EvilSpamMonkey BeGone?Well I think, stress think, my last load of changes have thwarted the EvilSpamMonkeys hacking back into the site, so it looks like it's time to tentatively step out of my spam proof bunker and get posting again... I have one or two things (mild under-exaggeration) that have been submitted to post for y'all.

As well as getting back to posting there are a few site changes that I have planned for this year which I'll discuss on here as I get round to doing them. First up I'm planning on an update to the "Submit A Link" page itself. Everyone is so kind as to post new games and links through this to me so I don't have to do all the new game searching leg work myself (I still do sometimes though), but the page is becoming increasingly abused by those EvilSpamMonkeys who try every avenue to get their generic cheap drugs advertisements out to you all.

Currently for every game/link post I get from genuine Lazylacers I get somewhere between 50 & 100 spam submissions. I have been dealing with this ok, but it's very time consuming, and I'm worried now that genuine submissions are getting lost in the sea of spam (apologies if this has happened to you). So the plan is to add a "prove you are human" test to the submission page (similar to the one you may have encountered when adding comments) which should reduce the problem dramatically since EvilSpamMonkeys seem to get SpamBots to do most of their dirty work for them.

Anyway, that's what I'm up to "behind the scenes", now back to posting with a bit of a catch-up session on the things that haven't been lost in my mass spam deleting sessions....

PS: Thanks for the beers and poems whilst I've been away, you've been keeping Jen & I entertained :)

Entry 3031, Friday, January 25th 2008, Filed In Diary
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EvilSpamMonkey AttacksWell after a fantastic wedding (pics soon), honeymoon in Hawaii, Christmas and New Year, things were due to return to normal here on Lazylaces (with a few New Year's resolutions thrown in for good measure), but as you may have seen whilst dropping by we've had more than our fair share of anti-social attacks on the site.

EvilSpamMonkeys have found there way into the posting system (twice now) resulting in lots of posts about cheap generic pharmaceuticals rather than cool new games. Round one of the site changes to stop this only kept them bamboozled for a few days though, and they soon returned, and now a lot more changes have been made to stop them returning again. Please let us know immediately by e-mail (link at the bottom of every page) if you see any evidence that they have returned once more, as we'll need to dig out our best thinking hats to come up with another solution - for now we think we've plugged every gap an EvilSpamMonkey might squeeze though - but you never know, they are tenacious little devils.

On top of that some little hacking idiots thought it would be good idea to divert further time and resources by messing totally with the comments system. Now you'll find that virtually all HTML tags are disabled in comments - this probably won't bother everyone, but if you've ever found them useful in the past, we apologise, but they've become more trouble than they're worth. Regular text comments, hint tags and spoilers still all work though.

Anyway, for now posting is on hold until we're a bit more certain we've defeated any further hacking attempts - there's a good chance that if the ESMs get back in that we'll need to restore the current back-up of the site, losing anything new that has been added, and backing the whole thing up for every new post is just way too time consuming. So for now, we're still on hold, but if we stay EvilSpamMonkey free for a few more days we'll start to post again and hopefully get things back to normal.

Entry 3030, Monday, January 21st 2008, Filed In Diary
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Lazy BreakI've unintentionally been on a break whilst doing wedding preparations as we move from high gear to ridiculous gear... and with the wedding on Saturday, followed by the Honeymoon it's going to be some time before I'm back to update LazyLaces. Apologies. Try the "more games" section on the right whilst I'm away, or trawl thru the site archives or see if you can post first in the comments. Thanks for all your support, and kind emails, LL will be back soon, but only after some much needed personal time for Jen & I.

Entry 3029, Wednesday, December 5th 2007, Filed In Diary
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Tipping Point
Tipping Point might take a while to load, but it's worth the wait, go and make a cup of coffee (or two) whilst the load bar trundles along. Once loaded the wait is instantly explained, the superb photo-realistic graphics of this point'n'click adventure must result in some hefty file sizes. There are no rules and no instructions to the game, so jump right in and get clicking. Explore your surroundings, find clues and solve puzzles to move the story forward, whilst enjoying the lush surroundings and sounds as the mystery unfolds.

Tipping Point

There are two chapters available currently, with a third planned to follow later (for now I better warn you to be prepared for a frustrating "to be continued" message once you've cracked the maze). I can't wait [subbed by Dan Russell-Pinson & Mantari].

Entry 3028, Thursday, November 29th 2007, Filed In Games
Rating(75%)Comments(288)

Twinkle
Twinkle is kind of an escape the room style game, but it's story line is a little cuter than that. Your task is to help out the little star that has landed in your room. Be careful though, just because the game is cute, it doesn't mean it's that easy [subbed by winniethepooh, Mantari, tanaka & higgo].

Entry 3027, Thursday, November 29th 2007, Filed In Games
Rating(57%)Comments(96)

World of Solitaire
I wouldn't have thought there was much to be added to a game of solitaire, but World of Solitaire takes the game to a whole new level. Want to play some obscure version of the game rather than the regular Klondike variety? You've got it - there are over 20 flavours of the game to choose from. Want to upload your own image as the background? You've got it. Want to save time and have obvious moves played for you? You've got it. With these, a variety of other features, and the inherent addictiveness of the game, the World of Solitaire is one which you will be visiting again and again. Bookmark it today [subbed by f00].

Entry 3026, Thursday, November 29th 2007, Filed In Games
Rating(78%)Comments(13)

Wogger Mini 100
The crippling cost of candles alone mean that I'm not baking a birthday cake for Wogger, but we've finally reached Wogger Mini 100. Congrats! Some of us thought this would be the last one (I had 100 in the sweepstake), but now I'm not so sure... maybe I should go for 200? [subbed by Spanky McPipebomb, handyrman, Hiddenfaceinthecrowd, Cyberjar88, Videocrazy, some1, Underdog10, Nutty_Za & Mantari].

Entry 3025, Wednesday, November 28th 2007, Filed In Games
Rating(50%)Comments(73)

Guest House
Mix up some Egyptian hieroglyphics, a space station, some unusual machinery, a suspended animation pod, and some chilled out music, and you get a point'n'click game called Guest House. How you arrive at that name, from that mix, is anyone's guess, but that doesn't stop this being a great game both visually and puzzle-wise. And if you like this one check back on the other games in the series [subbed by Cornboy, roko, winniethepooh, avs5221, Flooor, hathia, WeePee & Angelblade].

Entry 3024, Tuesday, November 27th 2007, Filed In Games
Rating(61%)Comments(101)

Esklavos C10
Sink into the beautiful graphics of Esklavos C10 whilst your point'n'click brain figures out just how you are going to cross that bridge now you've come to it [subbed by handyrman, AgiHammerklau, Mystery, winniethepooh & Ariadne].

Entry 3023, Tuesday, November 27th 2007, Filed In Games
Rating(69%)Comments(40)

Prawn To Be Wild 9
Make a point'n'click plea of insanity in Prawn To Be Wild 9... a not suitable for children plea of insanity that is... [subbed by anon, Canadian Enchantress, Mysterious Man, Mystery, chocoholic, Oma, Elby, griff, Cyberjar88, winniethepooh, MsSpent Youth, Underdog10, Drunk, AgiHammerklau, Izzie_Canada 7 randomguy].

Entry 3022, Tuesday, November 27th 2007, Filed In Games
Rating(81%)Comments(92)

Wogger Mini 99
Wogger Mini 99 [subbed by handyrman, Cyberjar88, Mantari, some1, kvsteve, Underdog10, Nutty_Za, anon, Pufje, dan & Angelblade].

Entry 3021, Monday, November 26th 2007, Filed In Games
Rating(50%)Comments(34)

Anika's Odyssey
Anika's Odyssey is a beautiful point'n'click quest to retrieve a little toy rabbit snatched by a large eagle. Drink in the lovely graphics and sounds along the way as you solve the nice puzzles. All very chilled and relaxing [subbed by Andiar, VictoriaV, Mystery, Mantari & Cornboy].

Entry 3020, Tuesday, November 20th 2007, Filed In Games
Rating(50%)Comments(130)

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