FunBug.com - A Mere Shadow of What It Used To Be
Dec 6, 2002
The past few years haven't been kind to online merchants however online reward sites were hit even worse. People creating multiple accounts and supplying false information, merchants that paid for advertising slow [if at all] and the overwhelming flood of new members to these sites put most of them out of business. I came across FunBug.com when a friend mentioned that there was a new site that offered rewards for playing games. At first you could cash out your winnings for cash through an online MasterCard affiliate however I never saw a penny of the $80.00 that was owed to me. Still, I lived under some little delusional guise thinking that maybe just maybe if I stayed with the site I would get what was owed to me.
FunBug.com is a site where you can play games and be rewarded with a monetary system called you guessed it fun bugs. These cute little creatures fly around in a cyber holding cell that resembles a microscope. When you reach a certain level in a game you will hear the words fun bug uttered in a childlike voice. You will then see that one of the little insects have been added to your bank. To keep them from getting cluttered from time to time the bugs that are worth smaller point values will be combined so if you have nine fun bugs and are rewarded with a tenth it will give you one single bug worth ten fun bugs.
The games that you can play at the site used to reward you based on your final score or in the case of card games what your hand was worth. I was addicted to the poker machines and spent a lot of time playing them. The odds seemed fair and the games moved along quickly however when I visited the site last week it seemed to lag and every time your fun bug balance was updated it took about five seconds [where everything would freeze] for it to allow you to continue.
Overall the site is easy to navigate and accessing your account information is a breeze. Each of the sections are clearly labeled and finding what you are looking for [your account, games, prizes etc] is effortless. The only real issue that I have with the site is the lag when it is updating your fun bug account balance. This happens during certain games when you reach a level and you are rewarded with a fun bug. If you are in the middle of a game and are close to getting killed this could very easily frustrate you since you lose your concentration. Customer service is a complete joke. I think that they either have my email address on block or they have just started to ignore my weekly letters asking about the status of my pending reward that I was promised. For those curious there was a lot of fraud going on at the site and members that wished to have their fun bug balance converted to cash through a MasterCard service had to provide a photo identification and proof of residency. I supplied all of this and was never contacted by the site about it. I know I wont see a penny of that money but at this stage in the game its the principal of the matter.
Earning Fun Bugs
Like more sites you can earn points / fun bugs by filling out surveys, taking part in trial offers, receiving advertisements at your email address, sampling products, referrals and special offers if you are in a certain demographic region or fall into an age category that they are interested in. Referrals will earn you 20% of whatever the person makes at the site plus a [woo hoo] gift of seven fun bugs when they sign up. If they start to refer people you will get 10% of what their referrals make. When you sign up for your account you will receive twenty fun bugs right off the bat however you will have to endure a lengthy sign up process where you will be barraged with advertisements and offers to join other sites. Signing up for an account requires minimal information and there are about ten screens that you have to go through. I am not sure about the amount of spam that you get by joining the site since I get about 40 50 pieces of junk mail a day and its a little hard to tell where it is coming from.
There are about fifty games available at the site with a trivia section to be opening soon. The arcade games are nice but it takes too long to earn fun bugs since you are only rewarded with them when you hit a certain point level. The casino was where I spent a bulk of my time and it looks like the still have the same games. In the casino you are given three modes of play for fun, for cash or for fun bugs. If you choose to play for fun bugs you will be wagering the ones you have in your account so dont go too crazy or you will find yourself with an empty bank. Each time you make a wage or win a hand the system will freeze up for about five seconds while it updates your progress.
This is the part of the site that truly made me laugh when I last visited. There are four sections of prizes electronics, cash and gift certificates, computers and entertainment. I was curious to see what they were giving away and clicked on all the links and only found one prize listed. This is a drawing for $50,000 to take place January 1, 2003. One fun bug equals one entry however you have no idea how many entries there are into the drawing, the number of people taking part in the drawing or what outside firm will be handling the specifics of the drawing [if any]. To me this is just tacky. I dont know when they started the drawing but in my opinion it just looks like they are trying to tread water and rake in advertising dollars until the date of the drawing. Of course I could be wrong, but why not offer smaller prizes to keep people interested in the site? From my point of view I would rather see them have a $100.00 gift card at Wal-Mart of Target every two weeks so more people can win something than one huge monster prize.
Who Can Join
Currently the site accepts membership from those over the age of 13 and who reside in the United States. Most online sites that offer prizes for playing games have made updates about certain states that do not allow this type of gambling. The only restriction that FunBug.com mentions is that residents of Puerto Rico are not allowed to join the site or participate in the activities of the site.
FunBug.com C/O eUniverse, Inc.
6060 Center Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
To visit the corporate site and see how their stock is doing here is the appropriate link - http://www.euniverse.com
The site doesnt have customer service email addresses published. If you wish to contact them, please go to the contact us section of the site and fill out the appropriate form. So far I havent heard back from anyone at the site so I sincerely wish you luck if you need to contact them.
The Bottom Line
If you want to sit down and play some games like Asteroids, Marble Madness, Dig Dug and Pong youll find that the site offers you rather generic versions of these games but they are still entertaining if you dont expect too much from them. If you deal with the pop ups that happen from time to time, the lack of prizes that they offer and the non-existent customer service then chances are youll find this site to your liking. There are other sites out there that allow you to play games and get rewards so if this is one of your reasons for visiting play to get paid sites then youd be better off checking out other sites. Since I was basically cheated out of $80.00 when I tried to activate my online credit card through the site I cant really say that this site stands behind their promises and in this day and age that is usually one of the things that will either make or break a site.
If you used this site in the past or are currently a member please leave a comment about your view of the site. I am curious to see how many people are still actively participating in the site and what they think about all the changes that have happened.
As always, thanks for the visit!
^V^ Freak ^V^
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