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The first 100% QuickBasic
game Review magazine
and Terry in December
(12/21/2000) This month's Site Report
has some big events, but it's the exit of Neozones Productions and QB Gamer
Magazine that has everyone abuzz.
Being a vacation month, December is usually
one of the most productive and busiest months for QB programmers and webmasters,
and the year 2000 has certainly been no exception to the rule. Everywhere
you look you either see a QB site resurfacing, or a QB site changing it's
look for the new year. In fact, there are so many changes that we were
too overwhelmed to produce a November site report.
As a result, this December site report
probably contains a lot of news you've already heard before, but it's being
placed here for documentation's sake. Especially noteworthy is the entries
regarding Neozones Productions and QB Gamer Magazine, both
of which are QB affiliates who have chosen December to be the last month
for their QB websites. We wish Neozones Productions webmaster Tek the
best in his future endeavors and QB Gamer Magazine webmaster Terry Cavanagh
good luck with his QB game development team, Alternate Reality Entertainment.
And now, on to the Site Report!
After just two issues, QB Gamer Magazine
has decided to stop production due to lack of interest. The monthly mini-zine
featured a combination of programming articles, editorials, and classic
reviews of games like Shadow of Power and Monospace before
closing in December. Fortunately, the QB Gamer site itself will not be
pulled and the two issues will still be accessible as QB Gamer Magazine
Editor Terry Cavanagh moves on from QB journalism to QB programming.
Master Creating finally made their last
revision of their website, and navigation through the now black-and-brown
version of their main page has never been better. But now Master Creating's
emphasis is on their real-time strategy game, Imerion. Every week
new details are revealed about Imerion, with pictures of some of the graphics
tiles they have under construction. It's still too early to call whether
Imerion turns out being an awesome game like Master Creating's puzzle game
Fighter IV, but if they can get the same graphics level as their RPG
of Power along with the fun factor of Diamond Fighter IV, then Imerion
can be a serious contender for best Strategy game.
After many years of serving as a technical
hub alongside qbasic.com, the tutorial and massive QB download site
Productions has closed due to being hacked. While fingers have been
pointed as to the cause of the hack, no one has admitted to the crime.
Nevertheless, Neozones Productions webmaster Tek closed down Neozones
to prevent the hacker from gaining access to sites hosted by Tek's service,
The move for Neozones Productions is especially
damaging to QB download sites who use a link to Neozones Productions to
facilitate their downloads. In V Planet! QuickBasic Magazine alone, many
of Darkness Ethereal's latest RPGs can not be downloaded temporarily
because Neozones Productions links are being used. We are currently searching
for the latest copy of Darkness Ethereal games Mysterious Song and
of Cooey 2, and also we're checking out all our review pages to make
sure that all Neozones Production download links are replaced with in-house
links. We encourage other QB download sites to do the same.
Ages II Page
For more than a year now, the much anticipated
sequel to Dark Ages I: The Continents has been under the close supervision
of QB visionary Mike Hoopmann. Now it appears that the project is
back at full swing; with a full site revamp the look of the official Dark
Ages site has improved greatly to match the graphics of Dark Ages II. You
can download the latest demo of their game at their website and see the
new look for yourself.
QBasic/QuickBasic News also has a new
site design, now consisting of a blue and white color scheme. Also as icing
on the cake, the first true "updates daily" QB News site recently won the
Site of the Year award, after beating out two competitors to the title.
Lastly, Future Software has changed
to the new name QB Temple! The largest QB download site on the Internet
is now located at http://qbasic.qb45.com.
The site has not only changed names, but has also changed it's site design.
The layout now consists of a blue and yellow setup, and has higher emphasis
on the downloading aspect of the QB site. Perhaps the silver lining in
all of this is that Future Software headman Jorden Chamid promises
that as long as the QB Temple exists, the QB community will also continue
Article by Vance Velez,
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