Today we have some more changes for you. Due to the massive workload we have on our growing stable of newsletters, we have decided to shorten our inclusions of information you can best find at their original source.
For the forseeable future we will concentrate of specific items and , only highlight information either submitted to us directly. Other than that , we will strive to be more detailed on instructional issues such as how to best handle the new time line. In fact, time is so tight that we will have to leave the next episode of our fictional series ( “Trisket, Trasket ,…your Mafia’s heads all in a basket…”) til’ next issue.
By the way, given all the news about Facebook’s recent IPO we have included an image that may help clarify who the players are and, what interests are at play.
BOTS AND BAD ATTITUDES
Well, here is tried and tired (not a typo!) topic that every once in a while bubbles up again like the proverbial “pop” of gases escaping quicksand, ..the automated player script A.K.A. the “bookmarklet” or, as most player refer to it, the “bot”.
The once secret knowledge of the existence and use of these playing aids or cheats, depending on which side of the moral fence you are), has now permeated practically all aspects of Mafia Wars gaming. They very clearly not acceptable to the Zynga /Fb T.O.S. (terms Of Service) side of the equation but, in the very particular case of Mafia Wars they have become a part of the culture.
In most cases the bots are presumably used to continue advancing through the game without directly suffering the indignity of constant icings. The more popular ones allow you great degree of control over how you spend your stamina and, even offer the ability to keep oneself “iced”, “under” or, as it was originally known “hiding in the hospital”. Since there is no “off” button for MW accounts, if you are “up” you are a target. This is particularly true of any player over level 400 and, is known as the “Shark Tank”. As you jump into the pool of players, every one can now see you. Players thousands of levels above you and very hungry for some fresh meat will come from every direction to gnaw at your bones. And…, most of the are using bots.
The lines are drawn when the bots are abused by setting them to continually attack a player or set of player with no purpose other than to bring them into submission or, as it was briefly popular a while back, demand payment of some sort to stop. But, as these bots have become much more popular and better known by the “newbies” the defensive application has also made it much more difficult to overwhelm a savvy player by simply attacking. Even robbing can be effectively minimized or, even stopped altogether.
Numbers are not effective anymore either against determined players with the necessary basic understanding of the game technical dynamics. Being aware that the game is sensitive to the speed of your actions and, that the support services have come to be much more responsive to user complaints goes a long way to the longevity of bot using players. The other practical uses of some of these scripts that allow for gift collecting and responding in automated batches. Some even go as far as complete auto play in a particular case. However, by all measure full auto play has to be almost absolutely joyless for a real player.
Though some players will still take great offense when bot user tags are pinned on them, the fact is that the majority So, make sure you educate yourself on the most popular ones. Whether you decide to use them or not, that is your choice. But, at least you will be able to recognize them in action.y of daily player are probably using a script of one kind or another. Personally, I must confess that “farm accounts” (accounts created under false names to specifically gather more loot and transferable goodies, serve as scouts or even built to act as bodyguards) are much more in violation as, they specifically cross one a line that is one of the most reliable ways, creating a fake FB personal account
By the way, as you may read in the official Mafia Wars blog (also mentioned in this issue), MW is promising your faster clicks and a much more responsive game which hopefully will result in a whole lot of less Mafia Wars violation screen saying that you have been suspended (though most likely you have not).
The most popular blogs cover the bots in detail so, we will not but, we will continue to comment from time to time. particularly when the topic comes up which as we said earlier, it regularly does. 🙂
Spockholm, mafiawars addon, MWAPP are good place to start your “googling” for where and how to check them out.
Update: Zynga’s stock began trading again at 1:30 p.m. EST. At the time of writ
ing, shares are trading for $7.21.
Update No. 2: Zynga finished the day trading at $7.16, though shares dipped as low as $6.93 late in the afternoon. This is Zynga’s lowest closing price yet.
Social game developer Zynga’s shares tumbled to an all-time low this morning before trading was temporarily halted twice.
Zynga’s share prices had seen a multi-week decline after the company’s April 26 earnings report revealed record bookings but an $85.4 million net loss. Zynga shares hit an all-time low on Friday, May 11 when they fell to $7.45 each. The company’s stock had been making up ground, but uncertainty surrounding Facebook’s IPO appears to have caused shares to fall again.
Zynga’s stock opened today at $8.50, quickly dropping under this price but was staying above the $8 mark for two hours. However, without much warning the company’s shares fell to from $8.10 to $7.17 in a span of seven minutes. Shortly afterwards trading was halted for nearly an hour. When trading resumed, Zynga shares were up to $7.80, but they were almost immediately halted again.
It was expected that Zynga’s stock would receive a huge boost from Facebook’s much-hyped IPO today, but it clearly hasn’t been the case this morning. At the time of writing, Facebook’s stock price was trading at $41.32 a share, which might not have been as much of a pop as some anticipated. Zynga’s slumping stock could reflect investor disappointment. Investors clearly still believe Zynga’s fate is tied to Facebook, despite the developer’s attempts to expand outside of the social network with its Zynga.com platform and an aggressive move into mobile games.
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Yesterday there were several “Special Event” items added to the inventory . We now know that the Chauffeur is a gift from Mafia Wars and you can now search for and claim it . Another item on this list is the Sixer. It has stats of 98/167 . Leonard Wong found a server image which tells us that is will also be a gift from Mafia Wars. This item is not yet available but here is a sneak peek at the popup.
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Renewal of VIP Membership Program & New VIP Loot Drops
If you are one of the many Mafia Wars Players that opted to get the VIP Membership, then this is good news for you! You will be able to renew your VIP Membership Program. All new exclusive VIP loot drops from jobs and fights! These items are ALREADY dropping!
If you Cancelled (like many did) when you maxed out on last months VIP loot, Zynga makes you wait until your full month is up (you will see a countdown timer) before you can purchase VIP membership status again. However, if you did not cancel I have been told that you received a special loot item and an additional 12 RP’s.
This and much , much more good information can be found directly at the officcial mafia wars blog. We included this portion here just for expediency . However, this is going to be the exception to the rule. We strongly suggest you visit http://blog.mafiawars.com/ to get some of the best and most reliable news on Zynga improvements for the game. Just a note however, the PAC references are unverified. You should keep in mind that though they may very well be accurate,the piece is written by the company they serve best. And, the history of the original sampling group is not so shiny. For the record, we have picked up no chatter on any direct usefulness to individuals within the community. Then again given the reported limited duration of PAC membership and, the implied constant rotation, it is quite possible that we just don’t linger in the same circles. So, here is hoping and best wishes to anyone or anything that works to improve our game experience.
Get driven in London by a Chauffeur (104/168) like a true mafia boss.
If you have not already added this item to your inventory, you can locate and add it by following the instructions provided below.
1. Visit your Home tab on Facebook
2. Locate and click the Apps and Games tab
3. Scroll down and locate the announcement from Mafia Wars about the Chauffeur and click ‘Accept’.
4. After you have clicked the accept button you will be taken back to the game and will receive the following pop-up:
5. To verify that the item has been added to your inventory, please click the Inventory tab:
6. Next you will need to click the Filter button:
7. Type ‘Chauffeur’ into the search field and click ‘Go’:
8. The following window will show that 1 Chauffeur has been added to your inventory.
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