Happy New Year!

December 29th, 2006: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 1:57 pm

It will be year 2007 in a few days. I haven’t had the chance to greet everyone a happy holidays!

Looking back, I have not really been able to update the site as much as I wanted to. There are too many plans, a lot of great ideas, but for some reasons, even if I think I actually have enough spare time, I have not really been able to sit down and work on things. It was HeyBingo’s 2nd year anniversary last September, but even that just passed without any fanfare. I would have wanted to introduce a major site update/feature, or even a new game.

I even had one player ask me why the game player mascot is not wearing any Christmas hat this year, which made me realize that there are quite a number of players who have been playing on HeyBingo for a long time now, and are still here playing (thanks to all of you: and yes I added the missing hat just in time, I guess this will be a “tradition” of some sorts already from hereon).

This year, I have also seen the Spin-A-Bingo game copied on another more established game site (I didn’t realize HeyBingo is that popular already for other sites to even notice). There has also been some problems with sponsorships (maintaining the site does cost money), and the worst is probably still yet to come, but this doesn’t really bother me much, since from the beginning the site was intended mainly to just be a platform to showcase the games I am doing. And I know the site has probably inspired a few other developers in one way or another.

The year 2006 has been very good for me, the blessings still far outweigh the minor hardships/problems I encountered. I guess I have been too preoccupied with various personal things, which is not really a bad thing in itself, but I know I could have given the site more time that it deserves. So next year, one of the things I am really bent on doing is to finally wrap up many of the things I’ve been working on for the site.

Here’s to a better year for HeyBingo! I hope you and your respective families will also have a more prosperous, peaceful and blessed new year ahead. Happy new year everyone!!

Christmas 2005

December 26th, 2005: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 3:31 pm

I have a lot of things to be thankful for this year, and that includes the continued success of HeyBingo. Thank you to everyone who continues to support the site. I hope all of you had a good Christmas celebration with your own families (as my greeting is a little late already), and that you will all have a blessed and prosperous new year ahead. Looking forward to a better 2006 for all of us. Cheers!

Happy Birthday HeyBingo!

September 26th, 2005: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 2:42 pm

This month marks the first year anniversary of the HeyBingo site. How time flies!

As my “birthday gift” to the site and all its loyal players, I vowed to finish the new game Spin-A-Bingo within the month, and I’m glad that I was able to achieve this personal goal. The game has been open for beta-testing for about 2 weeks now, and while some problems are still being ironed out, response has been very positive so far.

Looking back, a year ago, I have decided to make my own gaming site, taking some very big risks. The response was very overwhelming, at a rate that I myself found surprising. There has been ups and downs along the way. There are more vocal players who usually complain of something I did (or did not do) on the site. In fact, there are a few players who probably don’t forget to e-mail me once a month, just telling me how the site stinks (and other mean words you can’t imagine), or those who threaten to leave if I don’t do this or that. I just take it in stride, and just be happy with the fact that based on the number of people still playing, there is a silent majority who still appreciates what I am doing on the site.

And that is what this site is all about in the first place. I am gamer at heart, and while bingo is not really the kind of game I play myself (I’d rather play games on the PS2 ;-)), destiny brought me to the bingo industry. This site is my way of touching other people’s lives, through my own games. I am not here to please everyone, as that is impossible to achieve, but for those who are still here playing, I know that somehow, I have contributed something that they enjoy at their leisure time. That is more than enough encouragement for me to continue what I am doing.

Anyway, let me just thank everyone who have supported, and continues to support, HeyBingo. As usual, I have a lot of plans for the site. While I have been rather slow the past few months with new developments, things are starting to pick up again, and you can expect better things ahead.

Here’s to more fruitful years ahead for HeyBingo. Cheers everyone! 😎

Bonus System

September 7th, 2005: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 12:51 am

Ok, now I find myself in the middle of an issue again. Some players have been upset that I even introduced the bonus system, and they want it removed or reset to zero after every win. They say the game is giving undue advantage to players who can play for longer hours. In short, they want something where everyone can have the same chances of winning, whether they play for 10 hours or 10 minutes. I decided to cut the bonus in half after a win, as a compromise, instead of resetting it to zero. Unfortunately, this is still unacceptable to players who are in favor of the bonus system.

Another downside of the old non-decreasing bonus, is that some rooms are really not that full, especially at hours when there isn’t a lot of players. There has even been some instances, when there is only 1 player in the room, so that 1 player can get 10,000+ pts easily for EACH game, until a few more players join the room. Ok, I know these are just useless points, but it’s something that some players feel is still unfair. When they see the same players in the Top Winners list, mostly because of the 10,000pts bonus, they sometimes think I am favoring some players to win more than the others (oh, I am getting used to getting all the blame ;-))

So what am I to do? Obviously, I can not please everyone, but I want to find some middle ground that may be acceptable to most of the players. Right now, I am thinking of removing the halving of points after a win, and instead lower the point increment to say 10-25 points per game. This somehow makes sure that the pot/jackpot is not so small compared to the personal bonus, and gives casual players a chance to still win big. This also guarantees that the bonus will never decrease, like before, but this will make it harder to reach the 10,000 max bonus. Or should I even lower the max bonus to e.g. 5,000?

If you have other ideas, please send me an e-mail. As you guys probably know by now, I am unable to respond to each e-mail I receive, but I do read ALL of it. So if you can come up with something how to make everyone happy, let me know. I would rather hear useful suggestions, than the usual “hey alex you’re stupid for doing this or that” e-mail ;-). After hearing some ideas, I will come up with something, which will hopefully be acceptable to most of you.

btw, those who are asking when the slingo game will be launched, I expect within 7 days or so 🙂

Christmas 2004

December 23rd, 2004: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 11:29 pm

I’m supposed to write something longer, but due to the recent server crash, I’ve been late with everything else, and things are running crazy in the house already (with all the preparations and stuff). I can’t believe my Christmas shopping is not even complete yet at this time, and I still have a lot of unwrapped gifts in front of me right now.

Anyway, before I forget: I just want to wish all HeyBingo players a Merry Christmas! I hope you and your families have a happy and meaningful celebration this year 🙂 🙂

Random Thoughts

October 14th, 2004: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 9:20 pm

Well this is my first post in the Personal section, and it’s not even a good one 🙁

Everyday when I check my mail, I get more and more complaints, and it’s not fun… considering that I don’t even have enough time reading e-mails from players that really need help.

On one end, there is this set of players who jump from room to room after JP has been won, and this upsets a lot of players (and can actually freeze a room, though I’ve been trying to fix this). On the other end, there is this set of players who, intentionally or unintentionally, are driving other players away from a particular room because of smiley usage that they think is fun. However, this not only drives away the room jumpers, but also new players who happen to just moved up to a higher level. Naturally, the newbies in the room don’t know the “rules”, and they end up feeling not welcomed.

What these players don’t know is that they are all complaining about each other, and if I start banning players just based on complaints, probably no one will be left playing on the site!

It’s a shame, and I honestly don’t know what to do. Sometimes I feel like I am babysitting a bunch of grown-up kids, if there’s such a term 🙁 Whatever I do (or don’t do), a group of players will surely not like it. I can’t please everyone, and probably I can never please any one of them.

Soon another smiley will probably be objectionable to another group of players (and probably rightfully so), or another group won’t like that I removed some smileys, so it got me thinking if I should just remove all the smileys altogether. Then they will probably find an entirely new issue to disagree with anyway.

One day, if I have to shut down the site (hopefully not!), all these players will probably even hate me, and not one of them will even thank me for putting up the site in the first place. I guess that’s life 🙁

On a good note… it’s my mom’s birthday today, so happy birthday mom!!! She won’t be reading this of course, since she doesn’t go online or even just use the computer, but I wanted to greet her on the Internet anyway LOL 🙂 Now if only she plays bingo…