Blog Post #103 – April 23, 2019

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Hello Pogoians!

Happy April 23 and welcome to the 103rd edition of the Pogo Insider Blog!

Thank you so much for all of your comments during the last Pogo Insider. It was great to be back and interacting with you all.

Hey Pogoians! We’d love your help naming Word Search Daily HD’s friendly owl mascot! The Pogo team brainstormed a selection of names, but we need your help to make the final decision! The winning name will be announced in the next Pogo Insider!

What would you like to name the Owl in Word Search Daily HD?

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Word Search Daily HD is now available to play on Club Pogo! Click here to read Q&A with Pogo Terry!

Welcome to the Construction Zone! Here is where you will find the latest on game updates. What is currently “under construction” on Pogo? As often as I can, I’ll sit down with the Pogo team and get the latest info on which games are being worked on and what’s coming. I will always post more details when I have them available. Please understand updates are subject to change.

Please understand that unless an announcement comes directly from EA and/or Pogo, we cannot endorse it as true. All games and updates reported here in the Construction Zone have been given the “go ahead” and are on track to come out. Anything else that is reported is speculation right now.

Events

The Challenge Quest Spring Adventure is slated to begin early May.

A Badge Marathon for the HTML 5 update to Trizzle begins in mid-May.

Keep your eyes peeled for a special Mother’s Day Badge Event!

Game Updates

Sweet Tooth Town – As of today, there’s been an update to the game’s economy. Please click here for an informative article explaining the update.

Claire Hart: Secret in the Shadows – As stated in the last Pogo Insider, Claire Hart’s last weekly episode will be released on April 10. Fear not: Claire will return in June with a massive eight-part case to solve. On top of that, there will also be a special spring episode that’ll be free for Club Pogo Members. I’ll keep you posted!

After June, new Claire Hart: Secret in the Shadows cases and episodes will arrive every few months, following a quarterly release schedule.


New Games

Word Search Daily HD – This game is now available to play on Club Pogo! Click here and start searchin’ for those words!

What’s on deck? More new games are on the way including Royal Wedding: One Year Later, a new hidden object game. Rainy Day Spider Solitaire HD and Mahjong Garden HD are also on the way, bringing beautiful updates to these Pogo classics.

Website updates
Coming soon: A new Pogo experience – Click here for more information on how to gain early access.
Java Game Retirements – With Java and Flash technologies being phased out across the internet, we will be retiring some of the Java and Flash games on Pogo in June and July. Please click here for the list of the games retiring on June 6. For the July 2 game retirements, click here, and then click here for the list of the games to be retired on July 30.  We know some of you purchased Challenges for these games you have not had the opportunity to complete. If you don’t get them done before they retire, the Badges will be automatically awarded to you shortly after the games retire.

Please note that while these games are going away, there is always the possibility some will be updated and brought back later. Keep your eyes on the Pogo Insider for more game news!

Here’s some information about upcoming updates and changes from recent blog articles:
Mini Mall – Please note, there will no longer be items added to the Pogo Mini Mall as we focus on bringing new content and updates to other parts of the site. Your wardrobe of Mini items will remain available to you, along with tons of items in the store.

Tokens – As many of you are aware, the current token system will be replaced with a new awards system. As stated in a May 2018 blog, I, and the rest of the Pogo team, know this is a point of contention for some of you. For those of you for whom tokens provide a way to project status and achievement over time, we hear you and we understand your aversion to losing this status. Tokens in the current Flash and Java games will remain and will not be removed. We thank you for your understanding. Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming system.

Chat – We know a lot of you guys love chat and consider it a critical feature. We’re aware of the many requests for chat to be updated and to be returned to the side of the game screen. The team here is looking into it. I’ll give you an update as soon as I have one!

Pogo recommendations and specifications for your computer have been updated as of August 14, 2018.  These are the recommended specifications for playing Pogo games smoothly on your computer. If you are experiencing loading issues, I strongly encourage you to check out the computer specifications listed. Having a compatible computer helps ensure the best possible Pogo experience!

Every week I answer a non-technical question related to Pogo. We get lots of questions every week, so I try to focus on common themes or the same question coming from different folks. Please ask your non-technical related question in the comments section of the blog.

(For technical issues, please go to Pogo’s Help Page.)

Q. Question for the Engineering team; what all is involved in the weekly maintenance process; since my day is just getting started about that time?
A. 
Every other Tuesday, in the wee hours of the morning, (depending upon your timezone of course), Pogo has weekly maintenance.So what does go on during Pogo maintenance? Let’s ask Pogo Engineering to give us a behind the scenes look.

During this maintenance, the Pogo team rolls out fixes at one time on a schedule so there are less disruptions. These fixes including everything from bug fixes to new content pushes and updates to the Pogo games you all know and love. You know that update to Jewel Academy from 4/9? That was done at the time of maintenance. The team also makes gameplay updates during this time. These are fixes you may not see within a game but you may notice when you experience faster and smoother game loading and play time.

Thank you for the question and if you have any other questions for any department within the Pogo team, please comment below and I’ll try to get back to you with an answer in a future Pogo Insider.

As you may have read, Mahjong Garden and Rainy Day Spider HD are on their way to Pogo. As such, I’ll be sitting down with Pogo Clement for another Pogo Insider Q&A. If you have any questions for him about either game, please comment below and your question may be answered. Yippee!

Thank you for reading the Pogo Insider. Have a fun and fantastic rest of the week here on Pogo. Try to make someone guffaw today!

Cheers,
Pogo Llama

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NOTE: Comments may take some time to be approved. Those which are off-topic or counterproductive to fostering a positive environment will not be posted. Thanks for reading the Pogo Insider!

If you’re having troubles loading or getting into a Pogo game, please go to Pogo’s Help Page. Unfortunately, I am unable to help out with any technical questions via the blog. Thank you!

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333 Comments

  • Pogo_Llama I know this has been mentioned, but I really hope the team can figure out how to upgrade Penguin Blocks someday instead of letting it disappear forever. I’ve always loved that game and I’m sad to see it going away (as well as several of the others). I hope it will be considered since it’s so fun. Thanks for listening and for a great site to play on for so many years.

  • I have been a member for over sixteen years and my favorite game is boggle bash and I am GOOD at it.. I actually been playing it nineteen years. I would like to see more ranks for this game as I ranked out long ago.. Please consider more ranks and also, I love dressing my mini, need more clothes, I think I own one of everything you have. LOL.. would like to see some cute swim suits, shorts, etc.. what you have has gotten OLD.. thanks a lot.. Have a Blessed week.. I love pogo

  • This is my 4th attempt at making a comment and I really hope it gets posted because Pogo is ASKING ME for feedback and I’m giving it, yet my comments are going on ignored.
    I have recently (in the last 2 months) done 3 “surveys” from Pogo asking what type of games I’d like to see come to Pogo. Each time I had to put “other” because the CARD games I’d like to see are not solitaire, poker, black jack etc. I’d REALLY love to see some new card games such Skip-Bo, Uno, Phase 10 or even some sort of version of Hand and Foot. In the survey there was no options to select “board games” and I clicked other again and suggested Rummikub and Sequence.
    I know that EA owns Pogo and I also know that licenses to host these games cost a lot of money, but I feel like my membership money is being wasted because every time I fill out surveys, there is never an option for my game request and every time a new game comes out it’s some sort of Solitaire, Matching game, Seek and Find or Mahjong.
    Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE that Pogo and EA are working SO very hard to give us many new upgrades to older games as well as improvements to the website itself; however, I know that SOOOOO many more people than just myself want some of these games I’ve suggested…You guys run the Forums-go there and look, and you’ll see! Many more than just me want some of these suggested games.
    Please take my suggestions into consideration–as a PAYING club member since 2001 I feel neglected when it comes to my requests that I’ve been writing about and requesting on the forums, letters to the editor and comments on blog posts (all either not posted, unanswered or ALWAYS removed (from forum posts). I hope that we’ll see some new games such as those I’ve suggested, soon!!!

  • Dear Pogo_Llama: I would like to know when and if Pogo/EA is going to upgrade the old favorites into HTML format>>>>> Jungle Gin, Canasta, and any dice games? such as Yahtzee party? The card games now have a team format and side chat. Also are there any team HTML games already out there that maybe we are missing? Thank you!

    • Hi Madam,
      Great question and yes, Pogo’s working on transferring Java and Flash games to HTML 5 so stay tuned here on the blog to find out as updates become available. The lobby games are not yet available here on Pogo in the HTML 5 format.
      Thanks again for your comment and for being a part of Pogo.

  • Please bring back a high tech or HD version of Majong Dimensions. It was such a great game! I really mis it!!

  • please don’t get rid of Jungle Gin

    • Yes , please don’t . Make our Spades , Canasta and Texas Holdem Poker all are true favorites to many . Please talk to team to see if this can be done . HTML 5 and HD would be awesome .

  • Please keep high stakes pool

  • I love Mahjong Dimensions too. Please bring it back somehow.
    Also really like Hearts and Spades hope they will stay.

  • Joined in 2004 <3 Canasta and Jungle Gin I need in my life daily ! LOL

  • I love Crazy Cakes and Thousand Island Solitaire, please try to bring it back.

  • Pogo Llama,

    I have downloaded pogo on my android tablets and still only have the five simple games. I understand you have some HD games but they do ot show up. Can you please tell me how to get them. Thank you in advance

    • Hi Helcatfaust,
      You can actually try to login to Pogo.com on your tablet. This is different than the app. The app still has the same five games. Thank you!

  • Hi Pogo Llama just to let you know I really enjoyed the easter egg challenge too it was fun and I helped my husband with some of his but he didn’t finish his but we tried. thanks for give us badges for the ones we did manage to finish. Also just wanted you to know I got him to use another browser besides his old internet explorer (my husband hasn’t upgraded his OS on his computer yet) and we installed Chrome and it works wonders. So if you want to pass that along to people if they are having problems playing some of the new game format on pogo to use Chrome (free download). Thanks again pogo oh and thanks for keeping the tournament going I know they are probably working on a new Tournament format I hope. but anyway just wanted you to know.

  • Please consider upgrading Texas Hold’em instead of just getting rid of it. Many of us who play this and have friends that we meet to play are so very disappointed in having to lose out on the game and the special friendships that have been made over the course of years of playing together. Our table is not alone as there are so many tables with friends playing together. All Nighter is almost always full and difficult to get in that is how many are playing Texas Hold’em along with other rooms having people playing as well. Please reconsider this.

  • POGO LLAMA…. GOLF SOLITAIRE AND THOUSAND ISLAND SOLITAIRE ARE GREAT GAMES, PLEASE BRING THEM BACK!!!

    • I agree with u I love golf solitare and thousand island also I hope they keep it in mind

  • Hi Pogo Lama
    The Great Easter hunt was fun but hard to get all the badges. I know we can finish them in June but I almost finished some of them. Are we going to lose our progress on some of the badges?

    Also I played Word Search and got to the last rank. I know it has been upgraded and I like the new look, but in the past after we finished 30 games we received a badge and ranked up, now after finishing 30 puzzles we only rank up and not getting a badge, this I miss.

  • Please bring back Dice City Roller and Word Whomp Whackdown as soon as possible!! Love the chatters in DCR, and WWW helps keep my 68 yr old brain challenged!