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Raymond Foster
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Aug 26, 2022
In General Discussion
This is I have been for a while now and hope to get back home from so I can back to work. Yeah It was another sepsis attack starting with tiny little sore that decided to go overdrive. Caught it sooner this time.
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Raymond Foster
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Aug 14, 2022
In General Discussion
Over the last few days I been working hard on getting this put together and a few other key factors before getting into other areas of mechanics. Since we have lost some volunteers along the way for various reasons including medical, I have had to take on additional tasks consuming a lot of my personal time. On average I am putting in 20 hours a day on this working, reading, researching, updating, adjusting and trying to maintain contacts. The background will have some art once the functions are in proper working order. Right now it is being tested locally and not being published to any servers till all the encryption are working and data is being registered. The Join Now button and the sub buttons open these panels on the UI. At the bottom of the register form the close button turns it off so you only have the above menu bar and the rest is background art. The close button on the main menu bar quits the game. Having this part working is essential since the part involving the birth date will calculate the age which will help with applying restrictions to any content that can be deemed inappropriate for minors to view or locations that are restricted and require our AOP (Adults Only Pass) in order to access such locations and content. Something many games have been lacking and honestly "pushing the envelop too far in my personal opinion. The Plains for the In Game Menu are fairly simple. Save as much screen space as possible. This means avoiding too much art all over the place on one hand but also making sure people can find the features easily. The following are examples of the initial concept but may be changed some as things are improved, step by tedious and necessary step. Here on the top left is an arrow: When we start the game the avatar will load and you click the arrow and this happens: As you see in this demo there is a default avatar image. Because this is abused by some, that load inappropriate images, instead the option will be a list of images made by who ever volunteers for some of the 2D art as a selection of such icons. There is the level up bar that each time it reaches 100% you earn a new star. Of course with each star achieved it means your character is stronger (especially in various battle and challenge areas) but becomes much harder to achieve a star which is part of the challenge in and of itself. You can see under the stars is a thing that says SybirCoins. Then there is there huge amount. While it is unlikely most will ever fill that completely, which you can make a game out of that to try by saving up as much as you can, next to that is the Options. right next to it is the shopping card and above that is avatar editing that will be among the things that will be worked on but is not the same as inventory. Anyways, let's now click the Options button. First Row of Selections: Chat, mail, Snapshot, Quests (a to do list), Inventory, People which means friends list, animations for just random things you can make your avatar do like clap, dance, laugh, and whatever. next to it is a lock that is open. When it is unlocked it means you are not hidden from searches such as friends lists. When it is locked you are and it also means it will set a Do Not Disturb which also means no general public chats will be received by you (A privacy mode). The home icon means it allows you to return to your free home location at any time. The Eye opens the search bar for specific places available using key words to find them if they exist.The next three are simple enough. One is for using a webcam (Disabled without AOP), headset with microphone anyone can use at any time if they have them (also disabled without AOP), an information button such as updates, a help button that opens a window that you can scroll through to figure out controls in the game and a request help from any available moderators. The Map is another type of search but in this case its ones you save and you do so when you open it in a scene, click a plus sign to add it to your list and you can use a minus button to delete one from the list. There is of course the close button and under it the settings if you want to change graphics and audio levels in the game rather than all sound on your system. To close it all out you just click the top left window but it wont disable such as using a webcam or headset. You would turn those off with the buttons that will appear somewhere on the screen which when deactivated those will go away also till you reopen the options. The Mini Profile It wont automatically close the main menu at the top left. Second, it will be designed and a feature that will be added to all the other sub windows the ability to move it around. Its just placed here at the bottom right for demo purposes. In any case, as stated, not much about the other player will appear other than what star level they are, if they have an active AOP or not, and their age calculated from when they created their birth date information on the registry. They won't have access to that information at all. As for the options, they are similar to the primary ones but also limited on purpose. You can click on them to have the mini profile come up or their name from a list. The options are chat where you can invite them to a private chat, mail for sending a message (unless they blocked you, if you and they both have AOP you can use the webcam or headset. You can send them a gift in the form of the game currencies, free or earned, its up to you, add them as a friend and if they accept it will appear in your friend list, delete them as a friend and it will remove them without you needing to open it back up, a block feature so no all communication is disabled till you select the block and open the window and click next to their name and remove them from the block list (it wont keep them from common areas but out of your home location if you have it set to public, a kick in the form of the X button if its your location, and the knife to challenge them to a battle. They can reject or accept, but if you blocked them you cannot send it to them and they cannot challenge you. Finally there is the invite option to where ever you are at and there will be an option to select up to three others in a list. They just click accept as it pops up for them or they can ignore it, or decline it. You can also join them if they spawn somewhere as long as you keep this window open. Then there is of course the close button to close out the mini profile. Under it is a standard message of "what not to do" in relation to others. Common Question about the mini menu: Why no like option? Because its not really necessary. If you like each other than you can become friends. Simple as that. There is no dislike either because too many abuse that feature elsewhere so there is really no reason for it. if you don't like someone you can ignore them, block them, boot them or challenge them to a battle. You can, however challenge other friends to battles as you can actually earn rank and points (coins)if you win. Why no gender indicator? Because they chose it already in the avatar they use. There will be a body shop in the game where people can change their avatar forms including gender but they will always be able to access and change back ot their default without having to pay any game points to do so. Its up to you as the end user what you start as, remain as, and you will also have an option to change your username at any time. There are may reasons why some may want to do so, and its really their business at that point. Why no interaction options? It may be added later but the goal for that is to make sure they are properly synchronized and that would require a lot more assistance than what is available at this time. In addition when there are different avatar types that can be chosen it will be a huge amount of work to have them adapt to those differences and trigger the correct animations. For example if say a female avatar tries to dance with a giant type one, as funny as it would look (and potentially inappropriate unintentionally), the giant would have to be reaching down and she will have to be reaching up so it makes sense. Why not have more options or menus on display all the time? It is is again to save screen real estate. Many will want to be able to see a lot of things and look around at the scenery, and if in the middle of a battle the only things they want to see is advantage points, indicators and so on appear in locations where they are only needed and not have them covering everything up or having to always open all of them manually all the time. For example, in a survival location like a battle royale or whatever, they only want to see relevant content and not the primarily social features. If they are in their home location they only want to see menus related to setting such to public, private or have a permission/vip list of who is allowed at any time and who isn't or if it is set for only access to those with AOP or not. The other thing they only want to see is such as upload and building tools if they want to change something in their home environments and only use the related social features like chat if they are having people over or don't want to use that when potentially rebuilding their home sites and don't want the distractions. So while there will be a lot of options over time, they do not need to be active all the time and adding clutter, and its also better for rendering the graphics on the user end with less the camera has to see or calculate which means less draw on frame rates (which can and often is a main cause of what is known as lag or latency aside from just having an old PC or slow net connection, etc). That is why options for changing graphics will exist such as turning off shadows and whatnot which can also slow things down a lot. So there you have it for now: Eventually these test avatars will be removed for other ones. Some may want to use them anyways but they, if kept will be located in the Body Shop. We might call it something like the Meat Locker. Nothing has been determined as of yet what things will all be called in that regards. We will just have to wait and see what is determined later.
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Raymond Foster
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Aug 12, 2022
Old Scam/Modern Tech: Crypto, NFTs and The Mata-lie. content media
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Raymond Foster
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Moderator
Aug 09, 2022
In General Discussion
Some have asked about GDRP compliance. The fact is this company is located in the United States and falls under US law. The only time that the GDRP would have any reason to be involved is if there were concerns with data security and so forth. I contacted a representative for them in the EU to run by them about this project, the basic plans, hosting servers being considered and this website for reference. So far they do not have any concerns and clarified a few factors that I wanted to know specifically. Overall; were good. So no issues there. In any case our policies make clear we are being compliant with higher standards than is expected in the United States and the rejection of creating such as Play to Earn (PTE) games, Cryptos and NFTs to name but a few is also a positive direction for this company and for the welfare and security of our end users locally and globally. Several of the things listed with the GDRP as expectations are handled by different areas of US State and Federal Laws in different branches, organizations and agencies. For sake of argument The main checkpoints in question are as follows according to the GDRP which you can find here under Article 6 GDRP. For us, we have such things as the FTC, and you can review the articles as cited at ICLG.com under the following list of information in regards to privacy matters. You can also go to our Policies page to see for yourself or compliance with such laws. Look under Chapter Content. In addition we will be submitting, once everything is completed in this project, to such as the ESRB also in the United States. If you do not know what the ESRB is, its the Entertainment Software Rating Board. For other important matters, go to the bottom of this website and chick the likes for policies, Copyrights, Intellectual Property, Protected Rights, CCO Licensing, and if you like, Press Release.
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Raymond Foster
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Aug 06, 2022
In General Discussion
Q and A from visitors: The simple answer is NO. Almost every game that has any sort of spendable points represented as coins have some sort of tied in concept design related to that game title or series. While such coins are often used to gain some sort of in game only items such as boosters, power ups, unlocking character types. weapons, gear, or whatever. This has been around for decades. Its not real money in and of itself, has no investment value and exclusive to the game accordingly. Just like all other original games with earned and spendable points, you gain such coins in two simple ways. 1) You earn them by completing takes and challenges or solving puzzles for coins as rewards, or 2) you buy them as recharges to cut down the time to get those in the game so you can get the available game only assets (IE, tools, weapons, armor, clothing, boosters, power ups, vehicles, or other specific features and customization for your player character (avatars). You are not allowed to use them and exchange or trade them for any sort of real world money of any kind such as creating an account, loading it full of such game currency and items, going to some other website with a potential buyer and be sent money in exchange for the passwords so they can take over and use the account. basically a a form of piracy and theft of income from the company itself. In turn such game currency designs and symbols were specifically linked to the brand, company or game title. So since Sybirathia is the name of the virtual world itself and itself the product of Sybirathia LLC, the simple tie in was to call this game currency SybirCoin. I came up with this name years ago for the company and the game and the currency long before all this Crypto, NFTs and DAO project nonsense were ever a thing in the mainstream being over hyped and the fictional definitions of Metaverses. Metaverse is simply another name created in the novel Snow Crash for Cyberspace. Cyberspace itself is an electronic medium/environment that is used to facilitate online communication or to clarify it more specifically, the totality of all digital information transmitted through the internet. The Metaverse concept simply means "experiencing" this Cyberspace through text, 2D websites and 3D game world environments that have existed since 1995 and not controlled by any one parent company, corporation, organization, government party or country/nation. it is not therefore a distinct reality from the Real World as much as just an extension of it by way of that data in the collective global networks. All the so called Metaverses and the incorporation of the scam that is called Cryptos, NFTs and DAOs are nothing more than knock offs intended to :take over all of Cyberspace in a totalitarian monopoly through subsidiaries to create an illusion of decentralization centralized in that all encompassing parent company and whatever government it is dicted by and to take out, consume and liquidate all other actual or perceived rivals and startups.. Never trust, invest in or subscribe to these mega corporations, their so called metaverses and thiose offering to make cryptos the currency used in those virtual worlds. And remember to stay away from NFTs and that Friends do not let friendds buy cryptos or invest in such so called DAOs (decentralized autonomous organization). They are all old scams using new tech. that is all.
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Raymond Foster
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Jun 23, 2022
In General Discussion
Today, I just received news Naomi Fleury, known as (LexLuthorsWife) has passed away. Once a moderator on a former virtual world known as Kaneva that shut down in 2016, we have lost many friends since the closing of the old virtual world we used to be part of, including others, which was in part the motivation for the creation of this one, it is heartbreaking as many of them were looking forward to see what this will be and can potentially become. This project will continue to be worked on all the same. I am asking others help by providing a list of names of those we have lost over the last few years so that we can honor them and their memories and will be planning a memorial location for the game world which I would like to ask others to help produce models and content for as a reserved location that will be added to the demo when we are able to release it as exclusives to said location. Your support for the virtual memorial will be greatly appreciated. (This will exclude those known to have committed criminal actions against children in the real world). This most current list I have is: Recently known Departed Friends: LexLuthorsWife ( Naomi Fleury) Power Of Green(Tiana Adaju) Melaide (Melaide Wood) MarianaRoma Rich1956 Julied2272 (Julie Holstein) Matthew77 PheonixUK( Ron Dixon Morgan) El Dori ParkMe JimboCappuccio (James Cappuccio) Gypsy (Schimmer-Laroux ) Wizardwy (Brad Bush) It pains me to see so many have passed away and especially so recently and that things for this development has taken so much time. Again, I know there were more so if possible, please be sure to help add names and if possible, at least some avatar pictures that were known to be their favorite self representations. Any names to go with the avatar names I do not have will also be helpful along with the date of their departure from this life. 😪 Thank you.
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Raymond Foster
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Jun 20, 2022
In General Discussion
More games are being published in every category, and the number of Unity creators increased 31% in the last year. THE PANDEMIC IS NOT THE CAUSE OF THE CURRENT INDUSTRY GROWTH There was a spike during some of the strongest lock downs nationally and globally. It is clear that as the Lock downs began to be eased off, gaming and online activity declined and began to grow more naturally as the industry has been doing for some time. The real cause is simply better and more responsive technologies and with the various stimulus checks spread around it simply gave some more access to funds to purchase such technologies. Otherwise the growth is on going and varies with relative stability between Mobile and PC devices. Otherwise pre-pandemic projections going back as far as 2017 are on track. All in all it says nothing as to how much you as a developer may or may not earn as there are many other factors that go into such things. It only says that the market is still healthy while other markets are crashing and burning. Plus that is revenue already spent so assuming that you as a developer will get a piece of that "action" is the wrong way to approach it. Instead you have to approach it from how much revenue will your product/title/service add to that generated market revenue. DEVELOPER GAMING REVENUE GREW ALMOST 30% IS ACTUALLY MISLEADING. For larger companies this is true but for indies in general its the same as it has always been. Its either from out of pocket, from end user in game purchasing, or from would be end users supporting such developers. TREND CHASER NEWS IS BAD NEWS TO FOLLOW SUCH AS WHEN SUCH SAY... Hypercasual games have a cap on market size. To hold on to a larger audience over the long term, games need deeper gameplay. Well, such so called Hypercasual games is a rather nebulous term. Little word puzzle games to Candy-Crush can be considered such with minimalist user interfaces. Then again, any virtual world with hang outs can be considered Hypercasual as well. As such, saying that such need deeper gameplay isn't exactly accurate either because its not really the scope or intention of such "a game category" regardless its genre and what it means to have "deeper" is as specious as trying to define what makes games "fun." Everyone has different ideas of what is causal or fun for them that would be annoying or boring to someone else. DEVELOPERS ARE TEARING DOWN WALLS AROUND PLATFORMS? Not really. Since games were being made for TVs all the way to the current modern devices and systems, there has been always been a growing multi platform reach. Its not new and its misleading to present it as such. The real factor is where various free to use Game Engines have allowed for development of projects to be created for available multi platforms and indie developers in turn simply adapt a finished project for each of these options, put them out in the public so more have access to their particular games. That's all it is in this regard. LARGE STUDIOS CONTINUE TO BALLOON YET THEY HAVEN'T OUSTED INDIE DEVELOPERS There are still large companies with in house developers, those they outsource as independents and the smaller and most common individual developers that just work on projects that interest them at the time they created them. That means as long as there is a huge pool of indies there is a huge pool of options for larger studios to draw out of AND these big companies know at present it would be a very bad move on their part to squash the diversity. At least for the time being. WHATS WITH ALL THIS LIVE GAMING STUFF? Lets make clear what live gaming actually is and not the hype others in a failing area keep trying to claim it is. Simply put its live online multiplayer games of different forms, genres and styles. That is really all it is. With the continued popularity of the live game models which include such as virtual social worlds to more traditional style player or team vs. player and team, people are playing games longer than ever, mostly because the games periodically add expansions which is again nothing new. While it is true with some types of games players want more content or new things to be added all the time, this is not true for all types of games where players do not want things to be changed beyond a few updates and more current polish. That's why the developer(s) need to know their community of players really well because a lot of times "some so called new exciting addition" actually changes the whole feel and sense of a game that drew in people to begin with and will ultimately alienate them and send that title straight into the dumpster. INDUSTRY DATA WILL NOT ADD TO YOUR SUCCESS Knowing your end users/players/audience/customers and focusing on the majority of them rather than the minority that tend to not have that much investment in said community, much less the game itself is how you fuel success. Fuel your game’s success with strategies that integrate the latest industry data is again trend chasing. The problem with trend chasing that has not, and never will change, is once a trend begins its already too late to get into that trend and get much if anything out of it. In short you already missed the train. So how do you "really start a trend?" You don't worry about trying to create a trend or follow a trend and just do what you enjoy, and as more take interest in what you have created then your trend has already started. And all a trend really means is what's popular at the moment where it is popular for the time it is popular. That's all there is to it and everything else is just pretty words and nonsense.
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Raymond Foster
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Jun 11, 2022
In General Discussion
Many don't consider this. We will. It is important and while it takes a little extra time to include these elements in the design, we want to be able to provide as many reasonable options as possible.
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Raymond Foster
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May 28, 2022
In General Discussion
This week he is focusing on finals and he will be taking a break for a week thereafter. I will give you all an update and lets all send best wishes and keep him in our thoughts. But please don't distract him! Its a BIG DEAL and will be very helpful for his future career choices. Best Wishes Savar!
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Raymond Foster
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May 27, 2022
In SYBIR NEWS
Aside from the fact what is being called a Metaverse isn't truly Metaverses this is interesting. Be sure to check out the videos made by third party reporters. I few things to note here is while a lot here is true, there are quite a few fictions slipped in that are false, and deceptive. It also shows a complete lack of comprehension of the very meaning of Meta-verse on all of these companies parts. Yet the source of the word and its description isn't complicated at all. Simply go back to the novel called SNOW CRASH published in 1992 by Neal Stephenson and ignore the movie because it doesn't quiet get it right. So lets dumb it down to the most basic reality what it really was and why everything being made just slaps on a label for attention grabbing like any other click-bait out there. A Metaverse is simply the internet experienced in 3D rooms rather than 2D websites like this. It uses 2D content via the UIs (Users Interface), and their ease of usage and navigation is what UX (user experience) is about. That's all there is to it. Frankly the Old Movie Johnny Mnemonic back in 1995 made the best representation of the concept. VR headset and motion tracking gloves included with a digital keyboard. Though the digital art was like old Cyberpunk techno-babble given art, the concept is there well enough. But being 'Jacked in' was a reference to the concept of dial-up using a phone jack. (helps knowing these little tid-bits by having grown up while all this was developing). Kind of how everyone got hard-on over so called Esports (electronic sports) in 2016 over hyping what it was claimed to be vs what it really was, as though it was something new and innovative, when in reality and history its all based on two people as the final contestants playing the same game title trying to get to or break the highest score within a designated period of time. In short; this.... Again, the hype was all because of a movie called Pixels from 2015 representing the above as the foundation for its plot. The only difference is using game consoles and Big flat screens hooked to the internet allow it to be accomplished as multi-player competitions which as part of the hype resulted in this video to make it look all exciting called Warriors as part of the serious of League of Legends promos. Awesome song but in reality its just about what has been stated. So all these companies are creating are virtual visual world environments which every single digital game has been making since before the public internet back in the days of dial-up, regardless if they were all text, 2D or or 3D mesh based or as most games are today, a combination of all 3. Of course its all being driven by the same HYPE from yet another movie. Ready Player One that came out after the poorly written book and its unfortunate terrible sequel (I hoped would never become a movie) Ready Player 2. But they did and they are. In any case al these companies are simply creating their own versions based upon a concept from the largely empty old tech (oddly still online) virtual reality (VR) called Active Worlds as a 3D version of text based Chat rooms in 1995. The concept of digital currency in these virtual rooms and environments were simply an extension of changing points earned from beating challenges or levels to unlock various upgrades or power ups once a certain level and number of points were gained. The first so called digital currency has been converting physical money to digital records which as a result over 97% of all currencies in the world today actually are. Regardless the source of those funds be it as a credit or something deposited into a personal Bank or Credit Union checking and or savings account, its still digital. Every game has had some kind of earned points for completing something. They just have no real world value outside of those games. The change was when such became used as spendable coins as spendable points to unlock specific features such as gear and power ups within those particular game concepts. It was then capitalized on by using the credit/debit card option to buy those points to "hurry along" getting access to various features when it becomes harder to get things at or to a higher competitive level. Some considered it and still do, as lazy gaming but was used as a means also to help new developers get funding for their games that of course Big Namer Publishers abused and continue to do so playing their "Box everyone in" B.S. through what has come to be called 'micro-transactions' resulting in the Pay to Win thing. That brings us now to the Crypto Currency scam. Yes its a scam because its using the credit to game coin purchasing inventing fictional concepts designed to be a pyramid ponzi scam so at the bottom of the pyramid the middle to last buyers end up with something completely worthless they can't sell off because everyone has the same kind of currency regardless its many different brands all using the same primary source that has come to be called Bit Coin. The concept of 'Crypto Currency' actually goes back to anonymous accounts used by the ultra rich hiding money and secret investments in old Swiss Bank Accounts that were accessible only to those with the right "pass" keys and passwords. Such things as IDs were simply not required to access them. No special pass keys or passwords, and no access. And likewise its real money but the source of the money was simply untraceable because these kinds of accounts don't verify the sources, which makes them also out of the taxed income and the funds could come from anywhere in the world. How these banks make money is simply being paid like any bank, a percentage to "maintain the anonymity." You see this represented in just about every so called hit man and spy movie out there were the funds can come from ultra rich criminals, mobsters, to government officials. (Note those pushing this as the first step to universal income without clarifying how that would actually even make sense based on how exchange rates and economics really works is left out of the discussion). You may as well hand your money freely over to all those tele-scams and tell them to keep their pitch, give them the money and not worry about getting anything back. This video more or less helps clarifying. The scam is simply using the combination of all the above to put money in the hands of the top 1%-5% duping the world into just give them all more money with no real returns like a blank check from those already struggling. So for the less cyber savvy or inclined; since its beginning I have said this scam is simply a combined card game of Go Fish and Texas Hold'em. The go fish part is to see how many cards you can match up first and get from someone else and get rid of first. The one left with the most count off the points as debt. The Texas Hold'em part is the same thing when the goal is to get the highest hand for the most bets (money) put in and bluff the other player and cause them to challenge or fold. The buy in part is added "minimal investment' to play the game' to sweeten the pot (winnings) to both and dropped into the public's lap as the 'minimal required investment' to try and get in on the gamble. The crypto is simply secretly moving that money around from 'Anonymous' accounts (like those so called Swiss Bank or Offshore accounts in every spy and mob movie) to get around gambling restrictions from country to country and hiding who is depositing and using that money for what (legal and criminal) spending. Then it simply uses the concept of spendable points from video games only able to be used in that particular game title that can't be transferred to say another game, even if that other game title is produced by the same publisher, as the lure and uses the hype to 'advertise' the "opportunities" (the gamble). How you buy is using the real digital currencies from your bank accounts or credit union accounts via credit or debit cards for those points and the only thing you can spend those points on is whatever the particular publisher already owns (game assets) but in the real world simply use it to jack up the actual costs creating the illusion of value through merchandise in their own owned shops/stores (like game inventories). The ponzi part comes down to 'getting special rewards (NFTs which are the same as old school game tokens art old school arcades and frequent flyer miles) that you can pawn off on others by either getting them to "buy in and sell to others and the more they sell the more rewards they get" till at the end of the 'Chain' the last one buying can't sell any of them because everyone else already has them making them utterly worthless. The Winners are those who got rid of them first for more than they put in, and thus the gambling is exposed and the 'champions' are the ones who did it all first (till they get thrown in jail but skate paying off the mega fines that are pocket change to them just to modify it a bit later on for the next big scam opportunity). Friends don't let friends or family buy crypto or the illusions of the so called Metaverses.
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Raymond Foster
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May 26, 2022
In SYBIR NEWS
Wannabe Scammers are getting really desperate. LOL. Latest one I got was supposedly a purchase for Windows Defender (which is free on Windows Computers) from a gmail account! HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Don't even freak out with these. No charges came out of your accounts anywhere. Its just a phisher trying to get stupid people to see the money and freak so they can get you to confirm your email and try and get information out of you. Just spam and block. Here's a notable mention. This one can't even be downloaded to try and install malicious code. HAHAHAHAHA. So what stupid Emailer Scam/Spam have you received? Feel free to add to this list. Just for the fun of it.
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Raymond Foster
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May 25, 2022
In SYBIR NEWS
The following was sent by someone who joined using email itspace2001@gmail.com as member name itspace2001. The unauthorized solicitation occurred early this morning around 06:AM PST (Pacific Standard Time). This was an unauthorized solicitation. If you have received anything like this with an email such as itspace2001@gmail.com or any variation of the date, including, but not limited to another one starting with hello-world-(random numbers)@gmail.com who was spamming email list with several variations of numbers be certain to report it immediately. Do not open those emails. In addition be sure to follow up by deleting the message as shown here as they have used our messaging in direct violation of our policies.
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Raymond Foster
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May 04, 2022
In General Discussion
So far 4 have been added. Pending more interviews over the next couple weeks more may be added. Be aware things change so be sure to stay posted and keep up to date.
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Raymond Foster
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May 03, 2022
In General Discussion
It was recently brought to my attention by a foreign student that they would need an acceptance letter for the CPT work authorization. I have no problem putting one together upon request. Do note that according to the USCIS through the Department of Justice, because this is entirely remote and at will based online volunteering, Form I-9 is not required or applicable unless such would include working onsite in a physical location and included such as remuneration, which is something of value such as no-cost or reduced-cost meals, lodging or other benefits in exchange for their labor or services. In essence its no different if you make some 3D models to upload into an existing online 3D game world environment as an end user at will and for free or as a game mod of some sort. The only difference is direct participation of the development of such environments and that is where I can provide an acceptance letter for a foreign student's CPT work authorization. This was something entirely new to me so I made sure to get the applicable information for this project so it is available for you to review at your own discretion or leisure.
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Raymond Foster
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May 01, 2022
In General Discussion
First off, I would like to personally welcome each and every one of you to this team. That being said, be sure to make note of the following. Never be afraid to ask questions. The only dumb ones are ones never asked. Once everyone has been selected, I will be creating a Team Members page where each of you will be listed and can get to know one another better. Be sure to specify what areas in this project you would prefer to focus on and remember the goal is everyone can put in at least 6-12 hours a week per their assignments and on average a 2-3 week deadline to meet or beat. Be sure to stalk with, interact and brain storm with one another and always, always be open to making reasonable suggestions, but do not get ahead of yourselves looking towards future phases as things are put together piece by piece. I would like see that we have enough volunteers to create specific teams focusing on specific parts. IE: A team of coding and UI/UX developers. A team of 2D and 3D digital concept artists. A team of 3D modelers and animators. A team of Level Environment/Scene developers. Of course some of us will be able to do all this and more alone over time, but like anything, if only one person is handling literally everything, they are also the most likely to burn themselves out. So do not burn yourselves out trying to do too much. On the same hand, do not be so lax as to not do much of anything, because then you are just wasting ours and everyone else's time. Others are Watching Do be aware that periodically we do have various distinct and separate business owners who are visiting and will be reviewing volunteers contributes and will be watching for how everyone is interacting, adapting to and overall getting along with one another. That being said, we have a gallery and the Forums for a reason just to name a few of the features on this site. Its so you can show your work and through joining us you are not just helping to develop something potentially awesome, but expanding your portfolio that will go towards your own future goals and aspirations.
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Raymond Foster
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Apr 29, 2022
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SO MANY ISSUES, SO LITTLE TIME Earlier this week concerns were brought up again after allowing Google and Facebook auto-registration. Attempts to reach a real person. Especially in relation to data privacy concerns and leaks. Part of the inquiry was pertaining even on browsers the increased detection of trackers threatening privacy and clear evidence of telemetry used in such as malware, ransomware, spyware, and other hijacks of data. So it was asked; what is being done to plug these wholes or do we need to have someone on our end do that for you to protect our end users and kill the problem? We made it clear we were talking about both registering here and our pages on Facebook. Instead we got some vague, and apparent bots from "security@facebookmail.com" which allows for no reply, and as usual giving or irrelevant vague answers and references to their not so helpful Help Page. Even their public "toll-free" number does not allow for end users, businesses or the like to get a real person. So a more direct approach was sought via what few actual human moderators were able to respond. To be expected by this kind of garbage they simply quoted the Help Pages with no thought to the actual question. And Facebook/Meta are the worst of offenders. TIME TO USE YOUR HEADS Consider these suggestions and don't waste time with other so called "cyber security" pros that mix facts with lies. Should you should be creating unique passwords for every site you use? YES! And you should not use the same ones you use for your emails, and should be using different emails for them rather than the same one. Do I need some sort of password and email manager to keep tract of all this? NO! You are that manager and should instead be writing things down as hard copies or store them on a removable flash drive that you keep in a safe, flock box, locking file cabinet and so on. Do I need to use two factor authentication? Yes, but its not fail safe. Doesn't Facebook and Google have the best security anyways unlike other sites and spend more on it than everyone else? NO! In fact all the excessive personal information they demand and require to make public makes them less safe! Think about it, and I mean really think about it. Hijacks and identity theft was far less when even Facebook allowed anonymous names as Usernames and kept your real name during registration confidential. They also suggested as many others did, not to add personal identifiable information anywhere or share your access information such as email and password with anyone else. Then they changed all that and also started selling the private information to other third parties as their real customers. When they started making these requirements more numerous including adding your telephone numbers to their data banks robo calls and spam and scam calls also increased rather than went down. None one knew and it wasn't publicly made known till years later that as soon as the Dark Web was beginning to take Shape, Facebook jumped on it and all that they demanded you have public became accessible in the Dark Web. Then other companies followed similar activities. Then they added the two factor authentications which requires more personal information to be used which then becomes more likely to be publicly accessed, so its not someone really "hacking/code cracking" anything as much as simply collecting all these parts of information piece by piece, stringing them together seeing what works to rip you and everyone else off. So what Real measures can you do to reduce chances of being hijacked and ripped off? Well, since Facebook and even Google will keep even locked down accounts still available on their websites even up to 11 years later with inactive accounts, you will have top likely get the law involved to get that all removed, but even then they likely sold off your data to their real customers an its not the end users. If you haven't been locked out yet, these are the best options you have and forget about getting a hold of a live person, especially with Facebook. Despite all their financial power and acquisitions, the let bots run the majority of things and moderators, well, you might have one respond once every blue moon, but most of what they respond with is just the same scripted out nonsense the "bots"direct you to on their not so helpful HELP pages. So here is what you need to actually do provided you haven't been locked out or blocked in some way (as of yet): Remove every image, post and link on your account. Wait a few days and then begin the process of permanently deactivating your account. Send a written statement and snapshot a picture on your system or device of your formal request all your personal information is purged immediately as the account is being processed for shut down. If after all this your still able to find your account even after being closed or inactive, consider having others join you in filing a class action lawsuit and force them to close it and purge your data and fully disclose with whom all they have shared or sold your information to and then go after those companies that bought it and demand the same. From now on: Don't use the same email you use on other websites and use different passwords. Change your passwords for your emails regularly and do not use names, names of pets, birth dates and all that and if websites allow it as some do not, use other charters and numbers. For example: @#%Am36_cBz724_)*&. Basically random things. Some sites will only allow up to 8 characters, some a minimal of 8 to 15 and some a minimal of 8 to 39 characters. Adjust accordingly. Do not sign up with email providers requiring more than a user name and password. This is becoming increasingly more difficult because so many are also demanding you add a mobile number which they also tend to share and sell the data for. When that happens pay for a leased email from another service and maybe some dumb silly domain name as a two year package. If they demand you expose your personal identifiable information and do not allow fictional user names to be displayed instead, do not use their services. Go through your emails regularly and any financial transactions you actually have made, download those records of transactions to your removable flash drives, do not store them on your mobile devices, and delete all that information from email files and folders. The kless you have in them the better. If your emails are getting increased spam and unsolicited messages, avoid opening them, spam mark them, trash them and purge all the folders you have in those emails including personal contacts. If this does not reduce the problem get another email or request a change through who you lease it from because of this issue, and be highly selective who you share it with and then deactivate that problem email. This way if one of your emails do happen to get hacked you have already deleted a huge amount of data that could potentially be stolen. Directly on your computer: Put all your important information on a removable drive. Store it in a safe and secured location like a home safe, lock box, or file cabinet that requires a key to unlock, and keep those keys somewhere else and separate from car, house and mail box keys. Then purge all the files in your computer including things like the registry, %AppData% and "%ProgramData% and frequently delete and purge temp files and folders. Consider using an OpenSource and less common OS if needs be and use something like Virtual Machines that store nothing while you are online. Also, if you instead want to use such things as Windows, turn on BitLocker and go on line to find out how to do that properly, and use another password for accessing and using your bowers. You will also want to just go ahead and make sure you create a second localized user Account with Admin settings and use a guest account as your main regular daily online access method. Do not string everything together. Sure, using automatic registrations and only one primary email may seem convenient but you are literally creating a laced together string of multiple weak points increasing your chances of getting hacked, hijacked and everything stolen, right down to your physical well being being put into high risk. If you have done that, now is the time to "undo that" while you still can. Snail Mail: Store current documents in a secure location. Don't just toss crumbled or shredded paper in an open trash can. Incarcerate them fully or grind them to literal dust and then put that dust in recycle bins. try to get your mail box switched to one closer to your door. Contact your local Post Master to find out what you will need for that to be done. Have a lockable deposit box for packages large enough for delivery drivers to place your packages in that you have ordered and can only be opened with a special key and code device. if you know someone with some welding tools and savvy with such things, have them make that for you especially in areas with high theft rates. Don't use a third party disposal service to properly destroy important documents. Have in old drivers license still? Burn it. have old debit and credit cards? Destroy it. Some company spamming your physical mailbox? Send them a public notarized letter of cease and desist. If they continue to do so and ignore those demands get an attorney involved and let everyone online and offline know about that company to potentially join a class action lawsuit. You only need you and another person to start one and also demand they disclose where they got your information from which is your right to do. How easy is it for criminals to get things? Sadly too easy. here is a video about that.
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Raymond Foster
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Apr 29, 2022
In General Discussion
A World in Conflicts and How it will apply to Volunteering: A few visitors have asked the same question in different ways. The most common is: "If my country is in conflict or at war with your country, would I be kicked off the team or prevented from still participating in the project?" The simple answer is no. We will not do that to someone just because mainstream media or world 'leaders' have engaged in such things. ​We are very aware of real world problems and conflicts. However, the purpose of gaming, even online, is to have an escape for a time from all those kinds of issues and where individuals can meet, make friends, collaborate on projects, share concepts and ideas for gaming and virtual world productions and have fun while enjoying the process and bringing something new to the real world. That is how peace is maintained regardless what other media outlets or ruling parties say or claim on their own various platforms or in their own countries. This means: ​ We do not get involved with real world geo-political issues. We welcome creative people from all over the planet and care more about individual than anything else. Regardless if countries are in conflict with one another, we won't deny any individual an opportunity to participate in our projects. We do not care what your gender, orientation or ethnicity happens to be. We are not a forum for hashing out personal or social biases, complaints, bigotry, resentments or any other such nonsense. We seek to build a strong international team of members and players with like minds that share these thoughts and core values. We are more than willing to end relations with any individual that trespasses these basic humanitarian and egalitarian principles. Our goal is to maintain fair and peaceful relations with all our members and participants. However, and as is obvious, there are a lot out in the world who do not care much about the lives of others, much less their own which is a sad and unfortunately reality wherever you go, or wherever you are from. We just won't cater to those kinds of things, nor cave under "pressure" to "change our tune" as it were. This is also in complete alignment with our policies, terms, conditions and EULA which we take seriously. We can only hope others do the same and can respect this. Unfortunately there are some things we will have no control over such as various sanctions and shutdowns of various public online access to various communications and online networks. If that occurs we will simply not know what has occurred with volunteers in such areas. It does not mean we have ourselves denied access to them to participate, or that we have ended relations or communications with them abruptly and without notice. So be mindful of that. We will try and hold their contributions for a long as we can and note such as "unavailable at this time," because its about all we can do in such cases. We will also try and hold a open spot for them for a time but it should also be made clear we cannot hold such positions open indefinitely. So Please: Keep all your information current and up to date. If you have received notice that communications will be shut down let us know immediately. If you are unlikely to be able to continue to participate for any case, let us know right away. If you are not certain of your situation and able to do so: Leave us instructions what you would like us to do with your content such as posts, images and whatnot so we can honor those instructions as long as we are also able to do so. Let us know if you are able to do so if your situation has changed for the better or the worst. Your communications with us will be held confidential, and therefore private unless you have instructed otherwise. Though we are in the Indie Game Business, let this serve as a clarification we do care about our friends, family and participating members and only wish for the best for everyone. Thank you again for reading: Sincerely: Raymond S. G. Foster CEO and Founder of Sybirathia, LLC. Oregon City, OR, United States of America.
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Raymond Foster
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Apr 28, 2022
In General Discussion
Once we get the environments setup and coding squared for the demo, we will be looking into features for some of our potential future disabled end users to get more out of the project. Among these plans are: Sign language professionals who can explain how to use and play the game when text or other impairments make it difficult for end users. Create some audio clips for those who may be mute and have trouble typing text and instead like using animated emotes from a list, allow a list of words used in the menu one can select with a mouse and select. Work on audio cues to further assist end users in the game play environments. Voice/Mic as an option within text Chat boxes for public and private communications. We want to open up as many options as currently possible with present technologies for more end users to enjoy Sybirathia within their means and limitations. There will also be options for adjusting visual and audio settings as a standard feature in the project. While the project will be largely designed for PC based platforms, we will also consider options for access with Mobile devices and other game consuls as additions/expansions. We just need to get the main foundations in place before we try and jump head too far. Have any ideas you like to include for consideration? Just comment below to help us build a list of potential options in the near and distant future.
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Raymond Foster
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Apr 28, 2022
In General Discussion
The Shared Gallery is fully ready for members to upload examples of their work for this project. If you wish to create some video clips of work with models, environments and what not, or just 2D digital art as concepts, now you can. You can also add images to your Forum posts or short video files. I cleaned up a lot of details and areas on the website myself. So be sure to show your support, break out the creativity, ask questions and interact. That';s the whole point! 😁 Below you, when you create a post like this in Discussions you will see the options from Left to Right. The first icon is for images you want to add: You can then grab the sides of the image to resize such as how i did with this TM Logo. The second icon in is for Videos such as ones you upload to YouTube.com. So that is really easy. You can also choose using the same option to upload a video under this tool, so this is also another example. You will always have an option to align it with a text or set it as a stand alone and add text before or after the image. So its also really simple to format everything in the Forums. The one with an underline and arrow also pulls from your computer file location where if you provide a file others can download like this video here. GIF is self explanatory but will be from ones that are available via the search but cannot be resized and comes out automatically like this example here. 😂 Yes, I recognized Dinosaurs - Baby Sinclair Yes, The infamous Not the Mamma and smack someone thing. It was already in a list of available gifs so added it here so you can get an idea how these will size automatically for your future references. The smile face are the emotes, and the </> image is for when you are showing script examples like... using UnityEngine; using System.Collections; public class NewBehaviourScript : MonoBehaviour { void Start () { Debug.Log("Hello world!"); } } This is how any scripting you intend to share should be formatted. Just past the code from your file, highlight it all and use the </> and hit enter and it should display as shown. The next is for a collapsible list like this The next is adding a divider such as this.... And finally creating a Pole Like this... You can then use its provided editing to add images or a gif like I did here. When done using whatever layout just de-select/let go of the Pole window and its set. Try it out, have fun with it, and just keep things appropriate and when it comes to the images, don't use things that include such as nudity or anything that violates our policies, terms, conditions and EULA. Also to be sure that we can keep this available for everyone, consider donating to the Website on the main page as it will help us offer things like this and more, and also apply funds to the Game Developments. Thanks!
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Raymond Foster
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Apr 21, 2022
In General Discussion
Sybirathia™ is the flagship game project of Sybirathia, LLC™. Current openings for enthusiastic independent and team oriented Volunteer Unity Game Developers in all areas are now available for a project set in a 3D multiplayer and multi-environment world. IMPORTANT: You must be at least 18 + years of age for anything that may be considered of an adult nature, otherwise you must be no younger than 16 years of age to create content. In some countries, parent and/or guardian permission may be required. Be able to speak and read English clearly, Will be developing in the Unity Game Engine version 2021.1.18f1 LTS or later. Use original content (not third party assets), Willing to dedicate at least 6-12 hours out of the week per assignment, Familiar with proper optimization of project features and content. Not use provided content for personal use as exclusive property of Sybirathia, LLC™. Specify the specific area of project you wish to participate in. Able to work remotely from your own computer. CONSIDERATIONS: I’m easy going and welcome suggestions. If your unable to complete work due to health or other reasons be certain to inform me of this factor as this will be taken into consideration. If at any time you do not wish to continue volunteering be sure to send notice and return all files. Failure to complete at least 20 hours of volunteer work will result in your inclusion as a volunteer named on the demo or finished project to be removed. Any accepted volunteer that fails to maintain communication at least once a week to show progress or provide files will be considered to have changed their mind, and their position will be made available to someone else. We will consider welcoming other small studios to participate in this development and will be open to arrange Game Jams. We will be seeking a professional marketer when a demo is ready for potential funding campaigns and has experience writing proposals. We will also be welcoming Website Developers to allow of integration of the Website with the Game World. Be sure to take time to review our Polices, Terms and EULA. SPECIFICATIONS: All work will be remote, This will be a 3D multiplayer HUB style game. The first phase will have strong emphasis is on the social interactions and networking side of the design. The second phase will be expansion to include Non-linear game play options (challenges). Development will expand further to allow end users to create additional spaces/locations to interconnect with the primary game. OFFERING: Dedicated volunteers will be able to use this project as a reference, Have the option to showcase samples of work on our website, Present examples of concept art as potential additions to the game, Have their names will be present in the credits section of the demo, and finished project. May use this project as a point of reference to seek gainful employment upon completion of the project. DESIRED SKILLS: Experienced with PBR engines, specifically Unity. Proficiency in C#, Python and Unity's API. Experience with Mocap animations and integrations. Experience with voice acting. Creative writing experience for games. A good sense of visual design and aesthetics. A good sense of humor and flexibility. A strong sense of dedication to complete a project effectively and quickly. Expert knowledge of human anatomy and proportions. Expert knowledge of non-human anatomy and proportions. Experience with structural, mechanical and other 3D modeling (IE, homes, building, vehicles, weapons). Experience with UI/UX development and aesthetics. Ability to translate verbal or written non visual descriptions into 3D and 2D renditions. Proficient in visual particle effects, audio and lighting, as well as optimization. Proficient in modern modeling/art packages such as (Maya, 3DS Max, ZBrush, Substance Painter, Blender and Photoshop). Expertise with version control software. Expertise with in-Game purchasing features. Familiarity with Server networking software and integration. Team player with a strong work ethic, collaborative attitude, and clear communication skills. NOTE: Self Published developers and/or hobbyists are welcomed. Provide links to any online Portfolio or Showcase of your work. Pre-existing projects that can be adapted to this project and coding refactored accordingly will be considered. BONUS SKILLS: Rigging and animation of human and non-human characters, objects, and machinery. Able to work with minimal instructions and proficient in note taking. Flexibility and enthusiasm with a strong sense of personal value in work ethic and reputation. Ability and willingness to provide suggestions, adapt to sudden changes and meet or beat deadlines for an assignment. If interested just make sure to join as a member, provide some samples of work you would like considered included, and remember that this is for all areas of development. You do not need to meet 100% all but most definitely need to be enthusiastic and motivated.
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