Friday, May 3, 2013

+;![內有原創].我迷失在.* 這場﹍×°愛情遊戲°°°×.﹏\ (Ch33-Ch42完)



多謝食芥末日巴打寫咗個原版畀我拎嚟惡搞。佢拎個原標題出嚟想吸眼球,貼咗一段原文做對照啫,無啦啦就畀人派咗膠,真係陰公囉 :-(

Cineplex, TimePlay, Pizza Pizza: How NOT to run a promotional game

TimePlay's splash as seen on a 7" tablet.

I have never seen a game run so badly.

Cineplex have had TimePlay at their Toronto-area cinemas for a while now. You install an app, go to a movie, sign on to a wifi hotspot set up just for this game, connect to the theatre you're in, and play some games following the big screen for prizes.

My brother is an avid moviegoer, and an even more avid gamer. The last few times he went to a movie, he asked me and my phone to come along. He is so determined to have me there he even pays for my movie tickets - even though those are mostly covered by his SCENE points, but that's besides the point. He "borrowed" my tablet, put the TimePlay app there, then he'd even "steal" my phone, and put it on mine too.

This app irks me. It looks bad and runs bad. It looks to be designed for a smaller screen and looks blown up on my phone's 4.7" screen. I thought I could turn a blind eye to this lack of beauty that's probably just skin deep, until I discovered the hard way that it also lacks inner beauty. Remember when I said my brother is an avid gamer? He plays this game well enough he keeps placing himself in the top 10 and winning prizes. All seems well until you accumulated six prizes to be redeemed. Then whenever he tries to see his rewards, the app dies and he could no longer get at his prizes, even from before, nor can he collect any more. Titanium Backup to the rescue! Oh did I also mention that the app would kill itself once you switch out of it and you have to start all over, including connecting to the theatre you're in?

All these doesn't seem too bad, back when the prizes for playing all these cheesy little games are free popcorns and soft drinks easily claimed at the cinemas. Then it all went downhill when they teamed up with Pizza Pizza, offering free pizzas for winning the game. The top player now gets a $10 ten-inch medium pizza and the next 9 gets a $3 slice. Seems like a bigger prize than pop and popcorn right? Only if you can redeem them. The catch is you now have to go to Pizza Pizza locations outside the cinemas to redeem.

In an ideal world, you would find the prize in your prize menu, tap "Redeem", show it to the friendly staff at your pizza outlet, who keys in a code to validate the prize, and gives you the pizza. No fuss, right? Unfortunately reality is nowhere near ideal.

How are prizes validated? Over the web of course. Put "over the web" together with "mobile devices" means data on the go. Not all PZA locations have wifi, nor do everyone have a data plan on their phone. My brother doesn't, and that's why he wanted me there, so he can tether off mine.

When it all began, it appears not all locations know how to play their part in this game, some aren't even aware there is such a thing. Claiming the slice prize isn't too bad - their POS terminals have a way to enter these prizes as given away under free slice coupon.

No such thing for the ten-inch pizza. And with the locations still not completely clear on what to do, when I finally won a full pizza prize and went ahead to redeem it, my pizza dude cheerfully validated the prize - which took it off my prize list - and gladly tried to charge me. Hey dude, this is my PRIZE, and what kind of prize do I have to pay money to get? 419s aren't supposed to have anything to do with this!

So the dude didn't know how to enter it in their terminal, his boss doesn't know either. They have me call the main hotline, where the lady who took the call also have no idea, only saying that it has to have a coupon code. Problem is there isn't one! It only said the prize has been successfully redeemed. 30 minutes later I walked away with nothing but the experience of being wronged. As I draft my complaint to both PZA and TimePlay that night I took a casual trek over their Twitter feed. Turns out I am not alone. I chuckled at these failure reports.

Fast forward two weeks. May first. We went to a couple more movies since (The Host is reasonably good, even if you don't dig the Twilight enterprise) and won a few more slices. The prizes' deadline have since seen an extension to May 24, but as I tried to redeem my most recent win at a third location, guess what - they turned me down saying corporate told them the game ended April 30. OK, why are different people told different things?

Now what about the complaint I wrote? PZA sent me a $12 gift card to cover the cost of that pizza, plus taxes. TimePlay also sent a replacement coupon. But is the running of the game improved? Not that I can see. PZA still probably didn't fully brief all its franchisees, GTA franchisees at least, on how to handle people redeeming these prizes.

So there you have it, a game played on a sucky app, with prizes that is a PITA to redeem, run by front-line staff who don't know about it, is not how a game should be run.

What happened on May First was the last straw. I am not playing this game anymore. Not even at my brother's urging. He has my old Galaxy Nexus. He has a Metropass. He can play on on his own. He just needs to bite the bullet and get his own data plan.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

+;![內有原創].我迷失在.* 這場﹍×°愛情遊戲°°°×.﹏\ (Ch20-Ch25)

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

+;![內有原創].我迷失在.* 這場﹍×°愛情遊戲°°°×.﹏\ (Ch13-Ch14)

上過高登或者5p的應該對這篇文不陌生。這個不斷被回帶的火星潮童愛情故,作者已不可考,但成文應不晚於201009年末。但原來這十二章的故事並不完整,結局一直都無人得見,直至今年一月,高登巴打食芥末日將這篇充斥5p火星文的經典翻譯、修改成正常文體,再接以原創內容,希望可以將它變成一個完整故事。 巴打,請受我一拜! #adore#






Ch. 13
我 – 今日放假又黎我屋企丫^^
雪&欣 – 55... (諗緊野)
我 – [做乜5應我] 喂 你2隻野做乜??琪琪刀無事la,仲煩乜??
雪 o_o! 哦... 黎你屋企... 好丫好丫... 求先刀5系好好訓Z_Z
嵐 – 欣,上次系5會 -_-
欣 – 唉 =.= (啤住佢) (申手拖住雪)走lo(行左去)
希 - =o=?”
月&嵐 – :(

我 – 阿~好gui丫(達左洛張so化到) 5得la(打晒喊路)返房訓la (走返上房)
欣 – (達左洛張so化到)T_T雪雪...嵐個便你典睇??
雪 – 下?? [問我?_?] 55... (笑) 我覺得就甘甘甘......
嵐 – 月…你話我點算?
月 – >.< 5能系卦? 你問我我問邊個??
希 – 牙... B) 我有事搵靈,你地行先...... (拎電話出泥打)
我 – (打晒喊路) Z_Z覺覺豬lo ^^
我 – 邊個牙...阻住我訓... =.=喂?
希 – 喂......系我......^_^天日得吾得閒陪我去MK行街街??
我 – O_O 巧丫^___^
嵐 – (望住希)系我地面前溝女......當我地死既=.=!” (靜) e+欣見親我刀行開......
月 – (笑)等你仲成日話女死女還在丫拿?<_<
嵐 – T_T 冇左佢先知lum佢......仲有得點??
月 – [乜甘大整古] tum返佢lo...d人米話乜鬼精誠所至金石為開既?
嵐 – 唯有甘...... 牙......琳係米想先我??
月 –  下?_? 先你?為乜?
嵐 – 典能知姐?喂甘你同雪又典姐?
月 ; 唉 -_-!”
希 - 得左 ^_^ 行lo
嵐+月 - 哦 -.-

(眾 – 乜今ch少到咁嫁=,=!!)
(作 – 抖左咁耐岩岩先返泥邊有甘快出到新野姐=.=忍下啦)
Ch. 14

我 - ^___^去街街(周韋找3)搵件令3先......
雪 - Z_Z 小靈......咁早去邊丫??
我 - 陪希希去街街 ^___^ 你今日食自己啦 :D (出門口)
我 - 阿希 ^_^ (fing手) 等左巧耐牙??
希 - 半個鐘 =.= 你話呢?? (cool)
我 - 簡3丫ma ^3^ 差吾多嫁啦
希 - (cool) 明知要搞甘耐就早d啦<_< 真系死性不改...行lo
我 - 你琴日有冇比佢地閃到丫?
希 - 緊系有啦,旦系見刀ah琪甘精神,刀登佢開心 ^_^
我 - (行快2步) 講得好!
我 -  [哇,令33丫] (*_*) (指住間3舖) 我要去果到!
希 – (4圍望) 要過就快d啦,仲綠公仔緊嫁
我 - 55
綠公仔開始眨...... Orz
我 - -.-又要等......啊!(希拉住我跑)
我 - *^.^*  喂......
希 – 做乜? (扮cool)
我 - *^_^*  無野啦......
希&我就系甘拖住手仔行街街 *^___^*
n個鐘之後, 行左好幾個場,殘晒
希 – 好gui牙......-,- 不如搵個地方坐低丫?
我 – g[]g[]g[]
希 – 你巴位先,我去買野...你要乜??
我 – a餐 ^^ (坐低)
希 – (托住2個盤同d野食) 哇好重丫... “>_<” 好彩終於拎到泥...吾得,放低先 -_-”
希&我 – 喂,佢米系琳?
我 - [死姣婆] =,=!”
琳 – (4韋望,見到我地) ^_^ (走過泥,坐系希旁邊) 真系岩,又會系e到撞刀你既? (望住我) =.= 你典介會同佢一齊嫁??
希 - =.= (巧吾自在)
琳 – -.- (姣) 做乜今日甘見外牙?平時你刀吾系甘既??
希 – O.O (望住我)
我 – =.=
希 – [今鋪大令洛,5通我刀會好似亞嵐甘!?] >_< 平乜野常?我同你一向冇2句 (cool)
琳 – 5系牙我......
希 – (起身) 走先 (拉埋我走)
琳 – (拿起條著條食);-]
希 - =.= (捉住我) 靈,我吾知佢有乜居心,但系佢岡才完全系亂up (認真)
我 – 我冇話吾信你,吾洗京成甘wo傻豬 ^_^