Our Bingo: A Place To Be Bullied – Our.com is a games platform where you can play many different games, including bingo. The trouble is, bullying is rife and Our have done nothing to prevent this from continuing.
Why Play Bingo
I play bingo via Facebook from a company called Our.com. The game concept is rather good in the respect that it is very much like the real thing…..1 line, followed by 2 lines, followed by a full house. I don’t want to go into in’s and out’s of the game as this is not a blog to showcase this game but to showcase the bullying but unfortunately, I will have to describe part of the game to be able to give you some reference as to what I am going to talk about.
I play most evening with my elderly Mum, (every evening through the lockdown) as she is being targeted by the same players and bullied. We go on Skype so I can keep her mind occupied while playing. Now I know what you are thinking, why does she play if she is subjected to this kind of behaviour? I totally understand what you are saying and if it was me, I would find somewhere else.
But here is the problem. My Mum is 70 and nervous about technology, so afraid of trying anything new. (Believe me, I have tried). We have played this game for many years now and she is comfortable in the knowledge that she knows how to play/use this game. Her days are unfortunately empty of things to do, so to keep her mind occupied, she plays this game. As she says, it’s the only little pleasure that she has. More importantly, though, why should anyone be made feel to leave an online game because of bullies????
Over the past year (roughly), the game has deteriorated to the point that there are no more decent jackpots to play for (except, funnily enough, the most expensive room). When mum and I first started playing this site, years ago, the site had many many different great jackpots in all the rooms and at times you were jumping from room to room buying cards and never remembering where you were playing. It was extremely fun to play, even if you didn’t win.
In-game coin purchases though, have always been very expensive for what you get, so, this has never changed. Your win rate is near to none and admittedly, the same players do seem to win the majority of the big jackpots and these players always seem to have millions of coins. (My mum believes that they are geared to win as the devs know these players will never need to “buy” coins, so let the others lose in the hope they will “buy”). Indeed a good theory and also, if true, a great recipe to encourage players to get bitter at other players. I have also noticed that there are a few players that fit the bill of being “bot” players but obviously, no proof. (I researched and looked into starting my own bingo site, so I know about these things).
fuk you mother****** – I hope you get coronavirus – why don’t you just die
I can understand why players get upset…..Same winners, bot players, purchasing coins after coins and never winning. Winning and losing it all in one night…..I get it! But……There have been many, many derogatory, nasty comments that have shocked me and I’m not easily shocked!. I’m appalled that someone could actually call another player these awful names. Some have actually said they want X player to die! Or hope they get Covid19. There have been players that have used the game name Coronavirus and such like and their profiles say they are from China.
There are many other comments that thankfully not all can read as many players come from all over the world, so different languages are spoken in the chat. (Google translate is my best friend when playing). Many comments are about same winners, the game being a fix, ghost players etc. but this is the kind of behaviour Our seem to completely ignore as I myself, have complained many times regarding bullying etc. Still, nothing has been done. Actually, many of us have complained to Our but all complaints seem to fall on deaf ears.
In my opinion, the simplest solution would be to have a facility that enables you to close your chat if you want to. Something I have suggested to them. This would solve 99% of the problems. At present, the chat box is always visible while playing, so you can see all comments being made. The only way to hide the chat box is if you have sent a friend request to another player and, they accept. This then enables you to open a private chat with them. So when I play at the same time as my mum, mum can open a PM chat with me which in turn hides the main chat. There is a block facility but this doesn’t work.
When you are being targeted by the same players repeatedly, daily, who make comments such as (oh, by the way, all comments I show are just aimed at my mum and now me as I try to stick up for her and the more politer ones): “this millionaire is in all the rooms”, “watch out always the same”, “gaybasssh”, fuk you mother******…..every time you have a win, (Big or small, once or more) than it becomes cyberbullying and harassment. Therefore, I am now keeping a diary of all the comments made to my mum and myself, so I may report it to the police.
Before you think am I making matters worse, my mum has never retaliated, she just sits and takes it, partly because she can’t type and would take her week to write a sentence. I have never retaliated either but now I just inform whoever is making the comment that their comment has been copied and will be forwarded onto the police investigating cyberbullying on the site. That does seem to keep them quiet for the rest of the evening.
Hopefully, this will help give some context to what I have been saying.
The game gives you 1000 coins a day for free to play with. You have several different rooms to play in, that cost a different amount of coins per card purchase. These rooms allow a capacity of up to 100 players at any one time:
- 50 rooms – Cost 50 coins per card purchased (24 max)
- 100 rooms – Cost 100 coins per card purchased (24 max)
- 200 rooms – Cost 200 coins per card purchased (24 max)
- 1000 rooms – Cost 1000 coins per card purchased (24 max)
You have a Jackpot ball that starts off at ball 30, every consecutive game, this number goes up one number. The idea is to call bingo (full house) within that number to win the jackpot. Great concept!
The trouble is, the site devs seem to only now be concentrating on the 1000 room. So it is almost impossible to play without purchasing coins. 24 cards at 1000 coins per card are much more than what the site gives you to play with. You would have to save your free coins for 24 days to be able to play one game. Crazy right! So, if there is nowhere to play but the 1000 room and you have let’s say 5000 coins, your options are: Buy 5 out of 24 cards against possibly 99 other players, don’t play, or purchase more coins. Purchasing coins would for most, seem the logical solution (I know, outside of not playing at all). But, wait until you see the cost of purchasing these coins:
(Prices correct at 19/7/20 – On PC device). What you may not realise while playing, is the fact these prices change, depending on the device you are using. There is no consistency across devices. I have played on my tablet and found the prices to be much higher than on my PC (my usual device). They also vary depending on whether you are playing via Facebook, or the website itself!
All of these factors, I believe (purposeful or not) can encourage players to get frustrated, fed up and in turn, take it out on other players. Of course, there are just some really nasty people in the world that get a kick out of bullying others.
My mum, a 70-year-old lady, set in her ways, scared of using anything new on the computer, very little to occupy her day loves playing this little game called Our bingo for many years. She gets bullied and harassed if she has won, big or small.
- Should she now be “forced” to look elsewhere?
- Our.com should not be allowed to neglect its responsibility to protect its players?
- Cyberbullying can never be accepted as everyday life online?
I believe the answer to all of the above should be a resounding NO!!
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