More on invites . Then and Now .
Sun 3 Sep 2017 - 10:49
it becomes more and more evident that there is some problems . That
have a tendency to spark many different unfavorable reactions and
opinions and arguments .
Some that directly effect the survival of some events and formats in the future of WGT .
Some are too complicated to be certain of what kind and how much , or how many fixes it would take to solve .
There is one though in particular . An area of GR8 concern to many . For various reasons .
Is the current old school poor excuse for an invite notification system .
A little tiny GREEN icon . Placed in the absolutely worst possible location one could think of .
That alone has been responsible for more devastating misunderstandings
and catastrophic and devastating endings of everything from friendships
to tournaments , to CC's .
Believe me when I tell you that the
little tiny green invite icon located 2/3rds of the way up on the left
side of a tab page . Is not likely to be seen by anyone that has an
active brain and fingers that work .
As they are probably
doing something constructive during their green status . Which only
means that their computer is on and they are logged into WGT .
They are not sitting there staring at that little tiny green icon waiting to accept or decline the invites .
But in my case . I am extremely busy with admin . Which is my choice .
But I would much rather accept an invite from anyone . And play a match .
If there was a chance that I see the icon . I do surely jump on it .
Unfortunately I am not in a position at the time to see the icon and I
regretfully miss many invites . If I were
to change my status to red . I would not have that chance to accept an
invite . And it would be a week before I noticed that I was red . That
sucks . So I will never turn my status from green .
This is a
WGT wide problem and has been the case since before I joined in 2012 .
Quite simply the invite notification is a failure . There is no way you
can predict what is happening on the other side of that invite . There
are as many possibilities as their are players . And is not anything
personally reflective to you .
There are ways to make the
invite more likely to be noticed . Message any and all players prior and
let them know you will be ready to invite soon . Any that respond . You
have your answer , invite , and game . Seems like the hard way ?
Thought it wouldn't be ?
I always encourage my members to
message anyone they want to play with . Whether the person shows green ,
red , or even hidden . Yes they will get the email notification either
way . Maybe come out of hiding .
The invite system is such a
failure with that little tiny icon 2 thirds of the way up the left side
of your screen . You have to actually literally almost stare at it at
all times . So not to miss a rare or welcome invite . Very poor
To have the same little Icon at both the top
and bottom of your window tab pages. ( all the pages in WGT that are not
the game client ) . Would make those invites hundreds of times more
likely to be seen .
Or better yet . A pop up that there is no
way to avoid . That says So & So is inviting you to an alt shot
match . Click here to accept , decline , leave message , or already
I know that these suggestions would be probably about 1,739th on the list . If even approved for review .
If you knew the turmoil and misunderstanding that this issue alone provokes non stop 24 / 7 / 365 with out fail .
Involving every kind of scenario . CC vs CC Interplay community
organized and non community organized tournaments . Where the
participants are from different CC's . Many already unfamiliar with the
invite system . In which it is required that the opponents contact ,
communicate , arrange a mutually agreed upon time and day for which to
be GREEN . And then expect that this unlikely appointment is met by
both parties . On the occasion that both parties find themselves GREEN
at the same time . There is no response from the invitee . Frustrating
the inviter . Causing him or her to message the unresponding
counterpart . Hopefully remaining calm and mature , professional , and
polite . Inquiring about the un accepted invite that they had discussed
the week before and agreed to mutually . Of course now that has blown
any chances to play their match that week . And the following week one
of them will be on holiday .
Well turned out that the invitee
had in fact been GREEN and available during the agreed upon time . Had
waited for the inviter to become GREEN . An extra 30 minutes . Had then
gone to message the inviter and inquire .
The inviter it turns out had miscalculated the time difference and was actually 1 hour late .
If there were 2 more invite icons added to the the current icon . But
placed one on the top and one on the bottom of the page ( s) . Anyone
who was in a different area or page or looking at his daughter while she
asked him what those GREEN things are blinking on the top and bottom of
his page were .
Would be many many times more likely to see respond , and accept that all important invite .
Now that to some would be the more important scenario . Others that
consider any of their time in WGT valuable . Would say that when they
invite friends or CC mates to multiplayer matches . When the prospective
invitee is GREEN . And knows the invitee is around and available . But
did not respond or accept the invite .
And it turns out again
that the invitee was just lower in the page responding to a forum post .
Way below the little tiny GREEN icon 2/3rds of the way up on the left
play now flash player section of the tab page . Completely out of site .
Any dedicated and committed WGTer . Should have the ability to multi
task and tend to what ever tasks is on their agenda . With the " luxury "
should be common place knowledge that . While tending to their
administrative duties ( which could amount to hundreds of duties )
Should not be required to be playing a match , or just sitting there
staring at the invite icon . Just for the simple reason to be aware of
an invite .
Should have the suggested 2 more notifications , or an even
better system to alarm , alert , notify the moment an invite is
initiated . To enable the invitee to respond quickly and timely with no
chance of missing the invite from a friend that you had not heard from
in 3 years . If missed would be possibly the last opportunity to
connect with that player .
At any moment any invite could be that rare
invite from a CC mate that you had never had a chance to play before .
And not likely would again . From another fellow CC owner. One of the
biggest highlight rounds one can play .
Would never want to inconvenience those
rare inviters .
And should feel comfortable enough to stop playing and
start answering the 100 plus messages that you received that day . To
make some trophy's . To clean up the CC forum . To spend 2 or 3 hours
messaging and explaining what WGT is to the several recruits that had
just showed up . And literally dozens of other possible necessary tasks
that any WGTer should be able to do . While staying GREEN . Available to
play . As anyone would rather accept that invite and play than doing
admin . So long as the invite notification were so efficient and
effective that they would be seen and responded to . Whether it be to
accept , or send a message , or decline . One must be able to see it .
In every scenario . The obvious and simple , cost effective way to
solve this enormous problem that is an enormous problem . Concerning WGT
player relations and the highly volatile and negative ongoing ,
unnecessary daily , hourly turmoil that I would ask you to please take
my word for the depth and vast effect that this issue presents . As I
have only the best intentions for this WGT and my fellow players all the
site wide .
To please take this suggestion very seriously .
You can check out . investigate , interview members of my piers .
Selectively and or randomly to verify and validate the extent of this
problem that I feel is the root and cause of the sadly failing by the
minute most popular and precious and necessary multiplayer format .
That once was a thriving and preferred choice for the masses .
But over time . With the various glitches in the past ( the invisible
invite fiasco ) Immediately halted , ended forever . Some of the
original organized ongoing site wide multiplayer tournaments . Stopped
them cold in their tracks . As they all depended on the invite system
for game play . WGT being the only game in town .
Most all of
those long time favorite events for hundreds . Had played their last
match . Never again to be able to generate the interest and commitment
necessary to restart and continue a successful event .
the WGT community grew in leaps and bounds . Glitches came and Glitches
went . Some remained and got worse . Some became playable with work a
With the wavering uncertainty of game play and the always crap shoot of the multi-player invite .
And a couple few generational changes to the player in WGT . The
trickle down effect of some of the older formats slowly but steadily
dwindling down . Some to obscurity . Some still with hope to revive and
live again and prosper and be enjoyed again by the masses .
It would seem to be a no brainer . To install just 2 more icons added to
the present featured icon . 1 to the top of the page . 1 to the bottom
of the page . The smallest fix to one of the most volatile concerns
Sincerely GR8ly concerned as always
Sun 27 Sep 2020 - 9:30
With the changes that have come to the game, having a method of
communication outside of WGT is vital. All the more reason to have
programs such as Discord or TeamSpeak or Steam in everyday use by WGT
Yes those programs are very helpful . When you have a
network of friends that agree . When those friends are on and green and
responding . Then it may be easier to invite and coordinate games .
But if those friends are not available . Or not available often .
Then multiplayer will be difficult . And will not have Discord or TeamSpeak or Steam communication .
I do not know why more players are not on board those communication
devices . Except for everyone knows you talk funny . Lol . No matter so
do we .
But still the invite system . The ability to invite and notify , and receive and accept invites . Is a weak effort at best .
Notification could be improved . By having a notification message at
the top and bottom of the screen . Or a pop up message in the middle of
the screen .
Instead of the invisible little green icon first . That are most often
missed . Or not clicked in time . By the time you get through the game
client they have already given up on you . You just wasted the round you
were in . If you were playing .
If you were playing . You will see a pop up . Or a notification at the top and bottom of the page .
If you are green . And not playing . That probably means you went to
take a leak .Or Walmart . Or bang the next door neighbor . And you won't see a pop
up no matter how big it is .
But if you are just writing a Forum post . Or checking a leader board , etc , etc . You will see the pop up .
But you won't see the tiny green icon . And miss another invite .
Shouldn't be that hard to make a better notification . From my
experience this would almost fix the invites . Making it so easy . Even a
red headed step child could do it .