTHLY MEMBER GIFTS, which they said would never be brought back. They also brought back some Rare Item Monday's, which they also said would never be brought back.

9. There is not enough clothing inventory space. 200 clothing items? Really??!!!

10. There is not enough den music space. I want more music and I have no room to buy any more.

11. These dumb tiger silhouettes make it so I can't see my friends' animals, pets, achievements, den, or anything!!! Also, many of my active friends who I saw in the past DAY show up as silhouettes so I can't see their animals or even go to their dens. Even when I search their name in the username search bar, they still show up as silhouettes. When I try to set a friend's name for a den teleporter, I can't do it if they are a tiger silhouette! And like I said, many of my friends show up as tigers even if they were just on that very day!!!

12. Animal Jam took the game achievements list off their help page. Now they have literally none of their old articles which were very helpful and informative.

13. When you turn off buddy requests, you still get them by Jam-A-Gram.

14. In addition to the inability of non-members to send (and receive) gifts, the fact that AJ took chat history away from non-members is preposterous and just not okay. The gap between members and non-members is large enough without STRIPPING NON-MEMBERS of the things they always had.

15. The fact that new players who are non-members can't have safe chat, whereas before they could.

16. The fact that AJHQ hasn't added a map icon that allows you to see where all the mini-games are and click on the mini-game icon to travel there. (Like the shop icons or the video icons they have)

17. The fact that you can't say "scammer." I understand people have come up with new words that mean the same thing (scaling, scanning, etc.) but WHAT THE FRIG AJ?!! What kind of brilliant idea was this, making it so people who are scammed can't even tell people they were scammed??? AJ bewilders me.

18. BUDDY LIST SIZE SUCKS. 100 buddies? AJ is about 5 years old and we can STILL only have 100 buddies? How hard would it be to make the buddy list 250 buddies? It would take about 5 seconds to do, but noooooo. Of course not. AJ would never dream of being reasonable.

19. Animal Jam has become more and more geared toward younger kids. The excessive overuse of emotes, random capitalization of almost every word, !!!!!!!!!!, and ??????? all over The Daily Explorer, and the constant messages from AJHQ talking about "the luck o' the Irish" and other stuff that's old news gets really annoying.

20. AJ won't stop pestering non-members about getting a membership. AJ said they'd never advertise, but technically this is advertising. Non-members don't need a Jam-A-Gram every month saying they should get a membership.

21. The alphas. They are so ugly!!! They don't even look like animals any more!! They used to be awesome and realistic looking but now they look like trash. Way too plasticky. Liza looks fake and Peck's voice is very annoying. I miss the shamans and their old animation style. The alphas look disgusting now.

22. The Pet Stop. I know we've had it for a really long time, but I miss the old pet system where rare pet features were actually RARE and hard to get and so pets were a lot more meaningful and special. I spent probably around 100,000 gems getting all my pets with the features I wanted... And then AJ brought the Pet Stop... WOW.

23. And lastly, AJ still hasn't made an option to turn off the sound you hear when people change animals. Either they should give us that option or get rid of the sound entirely. It is SO ANNOYING. Who cares if the person next to me is changing from a bunny to an owl?!! I sure don't!

And that's all, folks. Don't get me wrong, AJ is awesome and in some ways has improved a great deal and gotten even more fun. I love the minigames, the graphics, the adventures, the music, and the storyline. But some things really bug me and are just plain unfair. AJ is becoming more and more like Club Penguin by the day.