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Pet Society Updates – Free Gifts and More March 18, 2010

The Mayor of Pet Society sent out a letter about the recent changes in Pet Society.


On the left side of the screen, there’s a new “free gift” button.  Just when I thought the Pet Society screen clutter was gone, they added more! UGH!

When you click the free gift icon, you have the option to send a number of free gifts to your friends, including a red panda plushie, a pink gift basket (looks an awful lot like the shower basket decor in the gold mystery boxes), a pink ribbon egg, a white ribbon egg, a daffodils bouquet and a blue robin plushie (a strange cousin of the robin plushie in the gold boxes). Once you select a gift, you can send them to a variable number of friends. The feature is similar to the stickers feature and sends your friends a “gift request” outside of the game. If you receive a gift from a friend, then you’ll get a out-of-game facebook notification. Once you accept the gift request, you’ll find your gift in your pet’s house.

Another minor change today is that the hug and fight icons for friend visits have switched positions.

There’s also a new Easter gift wrapping choice for when you send gifts to your friends.

One weird thing that happened to me (along with others who mentioned this glitch in the comments) is that my Pet Society tutorial told me it was not complete, so I finished the tutorial again, and then I received a second identical pet graduate doll.

What do you think of the new changes?  Do you like the new free gifts?

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Pet Society Updates – March 12th March 14, 2010

On Friday, Pet Society had another minor face lift and a few features were changed.

The coins for visiting increased to 50 coins for the first 50 visits each day, 25 coins for each of the next 25 visits, and 15 coins for visits after that. Each player can see their total paw points again (but you can’t see the total paw points of your friends). Additionally, you can get more paw points for washing pets. There’s a new coin bag symbol indicating friends you haven’t visited yet in your friend list (I thought the colored backgrounds were simpler). The shops in the town navigation map now have their names under them, which makes the map look sort of busy to me.

Pet Society has also added a new way to spam your friends. After you visit a for the first time during a new Pet Society day, you can post a free gift on their Facebook wall. Friends who accept the gift can send you coins back in return for the gift in another Facebook wall post, this time on your wall.  I think all this Facebook wall posting is thoroughly irritating.  I realize Playfish wants to advertise the game, but far fewer new players will join after seeing barrages of obnoxious spam all over their friend’s walls.  Since there’s already an in-game method for sending gifts, it would be simpler, more fun, and less intrusive and embarrassing to send gifts within the game.

Now that you know what I think, what are your thoughts on the new free gifts and the means of sharing them?

 

Pet Society Sticker Collections September 28, 2009

Pet Society sticker collections were introduced today.

The mayor sent out information about the new feature in his latest newsletter:

You can go to your sticker collection by clicking the new icon on the bottom of the screen. It’s right under Momo’s feet (below).  She’s not happy that yet another icon is cluttering up the playing screen.

Here’s what the sticker book looks like:

Click the blue arrow or the category titles to flip through the pages of your sticker collection.  There are pages for food, clothes, furniture, toys, and plants.  On each page are sticker silhouettes of items that you can collect in the game.   For instance, the food pages are full of silhouettes of foods we can buy in the food shop.

Here’s how the sticker collections work. Stickers cannot be purchased, and the only way to get a sticker is if a friend gives an unopened sticker pack to you. Opened stickers cannot be gifted, and each sticker pack contains one sticker. You can give a sticker package to one of your friends by opening your sticker collection book and clicking on “send sticker packs to friends” on the left page in the front of your sticker book.  This pulls up a pop-up window that lists all of your facebook friends (not just the ones who play Pet Society), and you can select a friend (or friends) to send a sticker pack to. You can send one sticker pack to eight individual friends per day. The process of sending a sticker sends your friend a facebook “gift request,” and  your friend will receive a notification that you sent them a gift in facebook, outside of the Pet Society game.

If you receive a sticker from a friend, then you’ll get a out-of-game facebook notification that looks like this:

Then when you log back into Pet Society, you’ll receive the sticker pack in your house and you can open it to reveal the sticker. Each sticker has three versions: bronze, silver and gold.  Gold stickers are the most rare.  So far, Momo received one sticker.  It’s a bronze tulips sticker.  The sticker shows up at the bottom of the screen (as in the picture below).

You can then stick the sticker over its silhouette in the book.

You can look at your friends’ sticker collections when you visit them by clicking the sticker collection icon over their health/ happiness/hygiene bars.  Also, Playfish has stated that more collections will be added soon.

To get a trophy, you need to “Complete 5 sticker collections in bronze/silver/gold.” That means you have to collect five full double-pages of stickers with the same color border to have five collections. So, if you collect all of the stickers of foods, clothes, furniture, toys and plants with a bronze border, you’ll get the bronze trophy.

There’s also a “sticker recycler,” which can be used to get rid of sticker duplicates.  Unfortunately, you cannot gift stickers to your friends, so the duplicates just go to waste. To use the sticker recycler, drag you extra stickers to the recycle icon at the bottom left below your sticker album. When you have 1320, 2640 or 5280 sticker points,  you can redeem a bronze, silver or gold sticker pack, respectively. Each of the redeemed sticker packs includes random stickers at the respective level, so bronze sticker packs will have bronze stickers in them.

Personally, I don’t think I’m going to be collecting many stickers.  Most of my friends aren’t regular Pet Society players, so I doubt they’ll send me many.  I tried sending a few and didn’t enjoy it, since I don’t want to spam my friends with unwanted facebook notifications and the popup window took a long time to load for me (some are experiencing major glitches and can’t send stickers at all). I think it’s really annoying that we have to send the gifts through facebook when Pet Society already has an in-game gifting system. What’s Pet Society becoming –  a cutesy version of Mafia Wars?

What do you think?  Do you like the stickers?

 

How to Stop Pet Society Notification Spam May 24, 2009

One of the most irritating things about playing Pet Society is that whenever you perform actions with your pet, you can send out spam notifications that are beyond your control.  For instance, if your pet visits your friend’s pet to give them a hug, then Pet Society sends a notification without your permission through facebook notifications to your friend about your action.  Likewise, you send out Pet Society notification messages for running races in the stadium.  Since visiting friends and running races are two of the most basic ways of earning coins, this ensures that you spam your friends on a daily basis with irritating, mind-numbing notifications.

Back in October I asked whether these notifications could be stopped, but was told that the only way to stop the notifications was for my friends to block them from their end through facebook.  This is a really awful solution, which was making me feel like quitting the game rather than be a spammer.  We should be in control of what notifications we send out, if any!  I would prefer none at all.

Here’s my solution to the Pet Society spam notification problem. If you always choose “fight” when you visit your friends, then they won’t get any spam from your actions.  A friend and I figured this out and tested it.  It’s a great solution, and even though you may feel mean for “fighting” with your friend’s pets, at least you aren’t spamming them.  Not spamming is the mark of a true friend.  I also only run races with two friends that have all notification from Pet Society blocked under their facebook notifications settings.  That way I don’t send out any Pet Society spam notifications at all (or at least none that I’m aware of!).

Hope this helps if you’re facing the same problem!

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Also, a note about the Pet Society Photo Album. I haven’t used it because I don’t feel comfortable making an album for my fake pet photos for all my real life friends and family to see. I’ve heard that using the camera and album features also result in spam notifications from Pet Society to all your facebook friends every time you add a photo. Your album can also end up in the facebook “highlights” section, which could be supremely embarrassing. I’m not sure if there’s a solution to prevent these notification from being sent, and I can’t think of any ideas to stop them.

For now, I’ll continue to use print screen to take screencaps of my pet. I think it would be really great if Playfish added an option to take snaps and download them directly to my harddrive. That way players wouldn’t have to worry about the facebook pet society album middle man and the related notification spam issue.