New review added on Steam review attacks, expected to be caused by 2K in retaliation to the current boycott against them. Seems they'd sooner deal with the hassle of attacking former-customers & getting further information published about their misconduct as a professional company rather than fixing the issue with Evolve & getting it over with... Were they to fix the problem with Evolve, I would end the boycott & remove the boycott page against them (including each individual review against their games with boycott information), but the 2 reviews that are currently up (1 site review & 1 company review), those are there to stay (with more to come later if it continues), but they can still be updated with information stating the issue ended up getting resolved...if it ever comes to that, but their lack of initiative to fix the issue, retaliation to the situation & poor rate of satisfaction on BBB complaints would only indicate that that probably won't ever happen...
New review added on the Sugarhouse location of Bad Apple.
I'm also starting to move away from Whitepages.com for outside sources of additional information in regards to the Phone blacklist. Whitepages.com may have been a good source for this in the past, but they have become very unreliable when it comes to reports & complaints unless they reports are consistently coming in without rest.
Realized the Live! page was no longer streaming my Twitch channel properly; updated page with new Twitch API, as well as added information about channel donations & game raffles.
Due to the change in raw access logs by my host from IP addresses to hostnames, raw access logs will no longer be getting updated or published publicly; what is there already will stay there, but there won't be any new additions to them when related to the site. Raw access logs will still be possible on DDoS attacks (via modem logs) & account theft attempts (via email notification), however.
Over a period of 2 months, I have added well over 300 new entries to the Hacker ban list, a good number of them being in the ranges, so you could potentially be looking at millions of IPs getting banned. Hacking attempts have gotten particularly bad on this site over the past 2 months, but that in no way means I'm going to give up on blocking them from this site; this unfortunately means that a good number of people that may not deserve being banned are getting banned regardless, this is where the appeal system needs to be used. A fairly large edition to the Hacking IP blacklist is the hostname ban list; as with all IPs listed on that list, all hostnames have also been banned from this site.
Due to abuse of hotlinking on ZIP files, I have already had to disable 2 previously whitelisted domains from accessing those files, including both Google & Facebook. At this point I'm attempting to break hotlinking on that one file completely, meaning the only way it will be able to be downloaded will be from the page it's listed on on this site. I'm certain those who are posting these links are already aware of what file I'm talking about, I'll soon be cutting off direct URL downloading as well if it continues.
New boycott started on 2K, this comes in response to their assumption that the matter is resolved after the BBB complaint against them had closed. The problem was not resolved when the BBB complaint was closed & it was stated in their support ticket after I made another reply to it about the situation not being resolved that the ticket had already been closed, so it's time to get this boycott public & running. Should the problem with Evolve ever be resolved, I may end the boycott, but until then, no further purchases out of my own wallet will be going towards any 2K product or franchise.
Directly after the republication of the 2K.com site review (mentioned in the last update), WonderGamer.net started displaying the effects of what appeared to be a DDoS attack, which was first noticed when I attempted to push a reparative update. These attacks do not only effect my site, but also others on the same server (over 200 last I checked). I quickly contacted my host to make them aware of it so they could put counter-measures into effect, then placed the following note on IsItDownRightNow to let my normal viewers know the situation:
I am aware the site is currently running slow, I have already contacted my host reporting a possible DDoS attack. Issue started happening directly after republishing the 2K.com site review, 2K is expected to be responsible for the attack.
After that I started doing a continuous ping test to WonderGamer.net so I could verify when it was stable enough to push the reparative update, including this news alert written while it was down during the attack.
New review written on 2K.com regarding Support Avoidance & Forum Bans. This review written after a connection issue in Evolve that has lasted a few months already...
Also expect a MASSIVE increase in raw access logs going up to support the IP ban list, as there has been over 20 IPs (or ranges) I have had to ban this month & this was just from periodic checking when I did small updates. My host has changed the way these are reported from IP addresses to host names, so the format for that page has changed & I'm now having to rely on hostname bans when I can not determine an IP from the hostname. Unfortunately a hostname ban is going to be exempt from ban appeals, as I won't be able to unban an individual from being wrongfully banned if I can't even find their IP address in the ban list due to being a hostname ban (one that I couldn't determine IP address from the hostname) instead.
EDIT: Due to the open BBB complaint against 2K, publication of those raw access logs & further IP bans from them in the month of January will be postponed until the BBB complaint is closed as it is higher priority.
A new review has been written regarding false revenue reports on HtmlsRank.com.
New review added on Pokemon Shuffle, I should have one up on Pokemon GO soon as well. At this point I'm working on getting all my reviews transferred over to this site (when I have spare time) so they'll all be in one place.
I have added another user to the eBay users blacklist, turns out this was another eBay account by the same seller I had an issue with when I started the blacklist. When it's verified that a user on the blacklist has multiple accounts, it will be pointed out what accounts have been verified as such at the bottom of the user page giving information as to what happened & why they're blacklisted.
Also I've noticed that somebody appears to be using Google URLs to make direct links to ZIP files on the site, expected to be the same situation as the last site that was discrediting my site for providing a mirror to those files. While I really would have rather not had to do it, I've removed all Google domains that were previously on the hotlinking whitelist to battle this; I may re-enable those later if I can determine they are no longer using that method...
New review added on Securi.net. The site appears it isn't that reliable when it comes to site detections of malware & apparently thinks this site has been hacked based on a single word found on the news update (currently found in archives) stating details about the review & boycott of Sanctuary RPG & Black Shell Games. They were contacted about this over their Facebook page & failed to fix the problem in a timely manner, so now I'm going to make good on my statement that I would be publishing a review of their site if they didn't fix the issue.
It appears that somebody has started monitoring of this site using Uptime.com... I for one have not put in this request, so unless it was my host that did it, it's been done without my permission & under misrepresentation as being the owner of the site (apparently the site doesn't use metadata verification); only the host of a site would have legal right to go over the webmaster's head. If I find out it wasn't the host that did it, I'm intending on blocking referral traffic from this site in the near future.
I've reverted back to the standard template for text, seeing as it seems pretty obvious the person requesting a color-scheme change isn't going to get back to me on the rough draft that was on the home page for nearly a month. If I do take another whack at color-scheme changes, I'm going to need to make sure whoever is requesting it is serious about it...
A new Twitch blacklist has been published, in response to a number of attacks/harassment from an angry deviant retaliating to being publicly named as a spammer on the Dragon Ball XenoVerse review & reported to Bandai/Namco for it. This is expected to be EPICMINECRAFT25, as he continued to harass over PSN messages after he was contacted once regarding the spamming & his comments over PSN aren't far off from the two accounts that prompted the publication of this list, so I expect he got at least a temp ban on his PSN account when I reported the harassment on his PSN messages, now he's retaliation to it over other networks. Were it just Bandai/Namco he had to deal with, I don't think he would have had anything to worry about as it seems Bandai/Namco is ignoring the spamming issue (or any other griefing issue in DBX), but he decided to push it to the point that I could report the matter to PSN as well, so his retaliation I expect granted a temp ban on his PSN account & perhaps a permanent ban on Twitch.
New website reviews added on BBB.org & CigaretteSmokeDetector.com.
I have also published new reviews for Bandai/Namco & Twitch, which are just the original reviews that were published to the BBB, however they got censored to hell & pretty much useless after the BBB published them, so this gives a means of those reviews still have some sort of meaning; this censoring on these reviews is what led up to the review being written on the BBB.
New review added for HomeDepot.com.
I am still waiting on a response from the individual that requested a theme change on the site because they stated the light text on dark background hurt their eyes, as I was asking their opinion on the rough draft applied to the home page before I made this change to the entire site. I'll wait perhaps a month after their last contact where they stated they would look at it after work (about a week ago), then I'll revert the template back to what it was before I changed it (at least I have a backup of it before the change was made, however I'll have to add new news entries to the backup after being restored.
eBay user blacklist is now live. I still have a couple more sellers to add to this list, however I've gotten details of one of the most deceiving sellers up & running for the time being. I will likely be starting one of these on Amazon users also, seeing a I ran into some dirty dealings on there as well that I still have some of those details on.
A user of this site chose to contact me about the color scheme, stating that the light text on dark background hurt their eyes. Seeing as this contact wasn't a scam, spam or written threats/attacks, I listened & am working on a new color scheme to make it easier to read. My site for the time being does not have customizable themes, which is something I'll look into in the future, but for now I'll target what was said by this user to see what I can do about their request. The first page will be the home page, which you are looking at now, where I am going to ask for the users opinion regarding the change. If acceptable, I'll start doing the same to every page on the site, however it will likely need to be done in multiple updates rather than a single one as I'll need to make this change to every informational section of each page.
At this point the situation regarding attacks on my YouTube channel has been determined as coming from Bandai/Namco in retaliation to the (mostly negative) review of Dragon Ball XenoVerse, so due to the problems they are causing me through abuse of the YouTube report function, I have made a number of updates to WonderGamer.net to address those attacks. This update includes updates to 3 different YouTube reviews, the review on Dragon Ball XenoVerse, a new review on Bandai/Namco & a new boycott against Bandai/Namco.
I have started copying over the PSN Griefer blacklists by PSN username, publishing a link to their PSN account details (game stats mostly) & screenshot/video proof of their griefing. It will take some time to complete this list as there are literally hundreds of scumbags I have run into over my short PS3 gaming history, so it will take quite some time before I can move onto the Steam Griefer blacklist (there is currently one related to forum activity with a few videos of gameplay griefing in it, however those few videos will be moved to the new blacklist once it's been publlished).
I've added a new section to IP Blacklists which also includes MAC addresses in addition to IP addresses of those attackers when I'm able to grab them (which is pretty simple through my home modem, however it's another matter on this site), aptly named as the DDoS Blacklist; the addition of MAC addresses makes it pretty simple to tell when they are using a proxy to change their IPs to try & throw people off & also makes it pretty obvious that that IP is a shared connection as WhatIsMyIPAddress sometimes lists.
I've also posted a new YouTube review regarding their flagging an inactive stream page, where the email of a video being deleted wasn't exactly accurate. As a result of this, all videos on my YouTube channel has been changed to unlisted & re-listed privately on Blogspot (which can only be accessed by request via Gmail account), which will hopefully minimize further expected abuse of the report function. The Wall of Shame videos will be moved to this site under individual pages under the Blacklists section, while Technical Difficulty videos will be appended to reviews of games relevant to those videos (a new review will be written for that game if needed; I need to transfer over my reviews from other sites anyways). The next step for the time being however will be to file a complaint against YouTube with the BBB.
On Feb. 15, 2015, I wrote a review on the game Sanctuary RPG: Black Edition on GOG, which was more of a review on the dishonest business practices of the developer, Black Shell Games. The review was quickly defaced by the GOG staff after a complaint from the developer regarding the bluntness of the review; I have been boycotting the company every since & decided it was time to move that review to this site in the form of a public boycott against the company. There will be a number of others going up of dishonest companies using similar tactics, however this was the first one I wanted to target & make sure the information got up pronto before I worried about any others pulling similar stunts.
A few more reviews have been added, 2 about cell phone emulators (Andyroid & Bluestacks) & one on the Steam gaming platform. All these reviews can be found under Reviews > Websites.
Also added another missing navigation bar I missed previously at the top of one of the review index pages, that should be working as intended now.
Product reviews are now live. This is a separate section from Video Game reviews, so those reviews will still have a dedicated page to game reviews. Adding this page is going to require updates to a number of other review pages due to the added navigation tree, so the addition of these reviews will be done in two site updates to add the additional tree to pages in a two-tier+ hierarchy.
Due to the sheer amount of trolls infesting the Steam forums & one of the threads I attempted to make during the 2016 Summer Sale getting nothing but trolls infesting it, I decided it was time to publish a Steam Community Trolls blacklist. This will be built as time goes on & currently I only have a small amount of the attacks I have gotten since I opened my Steam account, so currently what is on this list is limited...
I've spent over a week going over 4 months of raw access backlogs, banning a combination of over 200 IPs addresses (including individual & ranges; default ranges cover 256 or 65536 single IP addresses, normally it's not the lower number) for bots & hackers attacking the site & listing those IPs on the associated blacklists on this site. Because of the numerous ranges of IP bans I've added to the site, there's a good chance a number of people got banned that didn't deserve it, this is why there's an appeal system available. The appeal system works as follows:
If somebody wants to appeal an IP ban, they need to contact me (via email; a contact will be displayed on the ban page) with their IP address.
The IP ban list will be looked at to see if I can find their IP address.
If the IP address is not found, then they may be getting a ban message based on the site their coming from, in which case they may be requested to state what site they're attempting to access this site from & informed whether referral traffic is blocked from the site or just not whitelisted yet (if the content they are attempting to access is hotlink-protected), possibly setting up a whitelist for the site if I can determine the source of the link.
If their IP address is in the block list & is a single IP ban, their appeal will be rejected.
If their IP address is in the block list & is a part of an IP range, the raw access logs for this site will be referenced to see if their IP address has activity that caused the block to happen.
If raw access logs show hacking/botting activity from the IP address stated, the appeal will be rejected.
If raw access logs do not show hacking/botting activity from the IP address stated, I will pull further information about the IP address to find out whether it's a dynamic/static IP & whether it's a confirmed proxy/VPN.
If the IP address is a proxy/VPN, the appeal will be rejected.
If the IP is a static IP address, the bans will be adjusted to allow them to access the site, as well as removing their IP address from any public logs if found in them.
If the IP is a dynamic IP address, the bans may be adjusted to allow just the one IP address or the range may be removed & IPs that have been confirmed as hacking/botting attempts be re-banned individually (method depends on whether I have to unban an individual multiple times in the same range), but any logs from the stated IP address won't be removed from ranged logs.
I've also completed a few more reviews on the site, those are now published. Further plans for the site is to add game strategies, databases, cheat codes, move lists (fighting games mainly) & so on, however I haven't found the time to even start this yet...
I've revamped multi-reviews (pages that link from multiple review categories) so they have proper navigation links at the top of each page, as well as at the bottom; navigation links at the bottom of these pages will differ in the fact that there will be a separate Home link with additional Back/Next links per category for those that have more than one review in them (currently on YouTube reviews are relevant with this) & lacking an Up link. Multi-reviews will no longer open in a new window/tab & instead function as most of the rest of the site does (with the exceptions aforementioned). I've also added missing navigation links to any page that was over a two-tier navigation structure. Added Home link at the bottom of the News Archive page, but lacks navigation links outside of the Home link due to being opened in a new window/tab (accessed by clicking on the counter at the bottom of the home page).
Added missing review links I forgot to add on Twitch.TV/YouTube review indexes in the last update.
A few reviews have been updated & completed; completion of reviews only pertain to WIP reviews (only one has been on this site so far) that I hadn't been able to find the documentation I was looking for to complete it.
A number of links/pictures that were linking to dead web addresses have been updated with archived results of those pages from Wayback Machine (those that I could find results for, anyways).
A review has been added about community media sites (such as YouTube & Twitch.tv) detailing discriminatory practices they claim are copyright infringement penalties to your channels should anything you upload have something in them they can flag without thinking about it. This is also a stance against those practices, where I am hoping others will follow my steps against it & perhaps get those sites to change their ways & actually consider whether media in our videos requires the retribution they are imposing on us when perhaps that media should be in the video & they are out of line in penalizing us for it being in our videos regardless of whether it was intentionally put in the video or not.
A few other reviews have also had updates to them.
Review has been added for the PS3 version of Dragon Ball XenoVerse. Due to an apparent lack of interest from Bandai/Namco to give people playing their game a way to ignore/report griefers in the game, the review is (usually) getting updated multiple times a day in the Spammer Rant section of the review, where spammers are getting listed by their PSN usernames with screenshot/video proof of their spamming & (in some cases) their replies to being notified their spam has been brought to the attention of the publishers.
Given the fact that WhatIsMyIPAddress appears to be blocking comments to their page via my IP address, I've decided it's time to start creating my own IP blacklists on hacking attempts on my personal site rather than relying on them to keep records of those attempts; I have also removed reference to them from my 403 page stating that records of attempted hacking attempts were being posted to that site when I noticed them in my logs. This blacklist has been around for a very long time in the form of a ban list on this site; while only the FTP Password Generator attempts were publicly visible up until now, now I'm going to be publishing a list of other attempts that granted a ban from this site. Raw access logs will be provided when I have them (I'll be adding these as I go back to pull them; the lists come first, then the logs), however I currently only have back to November of this year when I had to do a domain transfer to fix the privacy issue.
Getting a bit tired of Microsoft Technical Support scammers trying to scam me over my home phone, so decided it was time to start a Phone Blacklist so people are aware of not only the scam, but also numbers that I have received this scam from (at least the ones I have logged). If you find your number listed on this blacklist & wish for it to be removed, make a request through the Contact link at the bottom of home page (removal requests will only be honored if it can been verified that the number has changed hands since I received a scam attempt from that number).
News Archives page has been added; only the 5 most recent updates will show on the home page now, older updates can be found by clicking on the counter at the bottom of the page. Some important notices in the marquee above will link to the news archives page.
Steam blacklists were added today, along with some minor corrects/formatting changes on various pages. There won't likely be another update tomorrow, so Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I noticed I had some downloads (patches & MODs) failing when I looked a the site access logs, so I attempted to get them fixed ASAP. The problem actually wasn't the file itself, but rather the HTML character substitutions somehow got discarded. Those downloads should be fixed now. If you notice any files are failing when you attempt to download them from this site, feel free to contact me using the Contact link at the bottom of the home page.
EDIT: Location reviews are also live now, more will be added over time.
New review added for RapidGator.net, don't get scammed by shady business tactics. I have also updated the virus blacklist after getting attacked by a third-party site while visiting ConsoleToPCgame.com; the attack was blocked by Norton under the definition of "Web Attack: Facebook Fake Survey" from widgetmonetize.net.
I'm considering adding a game tips section to the site, which was the original intention back when I registered by original domain of WonderGamer.com (which was sold to a reseller when I was unable to pay the bills to keep the site up; I didn't intend on paying thousands of dollars to re-acquire what was originally mine). Some of those tips once added to my site may refer to other sites, however this should help gamers in finding other sites that may have the helpful gaming information they are looking for.
One task I'm considering is creating a news archive that will move older updates from this page to an archive page, this should help in tidying up the home page so it's not one long list of updates. I have plans to put some more interesting information on the home page, however all it's been used for at this point is navigation, news & a means for people to be able to contact us.
And we're back! As you may have noticed, the site was down for a few days. This was because of a privacy issue I needed to do a domain transfer to get corrected. Unfortunately this meant the site was going down for a few days since I needed to completely rebuild the site. The plus side is I made a backup of the site a day or two before the transfer started; once I regained FTP access, I started to restore the site. The DNS records still needed to be updated to get the domain to point to the new servers, but at this point everything should be running fine.
I've started adding boycotts to WonderGamer.net, however I still have a lot of work to do to transfer over the boycotts I backed up from Xfire before the community platform was shut down. I will be adding Shoutboxes (or at least some kind of user response system) to each boycott later on once I've figured out how I'm going to mitigate spambots & expected harassment on response forms. I may even start adding response forms to other pages later on if I can find something that works well; further updates on that later if it does happen.
I have added a YouTube widget that will link to my live stream when I am broadcasting to it. Currently live streams are rare done on YouTube, but it is used occasonally when Twitch is not accepting my stream (normally due to 500 errors) & I have to use another service.
Currently I am trying to find a way to embed my Steam broadcast into my site also, however haven't found an embed option anywhere... In the mean time I have included a link on the Live Gameplay page, I will embed the stream once I have figured out how to.
Today we take a public stance against indoor smoking in shared residential buildings. We at WonderGamer.net would like to request your help in putting a stop to this matter & for the rights of non-smokers everywhere. Further details can be found at iPetitions:
If the link above doesn't take you to the petition, try this one:
Steam has apparently decided to classify my site as malicious; I only found this out when I attempted to link an image from my site to the Hyperdimension Neptunia forum on the following issue: http://steamcommunity.com/app/282900/discussions/0/611696927919598404/
This is a fraudulent miscategorization & I intend to follow up on it with vALVE directly. There are three possible reasons I can think of that they might be doing this:
The majority of items I had up for trades were with extra keys rather than inventory items and they're crying fraud because they can't verify them.
The hyperlinks from my Steam profile for my Steam trades request email was using a redirect to avoid email address scrapping via page scrapping.
I'm telling it how it is that their no refund policy is illegal & I've become a victim of it in the past on defective purchases, only getting the finger when I requested a refund.
Due to Steam slandering my site, I will in turn be blocking all links from both the Steam store & communities; if Steam does end up unblocking the links after I contact them, you will be getting a message that you have been banned from the the site as I will be removing the hyperlink whitelisting for Steam. To take this a step further, I am at this point ceasing all Steam trades & shutting down the Steam trades email address; trades will only be available to people within my friends list from this point on. Whether I remove those blocks or not is going to be up to Steam; unfortunately the main users that are going to suffer from this are going to be the ones that were using my site as a mirror for the Borderlands Config Editor (this is where the majority of my traffic from the Steam website(s) have been coming from).
It has come to my attention that some people are discrediting my site for hosting files by using redirect services to make sure my site gets no recognition for the host of those files. I have added a hotlinking block on ZIP files because this was happening through muchofiles.biz. I have added a couple of whitelisted domains that have been linking to those downloads that have not discredited my site, some sites may still be effected. If you would like to make a whitelist request, use the contact link at the bottom of this page & send an email with the subject HotLink Whitelist Request along with a link to the page where the link can be located so I can verify it's not a redirect. If it is a redirect, an exception may be made if a note has been added who the hoster is. Keep in mind that private links won't be accepted as I won't be able to verify them.
Still attempting to work out some kinks on the downloads. Seems my host is causing some problems through an anti-DDoS method that keeps timing me out when uploading the files to the server & downloading them to verify they uploaded correctly. Going to start uploading large files as parts to help avoid this problem in the future.
Noticed I was getting some 404 errors on some of the downloads, so I decided to get these fixed. Also fixed the invalid links to the screenshots for the Call of Duty: United Offensive GUID blacklist, as well as external site links, navigation links, some of the forced size restrictions on some of the counters, updated a few lists & made sure mod downloads opened the download in a new window.
Soon to come:
I've also noticed a number of people trying to access guessed admin modules on the site. Keep in mind that if I see these access attempts, you will be IP banned. A good number of these have already been banned, I will likely be adding them to another Blacklist for public display later.
WonderGamer.net would like to acknowledge Smooth McGroove for unsurpassed skill shown time & time again in his videos. By far some of the best video game acapella I've seen in my life & near flawless to the originals. I can only imagine the time it would take to perfect this doing a number of cuts & flawlessly piecing them together. I wasn't fan of acapella in the beginning, but this changed all that. For some of my favorite videos by this person, please check my favorites list here.
I decided to start adding game reviews to my site seeing as sites like GameSpot & Steam limit the amount of what can be said about a game due to character limitations, many times making me have to shorten my review. This will allow me write my full reviews without having to shorten them just to make them fit on other sites. I will likely be linking the partial reviews on those site to this site so nothing is left out.
A number of updates today. I've added a number of patches that I had backed up so that people can download them from a high-speed server without having to settle for a low rate that many other sites may limit you to. You will also find a few other patches for older games that may have you searching the web for hours otherwise.
I've also included MODs for a couple more games, so those are available now.
Been a while since I've done an update. I've added two more sections to the site. This includes a Downloads section & a section devoted to Xfire.
In the downloads section, you can find tools to aid you in gaming as well as hard to find MODs for various games (this will be added on to later).
In the Xfire section, I have included a live video section where people can see what I'm doing if I'm gaming at that time. I have also included a modified sound pack that is basically the same as the classic sound pack, but I swapped the in-game message sound with the one in the current default pack (got tired of jumping a mile out of my seat whenever somebody messaged me while in game). You can also find a link to the latest game update in the Xfire section if you are having problems downloading it through the messenger. Instructions on how to install the latest game update can be found on the page where you download it from.