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(8/18/2002) While all the Gaming Golds continue, V Planet makes a special mark of it's own-- the coveted 100,000 hits mark!
When V Planet! QuickBasic Magazine first started in 1999, the goal wasn't to try to review as many QB games as possible and eventually become the home of the "stringent 35-point rating system". In fact, the original plan had very little to do with QB games.
At the time, V Planet was established to rescue what, at the time, was a dying breed among QB sites; the QBasic magazine. I was not fortunate enough to discover the world of QBasic on the Internet before 1997 or 1998, when Internet magazines about the QBasic language must have been the most prolific. But I was able to read up on what would become two of my favorite QB sites: Nightwolf Productions, a QB download site owned by Marinus Israel, and QB: The Magazine, a truly glorious collection of QB programming articles collected and oftentimes written by ZkMan.
A lot has changed since then, and unfortunately for the world of QB magazines it wasn't for the better. After the end of 1998, QBasic magazines and QB news sites started to close, and the QB community centralized. Occasionally some great QB magazines would arrive. A few sparks in particular were brilliant, among which included QB on Acid, QB Cult Magazine and QB Chronicles. The latter two are among the few e-zines left on the Net that include a healthy dosage of QB programming articles in their ensemble. But as the weeks continue to pass and the updates become more sparse, it seems that these QB programmer's magazines will ultimately come and go.
Sadly, V Planet was not able to save these other QB magazines from disappearing. But in this three-year journey the people who have been a part of this magazine have discovered something else. Every single QB magazine wasn't made because the webmaster wanted a shot at fame or glory. Every single journalist was involved to give back to QBasic somehow, because of what QBasic was able to do for them. It is with the help and contributions of these writers that the QB community and QB gaming in general has become what it is today.
Now, as V Planet reaches 100,000 hits, there's no looking back. We'll continue to give back to the QB community by doing our best to review the latest QB games and provide the latest QB news. We'll continue to help as many programmers publicize their QB projects as we possibly can. It's all part of the QB magazine idea started so many years ago, and it's a gift that continues to be a joy to share.
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