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PC Games / Re: Starbound (Terraria-like)
« on: December 11, 2013, 08:31:48 am »
PatMan you are insane :o

I have a little hovel on my planet ... or better yet I try to find someone that has a house and take it from them.

PC Games / Re: Starbound (Terraria-like)
« on: December 10, 2013, 08:23:35 am »
Since the characters got reset would now be a good time to start playing?

sure, it's going to change/wipe I expect at least a dozen more times, but there is learning curve to the game and mechanics anyhow, so restarting in this game shouldn't be too bad. It's like minecraft where starting over fresh and doing something different is half the fun.

PC Games / Re: Starbound (Terraria-like)
« on: December 09, 2013, 08:50:48 am »
So here is my little ship, I haven't gone crazy with it because of the wipe and I found a huge house on the 1st planet that I use as my base.

I actually have gold armor on, but I just put my regular clothes over the armor as I like the way it looks ... plus the cool crown I "found" on some poor dead king that just happened to run into my sword over and over again...

My favorite decoration is the torture bed that I sleep on. It looks like it's going to kill you but it's actually just a normal bed.

I feel like my ship is a teenager's room with all the posters and heavy metal influence.

PC Games / Re: Starbound (Terraria-like)
« on: December 09, 2013, 07:30:14 am »
Wow, I didn't know everyone was playing this. I too am caught up in the Starbound bug and just love it.

I would post my ship but it looks like crap compared to what you guys have done. It's just chests and few posters ... but that's it. I get too caught up in game mechanics when I play games like this and just do the most efficient layouts rather than spend time being super creative.

But I found a few planets with some interesting stuff on them that I can pillage ... perhaps I'll try to post something later.

Site News / Re: Gaming Steve on Facebook
« on: June 08, 2013, 06:55:27 am »
I linked to the forum to get more people to join. That and the front page is sort of messed up and I have to fix that...

Site News / Re: Gaming Steve on Facebook
« on: May 28, 2013, 06:11:47 pm »
I actually posted a ton on Twitter for quite awhile, but it was limiting (obviously) and was really hard to communicate with people. It is fantastic for 1-way communication but I wanted true community and Twitter just didn't do it. Facebook should obviously lead to better interactions and communication both ways.

Site News / Gaming Steve on Facebook
« on: May 28, 2013, 05:59:12 pm »
Don't know why I didn't do this like 3 years ago... Better late than never!

Site News / Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
« on: March 25, 2013, 02:27:39 pm »
Think WOW or LoL ... only bigger.

Site News / Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
« on: March 25, 2013, 01:31:12 pm »
Well we're having a really really strange server error right now, so I can't quite update the layout just yet. Basically the forum and the server are using different permissions -- which is a nightmare to fix.

For now I'm just going to finish the move (I have other files I need to move over), delete the other server, and then go back to this.

As for doing a show ... I'm not against doing another show. It's just gaming is so different now. It's hard to even do a show to talk about anything as things are so fragmented and segmented now there is no one topic I can really talk about in the world of gaming.

However ... I have just gotten directly involved with a new venture in which you might be hearing from me A LOT more ... a lot more. Like tons. Like "you are going to get sick of me" amounts. Like "there is another reason I'm getting the forum back up to speed"...

Site News / Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
« on: March 25, 2013, 08:39:56 am »
I've disappeared in the past because I've been busy and, quite frankly, changing/updating the site is extremely time-consuming/complex to do. I always wanted to update the site and modernize it, but it's extremely complex to move a site of this size to an updated system.

Also you guys might not realize it but running this site since it's inception has personally cost me more than $20k in hosting fees. Yeah the ads help a tiny bit, but what I make in the ads in one year is what I pay for a single month of hosting. So I came to a crossroads recently where I would either keep the site going on a newer, cheaper server or removing it completely.

I didn't want it to die so I am in the process of moving it to a newer, cheaper server and during this time I decided to update and change the site to a modern codebase (and lower the costs a bit, but it still isn't free to run this site). I hired some professorial developer friends of mine and we've managed to move the site over and I think it looks pretty good.

I will continue to update and change the site as much as I can, but doing something as "simple" as updating the layout costs me a couple hundred dollars in development fees as I can't do it all myself anymore (my programming skills are a bit rusty, I'm more of a manager at this point).

So everything you guys request I have to see if 1) I can do it myself, 2) how long it will take for me to do, 3) if I can't do it myself how much it will cost me to have it done. I am trying to add a new theme for you but I hit a wall and I'm waiting for my programmers to get back to me for now...

Site News / Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
« on: March 25, 2013, 08:17:32 am »
Right, you're not gonna do anything. Understood.

It looks alright, I'm sure I'll get used to it as I use it more.

Wow, that is harsh. I've been installing and updating a new theme for you to choose from this morning... But I guess I'll do nothing instead.

Site News / Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
« on: March 25, 2013, 06:34:28 am »
Full disclosure: I hate this new color scheme; it's awful, makes my eyes bleed, and I want to kill myself. But whatever, I can manage.

There is one problem that should be checked on, though. And I think resolving this will make things a lot better. The difference in color between posts isn't large enough. The Babylon theme that I used to use had a very distinct color difference between consecutive posts. It alternated from white to gray. This new color scheme does alternate, but the colors are a little too similar.

Do you think you could increase the difference between the colors of posts? It would make the forum much easier to read. Out on the individual section pages sticky topics are an orange color and are very easy to tell from non-stickies. A degree of difference like that would be great.

Perhaps, it's not just changing the background color (which would be simple) but changing some graphic files as well. Also there isn't just one grey color to deal with, there are multiple greys that have to be calibrated -- the two different background greys, the quite grey, the header for the quote grey, and the background for the forum. If I go "too far" with one color it will mess up the others.

I'm also not seeing the same things people are talking about. The links are orange for me and easy to see both normal and when you rollover (the color doesn't change). I see differences it the post colors, and so forth. My monitor is extremely accurate so perhaps on other monitors the subtitle differences between the colors aren't coming through as much...

Site News / Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
« on: March 22, 2013, 09:23:11 am »
The design was carefully selected and adjusted. I wanted something that was "different", went with the overall colors of the site (finding white, black, and orange is NOT easy) and yet was clean and simple to use.

Yeah it's a bit harsh compared to the old "default" site and layout, but that was sort of the point.

The main text area is still white and simple to read and more or less hasn't changed, it's just the headers and highlight colors that changed a bit, but's actually more or less the same site as before.

Did anyone notice/try the Facebook, G+ or Twitter buttons on the first post? Anyone want to give those a try?  :)

Site News / Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
« on: March 21, 2013, 04:03:19 pm »
I will try. Updating the themes is actually a lot of work. Just making this one work correctly was several hours of work. But I'll see what I can do.

Everything Else / Re: Youtube Video Bonanza
« on: March 21, 2013, 02:28:15 pm »
I added it back. Still installing new addons and such. If you see other things missing let me know and I'll try to add them back if I can.

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