Ditto the Monster looks at the world of family friendly online games from a Fabricated American perspective

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New Gameplay – More Asheron’s Call fun!

Ditto continues his introduction to the still fun Asheron’s Call – in this video we trek through a very creepy spooky dungeon full of murderous giant insects!  The was very dark and the sounds – ew, those sounds when the weird bug doors opened and closed, I won’t soon forget those!


Looking for help with Streaming and the Bloggy Thingy

Hi everybody!  So Ditto has been having a great time streaming, and it works a lot better than my old recording method.  I’ve had some fun interactions with people in the chat room too – like I said, I really like it and, small technical glitches aside, it’s been great.  Now, I want to improve it, fine-tune it…  and that’s where I need your help!

If you are a person who loves watching gaming streams and watch them all the time, or you are a Ditto fan who just likes watching my videos, I want to hear from you!  I want to know what you’re looking for! How often you want to see videos?  Do you prefer watching live or seeing the recordings on Twitch or YouTube?  How long do you like them – short, like 15 minutes?  A half hour?  Longer?  I can really get wrapped up while playing and some of these videos and they can go on fore a while… so how long is too long?  Also, regarding schedule, I’m TRYING to keep a semi-normal schedule of streaming on Tuesday night and Thursday night starting between 7:30 and 8:00pm EST, plus weekend play on Saturday and maybe Sunday morning, starting between 8am and 8:30am.

Hopefully that works for most folks, but I know in addition to good timing I have to provide entertaining content too – if a TV show is boring it doesn’t matter if it’s on every night, people aren’t going to watch!  I’ve got plans for Wizard1o1, Pirate101, maybe Hearthstone (I kind of fell out of favor with that one) and now Minecraft – I want to keep the content fun and totally family friendly, but what more do you like to see?  Ditto in daring battles?  Ditto completing quests, doing boss fights, getting killed by zombies?  I’d love to hear thoughts and suggestions to make Ditto’s channel your go-to destination for furry monster gaming video fun!!

Have Fun and Play Safe!!!


Ditto has a Streaming Studio!! Hooray!!

So Ditto finally got his Twitch.tv streaming channel all set up, did a few streams at random intervals, and then disappeared for like 3 weeks…  Ok, that was not really what Ditto intended, of course.  What happened was multiple things – Ditto lives in a house with other people and Fabricated Americans, for one, and it can be difficult to find ‘quiet time’ where I can stream or record without interruption – typically I was streaming from the central living room (that was our big green couch behind me).  Another thing is that work schedules and other schedules sometimes make planning specific streaming times very challenging (especially combined with the first issue…)

What Ditto finally did about this is, I think, pretty awesome – Ditto has built himself a streaming studio!  Woohoo!  That’s right – it should have proper lighting, great sound, a cool backdrop (that can occasionally change), and most importantly, it is nice and quiet and interruption free!  So stay tuned – I actually have a broken mouse that I will hopefully have replaced today, and then I should be able to stream my favorite games on a pretty regular schedule!  I’m hoping at least three days a week, possibly four – we’ll see how it goes!


Ditto’s 500th Video!! 500!! Happy Holidays!!

Ditto’s 500th Video!!

Hi everybody – it is the Ditto.  Wow, so here we are – 500 videos.  That seems like a lot, doesn’t it?  I’m pretty sure it is, yes.  I’ve had a lot of suggestions about wacky things to do, from doing a Christmas video  to doing a parody of ‘Gangnam Style’, but when I thought about it, I think the most important thing to remember about this milestone is why I reached it – and that is for everyone out there, all of you who follow my blog, and watch my videos, and listen to my silly adventures on Ravenwood Radio or Pieces of Eight Radio.  To all the wonderful people who I have met in-game, from people I met and friended at parties to all the wonderful and friendly strangers who helped me get through tough quests or beat tough bosses.

In the nearly three years since my first video  I’ve done a LOT here – I’ve played all kinds of great video games, I’ve talked to people about staying safe , I’ve run I can’t remember how many contests, I’ve gone to PAX East and interviewed all kinds of people, like Fred Howard from KingsIsle, I’ve beta tested new games, written for an online gaming magazine, gotten over a thousand twitter followers, I’ve been attacked by Kittens and had a lot of fun with my Fabricated American friends.   The most important thing of all, though, is that I’ve made lots of friends with all of you – from people I’ve met online at game parties to the complete strangers who helped me out with tough quests or nasty bosses, everyone I’ve met and talked to and made friends with have been great, and all my my friends and fans and twitter followers are the real reason I keep doing this, and why I love it so much and have so much fun with it!!

So thank you everyone – thank you for being my fans and my friends and for sticking by me and for enjoying and sharing my blog and my videos so much!  I’ve got 500 videos done, and with all your support I’m sure I’ll do another 500 before you know it!!

Thank you all and happy, happy holidays to each and every one of you.  I couldn’t do it without you all!!  Well, I guess I could, but nobody would watch it, so why bother??


New Video Bloggy Thingy – Ditto is back online! Yay!!

Ditto is finally back online!  Yes, Ditto had some internet gremlins this week that kept me off the internet and, sadly, off Wizard101 and Pirate 101.  I also missed Ravenwood Radio and getting my Daring Adventures of Ditto out, which was sad 😦

One positive thing did come out of this – while my laptop was not working, I got to try a new game (well, new to me) called Skylanders, which is a lot of fun! I might have to try to get a video of me playing that one…


Ditto’s Video Bloggy Thingy – September 13th, 2011

So here is this week’s Video Bloggy Thingy.  Since I FINALLY made it to the Malistaire quest, I’ve been taking time to do other side quests as I plan my huge assault!  I did all of Wysteria, which was a lot of fun and really cute, I think it was a well written story and set of quests.  I also went back to Grizzleheim, which I hadn’t been to since I was level 26 or 30.  I was able to spend a bunch of time finishing quests and finally got to see the king, who of course gave me a super crazy and dangerous quest to take out a big bad grendel named Jotun.  Yikes.  I’ll be doing that soon too, maybe tonight… (more…)


Play Safe – Check those links!!

I got a very official email yesterday from another gaming company (NOT Wizard 101 or KingsIsle), warning me that my account might have been compromised and giving me a handy link to a very official looking website so I could go and change my password.  The problem was – I don’t play that game, and I’ve never had an account with their system.  It was a scam.

An example of a Phishing Site

An example of a Phishing Site - Always check the URL

These scams, called ‘phishing‘, are a two part process.  They send people an email that looks like it’s from some ‘official’ source – their bank, or Facebook, or their favorite video game.  This email will contain a ‘call to action’ – it will tell them that they need to log into their account to fix or verify something, and there is usually a serious consequence for not doing it, like your account getting canceled.

I’ve also seen this starting to pop up on social networking sites like Twitter as well, where URL Shorteners like bit.ly can mask a URLs true destination.  If you see some ReTweet about getting prizes or rewards from your favorite game, double check the link and be really careful!

The second part of the scam is a website, usually crafted to look exactly like the ‘real’ website, that will collect the username and password of everyone who tries to log into it.

It’s a fiendish plan, to be sure – send an email telling someone they have to log into their account to fix something, and then give them a link that looks like it’s a real website that will instead steal their password and let the bad guys into their account to steal their stuff.

To combat this and stay safe is easy, as long as you know it’s there.

  • First, always remember that no website or game is going to send you an email asking for your password.
  • Second, if you get an email telling you to log into a website to correct or change something, look very closely at the sender’s email address and the address it’s trying to send you to.  Instead of wizard101.com it might be wizardlOl.com – it doesn’t look too different, so you have to be careful.
  • Finally – instead of clicking a link in an email, go to the main website yourself and log in there, so you know you’re putting your credentials in the right place.

Phishing scams aren’t hard to avoid, you just have to know what you’re looking for and remember, never trust an email that’s asking for your account information or telling you to log in right away – no reputable company would do that.  Always check the URLs and if something looks suspicious, don’t put in your user information, that’s the safest play.

Play Safe!