Transformice is a 13+ mouse platform game that is made from Adobe Flash. It's been on the web since May 1st, 2010 and is a completely Free to Play and Multiplayer game made by the French developer Aterlier801. The instructions on how to play is simple. You gather cheese to the hole while the a mouse helps by spawning planks and boxes, along with other items to get to the cheese (known as a Shaman). Learn more about the game here
I have been playing this game since 2013 (about 7 years) and I'd have to say, the game is really nice and all. You can dress up your mice, customize the colors of the items your mice is wearing, chat with others, do events, and so much more!
Unfortunately, as years went by, the players of the game have decreased, the events are now constantly recycled, theres now only collector items that stay in shop for a short period of time and on rare occasions some of them stay in shop forever, there is poor moderation (yes, this game has moderators.) , and the game is full of cyberbullying. All I can say on this, is that the community is god awful. Before I get into how terrible the community is, I'd like to talk about the items first.
There are certain items in shop that can be from a franchise such as Sonic The Hedgehog, Minecraft (only a pickaxe as a mouth item), My Little Pony, Pokémon, and even companies from Disney. But, the thing is, did the developers ever ask the original creators of these franchises to put these certain assets in game? If not, isn't this copyright infringement? Here are the items that may cause trouble in this picture.
It can be fun and all to do collaborations with famous franchises if you're a game developer! However, these items were implanted into the game possibly without the original content creator's permission. This can also happen with artists creating art for people to see on social platforms, that are sometimes used without the artist's permission.
"Copyright is a legal means of protecting an author's work. It is a type of intellectual property that provides exclusive publication, distribution, and usage rights for the author. This means whatever content the author created cannot be used or published by anyone else without the consent of the author."
Yes, it can be hard to contact a creator of a certain famous franchise/company to put their assets into a game you made, considering there could be a lot of fans contacting them about certain things. However, that doesn't mean you can't contact them and ask for permission to put these items in the game. It can put you in huge trouble and none of us want that. You could possibly be in jail for copyright infrigment.
"The legal penalties for copyright infringement are: Infringer pays the actual dollar amount of damages and profits. The law provides a range from $200 to $150,000 for each work infringed. Infringer pays for all attorneys fees and court costs."
"Anyone convicted of criminal copyright infringement faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both."
Scary, huh? Just because you are a small game developer, it doesn't mean you should get away with things like this. Now onto other things about this..
What if you drew a design for the game and it actually got in game? That'd be cool, right? A lot of artists down in the Shop Items Suggestion thread on the Aterlier801 forum draw designs as a suggestion for the game that could potientally be added. Some based off of food, animals, and objects, and some that are from.. franchises and/or video games. If you're creating a original design made by yourself for Transformice to add, you are agreeing for them to use it. But, however, if you're making a fur of a character thats from a franchise like let's say.. Pikachu from Pokémon, you are technically using the character you did not have permission from the creator and let Atelier have the chance to put it in their game (examples above) in which they do NOT also have the permission to do so.
In this thread, there was a design by the artist eellie on deviantArt that was put onto a mouse template for furs, and the person did not give any credit to the original artist. So, not only people are creating designs for the game but its possible that they're taking designs from low-profile artists to make furs that the artists don't even know about it. I decided to have a chat with this person about this. (Usernames are censored for privacy reasons. If you end up looking and finding the user, please do not attack them. If you can't read it right click > open image in new tab)
Thankfully, the person understood my statement, and I wish them the best of luck. The mod removed their post (the image was from a quote) and they'll make sure they wont do it again. This is a serious situation that really shouldn't be happening and what some of the people are doing in the thread is encouraging horrible behavior. I'd really love to talk about the community about now, so lets get to that. (and also the mini forum inside the game.)
Back in the day of Transformice, the community was a little bit more friendly. Sure there would be problem at times but to be honest the community was a little more bright.. like, happier, I guess? It was one of those happy years that feel nostalgic. I was able to get along with a lot of people and stuff. It was really fun. I just wish those years could come right back. I even miss the old UI.
On August 23rd, 2014, Transformice added a new mini forum in the game called "Café" along with a UI rework. As soon the Café was added, the community started to get really problematic. After a year (or maybe less than 12 months) the mini forum was added, the community started to get really toxic. There was a lot of drama in the threads, spammers, use of slurs like the N word, and even a lot of cyberbullying that could potentially lead to cyberstalking. Potiental mentions of Rape, Suicide, and so much god awful things. (Users below are not censored because they aren't on here anymore.)
Café only could allow a certain amount of threads, and comments. If it reached 50+ comments they will be buried. Try not to make anything that a mod could delete cause it was deemed inappropriate, because you only have a 30 minute time limit to make a thread everytime. On some days on the Café, there's sometimes accounts that have pictures of even porn and possible child porn as their profile picture and links that go to some. Yeah, you heard me!!! Child Pornography!! It's not funny, its seriously illegal, and since the mini forum is rarely even moderated the thread and account could sit there for HOURS of not being banned. its so awful. and after all these times they aren't going to remove this mini forum, why? Cause they don't even care whats going on anymore.
Even the moderation staff is very poor at doing their job. Since the mods are friends with some players theres favoritism in the game too. So if a certain player is causing trouble with you and they're friend with a certain mod you contact, expect them to not get any discipline. Sometimes they ban you for no reason, sometimes they can ban you for "suspicious activity" even though you're innocently playing, or you can get muted for 3 hours for no reason. It's that bad.
I feel like the developers need to do something. They're not even realizing they're doing and I think something needs to be said to them. The staff is god awful at doing their job. This game has given me PTSD. Thats how bad the community has become. It can be a simple mouse game, sure, but it really affected me mentally and emotionally.
Do I recommend this? HELL NO. Are the graphics good? Sure, its simple and unique. Is the community great? GOD NO. Hello, Moderation? Moderation broke. I beg you for the love of god do not go on here, you'll regret it, unless you want to see how TERRIBLE the community is, then sure, go ahead at your own risk. I'm making this thread to let you guys know that if you are very curious about this game, proceed with caution.
Let me know what you think about all of this. Sorry if the text messes up on some parts I am not sure on how to fix it.