| 100% no more ads :) |
We will be removing all ads for all players
We will remove all advertising from gamestotal.com effective on 2006-05-31, this will effect all our games.
Basically very very few players actually clicks on the ad itself, not to mention there have been a great number of times when the ad agency sneaks in a couple of gambling ads which we personally have told them multiple times that we do not want such ads. We did ask them specifically to put up community based ads (good ads) such as cancer awareness and other charity ads. Unfortunately `good` ads dont pay us very well, not to mention they dont pay us at all for any gambling ads they sneak in. Gambling or `bad` ads pays very well which is the reason why they keep on sneaking in `bad` ads and pay us rates for `good` ads. Some ad agency dont even pay us at all :**( The only reason why the ads are up, is mainly because I thought i would annoy players to donate which after serious consideration is a mistake on our end and shouldnt be the reason.
How are we gonna pay the bills now ?
Having taking out the ads, we are still thinking of ways to raise our warchest (bill paying funds). In the mean time I hope all players will help support us, by donating more.
Few words from Stephen
We constantly strive to improve our service and games to your satisfaction and enjoyment. There are many times when i wish that i was born to a better off family or home that i can afford to do more things compared to what i am capable off right now. To run a massive online game is hard enough yet the hardest part comes in the form of piles of bills. I`ve been running spacefed (old name for gamestotal.com) since 2003 and have personally seen many other online games getting bankrupted due to bills. Yep, bills are the killer. To those who havent worked, start thanking your lucky stars, those who have worked summer jobs will basically understand a bit, and those adults who is living by themselves or supporting their family will understand bills a little bit more. To those who wishes to start your own online game stuff, go buy a lotto ticket first (just kidding). I know that i am runting and grunting away here, it is early in the morning right now, i`ve been sick for over 4 weeks due to lack of sleep, a pile of bills is sitting in front of my (actually my desk is full of bills that i need a shovel to get anything) and i want a break... What i am saying is that, due to all this excuses i give, you guys have to hear me whine :)
Anyhow to those who is interested to setup an online game, please read on. For those who loves me very much, please read my grunting :) basically the below is a rough estimated calculations of the man power and cost implications of setting up a massive online game system in the US (i am using the US because most of
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