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Apr. 9th, 2012 | 09:03 pm
mood: awakeawake

As per the announcement in news, Livejournal Games are history as of today:

Games Discontinued
We resisted writing “game over for games on LiveJournal,” but yes, on April 9, the Games tab will disappear from the LiveJournal navigation bar, and games – including Sim Hospital, Airport and City Gangs – will no longer be available to play.

It was only a bit more than a year ago that these were introduced. I'm curious, did anyone ever actually play one?

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Canis Rufus

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from: canisrufus_uk
date: Apr. 9th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
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I tried two or three of them out, wasn't really interested, and stopped playing them.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Apr. 9th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
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Oh, interesting. Were they any good?

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Canis Rufus

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from: canisrufus_uk
date: Apr. 9th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
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They were.... ok, fun but nothing special. They worked on the micropayments model, get the basics free, but if you want the rest you hand over money.

They wern't worth actually paying for, and the free content got dull quickly.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Apr. 9th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
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OK. Mmm, I should've guessed that they were another attempt by LJ to make money, really — not that I'm blaming them, but it's one more reason why I wouldn't have been interested.

I really wish LJ would just focus on being a good journalling/blogging site. That's what it always was and what it (basically) is still good at — why branch out into different areas where you don't have expertise?

Edited at 2012-04-09 07:48 pm (UTC)

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Lucius

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from: ducktapeddonkey
date: Apr. 10th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
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I never tried any of them myself.

Incidentally I got my notice of "impending automatic payment" from LJ.

It's only $17 this year for some reason.

For everything I get out of LJ, I think it's worth it.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Apr. 10th, 2012 09:39 am (UTC)
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Yeah, 17 USD isn't so bad. Still, I'm glad I don't have to pay anymore, and I'm actually nearing the time where the permanent account purchase will have saved me money. ;)

Still wouldn't do it again, though; the downside is that you can't vote with your feet and take your money elsewhere. LJ got everything they could out of me, money-wise, so they have no reason to particularly care about what I think of their changes and all that.

(Not that all of the changes are bad, mind you.)

As for the games, I'm sort of curious what they were like now, but it's more out of historical curiosity than anything else, as evidenced by the fact I never cared about them while they were still available.

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Last type 40 in the universe

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from: scamps
date: Apr. 10th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
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I tried to install the sims hospital one but it crashed mid install so I just gave up on playing it (and any of the games for that matter) and forgot about them.

Edited at 2012-04-10 01:55 am (UTC)

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Apr. 10th, 2012 09:36 am (UTC)
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Oh, you had to install these — you couldn't just play them?

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Last type 40 in the universe

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from: scamps
date: Apr. 10th, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
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Yes, you had to do...some kind of install to play the games, It was a while ago and I forget exactly what, it was not anything dodgy from what I could tell, just buggy as hell (hence the mid-install crash).

Also I saw screenshots and gameplay, the simulation hospital one was just a simple isometric game.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Apr. 10th, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
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Mmm. Sounds like I didn't miss too much (although games with simple graphics can be good, too).

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The Goddess of Smoo

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from: heathersmoo
date: Apr. 10th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
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I played the farm one. I thought it was cute and had a good time playing it and I will miss all my little animals :(

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Apr. 10th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
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Ah, that's a pity — mmm, you're the first user I know who actually played any of these for real.

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The Goddess of Smoo

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from: heathersmoo
date: Apr. 10th, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
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Well, the farm one looked very similiar to a game on facebook and since I don't use facebook, it was new to me and a lot of fun. For most people, they were probably over it. I was really into it for awhile and would keep track of when my animals were laying eggs and my factories were producing products so I could get back on the computer at certain times to move everything to the next level. I do agree that it seemed like every few weeks it would get buggy and I wouldn't be able to get in for a few days. Otherwise, I was having a pretty good time. It was supposed the be the sort of game where you interact with other people's farms and since I didn't know anyone else playing, I just played alone which held me back on some of the challenges. I'll miss it anyway.

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The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit

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from: porsupah
date: Apr. 11th, 2012 07:44 am (UTC)
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I believe I did see someone's LJ user info indicate they did use one or two games, but that's probably the only occasion. A pity, in a way - that does, after all, reflect someone's work being flushed away - but I couldn't help but feel the original move to be misguided, trying to lure people away from spending time with F*c*b**k.

On the plus side, perhaps they'll now have freed up some time for tackling other tasks of arguably greater importance (ah, ever the optimist), such as more effective spam protection, and easy image uploading for inclusion in an entry - if LJ had had such a couple years ago, we'd have seen less growth of Tumblr instead.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Apr. 11th, 2012 09:48 am (UTC)
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Trying to keep people from moving to Facebook appears to have been the idea, yes — I'm not really surprised it apparently didn't work, though. I'm not sure people are moving to Facebook (or staying there) for the games to begin with, and even if they are, why would they choose a knock-off over the original given the choice? LJ would be better advised to emphasize its own strengths.

And yeah, one can hope. :) There's quite a few problems, both old and new, that I'd like to see fixed, from LJ's still being listed on Spamhaus (as I wrote in earlier posts, I'm siding more with LJ than Spamhaus there, but it IS a hassle) to HTML posting having become very fragile thanks to the automatic "clean-up" of ill-formed HTML (which, alas, is prone to eat up parts of posts if you're not careful) and more. But my cynical guess is that we'll instead see more "oh no they didn't!!!11" content intended to lure in ditzy teenagers instead.

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SoanoS

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from: soanos
date: Apr. 16th, 2012 06:05 am (UTC)
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Uhh... There were games? I never even noticed. :D

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Apr. 16th, 2012 09:38 am (UTC)
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Yup, there were. They didn't exactly make it obvious, did they?

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SoanoS

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from: soanos
date: Apr. 16th, 2012 10:12 am (UTC)
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No, not really. And I thought this was a blogging service, not a gaming site. :D

I guess they thought they might get people to stay with imitating "FecesBook" (No, I am not using it and never will, I appreciate my privacy way too much). :P

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Apr. 16th, 2012 11:17 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I think that's what they wanted to do there... I still think it's silly, too.

LJ has its own strengths, and it'd be better advised to play those strengths instead of trying to be a clone of any other site. Clones usually don't fare well; after all, people can just go and use the original instead.

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