Parasites United 2 recap:
After I had squashed the bugs things looked good, everyday the game got more plays than the day before and the rating went as high as 3.8. It felt too good to be true and sadly that's exactly what it was. I had received a very high number of fake ratings and eventually Kongregate removed them and left my game crippled with a 2.9 rating.
I'm pretty sure the scammers had realized that every time their fake ratings had been removed by Kongregate, some legit high ratings had been removed as well (they probably know exactly how many fake ratings they put in so it's easy to see). Therefore it was a pretty smart move to give other games obvious fake high ratings, inform Kongregate, and let them do the job for them. Parasites United 2 is still my highest rated game on Newgrounds, where people tend to dislike idle games, and I refuse to accept that it deserves such a low rating. I am not going through this again and therefore won't publish my games on Kongregate until this is solved.
Unfortunately, there is still no captcha or email check for signing up and detecting and removing fake ratings obviously isn't working. My one million plays challenge will therefore be on hold, maybe they'll add botchecks and I'll be back in a few months, otherwise I hope to have made the jump to steam by the end of the year. This whole situation is very frustrating as Kongregate seems to be the perfect place to start out as a beginner.
I will probably close another chapter of my career very soon, which is Stencyl. My subscription is going to run out in a few months and I am most likely going to switch to Unity. While I really like Stencyl and would still recommend it to anyone starting out, things are going pretty slowly and the amount of resources for Unity is pretty damn big. And I can use Unity for free, which is pretty important since I'm not making money yet.
My next post will be about my current game, and hopefully be a lot more positive than this post :-) .