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The Internet has gotten worse since 2008. Nothing good to go to on the Internet except for Facebook, YouTube and those countless Wiki sites (including Wikipedia). Back in the days, there were countless forums like this one where you can socialize with people. I was lucky that this forum was still up and running. With the way the world is going anymore, it will be a wonder if I can still access this site in 2030.

 

I use Google Chrome now, which is 9000 times better than Internet Explorer. My main operating system is Windows XP although I use Android and Windows 7 from time to time.

 

My years of growing and maturing has taught me to accept reality. I don't like to predict the future anymore, like I did years ago. Also, I have outgrown the idea of video games being realistic to the point of buying groceries, getting married or having children. I realize that video games are just fantasy now and are not meant to simulate reality in any form.

 

Finally, I don't plan on being on this forum every single night. I have responsibilities with my family now and I am only allowed to access this site between 10 PM and 12 AM at night Eastern Standard/Daylight Savings Time. If I don't show up to answer your forum posts, I'm probably off doing something with the family or simply don't have time anymore.

 

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It sucks man. The forum scene is dying, lol. I just hate Reddit's layout and tbh the community's a bit...meh. Forums bring people together. Twitter, Reddit, it feels like loud noise that you can't tell where it's coming from.

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Honestly, I liken the decline of smaller forums like this to the 2008 financial crisis in America where countless small businesses folded and only the corporate giants like Wal-Mart and Target survived. Basically, sites like this are the small business and sites like GTAF are the giants. And it really is a shame, because I find smaller member bases like this to be preferable because it's easier to become more friendly with people. I actually met my current girlfriend on a forum. LOL

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Honestly, I liken the decline of smaller forums like this to the 2008 financial crisis in America where countless small businesses folded and only the corporate giants like Wal-Mart and Target survived. Basically, sites like this are the small business and sites like GTAF are the giants. And it really is a shame, because I find smaller member bases like this to be preferable because it's easier to become more friendly with people. I actually met my current girlfriend on a forum. LOL

I wouldn't be sure about all the corporate giants, Trevor. Nintendo currently owes more than $50 million USD to the Japanese creditors while Wendy's lost $2.06 billion dollars USD last year (2014).

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Honestly, I liken the decline of smaller forums like this to the 2008 financial crisis in America where countless small businesses folded and only the corporate giants like Wal-Mart and Target survived. Basically, sites like this are the small business and sites like GTAF are the giants. And it really is a shame, because I find smaller member bases like this to be preferable because it's easier to become more friendly with people. I actually met my current girlfriend on a forum. LOL

I wouldn't be sure about all the corporate giants, Trevor. Nintendo currently owes more than $50 million USD to the Japanese creditors while Wendy's lost $2.06 billion dollars USD last year (2014).

 

 

But they're still surviving, though. They didn't completely collapse like so many small private entities did. The financial crisis hurt the entire world and everyone in it, that's for sure.

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Honestly, I liken the decline of smaller forums like this to the 2008 financial crisis in America where countless small businesses folded and only the corporate giants like Wal-Mart and Target survived. Basically, sites like this are the small business and sites like GTAF are the giants. And it really is a shame, because I find smaller member bases like this to be preferable because it's easier to become more friendly with people. I actually met my current girlfriend on a forum. LOL

I wouldn't be sure about all the corporate giants, Trevor. Nintendo currently owes more than $50 million USD to the Japanese creditors while Wendy's lost $2.06 billion dollars USD last year (2014).

 

 

But they're still surviving, though. They didn't completely collapse like so many small private entities did. The financial crisis hurt the entire world and everyone in it, that's for sure.

 

One of the smaller video game companies I do miss is THQ. They used to make the most excellent wrestling games in the world. When they went bankrupt in 2013 and sold their WWE license to those corporate fat cats at 2K Sports, it felt like an era of professional wrestling video games came to an end forever.

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One of the smaller video game companies I do miss is THQ. They used to make the most excellent wrestling games in the world. When they went bankrupt in 2013 and sold their WWE license to those corporate fat cats at 2K Sports, it felt like an era of professional wrestling video games came to an end forever.

 

WWE 2K15 had its share of flaws, but the gameplay itself was vastly improved compared to what was delivered under THQ in over a decade. And frankly, WWE games under them were becoming increasingly bug-riddled as the releases piled up. Hell, Community Creations in WWE 13 just flat out stopped working for me about six months after its release

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One of the smaller video game companies I do miss is THQ. They used to make the most excellent wrestling games in the world. When they went bankrupt in 2013 and sold their WWE license to those corporate fat cats at 2K Sports, it felt like an era of professional wrestling video games came to an end forever.

 

WWE 2K15 had its share of flaws, but the gameplay itself was vastly improved compared to what was delivered under THQ in over a decade. And frankly, WWE games under them were becoming increasingly bug-riddled as the releases piled up. Hell, Community Creations in WWE 13 just flat out stopped working for me about six months after its release

 

WWE SmackDown: Shut Your Mouth was THE best WWE video game of all time. The divas (women) had a more complex array of clothing styles - you could even make them wear granny panties and various kinds of skirts or dresses. In my humble opinion, WWE 2K14 is the SECOND BEST WWE game of all time but they had more wardrobe options for male wrestlers (superstars); from football uniforms to white tie apparel.

 

I prefer having matches that involve the Falls Count Anywhere move because it is cool to pin your opponents outside the ring for the most embarrassing three-count of their virtual lives. The Steel Cage matches are my second favorite followed by Hell in the Cell and Last Man Standing matches. While I can tolerate Triple Threat matches most of the time, I find Iron Man matches to be tedious and simulate them in my Universe Mode.

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I'd hardly call Wiki's an improvement; with game companies refusing to make manuals because "well, there's a wiki, so shut up" and especially with the more creative manuals of the past which would throw in all kinds of backstory and literary nonsense for the fun of it. And with Wiki's goes out fansites which people use to love making, yet we hardly see anymore.

The commercialization and centralization of the internet certainly made things worse; but I think the problem is more so how it changed society. With Facebook, Twitter, people care more about numbers than actual human interaction. Interacting with thousands of people a day makes one realize that humans... aren't that special. The rise in cyberbullying can be attributed to how we've distanced ourselves off from actual emotional interactions to "likes."

I'm really not certain what benefit the internet age has offered here; other than costing us even more jobs and making outsourcing all that much easier.

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I'd hardly call Wiki's an improvement; with game companies refusing to make manuals because "well, there's a wiki, so shut up" and especially with the more creative manuals of the past which would throw in all kinds of backstory and literary nonsense for the fun of it. And with Wiki's goes out fansites which people use to love making, yet we hardly see anymore. The commercialization and centralization of the internet certainly made things worse; but I think the problem is more so how it changed society. With Facebook, Twitter, people care more about numbers than actual human interaction. Interacting with thousands of people a day makes one realize that humans... aren't that special. The rise in cyberbullying can be attributed to how we've distanced ourselves off from actual emotional interactions to "likes." I'm really not certain what benefit the internet age has offered here; other than costing us even more jobs and making outsourcing all that much easier.

I agree with you, BBS. Video game instruction manuals were considered to be high class literature 20 years ago according to people in my age group. Wikis have essentially ruined the fun of unpacking a video game for me; especially when Maxis used to make instruction manuals that could make novels jealous. Too many jobs have been lost to places like India, Bangladesh, China and Dubai thanks to the Internet. And I'm talking about the kind of jobs that allow people to raise families and put their sons or daughters through medical school.

 

When I was young, I would buy a good video game with the expectation of the instruction manual being as grand as the actual gameplay. SimCity for the SNES had an instruction manual that was filled with the kind of humor that most of the cartoons on Nickelodeon would jealous of in today's world. That is why I remember games like Steel Panthers III, SimCity 2000, Streets of SimCity and SimCopter very fondly. Wikis are basically information that people have gathered from various sources and try to pass off as "real information."

 

Oftentimes, it's too easy to look up Wikipedia and find out the ending of a movie or video game just ten days after it's been released. 20 years ago, we didn't know about the endings of the video games and movies that wanted to see ahead of time; we were actually surprised when we got to see them. People in this day and age care more about what their Facebook friends do on Facebook instead of thinking about their low-income family members who can't afford the Internet.

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