Terrorists Target Your Kids With Online Games!

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Gees, I have heard of pedophiles targeting children via online games and
I have heard of some junk food companies targeting children with online
games, but this is the first that I have heard of TERRORISTS using online
games to get their message to children.



According to Colonel Abdul Rahman Sharaf Al Ansari, assistant general coordinator
of Khalifa Student Empowerment Programme, claims: “seemingly innocent games being
played around the world may contain harmful messages promoting terrorist ideologies.”



The Colonel went on to say:
“One such example is Al Badayer game — which was used by
12 million individuals around the world, including Latin
America. Although the game is named after an area in Sharjah,
certain Daesh messages were found being conveyed to users.”

This was such a surprise to me that I took some time to search google.com for
more news and/or examples of this, but I found nothing but one article where I
first read the story on gulfnews.com and this same article was printed on

The article makes no mention of what type of “messages” are included in the Al
Badayer racing game.  It may be a matter of interpretation and perception.  Still,
it seems odd that no other news service has done a story on this threat and that
the developers and publishers of Al Badayer have not publicly objected.

Who Is The Largest Online Gambling Company In The World?

It is a company that most gamblers have never heard of even though most
of the company specializes in online poker.  It is a company that has
an ongoing lawsuit with the state of Kentucky worth almost $1 billion.
It is a company that produces gaming products and services, including
software for: online casino, poker, sportsbook, platform, lotteries and
slot machines.





Who is it?
It is Amaya Inc. headquartered in suburban Montreal, Quebec.  Last year,
Amaya purchased PokerStars and Full Tilt Poke for $4.9 billion.  That
single aquisition made Amaya the largest publicy traded online gambling
company in the world.  That is big news!

PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker have more than 1,700 employees, and well over
85 million registered players worldwide, none of which are in the US,
since PokerStars got in trouble with the US Department of Justice for
money-laundering long before this aquisition.  The new ownership would make
it possible for PokerStars to re-emerge in the states, possibly state by state.
How many gamblers are in the US and might use PokerStars and FullTilt Poker

According to Simon Holliday, founder of the research firm H2 Gambling Capital:
“This could be massive as it should be the key for the
PokerStars brand, technology, client lists and expertise
all to gain access to the thus far slow-to-take-off U.S.
onshore regulated market,”




We’ll see what happens!



ONLINE GAMES: Where Are All The Teenage Girls?

While study after study shows that more women are playing online games every
year, the average age of those women is in the 20’s and thirties.  In fact,
one recent study said that the average online game player is 31 and female.
That was surprising and not all studies agree with that exactly.



But, one question lingers.  Where are all the teenage girls, 13 to 17?  Are
they not playing online games at all?  Why not?



A recent study from the Pew Research Center sheds some light on this question.
The study shows that almost 60% of the teenage girls aged 13 to 17 DO play
games on their PC, console, or phone.



Of those girls, 50% play online games, but most of them, 90%, do NOT use a
headset.  That is, they do not speak during those online games, and of course,
no headset, no sound.  Sadly, these girls might be the smart ones, in that,
when you don’t like what’s being said, mute them.  Unfortunately, some online
games really require full voice chat to get the most out of the game, and in
that case, the vulgarity and trash-talking ruins it for everyone.

Online Game Site GUILTY Of Consumer Deception!!!

Possibly you have never heard of the game host called Valve!  But, Valve is one
of the biggest game websites since they operate the online game website Steam!
Steam allows it’s visitors to download games from it’s website.  Some of the games
are free, some are Fremium, (free-to-play pay for upgrades), and some are subscriptions.
Note: Valve, Steam’s parent company was started in 1996 by former Microsoft employees).






Steam also has commercial services for companies that wish to resell Steam’s games,
chat service, cloud backup, social networking services, in-game friends list, in-game
voice chat, etc. etc.  Steam is big!

So, what’s this about consumer deception?

Well, Steam does quite a bit of business in Australia, in fact, about 2.2 million of
Steam’s customers are in Australia playing games such as: Counter-strike, Half-Life,
Day of Defeat series, and others.  Steam tried to pull a quick one on the Aussies
by writing into the terms of service that there are no refunds due to quality concerns.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald:
“Valve advises players in its terms and conditions that all
game fees are payable in advance and ‘not refundable in

whole or in part’.


Of course, that is not true, especially if Steam accepts Paypal, since Paypal has
a 60 day money back policy if the product is not as advertised.  Most credit card
company’s are at least 30 day money back policy.  But, when you pay Steam, you have
to agree to their Terms Of Service so you feel that there are no refunds.  And, one
more thing, Australian consumer law forbids a policy such as Steam’s.  So, Steam was
found guilty and will pay at least $1 million in fines.