30 Jun

Keep calm and play Solitaire

Some random thoughts/events that happened to me last year or something. 😀

1. I’ve removed games for Mac and Windows 10, mostly because it was quite annoying to update them and not really profitable. You need Mac to build Mac games and you need Windows 10 to build Windows 10 games. (thanks cap!) Both OSes suck, one is overpriced (I can buy 2-3 regular laptops for the price of 1 macbook), another is soooooo buggy and annoying and always downloading some stupid updates. I haven’t seen BSOD since XP, but Windows 10 reintroduced it again!

2. I have added dark mode to all my game websites, was easy and fun to do it.
For example, All-in-One Mahjong website. Don’t know, if many players will appreciate that, but I’m liking dark mode in everything more and more.
Now need to do something with Pozirk Games website design and this blog…

3. Google Adwords keep telling me that my paused Solitaire ads are gambling ads and violate their policy. First time I’ve contacted them and they have fixed the problem, but second time I had enough and just stopped using Adwords. Bing is cheaper and no stupid emails about violations.
Same problems caused by Artificial Stupidy Intelligent with Admob and Google Play.
Admob was telling me that another developer’s game is violating their policies and I have to fix it. Seriously?
Google Play sent me an email that my games are not 64-bit compatible, but when I login to check I see “This release is compliant with the Google Play 64-bit requirement.”
In general, all the services from Google are getting worse and worse, and support is getting more and more useless.
As a client I’ve abandoned Google some time ago, switched to another email service and DuckDuckGo search.
As a developer… well, it will take more time.

4. Bing is cheaper, but generates fake clicks, they are aware about that, but decided to do nothing.
When I’ve contacted them with the following problem, 2 clicks per 1 view:

They told me it happens and offered me some promo codes.
The problem is, those double clicks happen everyday and while I can catch “2 clicks, 1 view”, what should I do with “3 clicks, 36 views”? How many of these clicks are unique and actually real?
Here is the answer from Bing support:

I believe Bing don’t have these fake clicks in US unlike in Canada, Australia and Europe.

5. Lots of clowns are still trying to “hack” my website. Everyday. I don’t know what their problem is, cause trying “admin/123456” as login/password didn’t work before and will never work, but so far almost 7k blocked IPs. Cool number, but this blocking is not really helping as every day I get another “admin/123456” attempt from new IP.
I mean, it is no always “admin/123456”, sometimes it’s “admin/password”, “admin/pozirk”, “pozirk/password”. Result is always the same.
More fun details here: https://inside.pozirk.com/2018/09/28/cool-hackerz/

6. I’m planning to add 14 more games to All-in-One Solitaire, but waiting for a stable port of Feathers UI to Haxe/OpenFL.
One big flaw in my games is menu scrolling, it’s painful for players (I think so :)), cause I made it myself and it works really bad.
Feathers UI has nice scrolling component and should save me.

7. Suddenly I’ve changed theme for this blog to something simple, my old theme had some Flash elements.

8. Google is sending emails and calling me asking to advertise with them. No, thank you! NASDAQ is a bubble, btw.

To be continued.

28 Sep

cool hackerz

Реально задолбали идиоты, которые брутфорсят мой сайт.
Эти доморощенные хакеры пытаются подобрать логин и пароль типа “admin” и “qwerty123”. Серьёзно?
Лезут с туевой хучи адресов, уже задолбался блокировать, только сервак нагружают в пустую.
Что вы там пытаетесь подобрать? Я сам свой пароль не знаю, даже сколько символом не знаю.
Если вы уже так хотите залогиниться на моём сайте, всего $9.99 в год на правах Subscriber, пожалуйста: https://www.pozirk.com/membership-account/membership-levels/

Картинка для прливечения внимания.

24 Aug

Гугл медленно превращается в говно

И Амазон тоже.
Баги, которые не фиксятся годами, кривой саппорт, который отвечает штампами и ничего не может объяснить.
Гугл Адс, который глючит в Хроме.
Я блин даже с гугл поиска уже на дакдакгоу переехал.

Ух, выговорился. 🙂

17 Jul

PayPal is holding my money, or here is my horror story

I’ve heard some horror stories about PayPal, and now I have my own story.
I’m trying to transfer money from PayPal account to my Bank Account with no luck.
Each time money get reversed back to PayPal.
I have sent several emails and made several calls to PayPal, and answer was always the same.

They can’t fix this problem since April, so 4 months already. 🙁

17 Mar

Developer-friendly SlideME, not!

It’s not an easy thing for indie-developers like me to promote and distribute games.
Creating games by myself is lots of fun, but I simply have no time/experience/budget for good promotional campaign.
That’s why every distribution channel is important for me and every download is count.

Recently, I have submitted All-Peaks Solitaire game to SlideME, and was very surprised when my game was declined with the following reason: “REPETITIVE CONTENT: (No more solitaire card games permitted from this developer)”.
So far, I have only 2 solitaire games on SlideME, which is not that many. And they both are unique.
I’m definitely not that developer, who release just another copy of jigsaw/dress-up/slots game every week. 🙂

Being confused, I’ve sent a message to SlideME asking them to try my game and reconsider their decision.
Here was the answer:

So my account was “flagged for spamming”, just because I’ve contacted SlideME support staff!
I have never received such rude and disrespectful answer. I was contacting Google, Apple, Amazon and many others, but this is first time I’ve got such response.

I wish SlideME success in their business and hope one day they will understand, that developers are their friends, who bring them new content and thus new users, and not their enemies.

03 Sep

Pozirk.pro и Pozirk.info

Какой-то мудак купил домены pozirk.pro и pozirk.info и сделал точную копию моего сайта.
Если whois не врёт, то этот мудак:
Registrant Name: Aleksandr Stroganov
Registrant Organization: Private Person
Registrant Street: Matveevskoe p
Registrant City: moskva
Registrant State/Province: moskovskaya
Registrant Postal Code: 119501
Registrant Country: RU
Registrant Phone: +7.9836638348
Registrant Email: ffjfjff@gmail.com

Судя по тому, что за последнюю неделю на мой сайт валило куча спам-траффика с сайта onclickads[dot]net, мудила решил сделать точную копию моего сайта и загонять туда трафик, чтобы зарабатывать на чужом контенте.
Для мудака это, видимо, обычное дело, бо на его имеил зарегистрировано ещё куча других сайтов:
mudak

UPDATE: Тут только что заметил, мудак изменил мою страницу About у себя. Теперь разрабтчиком Pozirk Games являюсь не я, а какой-то “Azmun Dedich”:
mudak2

Этот урод начал нагонять трафик на свой сайт по 100-200к в день, частично он перепадает и мне, бо некоторые файлы всё ещё грузятся с моего сайта.
Учитывая что на его сайте стоят мои Google Analytics и Google Adsense, а игры не работают, непонятно нахрена ему всё это надо.