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Duckbug: "A Wonderful Game for Children and Adults Alike"★★★★★
Posted: 07/Jan/2017 21:35:28 (1 year ago)
As a long-time user, I can confidently say that PokéFarm Q is quite literally the single most enjoyable website that I have ever gotten to be a part of. This is where my love for Pokémon was able to thrive, this is where I met a few pals, this is where I learned to code, so this is important to me and I'm glad to have stuck around. The game works incredibly well usually, with only a slight hiccup now and then. In fact, the only time I have really noticed any kind of lag since the server upgrade was during the last few days of the Twelve Days of Christmas event. However, as I've seen Niet mention, that's an issue that can potentially be remedied at least somewhat. This brings me to my next point. There is constantly development going on, and I mean that in a good way. For the time being there's always something to look forward to. This is a pro for both the website itself and for the community, since users get new features to enjoy which results in them sticking around when they otherwise might not have. I have another teensy note on this, but I'll get back to that shortly. While I don't role play at all, I do use the forums to work on coding projects from time to time. The BBCode available to users is, as far as I'm aware, far more extensive than on most other forums, while still being restricted and simplified enough that it's safe and easy to use. Coders rejoice! The staff do an amazing job of what seems to be essentially cleaning up other people's messes, something that I quite frankly feel that they don't get enough credit for. However, through the site chat and live streams, users are still able to see that the staff is comprised of normal people just like them. This helps to reduce any feelings of nervousness or intimidation between the general user base and members of staff. On top of all that, PokéFarm Q has a talented graphics team making sprites and other high-quality digital found throughout the site. The only actual complaints that I have are essentially superficial. The first that comes to mind is related to the site's design. While PokéFarm Q provides users with the ability to create custom skins to alter their personal look of the website — a feature that is much appreciated, might I add — the default skin is not very easy on the eyes. While I find green to be oddly fitting, the default skin coloration is incredibly bright to the point that I find it genuinely hard to look at for more than a few minutes. On top of that, the recent design tweaks added box-shadows to some elements of the site. However, these are fairly basic, and end up looking more like a "box-glow" than a box-shadow, which somehow looks out of place in my mind. Ah, and all the rounded boxes are kind of funky, though I think that that's entirely my own opinion and of course not something crucial to one's experience with the game. The other is quite understandable, but a hope of mine nonetheless. I have spoken to Niet himself about this and while my proposal was rejected with valid reason, I still find myself wishing that there were a way for regular users to try new features before their official release, something that is currently restricted to members of staff. While this undoubtedly would have to have some restriction to who may participate if it were to be implemented, from a development standpoint it seems logical to assume that the more input that the programmer has on a project, the better it can become even before it goes public. But I've saved the most crucial part of this website for last. PokéFarm Q has one of the best online communities that I have ever seen, and I'm not using those words lightly. I had left for about 16 months before returning on 01 March 2016, and I was honestly a bit worried that I would have missed so much that I basically wouldn't know what to do. I had missed a lot, yes, but everybody was so helpful upon my return. Nobody seemed to be frustrated by all of my questions or made remarks about my "noobishness," they simply respectfully answered my questions to help me back on track. Since then, even, the community has grown significantly and hasn't lost its charm in the slightest. In fact, it keeps getting better as more and more people are brought together. And while it almost feels as though it's interrupting the rest of this review, it's definitely worth noting that because this community is generally so welcoming and helpful, I find it to be, much like the official Pokémon franchise, a community that is safe for children to be involved in while also allowing for adults to not feel as if they don't belong.
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