Is MyMall changing again? Will it really come back? How long will it be gone? Why is it down?
It might be changing, but it’s hard to say what they would change. Maybe they’re adding trading, who knows.
It should come back. They say it will come back. MyMall makes Fantage a lot of money indirectly through people buying gold. The only reason I see for it not coming back is if they have too many emails and calls about MyMall that they can’t deal with.
It will probably be back next Thursday 26th. Thursdays are when Fantage releases their main updates, it’s also when the free Premium Membership ends. If it’s not back next Thursday, it’s anyones guess as to how long it’s gone. You just have to wait. I’ve been waiting about 3 years for the Comet & Co. Reporter Topics to come back.
It might be down at the moment because of the free Premium Member week. Fantage said that the free Premium Members won’t get MyMall benefits. If Fantage couldn’t actually create members without MyMall benefits, it may have been easier just to shut MyMall.
So it’s been 10 months since MyMall got it’s rules update. Now MyMall has changed again. This time it’s been a huge update. Kiosks are gone. Permissions as we know them are gone. But now we have Tokens for selling, and a new way to buy. There’s an extra seating area. The best news is you no longer see items from the opposite gender that you can’t buy (I’ve been waiting for this for about a year). Anyway I’ll break things down.
Kiosks are gone, and so are all the floors and rooms in MyMall. This means no searching through 50 Floors, A to G in every kiosk (for those who don’t want to do the math that was 3500 kiosks with a maximum total of 35000 items) for that one item you want.
Search is the new way to buy. You can now buy items by searching for them, and then clicking buy on the item you want. There’s now a way to search for items by color and/or type, or you can search for everything. They’ve finally made it so only things you can buy show up. If you’re a boy, you won’t see any girl items (except boards), and if you’re a girl, you won’t see any boy items (except boards). There’s a button to sell items with tokens.
Selling has changed. Permissions are gone, but have been replaced by tokens. When you sell an item, the minimum price is usually 1000 Gold. However, you can post your item at your own price, each item will be listed by price and type such as starred or gold item. After 24 hours if the item has not sold it will be removed and you will need another token to post another item.
Tokens allow you to post an item for 24 hours. Members can buy Tokens which cost 100 Gold each, and there are no discounts for buying multiples. The good news is, unlike permissions, you can buy Tokens and they will stay in your inventory forever until you use them. If permission was bought prior to the update they will be converted to tokens. For example, if you bought 24 hours of permission, every 4 hours you will receive 1 Token up to a total of 6 tokens for the 24 hour permission.
Buying items has changed too. When you search for and find the item you want, you can no longer choose who you buy it from. You just have to pay the price that shows up for the item. This feature makes it unable to trade among users or choose who buys items. It is a more fair playing field.
Why the update?, You ask.
Well this fixes a lot of the problems Fantage was having. Trading is pretty much impossible now. This means that scamming through trades is pretty much impossible.
There are two reasons why Fantage does not like trading. Trading means people getting scammed. Fantage doesn’t want their community upset. Scamming shouldn’t even occur in a game for kids. With all the scamming Fantage probably gets overrun with calls and emails of people who are upset. This means that Fantage can’t focus on improving the game. Secondly trading costs Fantage money. As I’ve said before, running Fantage is not cheap, servers and staff are expensive. When players are trading, they’re not using lots of Gold which Fantage sells. If people aren’t buying gold, Fantage’s only form of income is Premium Membership, and a few little adverts. Premium member prices were significantly dropped making a 1 month membership just $3.99 per month.
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I think everyone agrees that things aren’t the same, and want Fantage to be better than it is. But I haven’t heard any good suggestions of how people want Fantage to change. So I’m pointing out how Fantage, and the community has changed for what I believe to be the worse. Feel free to formulate your own opinions if you disagree with this. Comment below your thoughts.
Contests Fantage promoted their sense of community by making a big deal about contest winners. Back in the day if you won a contest e.g. Comic, everybody knew who you were, or if your item got made, you were “famous” for something other than your level. The decline of this is partially the growing community having many different winners, but partly because Fantage stopped putting emphasis on it.
The Fantage Blog was a major way that Fantage communicated with their fans and kept them up to date. Now you can’t even access the blog, which is a real shame, especially so you can’t see Fantage’s documented history.
Admin interaction with Fantagians used to be very important. Everybody knew who Himani was, or M was, and it was really exciting to meet them. But now, who are the admins? I don’t know.
Trade’N’Sell Fantage may have already been going downhill before it, but it was a real turning point for the community. The concept and idea was good, however I think the implementation wasn’t perfect, and it created a lot of community problems. Allowing people to move items around created a real elitism, and for many pay to have fun. The items you have and wear is a huge driver for the Fantage community and how it interacts. Before Trade’N’Sell the only way to get old items was to have been there, or bought them fairly at Vintage Classics. This didn’t really create a problem, there was some jealously, or respect towards people with good items, but that was it. You couldn’t change the fact that they had old items. But now, you can pay for, or scam whatever you wanted. This causes a lot of hate in the community, and sets people against each other for scams or “hacking”. Before that you would compete against others for levels, stars or game scores, but that wouldn’t push you apart because it was to do with effort and skill.
Hall of Fame sort of divided the community into us and them (Regulars and “Famous”). With the creation of Hall of Fame, almost the only way to be famous was by having a high level, which was ok to begin with. But people forgot about the people who had their items created, or worked hard on blogs or YouTube. Everything was about level, and often Hall of Fame members would receive a lot of hate, turning them against the average Fantagian, making them hide away, be rude, and ignore people.
Money From what I understand (which may be incorrect), Fantage was actually sold sometime around 2010 or 2011. Somebody who starts a company, because they’re passionate about it, wants to see it succeed and grow positively. When they sell, the person buying it almost always is looking to it so that they can profit. Free items every event for non-members gone, prices go up, more “pay to win” options are introduced, paying is pushed harder. Not paying is made very undesirable. Here’s more information about Fantage as a company.
Pixelling I know designers come and go, and everyone has their own style, but there’s something I just love about the way the old Fantage items were pixeled. They had shading, but they weren’t really complex. They were just looked good. I imagine some people like the newer style of pixelling, but there’s definitely a difference if you compare 2008 clothes to 2016.
This isn’t really major but for some odd reason furniture was redrawn and now looks different to how it used to. Furniture now has a flat sort of look, but before it looked a bit 3D with “shiny bits”.
Internet Community I believe the Internet, as a whole has changed. It used to be very decentralised, there were separate communities around the place, like Fantage. But as Internet use went up, and the whole internet community expanded, communities changed, just look at YouTube for a good example.
Kids and the Internet, back in the day there was no snapchat, or Instagram, and the main way the community connected was through blogs. Kids these days are exposed to “inappropriate” things at a younger age. When they see his, especially through celebrities, some try to emulate it where they can. Sadly Fantage has become an outlet for these things. So we see a lot of “lebz” and “nasty” things happening with people maybe too young to really understand the implications. A 9 year old may have played with Lego or whatever 9 year olds did 8 years ago, but today, a 9 year old is trying to get a “Bae” on Fantage. This is just how things are now, and maybe that’s not a bad thing, but to me it seems a little sad.
Scamming/Hacking/Mistrust Somehow, through the inventions of Trade’N’Sell and MyMall, “Hacking” and scamming has become normalised. Everyday, despite Fantage’s efforts, people are getting hacked and scammed. Yes it’s almost always their own fault, but it shouldn’t be happening. Members of the community doing these things create mistrust, and can ruin the experience for others.
Player Growth As a community grows with more people, people know a smaller percent of the community. For example if there’s 2000 people who play Fantage, and you know 200 who are on your buddy list, you know 10% of Fantage. But if Fantage grows to 20000 and you still only know 200 people, you know 1% of Fantage now. As you can see, Fantage is a victim of it’s own success, with the community becoming less tight knit.
The Current Generation 8 years on, it’s a different generation of Fantage players and Internet users.They don’t know what it was like, what it really could be like. But it’s natural for things to have changed, and maybe some people are just stuck in the past.
Why where we are might be ok:
Change happens, it’s natural not to like it. Change can be exciting, and I’m sure if Fantage stayed the same for 8 years everyone would get bored quickly.
At least we still have it. The changes Fantage have made, especially the money related ones, may be the only reason we still have Fantage. Making a viable business online, especially where you offer it for free to an extent means it’s very hard to make enough money. Staff are expensive, and Fantage would needs to make thousands of dollars a week to pay everyone. Sometimes the changes are necessary.
Things that might rectify the situation:
Removing MyMall and Hall of Fame. I know this’ll be pretty unpopular, but I see this as where the community problems began.
Have different types of contests. For example a blog post award (make them use #fantagecontest so you can check entries easily). YouTube Video award, etc.
Bring back the blog, a relationship with your customers is very important for any organisation. Connecting through the blog to let people know what’s going on, and allows them to contact you without getting spammed through emails.
Put more emphasis on games, not to grind and play as many as possible, but competitions to get the highest score.
People love Fantage, but don’t like feeling forced into paying. Work out a new payment model which makes people want to pay, rather than “needs” them to pay with.
I’m super excited, except this is finals week so my mind is all over the place. Let’s take a look at these Limiteds. The theme seems to be about money, lots and lots of money. The irony is we will all be broke, if we aren’t already. Either way, I like the items.
New rare items have arrived. They will require 3 sets of black gems, 2 sets of moonstone, and 1 diamond set of gems if I recall, correct me if I am wrong. The Black diamonds will get you the hair, outfit and hair accessory. The moonstone gets you the board and wings and the diamond gets you the shoes I think. Sadly the face paint is only for guys, they did not release any for girls.
The Mother’s Day event was released today, it includes a Limited Cart and a collecting task that gives you gifts and levels. Premium members can level to a max of 10 while non mems can level to max of 5 by collecting flowers at the forest. The task is pretty simple, the only complaint I have is the flowers only float at the top of the screen and the icons for comet and such are totally in the way. Every time I try to get the flowers I either click an icon or click myself into Wizard’s domain or the Grotto and it is super annoying. I wish they fell lower. On a positive not, you get 3 really cute prizes fairly quickly if your wearing the Limited items. Once you collect them all, you can get the super cute board I’m wearing. Taking a look at the Limited cart there are 2 sets that are Gold and one that is either Gold or stars. It will cost you a whopping 41,500 Gold for complete set!!!!
Not quite the same as Paris and still no user inspired (but it’s coming). Here are the details and prices. As in the past, there is a prom Royalty vote option to earn stars. Sophia is winning with her outfit. There is also a Limo to Castle which is decked out along with VIP room. Two more options have yet to be released (ones user inspired).