Friday, September 20, 2013

Play time with the kitties


I'm bored.. play with me
Cubbie gives the toy the Paw-o-Doom
(and a few hisses for good measure)
So then I decided to share all the balls
 I had washed and put them in the basket so I would have a stash
 when they "lost" some of their toys
Yup, they preferred the basket!

Speaking of games, I was contacted on Tuesday by Jonathan over at Games.co.za  He wanted me to promote his website on my blog in exchange for some cute kitty paper clips. Well when people contact me out of the blue my first thought is always "is this legit". So I did a little research on his website before replying. Since it was obviously not US based, I ran it through a few web searches and a few verification sites and everyone said it was safe. I went and checked out the Cat Games he suggested I promote and I found a whole page of cute quick games that you can play if you want to waste a little time but not be too immersed in a game. These are those cute games you can pick up and then put down say when you are waiting for something. I scrolled through the games and saw a cat cannon game that was beyond horrific. It was designed for you to shoot a cat out of a cannon and hope you avoid explosives and a 'cat eating venus fly trap'  I couldn't imagine this would be a good thing so I opened it up and gave it a shot hoping I was wrong. Well it was pixelated so it wasn't all that graphic, but even in 8 bit you could tell the cat flew out of the cannon and after flying it hit the ground and it left a 'blood puddle' where it hit and it bounced.  It did this a couple of times before it ended up being eaten by the plant and pixelated blood spurted everywhere.

I immediately wrote back basically saying thanks but no thanks, explaining that I couldn't possibly put a link on my website that led to that, and that while he was totally free to leave it on there if he was willing to remove it to let me know and we could talk.  I figured that was that, because all too often those types of games are put on websites by people who tell you to 'lighten up' when you complain about the violence and who don't think that such thing is bad for cats in general.

Well I got a very nice email from him yesterday saying he could not believe that game was on there and he removed it along with two others that were similar.  I have to say, I was very impressed.  Jonathon is a very nice guy who just took over from a previous games editor in August.  I had some lovely conversations with him and he impressed me greatly with his courtesy and his concern.

So while technically this is a sponsored post because he did say he would send me a little something in return for sharing his website, I have yet to receive anything, and intended to give him a shout out even if nothing ever shows up.

13 comments:

  1. We're impressed that the games editor removed the icky games when you told him why you wouldn't promote his site. You are absolutely right that the games industry, on the whole, has a "blood and guts are fine, get over it" attitude, and that's really refreshing to hear!

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  2. I loves me some playing kitten photos. And it's good to hear about the interaction with Jonathan.

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  3. yep - the container is always more interesting than the toys!!

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  4. you might want to tell him there a few rabbit games that are pretty horrific too that should be removed,xx Rachel

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  5. Paws up to that game editor for removing the offensive games! The only games my human plays are Solitaire and brain teasers. She hates the games where animals get hurt. People, not so much...

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  6. Mommy says she'll stick to playing with Real Kitties.

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  7. Okay, so that was a positive interaction with Jonathon. Good for him. I'm not a fan of violent games. We have enough real life violence as it is.
    Now, more pictures or videos of kitties playing in a basket, please... :)

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  8. We got an email about those games too, but we haven't really investigated it. Thank you for doing so...and we're glad he removed those unappropriate games.

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  9. Of COURSE they preferred the basket! Let us know how the kitty clips are. - Crepes and Alana.

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  10. That is nice that he took these games away. Conclusion: we should always meow something about these silly games, sometimes people react in a responsible way!
    Purrs to a nice weekend!

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  11. What could be more fun than a basket full of cute kittens.

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  12. That's what we saw too - I never did follow up on my FB query post about it but when I saw how cats were used in some of the games? NO thank you!! Thanks for following up with him - I took the passive route (and shouldn't have!).

    back to KITTENS.... how can ANYone resist that face in pic #!?

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  13. That is awesome that you got that game removed! I did not see that one thankfully... I found the Sushi Cat game over there to be highly addicting. Although I don't condone cats eating large amounts of sushi until they become obese, I think it's all in good fun.

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