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(11/20/2003) No updates in four months, tsk tsk. At least this editorial explaining just how messed up our website is right now will keep things minty fresh.
When a QB website is not in a state of decay, updates are a breeze. File management becomes a simple manner of getting game downloads from the mailbox, downloading them to the computer, distributing and playing the games, comparing the game to a database, writing up the reviews, then uploading the information to the website where the findings can be enjoyed by everyone. With this model, everything is streamlined and works perfectly.
Unfortunately, the entire V Planet system is heavily clogged. The only indication of problems on the website itself is that it hasn't updated since the highly successful 2003 QB Expo. But every part of the system in V Planet is in dire need of repair and maintenance-- the V Planet mailbox is full, the database which is central to V Planet's review system has been erased, and communication between V Planet staff members has been thin.
To make matters worse, the hard drive which stores a lot of V Planet and V Games projects overheated until it was nice and crispy. This particular problem was probably most influential in driving me over the edge, because this particular hard drive also contained most of the QB projects I had ever made. There was probably over ten years worth of programs on my hard drive, many of which were self-made and therefore unretrievable.
Thankfully, I've managed to recover some of my newer projects from backups, including a version of QB Battle Arena that's about four months behind development. This is also heartbreaking because all the elements in the game are edited or original material, but it's best to think of what was lost as an opportunity to make things better.
After a brief period of post-hard drive depression, I've realized that V Planet website is one of the last remnants of my experiences with QB. It's going to take some time to get this website back in a state where it can consistently help and inform the QB community like it has some time ago. This will be no overnight project, but as long as there is a need for a QB game review website, we'll all be working as hard as we can to make this website persevere (that is, if the V Planet staff is willing to excuse my negligent Gray Davis like performance the last four months).
Here's to getting everything started again. Until then, never ever forget to make backups.
Editor, V Planet! QuickBasic Magazine
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