Ok, I’ve been thinking of how to do this for a while and here’s what I’ve got. I’m going to do a little less standard “Hi, I’m here” introduction, giving a little of that, but also the what’s what on the way things have been lately (I’m hoping my perspective can help, since I’m do a fair amount of postings, but don’t usually get involved in “the inner circles”)
For anyone who doesn’t know me yet, I’m Asrugan, aka Jon, a 33 yo living on the border of Iowa,Illinois, and Wisconsin (in Iowa, Dubuque actually).
What’s Asrugan? Asrugan - Lawful Good god of dragons in my AD&D/D&D campaigns of the late 80’s and 90’s.
I’m a former Nintendo fanboy, and current three console owner (faves go 360>Wii>Blu-ray play…er… PS3)
I joined the G4 message board back before I had even heard of “G4” (and belive me there’s often I still wish I hadn’t). Back in the days of TechTV, before I even got TechTV We (My wife and I) housesat for some people we knew. While there I was flipping channels and caught an episode of a show I just got so into. Heck, games are my favorite hobby, esp video games, which I’ve been playing since I was 9. The show was X-Play, and two months later we bumped up our cable subscrition two packages…just so I could get the show.
Things back then suprisingly resemble the current structure, divided by console and pretty rigidly so, though we got by. I have never been a heavy, heavy poster, but when it was announced that TechTV was merging with G4, I had a bad feeling about it, and as my other favorite TechTV shows disappeared, I was pretty ticked. Several of my posts about SpikeTV 2.0 (aka G4) got me warnings. Abut that time the forums got restructured removing anything gaming, and basically threw anyone willing to stay and talk video games on X-Play’s forum, and even then they were awfully touchy at first about what you could post.
Time passed, things got better, and while I came and went from regular posting stints, I tried to keep an eye in the boards when I could. I got many members added to my friend’s lists when I got my new consoles, and things went pretty well with that. It’s at that time I noticed that a certain board member, a pretty hard one to miss, was doing something with a “project”.
Ok, let me step aside here a second. Andrex, I don’t know the particulars in your first banning, or what went down, but from a more objective perspective I’ll try to tell you what it must have seemed like for them, based on what it looked like. The most prolific posting member of your forum, who by his very volume of posts seems somewhat obssesed with the forum you mod/run. He then creates a new forum, who’s very name smacks of a rivally/challenge/or even an attepmt to suplant your forum. You are bound to keep the site smoothly running by an agreement with a major corperation, so what do you do?
Things at that point got a bit bumpy, and the regulars saw bit of shaking up. I poked my head into GForum, and registered, but about that time stopped posting anywhere for several months (well, ok, sporadic posts). Things again settled down, until the business of the last few weeks. Latly, I noticed more and more posts by “Honesty”, was happy for Kumi to see she had been given mod privilages, and generally had been ramping up my own postings (being a semi-achievement whore, I admit it, I was trying to post thoughtful posts to gain rep, hehe, pathetic eh?)
Anyways, The change in the boards came, and I found myself in this “thing” with Belle (along with jpjuice and Sora Dora, Sora who kept me a bit in check telling me to back down off her) where finally I got a “talking to” by Baxter (he didn’t seem to like my sig…Change is comming…now bend over). I decided to back down on my posisition for the time being (I had been arguing mainly about why these changes were done so far ahead of a supposed site revamp, and why we were being censored from discussing it). Then I noticed this recent storm going on, Kumi’s missing pinkness (I liked that btw, RE in pink, very sheik), and then the disappearance of Honesty. Following the trail of bread crumbs across all the G4 forums (which I had been posting more eclecticly across since the changes anyways) I pieced together what happened. I did NOT make me happy.
So I find myself where I am now. Do I belive things could get better at G4? Actually, yes. If the network continues to aim blindly at a age group but not a demographic it will continue to fail, and I can see the whole network getting overhauled beforethe year’s end unless they refocus thier direction. This will of course relate to the web site, and by way of relation, the forums. So I will contine to post in both forums, in large part because I do enjoy people in both (some just havn’t seen the light of comming here yet :p). I like a blanketed view of the industry and it’s happenings, which you get better from a agregate source(or sources). My current G4 sig is still my dragon, though above him is a link reading:
[color=royalblue]That “other forum”
[color=black]Feel free to feedback anything, you won’t hurt my feelings And as for any other members here, if you want to sound off on how the current forum v forum thing is in your opinion, feel free here.