3rd May 2011 – Over the past few weeks I’ve been increasingly aware of more and more issues with the game. These include things like pages not loading, problems getting Silver Coins, friends disappearing, and general slow response times of the pages. Firstly, I’d like to give a quick explanation as to the reason for this.
Pet Pupz was completely re-coded about 18 months ago to speed things up. At the time this worked, but Facebook recently moved away from an old way of integrating with them (REST API) and released a new, faster method (OpenGraph). Because of this, the old system seems to have been pretty much left to degrade meaning that we’ve suffered.
So, the only real option is a recode of the games (I’m including Cute Catz and Happy Horses in this) which is likely to be fairly time consuming and expensive. We now run the apps as a ‘hobby’ as they only really make enough money to cover the server costs (which is why buying the occasional dollar’s worth of Silver Coins and Gold Fish is so important – without them we wouldn’t be able to keep the game running).
Having said that, I’ve come to the conclusion that we have enough loyal players to warrant the investment, so we’re going to start the re-code this week. It will take a while but will mean we’re able to fix the bugs, speed up the game and (shock, horror) add new features.
I’ll be posting updates every week or so as to how the update is going.
Also, you’ll be seeing a few more changes to petpupz.com and more posts being released from our application page. Expect to see more community driven features and, as they come, please try to get involved – the more you talk about Pet Pupz the more likely it is going to be able to continue.
Thank you all for your patience and continued support,