Monday, April 7, 2014

Rant of a Personal kind

Sometimes there are places we go that we dont talk about much,  partly because it has a specialized language, or a specialized following.  In some groups computers are only touched upon briefly, no one has one, or they have a limited knowledge.  In some instances what is online important to one person barely touches another.

Games is such a pre-occupation.  I am an avowed games addict;  if it has dice, or cards, or a game board, move over,  honey, I want to play too.

For the past 16 or 17 years Yahoo has had, not only email, and Messenger, but a fairly extensive and well working set of games that covered everything from solitaire games to dominoes, pool, and gin.  Dozens of games, thousands of players.  I was there for  16 of those years, off and on.  They were (past tense deliberate),  I'm finding out, some of the best online games on the net, consistently.
Last week they closed the doors.  We were braced for upgrades, updates to what was familar, perhaps a new look to the game rooms. That was the implication.

It turns out that all the games, from Cribbage to Literati (the strange wildflower version of Scrabble), from Hearts to Spades, Chess and Checkers, have been closed out.  The administration is being quite cheery about this in the forums, in spite of the pitchfork and burning tar responses which most former players are exhibiting.  Oh, they say,  we KNOW you'll just love our new games. 

 No we won't

New games, new graphics, all bright and super fun

Not bloody likely. Where's my Spades?  Where's my Cribbage? What have you done with Gin? Who the hell washed the floor in  here?  Get those damn frilly curtains outta here--

Oh, they will be SO much fun to play, we just know you'll feel differently once you've seen them

No we won't.  All the games we spent all those years on,  and they're gone.  We dont want dancing bears or 'rewards' or adorable tutorials with cute pink borders.   Give us back our games

We can't.  They're gone.  

Then so am I


  1. Can't relate to this too much, JT. beyond the occasional solitaire or match-3 thingy, I'm not there.

    I feel for you, though. Bummer.

  2. nope, i know you can't, and thats cool too.
    Look at it this way: suppose next week we were told that WordPress and Blogger were being discontinued. No arguments, no reasons, just disappearing. All of your work, and mine, and all of our friends, would be gone.

    Suddenly, even though we had been warned, it was over, all those posts and responses and thoughty things were wiped out, with no way to recover them. Sorta leaves a space in your firmament, at least for a little while. Yeah, yeah, and then we shrug and move on, but there is still that bit of regret, that sense of loss, for whatever reason.

    Bummer, big time.

  3. My life is too full as it is, without adding games to the equation! Bon courage.

  4. thanks, Viv.
    In a way its not so much about the games, its about the way a great many people have been mislead (by carefully worded misdirection) to believe A is probably about to happen, when in reality A has never even been remotely considered, and D is probably what you'll be getting, sooner or later.
    Google has done this more than once, in regards to various functions, and when the outraged farmers arrive with the pot of tar and the pitchforks, they tell them how wonderful it will be when they 'get used to" the improvements: which is Big Company Speak for "get over it, we're not backing down."

    My mother used to do the same thing when I asked if we coud do this or that, and she had no intention of complying: "we'll see", she'd say, and I would trot off, happy to think "we"ll see' meant yes. Sadly, it never did. Took me years to catch on, lol.

  5. That's too bad. Maybe they didn't have enough followers? I also hate it when someone is forcing you to do something, or end something, and when they replace it with something else, oh you'll like it. Not a good way to convince me! Good luck!

  6. The sad thing is, they had a huge and loyal following, some of whom have been there for ten to fifteen years. How loyal, and how angry, is what the forums are all about right now, over there. The amount of time they are spending (not to mention money) to give us what we don't want, is ridiculous. This was a huge huge site, with dozens of games, and thousands of players moving in and out all day and all night. Now it looks like they are all moving away from what Yahoo is billing "a new generation of parlor games". =(