Love the New Homepage!
I have been a member since 1999 and I really like the new look for the homepage, it looks vibrant! Will the weekly badges still show in the same place? I don’t see them today on the home page. The changes that have been made recently have all been for the better. Keep up the good work!!
Where Are My Sunglasses?
What is WITH you and glare? The embedded games started it, now the news page (which I only have to look at once a week or so…) to the main page. WHY do you use such bright background? I cannot stand the glare!
Make the column on the left… use BLACK ink and a medium light blue (like the light blue background default on AOL). For the main columns… make them light blue (like your current left column) and again use DARK ink.
PLEASE cut the glare… make sure the CONTRAST is strong and please, please, please, if you don’t fix it quick…send me sun glasses. This is not funny!
Change is Good, But This Change Maybe Not So Much!
Dear Pogo Editor,
I’m all for changing how things look, but I’m writing to tell you that the lack of contrast – the way that everything is light colored now – makes it very, very difficult for me to read. I’m sure I am not the only one who can read things easier on a darker background, so please take that into consideration. It’s almost impossible for me to navigate the page anymore.
New Homepage a Bit Hard on the Eyes
It’s okay – except where the games are listed. The light blue lettering on white background is hard to see for some of us older folks.
Change the coloring to navy or back to black please.
White background is just too bright. So, maybe change the background to a pale color and dark lettering.
Just my opinion. Regardless of the homepage, I am here to enjoy my Pogo games.
Thanks for the great job being done.
Editor: Thanks to the many people who wrote in with their feedback. We received quite a bit requesting that we “tone down” the white, as it’s hard on the eyes.
Our designers are looking into what we might do to make it a bit easier.
Big City Thank You…
I am absolutly thrilled to have Big City Adventure London available to play. I have enjoyed the Big City Adventure games for years on my iPhone and iPad and now there’s one on Pogo. Woohoo!!
Slap my thigh and tickle me pink – I’m in heaven!!
Android Badges Not Appearing in Club Pogo Badge Book
Why have you not fixed the Android badges showing up in Android users Pogo.com albums yet. This wasn’t an issue when you created the IOS badges. I don’t understand the lack of support when Android Smartphones account for 51% compared to Apples 31% of market share (this according to COM reports).
I have been a loyal Club Pogo Subscriber since 2003, but the fact that I, as well as all of the other Android users I know, have to do live chat or email ea.com to get the badges MANUALLY added to our albums is completely unfair. I can see if I had no phone at all but the lure of installing the app was to have the Badges count towards my other account. There is absolutely no draw otherwise because advertising and other games do not deter me.
Please on behalf of your many Android users fix the issue once and for all!!!
Editor: Alas – this is an unfortunate truth. Android Badges are only visible through the Android App, while iPhone Badges do appear in your Club Pogo Badge Albums. And, unfortunately, we will not even be manually adding Android Badges to the Club Pogo Badge Albums anymore, so contacting our Live Help will yield no desired results.
I have raised this as an issue to those involved in producing those apps, as your letter does bring up some very good points.
Enjoyed the Amazing Mini Event and Hall of Fame!
I just had to write you to tell you about my awesome experience with the HOF. I entered my Mini based on Tina Turner in Mad Max: Thunder Dome in the Summer Blockbuster competition (first time ever entered) and won!
But best yet, 22 people I have never met, have sent kind words, and even gifts! I am just overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers. I have sent messages to all of them, but wanted the chance to publicly say that Pogo Club members are the *Best Ever*!
Thanks for the very positive experience, and I will keep working on my next new HOF mini.
Editor: Indeed! Club (and Free) Pogo Members *are* the best!
Three Twisty and Bejeweling Letters from Pasta
Good morning, Tahd… a couple more thoughts on the Bejeweled Twist challenge …
My plan remains to play this a bunch until next Wednesday… practice makes perfect! lol I did find a couple more things that will make the badge a bit easier …
Bombs remain the BIG problem (I think) but, if you can get to the next level, by making matches, before they explode, they go away … woo hoo. Sometimes the bombs show up with very few ticks left … those are nasty. If/when you get the meter to the 10X level, fill it twice and get a fruit gem … the meter stays at 10X and you only need to fill it twice more to get another fruit gem (that’s like 30 matches or so), that’s a good thing. Did Tiki guy mention about ‘hints’ and how a match will sparkle at you? Well, will sparkle eventually … need to be patient. Otherwise look for patterns … the ‘L’ patterns are good, learn how to rotate those guys …
Anyway, I have better expectations for myself, next Wednesday, for this badge… I’m thinkin’ 4-5 hours… hopefully I can whittle that down a bit. So, don’t cave in and make the badge easier … As for my expectations for your day? I’d keep that asbestos suit handy! … it’s going to get ugly … lol
Take care, have a calm weekend … you’re going to need the rest …
Yo, Tahd … I see where you’ve reduced the number of fruit gems needed from 7 to 1… dang, now all that time I spent practicing is for naught! lol
It will be interesting to see how many complaints you get as I still think this challenge is, well, challenging… good for you guys!
Tahd, missed your editorial yesterday… guess you’re still on vacation, or you’ve changed your schedule… hope all is well.
Anyway, since I bombarded you with notes about the Bejeweled Badge this week, I thought I should let you know my results and give a mild apology…
I practiced the game a bit and became decent (not good)… left the game with the meter at 10X (when you restart the game it remembers where you left off … nice!). So, on Wednesday, I fired up the game and get the fruit gem in less than 5 minutes. Later in the day, a friend was a bit ‘over challenged’ and asked if I’d help out… so, I did and got her badge in like 17 minutes! Guess the Tiki guy that said the challenge was easy was a lot more right than I gave him credit for … bad on me. Now, it did take a bit of practice time to get to that point so maybe we’re both right. How’s that for diplomacy? lol
Anyway, despite my trepidations, nice challenge!! Too bad only about 25% of the Pogo community agree with me …
Editor: Thanks for your letters, Pasta!
I was, indeed, on vacation – and what a week to pick! *WHEW!* I missed out on all the fun while it was happening, but I definitely got to see the whole story as told by all sorts of e-mails – both from Pogo players and from Pogo employees.
Interestingly – I received most of the complaints on Wednesday. By the time I got to read the e-mails, I did some checking and most of the people who complained ended up earning that Badge by Sunday.
Some complaints were well worded, and a few of those I’ll share with you. The one that wished the person who came up with that Challenge dead, I won’t. (Seriously? It’s just a Challenge!)
I will again, remind players that some of these Challenges that we provide are going to match the definition of the word “challenge”.
Also – before we released it, I took the time to earn it on our Alpha site. And to be honest – I did not like the game when I started, and dreaded it, whined about it, and verbally moaned a few times. It took me about 10 minutes to “get” what I needed to do and then about an hour to get it.
So, those of you who claimed it to be “impossible” – I encourage you to talk about it with other Pogo folks, visit the Message Boards, read the Challenge Tips, and see if we offer any type of video before making snap judgments.
It Was an Impossible Challenge
To Whom Concerned:
I have been a loyal member of Pogo for many years and have all the Badges from Weekly Challenges. This latest Bejeweled for me is practically impossible. Yes it was nice that you added another Challenge but, this one remains which means most of will not get the year end badge showing that we completed them all. In the past when you have realized that a specific Challenge was more difficult than thought, it was changed. It would be nice if that would also be the case here.
Editor: Well, you did the impossible then! Although I’m leaving your screen name off of your letter – I did check, and you were able to earn the Challenge on Sunday. Kudos to you! :)
This Was a Much Appreciated Challenging Challenge
I am sure there will be many complaints about the Bejeweled Twist challenge so I would like to weigh in on the other side. As a long time Club Pogo member I appreciate it when there is a Badge that actually IS a challenge to win.
So often the badges take only a few minutes and are too easy (that’s only my opinion, of course!) Yes, getting the fruit gem was difficult, a bit frustrating even, but not impossible! I would also add big thanks to Pogo_Bret for the video giving tips on how to win, very helpful!
Enjoying a Challenge
Pogo_Bret’s Video Really Helped!
Like many others, I rolled my eyes a bit when I started playing Bejeweled Twist this week. I quickly decided that there was no way I was going to win the Challenge and moved on to other games (no wailing, no gnashing of teeth; just moving on). Then I saw that Pogo_Bret had posted a video, and I took a few minutes to watch it.
I started playing the game again, very carefully, and thirty or forty minutes later I had my challenge badge. When I went to sleep last night, my brain was still busy twisting gems around to make matches!
Editor: Thank you so much for your letter! It’s great to hear that the video worked! This is the first time we’ve been able to host a video on the Pogo News site, and we were bowled over by how many hits we got (over 100K!)
Since this was so helpful, we will now provide video guidance on any of our more difficult Challenges. And a “hats off” to Pogo_Bret for taking the time to put that together!
Add Bejeweled Twist to Your Favorites List!
I know there have been a lot of complaints about the Badge for Bejeweled Twist. I read the news and the forums. I just wanted to send a big THANK YOU to whoever dreamt up the game and the badge. I loved it!
It really isn’t hard at all, if you pay attention, take your time, and concentrate. I not only got my own Badge, but got it for a few friends as well. And the more I played, the better I became at the game. It took me over an hour to get my Badge, which is the first time I tried it.By the time I got the Badge for a second friend, it only took me 20 minutes.
The poll reads that 44% of people chose not to pursue the badge. I can’t believe how many people either just hung it up and quit after trying for a little bit, or decided not to try at all. That’s a real shame, because if you actually give the game a chance, it’s a great game. I like a challenge every now and then that actually makes you THINK to get the Badge, not just be something a simpleton can get in 5 minutes. I hope there are more Badges in this game in the future as I’ve now added Bejeweled Twist to my favorites list. Hey that rhymes!!
And a word to the wise to the 44% that chose not to get it… Give it a try again when the Badge is available for a personal challenge. Always remember that the bubble your cursor creates will ALWAYS turn CLOCKWISE. Once you learn how the gems move, the game is a piece of cake to get the Badge.
Don’t give up on yourself so early, remember the old adage… try try and try again. Who knows, you might end up with another favorite game like I did :)
You can sign my real name,
Pogo Friends in Pogo Forums Helped Me Get the Badge!
Just writing to thank you for the Challenge in Bejeweled Twist.
I had never played the game before, so at first I was a bit confused. Once I figured out how to make the matches I was off to a slow start.
After many hours I was frustrated and ready to quit. I decided to go to the Pogo forums to see if anyone had any tips. Sure enough there were many wonderful people with tips and encouragement to help me. After about another hour I got my badge! I was so proud of myself! I really like this game now!
Thanks for a challenge that was actually challenging!
Even Holly Loves Bejeweled Twist Now!
I hope your inbox is full of emails from those of us that thought the weekly Badge was impossible and are now addicted to Bejeweled Twist. I figured that if I could email to complain that I could email to say that I was wrong :)
Once it “clicked” it started to be fun, lots of fun!! I’m closing in on level 70 and my score at this point is over 20 million.
Do you know how many levels there are? I haven’t been able to find that answer.
P.S. – I’m hoping that Holly Noelle’s latest photo makes you smile
Editor: I do not know how many levels there are, but will expect you to tell me when you’ve gotten to the last one. And you know I can’t resist a picture of a cute dog! Dang you!
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