You know what’s stupid? Spending like $400 yearly on domain names you don’t use. I got all sorts of gaming ideas, good gaming domain names and whatever in my account. And, I like use 5% of them. This all started when I started writing games stuff online, so clearly gaming must be evil.
So, yesterday it was Aprils Fools Day and my bounty hunting blog post of course was not real. Here’s some stats the site got, and some emails I received – names taken away of course. (Mots of the comments and emails I got were people wishing happy Aprils Fools Day, although there were actually some very encouraging emails too)
Yesterday, the BountyHunters.fi got 394 visit and 410 page views. Sources:
- gameproducer.net (138 visits – 34.85%)
- techcrunch.com (128 visits – 32.32%)
- (direct) (82 visits – 20.71%)
- google.com (18 visits – 4.55%)
The site made it to Techcrunch, with a comment:
This company’s mission is to track down software pirates who share video games illegally. They’re looking for new bounty hunters to join their team. “If you can’t beat your enemies, beat your friends”
(Check out their page, there’s nice list of April Fools Day stuff)
I got couple of congratulation emails saying “too bad you are not making games any more, but good luck”. One guy was bit hesitant: “Today is also April Fools day. If you serious you picked a bad day to do your announcement.” (Indeed)
I also got 2 very nice emails: (I won’t be mentioning names though). One was from one dad of 4 boys:
Glad you enjoyed the ride on the Game-making adventure.
Interesting that your next adventure is going after software pirates.
Are you going after the techniques used, or trying to bust the violators?
I have 4 boys who are pretty good on computers and always looking for games from friends (much to my disagreement). They are always trying to get ISOs from P2P servers (yeah, ridiculous 1bit/sec) and CRACK codes. They keep finding new stuff (well, new to me) like Hamachi server. Are you interested in stuff like WHAT and HOW they do that stuff?
Now now dad, who is the one who ordered the grand internet connection and who is the person who gave these boys computers? (Just kidding here – a bit.)
Check this email: young guy wants to stop pirates
And last but definitely not least is an email from a 16-year old kid who applied for a job (again won’t be mentioning names/addresses). To be honest, I think that this email shows that we are really talking too much about pirates and concentrating on them. Look at what this youngster thinks about piratism:
Hi my name is (edited away). I am 16 and I live in (edited away). I want to work for your company to stop pirates. I have unlimited time on my hands, so I want to be able to use that time to stop pirating. I want to rid the Internet of these disgusting people who take away all the hard work and money developers put into making a game. Since I do not have a job and I (edited: something taken away), I can use all my time to help your company in stopping pirating, and shut down sites like (edited, taken away urls of 2 major pirate sites) and bring justice to the pirates themselves.
I believe I have all the necessary skills for your company to track down pirates and report them. Using all resources available, I will stop every pirate possible. I hope you see me as a suitable candidate for your company. Thank you for your time.
(Of course I hope that this email was not Aprils Fools Day trick done on me…)
When I was 16, I think I was pirating close to everything and anything. I did buy some games, but the 80 000 other video games I owned were pirate copies. I think that emails shows (and I’m quite positive that it’s a real email, not tricking back at me) that there’s also young guys who really dislike piracy.
I think this guy should be rewarded, and for that – I’d ask your help.
Since I don’t want to share this guy’s contact info (unless of course he chooses to do so), I’d like you to donate a game for this guy. If you have created a game, please consider emailing me and giving download instructions / registration key (or whatever it takes to get a copy of your game to this guy).
I’d like us all to donate this guy a game – and show good will. I think the satisfaction from giving a game is a reward on it’s own, but I’ll also put a little extra, and will list every donater’s site in this site.
We developers have tendency to “whine” about piratism, and I’d like us to show good will and stop whining and start rewarding behavior we want. If you’d like to join this short “campaign” and reward this kid for his good actions, then please email me and give me instructions on how can I forward the free copy to the guy who wrote that email.
Thanks in advance.
And happy Aprils Fools Day – hopefully my yesterday’s trick wasn’t (too) cruel.
Update: This was my Aprils Fools Day Blog Post – in reality I’m not starting a bounty hunting business and I am continuing game development. :)
Check out the next blog post showing emails and comments I got.
I’ve decided to stop making games and pursue with something else. I’ve renamed my company to Bounty Hunters Ltd and will be proceeding with software pirate bounty hunting. This is the last blog post here. Thanks everybody for coming here over and over, it’s been great to write the blog all these years, but now it’s time to say good bye.
Check out the video and the new website (link in that video) for more information.
From now on, you can reach me via: BountyHunters.fi (due heavy traffic we’ve reached the site might be offline. If this is the case, please check back later).
I bought Microsoft Office 2007. It was a strange feeling (considering that I was pirating everything that Microsoft offered before the year 2000). I’ve bought Windows XP, Windows Vista, and now I bought Office 2007.
I guess this means that I’m really past the “pirate everything” phase in my life, since in the past I’ve never bought any Microsoft software (besides the operating systems). I have only legal software in my computer, and this has been the case for some years now – but there was still something remarkable about actually purchasing Microsoft products.
Maybe it’s the fact that me and my imaginary friend have thought earlier (maybe unconsciously) that “Microsoft is the evil big company”… and thus buying their programs is almost as supporting satanic forces.
Well, now I bought their stuff. And felt pretty good about it.
Am I a lost soul now after supporting the “evil big corporation”? (Friend of mine commented: “Supporting a software monopoly should be as illegal as piratism”)
I just re-did the ultimate test to find out how organized I’m today, and got “There’s no hope for me”.
I better start cleaning…
(Few minutes later)
Now down to 6.
I hired a new team member to help me with coding Dead Wake. Unfortunately the hiring was a horrible failure, and the new team member wasn’t paying attention to me and couldn’t last long with me. As painful it was, I decided to share these 3 important things one gotta remember when getting more people in the team.
Check out this video, and make sure you don’t waste time and know what to expect when getting more people in your team.
I bought a brand new Logitech web cam which came in nice box that was easy to open. I also bought a brand new Logitech microphone that didn’t came in such a nice box. In fact, the mic was put in such box that probably even bullets could not pierce it or something.
Why do I need army of undead swordsmen (not to mention a medikit) or something to get the stuff out from the box?
Oh well, gotta be careful when opening packages like this one.
Guess what’s inside the Chocolade Egg and win an awesome* surprise gift (no, not the gift that was inside the egg). You can guess as many times as you want.
Those who get it right (or close) will get the gift. The contest lasts for about a week and ends on March 9th.
* And by awesome I mean it’s almost as cool as the chocolate egg gift I got.
It’s 28th day and I’m 28 years old now. I thought to look back and see some lessons I’ve learned during this time. I know I’ve wrote a bit about game production in this blog during the last few years, so I’ll give some bit different thoughts & comments… mainly on something else than game development.
It’s good to be born on a day when it’s a national ‘put the flags on those poles’ day. That way everytime it’s my birthday, they put flags on poles. Makes a good story, plus helps you remember when your birthday is.
Getting your eye burnt from a broken lamp (or something) isn’t exactly a good idea.
Good lesson though.
(No, I don’t look like a zombie today (I think), and didn’t lose my eye or anything like. It was one of those child things that happens to boys when they run too fast or something, and then the wound heals at some point. I personally don’t remember the incident but I’ve seen pics where my eye/head was partially… well close to black.)
It’s good to dream. I had this vision that “some day I’m able to write & speak English” (after listening to one young 6-year old Finnish boy speaking “American language”). I wanted to do that too.
Those older big bullies are only as tough as you think they are.
Coding is sooo cool. Commodore 64 had awesome graphics. Amazing toy.
Pen & paper role playing games don’t equal to satan worshipping.
Being a skinny tall guy rocks. Why give a rat’s ass about what others think about your appearance?
There’s only two types of logic: “wrong” and “women’s”.
I had to do the dishes on one school class and I asked the (woman) teacher how hot the “soap water” in the left side sink needs to be? She said “as hot as possible”.
I did as was told, and after that I poured “clean water” in the right side sink (to wash that “soap water” away from the dishes) and asked “and how hot this needs to be?”
She replied: “even hotter”.
To this I replied: “but umm… if the water on the left is ‘as hot as possible’ how come the water on the right can be ‘hotter’”?
I never got a reply (and that question still puzzles me nowadays), but apparently that’s not the point. The Dishwashers Rule Is: do you want to be right, or do you want to get home the time when others are leaving since you smart ass will be staying late.
Bridge (the card game) is not only for old ladies. It’s a bloody nice game, and beating those old ‘masters’ in a local tournament is awesome.
“The Day of Peace” is a good day to get away from the army (we have mandatory at least 6 months military training here in Finland. It means mainly eating loads, doing what other people told you and then eat more). Makes a good story you can tell some day.
It’s all relative. Some people say that city (area) of 140 000 citizens (counting all the near towns too) is small… but moving from a town of 1 400 citizens to a city of 140 000 citizens makes a difference.
It’s good to have somebody to help you out in the new place where you are moving to.
Getting married & being in marriage works fine if you just remember The Modified Dishwasher Rule: do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy? (same rule can be applied to workplaces & friends as well)
Founding a company has a big meaning mentally. Even if it means just filing some papers, it also means a change in how your mind works.
2006 and later…
As smart as I think I am, I’m still a human and I can be brainwashed to do stuff based on emotions. Yep, that’s true. I’m not invincible even though I think I am. Even though I “think the opposite” and “am independent” and “wise” and “smart” and “logical” and “sensible” and who knows whatever megalomaniac thoughts I have, I still do stupid stuff like: buy stuff that I have absolutely no use. I’m brainwashed and people are messing with my mind and making me do stuff they want… From this, I realize that to get people to do stuff you want, you gotta affect them on an emotional level.
Any game producer can try logically convince his teammates to do stuff – but if they aren’t emotionally convinced, it just won’t work. (And I’m not suggesting that you try manipulating anybody, that’s not a good long-term solution nor short-term solution and probably just backfires big time). I’m just trying to make a point here that whatever logic says, the real big decisions are made on an emotional level – and that game producers should be aware of this side and they should not focus too much on the logical level.
And no, I’m not going to use give you any logical reason why this is so, and I’m not going to try give you any logical arguments why this is so.
If you disagree me, that’s totally cool. I have no plans to argue about this: I’ve gone through the Dishwasher Rule. That’s enough experience for me.
Amazing how the time flies when you are having fun.
P.S. If you really want to get me a birthday present that’s totally cool. There’s plenty of room here in our flat for all kinds of stuff. Amazon wishlist stuff has books I could use and of course I’m open to offers via email in case you want to give me something. Not that I would beg or anything.
I don’t know who owns the copyright to this work, but I think this picture is just awesome. Never give up, right?
P.S. Remember to check out also the 21 things that will help you finish your game – in case you haven’t done that already.