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  1. Greetings, and welcome to 2018! If you’ve been wondering what’s going on GP, wonder no more. I’m still here, and so all is well. Ha. Yo, it's been quiet as of late. What's up with that? No really, though, if you’re wondering why it’s been a little quieter as of late (GOTY posts aside), it’s because I’m virtually running things mostly by myself these days and I've been struggling with keeping up with things here and work, though I still receive much-appreciated assistance on the editorial side from various people who are super gracious with their time and still contribute here and there. On that note, @barrel is still here for now and I believe you’ll continue to see reviews from him for the time being. Justin (aka @Hailinel) still contributes on occasion (you’ll likely see him continue to cover some of Koei Tecmo’s games), as does @Harrison Lee and @Jordan Haygood. And, fingers crossed, hopefully you’ll see a little bit of @Jonathan Higgins in some form, whether it be a review, something of his own, or excerpts for a group piece. Aside from that, I know it’s been quiet on the community front, and I’m hoping to change that around. We still have… no official staff per se that keep regular tabs on the forum. The main reason for this is because the old mods eventually left due to their increasingly busy life (or changes in interest) and we just haven't been able to recruit new ones, and while we technically do have some that are mods, they also have to keep up with a busy schedule with work and whatnot. I try to keep up here and there, but with no regular mods who check in, it’s been tough to keep things going. I’m trying to decide how to move forward with building the forum back up. Plans for 2018 My biggest priority is to help restore the activity on the forum to where we're seeing multiple people post each day. Obviously, a big way would be to bring back giveaways, but my methods of doing that are super limited without outside help. I'd thought of doing a Patreon for GP to help with this, but I'm really not sure how much support we'd get at the moment. If we can't do a straight-up game giveaway of your choice on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, I'm going to try a bit harder to see if I can get some keys for new games to give away. I'll have to check my email and see, but I have a number of miscellaneous keys for certain games that have come out in the last year, so stay tuned on that front. Can't promise anything right now, but I'd also like to bring back the Prize Vault if possible. New Features and Such For articles and such, you'll still likely see me post about various news. Reviews will also continue. I'm hoping to be able to be able to post one a week, and then build to two a week in later months. We'll see. Oh, and GP's Top 10 Game of 2017 is still coming. It's taking a bit longer to compile that one, but you'll see it soon. I have a few new ideas for regular features as well. One thing I'd really like to do is more group pieces, so basically gathering thoughts from the different people who write here on different subjects. You might see one pretty soon, in fact. Other than that, I'm still in the brainstorming stage. Last But Not Least... I want to thank everyone who checks in and has been doing so, even though there hasn't been as much new content or forum activity lately. A big thanks to @Royzoga @DarkCobra86, @TKtheknight, @Rex705, @Laddie13, @iwx Leprechaun, @Shin GenX, and @carlituser especially; without you guys, we wouldn't still have a community, so thank you for supporting us. I'll be spending some time this week coming up with some new topics and commenting when possible, so be sure to check back and see what's new. Also, if you have anything you'd like to say or add some suggestions for stuff you'd like to see this year, feel free to let me know below!
  2. After what seems like forever, we're finally back! Welcome to GP, post-IPB 3.4. We're now officially using IPS4, which is the latest version of the forum software. Also, we're using a brand new, customized theme for the first time. What's new with IPS4? A good number of thing, actually. One of the biggest is that you can now tag people in your posts and comments using this example: @TKtheknight. Just like Twitter, doing this will ensure that the person who is being tagged will be notified that they were mentioned in a post, so TK will immediately see this next time he's on the forum. It's a good way of drawing people's attention to something if you want them involved. ALSO HOW DO I CHECK OUT THE LATEST CONTENT, YO? You might remember there was a "View New Content" button on the old forums that would show every new post and comment that was made in the last, oh I dunno, week or so? Apparently it's been replaced with "Unread Content" now. As far as I'm aware it'll only show you new topics and posts that you haven't seen or posted in yet (*important*), so that might or might not be what you're looking for. Instead, I recommend you check out the newest bit of functionality if you want to see ALL new content. You might have seen that new Activity button at the top of the screen, yeah? If you hover over it, it'll give you a list of options. To see every new topic, status update, blog, and comment, click on All Activity (it's the first time in that drop-down menu). That will take you a page that looks like this, which will give you everything you need to know about the latest content. Also interesting, you can create your own Activity filters using the same menu. Just go to Activity > My Activity Streams > Create New Stream (which is at the bottom). This way, you can filter out other posts to just focus on posts you've created or commented in. There's some other options in there that you might want to check out too. Get notified when people reply to your topics/threads/blogs Remember before when you'd only get notified if someone quoted your comment? Or you'd have to check "View New Content" in order to see if someone made a comment on your thread? Now whenever you make a topic, you can choose to be notified of all replies. Pretty nifty! You can find the option at the very bottom of the topic creation page; it looks like this: Create New Topics/Blogs Directly From the Forum page Hey, look at that. Now you don't have to go directly to a subforum to create a new topic. Or to your own blog page, for that matter. If you'd like to create a new topic in the forum, the first way you can do this is by clicking the black "Start New Topic" button on the forum page. It's right at the top next to where it says "Forums." It's also next to the Status Updates. BUT, you can also do it from the User Bar, which is that black bar at the top that you used to sign in and such. Just click on the "Create+" button, and that'll give you a drop-down menu where you can choose to create a new topic, blog, or status update. Like this... And that'll take you to the screen where you can type and post a new thread, blog, or status update! Display Names Also, there's been somewhat of a change to logins. Before, you would login using your username and could then have a separate Display Name for on the forum. Now, you'll need to login using your Display Name. For most of you, this won't be an issue since many of you never created a Display Name that was different from your username. But for those of you who did, make sure to use your Display Name when you log in. This includes anyone on the staff whose Display Name is their real name. I think that's it for now, but I'll update this if anything else comes to mind. For now, happy posting, and hope everyone enjoys the new site functionality!
  3. We currently live in an age where Video Games have become a transcendent form of multimedia. From the days of Home Pong back in 1975 to the Playstation 4, Video Games have become integrated into the entertainment industry. The reason for this is because of the amount of creativity game designers have exhibited with their vast worlds and wonderful landscapes. But even more so, it is because of the stories being told by video games evolving beyond anything most motion pictures could ever tell. But if this is the case, why does it seem we like we are living in an era of remasters and re-releases? Allow me to digress for a moment by saying that there is nothing wrong with remasters and re-releases. A lot of the games that have recently received the Next Gen treatment look absolutely stunning in comparison to their original versions. Also, reliving the wonders of games like Shadow Complex (which recently received a remastered version) reminds you of just how amazing they were during your first play through. I would never knock the prospect of replaying so many stories and reliving memories from gaming's past via a new piece of hardware. Still, it seems as if these practices are becoming a creative crutch. Shadow Complex Remastered (Screenshot Courtesy of videogamer.com) Let's take a moment to look back to the seventh generation of gaming consoles. Original stories were vast ocean of possibilities despite if they were coming from new IPs or already existing ones. We saw the Master Chief end his campaign against the Covenant. We dove deep into the reaches of insanity by exploring the mind of Alan Wake. We became morally conflicted as we traveled across the galaxy in the universe of Mass Effect. There was so much originality oozing from game studios! Now, we are receiving an influx of remasters and stereotypical military shooters. After E3 2014, Shigeru Miyamoto (the creator of Nintendo's mascot, Mario) spoke out about the mind-numbing amount of bloody shooters which dominated the press conferences that year. "To some, it might have seemed as though there wasn't a wide variety of software at E3, and as though many people followed the same direction to make their video games. I believe this is a revelation of creative immaturity on our part as creators in the video game industry." Mario Creator, Shigeru Miyamoto (Courtesy of wiiudaily.com) Was Miyamoto correct? Is the lack of creativity attributed to creative immaturity? It is true that despite the home console market being eight generations in, video games is still a very young industry as a whole. But given some of the strong showings of 2015, one could argue that this couldn't possibly be the case. The Witcher 3: WIld Hunt, which received several Game of the Year awards, had one of the most compelling stories of this current console generation. Clearly, developers are capable of giving us new and engaging plots to sink our teeth into. So, what's stopping them? In an article from theguardian.com, Holly Nielson said something that rings true to the current state of the industry from my personal opinion. "Creativity begins with how we feel and how we see and present ourselves as people. This industry isn“t just dressing identically, it draws its inspiration from the same music, movies and books. This homogeneity leads to staid ideas." This begs me to ask the question, has the gaming industry stopped feeling as a whole? What happened to games which made you invoke a certain emotion? What happened to worlds and plots which prompted you to become emotionally invested in the characters? Has the industry stopped caring about the creative aspects of the industry? I don't think that's the case. I feel like this might be a horrible case of writer's block. Besides, there are plenty of games coming this year that will test the limits of the imagination. The gaming industry as a whole must, in lamens terms, get their sugar together. We are soon to enter the four year of the current console generation. It's time to give us the glorious worlds and plots that engulfed us during the previous generation. It can be done. They just need,..a little imagination.
  4. TKtheknight

    The Cheap Deals Thread

    We all share gaming deals on this site and I thought hey what about sharing deals besides gaming. Share anything you find like electronics, food, clothing, or whatever deals that are worth looking up to share with everyone and hope to save a lot of money. Everyone likes to save money and find the best deals possible. Thought this thread could be used to find great cheap deals. Anyways I'll start off. I was reading an article about a $37.99 Tablet and the guy shared his experience and thoughts about it. I already have a tablet I got for free from school a year ago and thought if any of you need a tablet thought I'd share this deal. Might be a good deal for that price and I usually just use my tablet to watch streaming on Crunchyroll, Youtube, Twitter, and few games so nothing too fancy to buy an expensive tablet. You can buy it here
  5. TKtheknight

    TIE Figher - Short Animated Film

    Thought this was pretty cool. I remember seeing this years ago, but it was a teaser. The guy animating this took him 4 years to complete. I love the 80's anime style vibe as well. Pretty awesome and well done on doing the Empire's view as well. Kudos to the creator and the team. This is something Jason would like as well since he's a huge Star Wars fan lol.
  6. Thought I'd share this to everyone and Avatar fans and to Kiky was well since she loves watching documentaries. Pretty sure she's seen this, but sharing anyways. Pretty good story behind the created series and glad this was made and be part of the ATLA fandom. Woo! Avatar for life! Documentary is called Avatar Spirits. Enjoy!
  7. That's right, fellow Podunkers, GP is now on Raptr! We know a lot of you use Raptr quite a bit, so now you'll be able to be kept up to date with all of our latest news stories, reviews, and editorials on there as well. Please note that there is a user named Game Podunk (which I created before I knew about the Editorial program that we were invited too) and then there is the topic "Game Podunk." Please follow and support the latter if possible, and if you like any articles that we submit there, please consider upvoting it as well! Thanks for continuing to make GP a great community, and see you around on Raptr as well!
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