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Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Mon 06 Aug 2018, 18:20

Dear Users,

The following is an informational post about the adverts that we use on this Forum here, to help us with financing the operational costs of the G4TW platform.

Last updated on 15-07-2019

I.) Linkvertise.

Due to a number of complaints about the adfly-service (mostly about "family-unfriendly ads"), we're slowly changing to a new service: "Linkvertise". We're going to add this link shortener to most of the download links here. A brief explanation on how to progress through the ads:

Click on "discover interesting articles":

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After which a window will come up looking like this; click on the "x" in the top right corner (it can take up to 15 seconds for the window to close, though).

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Update: after clicking that "x", you will now also need to watch an ad-video (unless you want to endure that, we recommend turning off the audio for the duration of the video/muting the browser tab, and/or briefly switching to a different browser tab). Haters gonna hate 

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After you've endured the video - or not - click on "Continue" (sometimes displayed as "Weiter"), wait 15 seconds, and then "Continue to Website" (sometimes displayed as "Weiter zur Website"). Which will then lead you to the destination link. Note that the video is typically 1:30 in length, but you can abort if about halfway through it, which should then allow you to bypass that step.

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We are now running a script on the forum which allows us to shorten all outgoing download links at once, without having to do them one by one.

The video-portion of the Linkvertise will only be present in the announcement of new game releases. The videos will then be removed after one week. So after a week of a new game release you then only have the portion with "Discover interesting articles".

Additional note/update: releases for the Indie Corner-project will be excluded from these adverts, so you are able to grab them without having to go through any ads! Please grab the Indie Corner releases directly from the announcements under "Latest News", in order to do so!

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II.) "Infolinks"

If adblockers are disabled (only), you will notice that certain words on the Forum are going to be "highlighted". These keywords show up in orange, and to distinguish them from normal links: the info-links are those links with a dotted/punctured underline.

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If you hover with the mouse over these "Infolinks", a small window will show up. 

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If you decide to click on the link you will be re-directed to their site, from which you then are able to use their search (for what it's worth)...

III.) Spending the money...?

You may be wondering what we do with the income from these advertisements, and I would be happy to share! We've started using a "Premium" package for the forum. We pay a set amount of money to Forumotion each month, and it enables a number of nice additional features. To name a few: 

Arrow  The forum now has it's own, personal domain. Games4theworld purchased a couple of domains, and you can reach the forum by going to:

Arrow  (not related to Forumotion) Direct download links for various services (mostly GoogleDrive, MediaFire & can be kept up. Please note that in spite of that, we are - still - unable to offer reliable and permanent direct download options for our repacks. And it would not make much sense either to look for third-party hosting solutions in that regard either. The servers would get taken down, in no time at all.

Arrow  Advanced search is now enabled on the Forum.

Arrow  The Forum now has an SSL certificate.

Arrow  The Administrators now have a few more options in the Adminpanel.

Arrow  The team receives gifts from time to time, for their hard work.

IV.) Troubleshooting & final remarks

Exclamation   If you are skeptical about this type of advertising in general and/or your antivirus software happens to flag our site and/or these download links, please do not ask us to remove these ads. Just grab your (Sims) downloads from a different site then.

Exclamation   Same with technical problems on the side of the advertising companies. If you cannot access a download link and are greeted with some error message, try again later. We are not going to abandon the general policy because of temporary technical issues, however, in special case exceptions can (and have been!) made. Please wait for respective announcements from the Forum Administrators.

Exclamation   If you get an endless loading circle or it keeps prompting your to disable adblockers when trying to bypass the adverts, try clearing your browser cache & cookies, and restart the browser. You could also check your browser extensions or plugins, and disable them one-by-one. You could also try using a different browser. However, in our experience issues like these do not happen very often in the first place, so until we have more knowledge about these issues, we shall leave it at that and update this guide as warranted in case of new developments.

Exclamation   In addition to the previous point, check your antivirus software and/or VPN provider if they have some functionality regarding ad-blocking, and make the necessary exclusions. In some cases it is also possible that your router has some built-in functionality regarding ad-blocking, in which case you could try tweaking the settings of your router firmware. Consult the documentation of your router and/or ask your ISP for further help if needed. Is it problematic that some people have to go through these lengths in order to bypass these ads? Probably. But at the moment, and until we have a better idea, we shall roll with the Linkvertise. It's also worth noting that in the end, the only people who benefit from these built-in obstacles (browsers, security software, router firmware, VPNs, etc.) are copyright holders and their stooges: it will almost certainly deter or scare off quite a lot of pirate-users, and thereby increasing chances of them spending money on legit copies of whatever they wanted to pirate, originally.

Exclamation    Sometimes you also have to do odd steps which are not necessarily obvious at first glance. For example, Firefox users can try clicking on the green padlock on the left of the URL mask, and in the window that comes up, click on "Turn off blocking for this site". It may not be a necessity in case of accessing Linkvertise, but it's still nice to keep in mind for other uses.

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Exclamation   If you are basically willing to support us, but you may be 'deterred' by the number of download links we are running through the advertising company (yes, most of our download links are "shortened"), there are some partial remedies. You can still grab our old releases from The Piratebay, without any of these ads. Except I suppose from whatever ads TPB themselves are using, and over which we - of course - have no control. Or you can also grab our old releases from the "abandoned" old G4TW-website, including the TS3 store items. Note: the items that you can find on the Piratebay and that old website make up about 80% of all G4TW releases, and the rest/newer stuff is run through the Linkvertise.

Exclamation   Remember we are all volunteers, and we invest a lot of time and efforts in making your visit to Games4theworld a pleasurable one.

Exclamation   If you are an advertiser wishing to be featured on this site, or if you are a user having suggestions for other advertising possibilities, feel free to get in touch with us through the Contact-form.

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Post by The_gh0stm4n on Wed 22 Aug 2018, 18:29

[adm]Just a reminder in addition to what has been said above: we do not condone any messages or means that circumvent, or otherwise undermine the current policy of ad-shortened links.

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Again, it's perfectly fine for you to disapprove of these ads, just as it is within your prerogative to grab your downloads from a different source than G4TW. Understand that the implementation of the policy for the time being stands as-is, and is not up to debate. As mentioned in Ann's announcement, you can literally grab about 80% of G4TW's releases from either ThePirateBay or the old website. The rest of the stuff is posted on this Forum here, with the ads.

I'd also like to add that most of the "problematic" ads (e.g. sexual or other not-family-friendly content) should be gone now as well. Should you see any further problematic ads use the contact form here; and if possible add a screenshot to your message, showing the problem-ad.[/adm]

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