Archive for August, 2007

Hall Of Shame: Case #1

August 26, 2007

[The bad news is, the article that used to be here has now gone.

The good news is, it’s gone because the case of the swap that never was has now been resolved. I see no point in subjecting our errant swapper to yet more public exposure so I’ve pulled the original article]

While only three bad swaps have occurred since Swopster started up, it bugged me that some swaps had gone somehow gone wrong and, although folks do swap at their own risk on the site, I still felt bad for the folks who were getting messed around.

So, over the past month or so, I’ve been busy playing internet detective and tracking down the rogue swappers – those guys who refused to respond to e-mails and weren’t completing/canceling their swaps.

I’m happy to report that all 3 rogue swaps have now been resolved:

#1 Disputed game returned to original owner
#2 Both swap games sent to innocent swapper
#3 Fraudster tracked down, real name and address provided to innocent swapper (who wants to resolve this himself)

The 3 members who broke the terms and conditions of the site have had their accounts disabled and been banned. One even made it onto for his 15 minutes of…ummm…’fame’.

It really does baffle me how folks think they can get away with some of the unreasonable and irresponsible behaviour so aptly demonstrated in these cases.

Just remember, all members need to provide the following critical details before they can begin swapping:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Address

With those three items of information, tracking them down is ridiculously easy. Its like fishing with dynamite. One guy even tried using a throwaway e-mail address, a fake name, his friends address, and then changed all his details to yet more fake details after the swap. And I still managed to find him.

Hopefully I won’t need to publicly shame anyone else in the future…just abide by the rules, be respectful, be honest and you’ll have absolutely nothing to worry about.


XBox 360 Games List Updated

August 16, 2007

I really do need to keep on top of these games lists! Okay, here’s all the latest games I’ve added to the XBox 360 list:

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
Alan Wake
Alone in the Dark
Army of Two
Banjo Kazooie 3
Beautiful Katamari
Bionicle Heroes
Blacksite: Area 51
Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War
Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions
Blue Dragon
Bomberman: Act Zero
Brother In Arms: Hell’s Highway
Bullet Witch
Burnout Paradise
Cabela’s Alaskan Adventure
Call of Duty 4
Call Of Juarez
Championship Manager 2007
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark
Clive Barker’s Jericho
Crash of the Titans
CSI 4 Hard Evidence
Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2
Dark Messiah: Elements
Dark Sector
The Darkness
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2
Devil May Cry 4
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam
Fable 2
Fantastic Four Rise of The Silver Surfer
Fatal Inertia
Flatout: Ultimate Carnage
Football Manager 2006
Fuzion Frenzy 2
Guitar Hero 2 with X-Plorer Guitar Controller
Half Life 2: The Orange Box
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
LMA Manager 2007
Madden NFL 08
Medal of Honor: Airborne
Meet the Robinsons
Mercenaries 2 World in Flames
Mobile Ops: The One Year War
Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia
Moto GP 07
Naruto: Rise of a Ninja
Nascar 2008: Chase For The Cup
NBA Basketball 2K6
NBA Live 07
NBA Live 08
Need for Speed Pro Street
NHL 07
NHL 08
Phantasy Star Universe
Pimp My Ride
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
Project Gotham Racing 4
Project Sylpheed
Rapala: Tournament Fishing
Resident Evil 5
Rock Band
Rumble Roses XX
Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action
Sega Rally
Shootout: Normandy
Shrek The Third
The Siege of Khe Sanh
The Simpsons
SmackDown Vs Raw 2008
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Stuntman: Ignition
Surf’s Up
Tenchu Z
Tetris Evolution
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction
Too Human
Transformers: The Game
Turning Point : Fall Of Liberty
Two Worlds
Unreal Tournament 3
Vampire Rain
Virtua Fighter 5
Virtua Tennis 3
Warriors Orochi
Wartech Senko No Ronde
World Championship Poker All In
Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged : Volume 1

Phew! If you spot any other games that aren’t on the Swopster lists, just give me a shout over at the forums. I’ll add them as soon as I can.