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Homepage http://www.bluesnews.com/
Signed On Aug 22, 2002, 01:01
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News Comments > 3D Gamers and IGN/GameSpy
54. Re: If you can't beat 'em Feb 9, 2005, 16:28  Xymph 
 
Rhino wrote:
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Tell that to VE3D (Voodoo Extreme). They were a perfectly good site, too, until IGN scooped them up. They then lost any identity that they had, were 'given' a look and feel that is purposefully similiar to IGN, amongst other changes here and there (most notably to their forums/stroy comments) that effectively drove away readers en masse.
True, VE3D was given a complete overhaul, but my understanding is that this was necessary because their old technology couldn't be supported. It was also the first acquisition IGN did, and they've learned from that. Look at other sites they bought since then: TeamXbox, Rotten Tomatoes and the merger with GameSpy... those sites have retained largely the same look, feel and functionality, and that's the plan for 3D Gamers too.

I'm not going to insult anyone's intelligence and say that there will be no changes at all, but our short and long-term goal is that 3D Gamers remains as useful and unique to our users as we've always tried to make it, if not more so with the help of IGN. 3D Gamers has changed a lot over the years, going through 5 different content systems and at least 5 different layouts, so change in itself is not something to be afraid of.

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News Comments > 3D Gamers and IGN/GameSpy
53. Re: Eh... Feb 9, 2005, 16:17  Xymph 
 
Elvis wrote:
I too hope this means well for Frans and crew. Maybe we'll see Frans in a new incarnation (maybe something with 'grand poohba' in the title?). 3dgamers is super easy to navigate (fileplanet et al could stand to take a good look) and has a great collection of 'classic' stuff.
Grand poohba sounds interesting, but I think my biz card will just say Editor-in-Chief as before.
Our website design and content is also staying, and we'll keep collecting the hard-to-find classic stuff in addition to covering the latest titles. IGN recognizes that this is part of what attracts people to our site, and it's important to preserve that, while adding new things that, who knows <shudder> you might come to like as well.

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News Comments > 3D Gamers and IGN/GameSpy
52. Re: Eh... Feb 9, 2005, 16:08  Xymph 
 
Ray wrote:
...I hope this means well for Frans and crew, but I am a bit skeptical of 3D Gamers existing in place of IGN/GAMESPY's 3d gamers. I did not use 3DG too much, but it did seem to hold its own niche and was a great alternative for many people for downloading. I presume the downloading will eventually go Fileplanet, but I hope the site can still hold its own.
From our FAQ again:

Q. Does this mean that you're moving to a FilePlanet style system?
A. No. FilePlanet and 3D Gamers each offer services in their own unique ways, reaching different audiences. We may share some things in the future when we find that there are opportunities in scalability, but there are no plans for turning 3D Gamers into a FilePlanet clone.

How is this going to affect the mail for Blue's?
I presume you're referring to us running mail services for bluesnews.com rather than my mail submissions of news bits. That service won't be affected in the short term, but in the longer term Blue plans to take back his mail service anyway, so we'll just have to insure a smooth transition.

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News Comments > 3D Gamers and IGN/GameSpy
50. Re: bah Feb 9, 2005, 15:51  Xymph 
 
jeremiah wrote:
What does this mean for you and FileRush? isn't your site hosted by 3dGamers?
FileRush is not hosted by us. We are however hosting our own Torrents for those users who like to download hot files that way.

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News Comments > 3D Gamers and IGN/GameSpy
49. Re: Whoa Feb 9, 2005, 15:49  Xymph 
 
Elf Shot The Food wrote:
As long as the downloads stay free, I won't care.
From our FAQ at http://www.3dgamers.com/news/more/1096480917/ :

Q. Will our downloads continue to be free?
A. Yes.

Check out that page for other pressing questions and answers.

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News Comments > 3D Gamers and IGN/GameSpy
43. Re: Whoa Feb 9, 2005, 14:40  Xymph 
 
Bronco wrote:
Is there any reason for IGN to buy them other than removing a competitor from the market place?
We're staying in the marketplace, only under a bigger roof.

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News Comments > 3D Gamers and IGN/GameSpy
38. Re: bah Feb 9, 2005, 14:24  Xymph 
 
General Ego wrote:
so that means we have to endure fullscreen ads everytime we click a link? Does it also mean we're getting the "pretty" IGN (or GameSpy for that matter) watermarks on screenshots? Whatever the bad side-effects of this merger are (and I'm sure where will be some), this sucks, and IGN-GameSpy sucks major gorilla balls...
Since we merely aggregate officially released screens (from official sites or the publishers) in one convenient place anyway, there's little point in watermarking them as they're not exclusive. But if it would occasionally happen in the future, it'll be a nice 3D Gamers watermark. Deal?

As for any ad changes, I can't comment on that simply because nothing has been decided yet. Our goal remains to keep the site as useful and usable as possible though.

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News Comments > 3D Gamers and IGN/GameSpy
36. Re: Mc3DGamers Feb 9, 2005, 14:15  Xymph 
 
Evil Timmy wrote
I wonder how long it'll take until we see ads for McGriddles plastered all over the 3DGamers front page.
We asked for that, but McDonalds wouldn't talk to us.

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News Comments > 3D Gamers and IGN/GameSpy
35. Re: bah Feb 9, 2005, 14:13  Xymph 
 
DG wrote:
There goes one of the few remaining big & good download sites for gaming.
Don't you think that's a wee bit premature? The site hasn't changed just because the announcement was posted. We remain personally involved, and remain committed to keeping it big good, and even making it bigger and better.

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News Comments > 3D Gamers and IGN/GameSpy
32. Re: No subject Feb 9, 2005, 14:08  Xymph 
 
Hi everyone,
Thanks for all the feedback, and congratulations. I appreciate it. To those who are concerned, I understand that too, so let me try to answer some questions here.

Hump wrote:
so Frans, is this a GOOD thing for you? I wanna say congrats but the way things like mergers work out people are just as likely to lose their meal-ticket as they are to gain security
Yes, it's a good thing for the owners of 3D Gamers, I won't deny that. But money alone doesn't motivate me, I still thoroughly enjoy hunting down news and downloads, and making a useful contribution to the community. The deal specifically allows me to continue doing that as long as I like, so I'm going to do just that on 3D Gamers, and send in stuff to Blue's, for what I hope will be a long time.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
35. Re: No subject Jan 10, 2005, 10:26  Xymph 
 
Thanks for the kind wishes everyone.

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News Comments > Metalheart: Replicants Rampage Demo
24. Re: Not a FanBoy or Hater Nov 1, 2004, 07:15  Xymph 
 
Wait, Frans submitted the news.. why didn't he put it up on 3DGamers?
There's no 3D gameplay in it, so as our name implies, the title falls outside the coverage of 3D Gamers.

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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: No subject Oct 18, 2004, 06:55  Xymph 
 
X-COM Alliance. Supposedly on "indefinite hold" which is just marketing speak for canned.
http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&threadid=33148

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News Comments > UT2004 Patch
15. Re: No subject Sep 14, 2004, 10:52  Xymph 
 
Yup, there are several ways to support our site, including donations:
http://www.3dgamers.com/support/support.html


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News Comments > UT2004 Patch
13. Re: No subject Sep 13, 2004, 19:08  Xymph 
 
3DGamers used to be my favorite place to download files from (since I'm not registered with another site), but recently the servers have been either real slow, or already at capacity. I wonder if they'll be able to fix that w/o starting to charge for certain servers..
Not sure if we can "fix" it entirely, as the download demand by our userbase seems insatiable. But we're in the process of preparing a new server to expand our capacity by another 100 Mbit. This will also be used to seed new files on our BitTorrent system (until the swarms are big enough to run off our existing two seed servers) so that those will receive a welcome kickstart.

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News Comments > Warlords Battlecry III Patch
4. Re: link doesn't work Sep 2, 2004, 16:31  Xymph 
 
Can anyone post a mirror?
Their publisher did today:
http://www.enlight.com/wbc3/download_files.htm

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News Comments > Game Movies
9. Re: Pariah Aug 30, 2004, 11:57  Xymph 
 
You guys do BitTorrent too?
Have been doing it for all popular files throughout the past year.
Who knows, in time, I might get to really like 3dGamers
I can't wait.

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News Comments > Game Movies
7. Re: Pariah Aug 30, 2004, 10:12  Xymph 
 
They seem to have changed something about their servers lately, as they seem to be "at capacity" a lot more often now..
True, this is due to the recent flood of very popular demos (Rome, CMR2005, etc) and other files stretching our capacity. However, you should be able to download the Pariah movie without trouble from the Virginia server, and I also just added a BitTorrent for it since the clip turned out to be much more popular than I anticipated.

Further, we'll be adding another 100 Mbit download server in the near future to address the capacity issues.

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News Comments > Evening Q&As
5. Re: Doom 3 Q&A Jul 28, 2004, 05:59  Xymph 
 
Well I sent this news item in earlier and still hasn't been posted.
It was posted last week.
http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&threadid=50252

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News Comments > Goldenland 2
2. Re: Goldenland? Jul 22, 2004, 11:47  Xymph 
 
It came out in Russia, Ukraine et all last September:
http://www.goldenland-rpg.com/html/eng/news.php

A U.S. release should happen through Strategy First but there's no date yet:
http://www.strategyfirst.com/games/GameInfo.asp?sLanguageCode=EN&iGameID=121&sSection=Overview

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