I miss the good old days

Posted by JoshDreamland on Oct. 15, 2009, 6:34 p.m.

Not to imply that these days aren't good. Hell, that title probably pissed ten different people off. If it did, don't take it personally, I'm not insinuating that all is lost today. But, only a few years ago…

- I believed serpy lived in a cave, feeding off of lichen and other odd species found on rocks and walls. I always knew he had a chair nailed to the wall, but the whole scenario was shrouded in much more mystery.

- I was making friends with a ton of people who I now have not heard from in literal years.

- I still had room to learn in GM. We all did… We always had something new to showcase, something new to joke about. Some moron would post another Mario game, and everyone would have a laugh, except people who were genuinely outraged. There was a constant supply of new things to look at, to learn from, to talk about.

- Game Maker couldn't be decompiled at the push of a button; there was still fun to be had and secrets to be kept. And things to exploit. It's almost odd that I still have the first place CSX badge… Maybe it has just become too easy to steal now to be worth it. Maybe it's just hard coded into the system by now. (That last sentence was a joke. Don't even bother me about it)

- HTML privs existed. As did SY. Everyone who knew any JavaScript was having a blast screwing things up, but on this implicit honor system that no one would ruin the site for everyone else. I'm still a bit mad at the multiple assholes who had to take that away. Point to prove or not, there was no harm before then… Even with all the artificial rules that the admins (namely, TwisterGhost) had imposed. But that's what made it more fun.

- Everyone was here for the same reason. Since then, everyone seems to have moved away. I mean, certainly, GM is no place for 64D. But I meant from the world of programming in general. Hell, arc was going to turn this place into a more general community just on account of that fact. No one I talk to still uses Game Maker, and of those, only some 20 still use any sort of code, really. I wish more were like that twenty. But because of that unity at the time, there was so much more to talk about… We all had that one thing in common. The place bordered invite-only. The referral badge meant something. Everyone I knew talked to one another at least once a day.

- Portal was something new to me. So was Doukutsu. The two are the only PC games worth a second glance, and I would hardly give either a shot. Serpy begged me for at least a hundred years before I finally played it. And then he was gone… Gone to play amongst the humans…

It's funny, just as I started writing this, serpy made his return… He'll probably not be on longer than an hour.

I made my games and had my fun, never thinking I'd need to grow up far past that. Thinking that the deepest moments of human creativity were captured in video games and the dialogue therein. Never stopping to think that college would really be necessary; and to this day I'm not sure it is.

I picture this little hobby of ours as a giant tree, almost as an umbrella, in a cold, stormy world. These last months I've spent at college… It's like they're pulling me away, and I'm just hoping to wake up and see that all that time I've spent there was just that two second event… that moment of sheer unpleasantness when you move too far from the tree and the cold rain strikes your arms, making you aware of the temperature of your veins, feeling almost numbing as it runs back off. That's when you wake up and slip back under the shelter of the leaves. I've done that, actually.

If you can't tell, I'm in a figurative mood. I figure I'll end it now or risk sounding like a damn pansy.

I was just lecturing serpy on his past self vs his present.

Quote:

Nark Pvermars:

The serpy of two years ago would plot a path around drinking to ensure optimal mental capacity

The serpy of two years ago didn't need alcohol, as he had a natural high all the time

and he would write a codepiece that closely resembled brainfuck in GML

and would compile his game over and over and over again until it was satisfactory in size

s:

I still do

Though not GML

And as for drinking

I'm planning to remain sober for quite some time come Saturday drinking

I plan to make strikes sober

And by then maybe the people will be too drunk to pass me drink

s:

I recall that now

Quite odd how there was a range of 10KB on zip compression

Nark Pvermars:

see, that's the serpy I know

one who can tell you the exact date and time of the execution of any particular event

I like to think I haven't changed all that much, aside from being slightly less involved in the noobspeak. People I used to talk to have regressed into it naturally now. It's slightly sad… I myself have forsaken all grammar in instant messages. I'm not so concerned about that, though, as I am the looming cloud of unintelligence that follows with it. Most of those people have moved on to other things, like sports and weed. Which reminds me of Luda, despite that not being directed at him.

He decided one day to have some kind of problem with me. I don't really know what, but I guess that's it for the two of us. Just another victim of age, I guess. Basically, he started blocking me when he was done talking, even if he was the one that started a conversation. And it wasn't even that we were in a heated debate; he was just done hearing from me and so would–without warning–express his agitation and block me. I told him the most recent time that it would be the last, and as soon as he did, I did the same. Haven't heard from him since. (Meaning, by 64D either)

So in conclusion, the old days were more full of fun and people, and less full of work and disaster and cold-ass motherfucking rain.

Thank you.

PS.

Quote:
Nark Pvermars:

If you still like reading, and/or 64D

Nark Pvermars:

http://64digits.com/users/index.php?userid=JoshDreamland&cmd=comments&id=266411

s:

I'm not a tl;dr kind of person

Nark Pvermars:

It's nice that some things never change

Comments

DesertFox 11 years, 3 months ago

This blog makes me sad - there is a lot of truth in it, too.

I miss it tons…

I used to hang out on the site all day - now I check back every day or so, maybe drop a comment or two, but nothing like it used to be.

I'd love to have that back, yes I would.

JoshDreamland 11 years, 3 months ago

All this while I'm listening to Gestation and Moonsong (Cave Story). I think I may wipe a tear.

And now those of us who are more likely to have true appreciation for the "old days" have an "old bean" badge. It's somewhat endearing.

Also, I was talking with serpy about him not noticing how much he's changed, and I noticed that Gary has actually remained the same person for as long as I've known him and for as long as I can date his comments.

Serpy didn't even comment on his addition of the space character following his punctuation marks. He once considered that too wasteful…

It probably won't be coming back, which is the sad part. The separation's almost permanent in some aspects. Sy seems disgusted with the Internet. Dylan has cancer, but he'll be on more in time, I believe.

KaBob799 11 years, 3 months ago

Heh I still use GM, but game making is just a hobby for me so I have no reason to learn a more advanced language.

I do miss the old days, I have fond memories of things like the RPG system, the old BBQ games, etc. Now I mostly just visit 64d to see if anybody I know has posted a blog and make sure the site hasn't exploded into a million pieces.

s 11 years, 3 months ago

I can at least say I'm happier now. Part of my being offline so much is that I use to have these online connections as my closest relations. It's nice to experience beyond

But yes, it's a shame to drift away

shawn 11 years, 3 months ago

Something in my chest just hurt a little ;(

JoshDreamland 11 years, 3 months ago

Are we going to pull a pitiful high school class and have 64D reunions somewhere now?

Josea 11 years, 3 months ago

Nothing stays forever.

JoshDreamland 11 years, 3 months ago

I was waiting for something bittersweet from you, you semi-pessimistic lug, you :3

leemcd56 11 years, 3 months ago

Ah the good old days… I miss them. Time brings a new crowd, though. I definitely have to agree with Josea.

Alert Games 11 years, 3 months ago

2 reasons:

a> we already know how to use game maker, so we dont need help lol

b> moved on to other languages/lost interest

i think it should be a community regarding all forms of game making. and change "GAME MAKER" to "GAME MAKING" :O