My third interview in the People of RF Generation series is Duke.Togo. I had the pleasure of meeting Duke at RWX last year. I didn't ask the question, but his favorite pizza has mashed potatoes on it. He's well known around here for being one of the hosts of the Collectorcast.
Just under a month ago, the group from Humble Bundle brought us the second bundle for the Wii U and 3DS games with the "Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle." Naturally, I bought it. There was a solid lineup of games from the start and for $13, I ended up with quite a selection of games for each of my consoles. One of those games being Shantae and the Pirate's Curse.
Now, I've seen the Shantae games in screenshots and honestly hadn't had a lot of experience with WayForward games aside from Mighty Switch Force. As a result, I had already sort of dismissed the game as being oriented toward girls. After playing the game, I couldn't be more pleased to have been so wrong.
My second interview in this series is from another person I had the pleasure of meeting at last year's RetroWorld Expo. Izret101 is well known around here for his Mortal Kombat collection as well as for being fairly short...
Ah, Super Mario Bros., a classic... Level design, enemies, the music, the sounds, the atmosphere...
Oh... oh, no...
Super Mario Maker is a title developed by Nintendo that brings the task of designing levels to you! Select your game and scenery, then drag, drop, and point to make your level! That's all there is to it. It's simple and it's fun!
As we enter 2016, I thought it would be fun to bring back a favorite series on the RF Generation blogs: The People of RF Generation! My first interview is actually with the former writer of the series, Fleach! I had the pleasure of meeting him when we were at RetroWorld Expo back in October. Continue on through the break to learn more about him!
Ahead of the Nintendo Direct today, we got some very insider information on an announcement that will be revealed by Nintendo. Via a patch coming to Skylanders: Trap Team, Disney Infinity 2.0, and Amiibo supported Wii U titles, your favorite characters will be coming to each other's worlds!
In Trap Team, you will be able to lead Baymax and Yoshi around to defeat Kaos!
Disney Infinity will bring Spyro and Mario to your favorite Toy Box set!
But, in true Nintendo fashion, they have brought the best touches to their own games.
Smash Bros. already lets you bring your favorite fighters along with you and level them up with the Amiibos, but they will be adding in Spyro and Mickey to the roster when you tap their characters to the Wii U Gamepad. Other characters will come to life as assist trophies. Trigger Happy sets up shop with a turret to fire at your opponents while Captain America's shield frees your opponents from their stock.
Captain Toad will allow Rip Tide to have his chance to find treasure. Wreck-It Ralph simply smashes through towers until he finds the stars he is looking for.
Mario Kart 8 doesn't have quite the interactivity, but will bring you dozens of new Mii Racer costumes that you can use to dress up as your favorite characters not in the Mario universe.
Mario Party 10 is a similar situation where you will have more characters to use in Amiibo mode.
I'd like to welcome everyone to the newly rebranded NFC Generation! We are still working on a few things like cleaner graphics, some colors, icons, and Google Wallet support, but we feel ready enough to do a soft launch while we work out those finishing touches.
In the mean time, we have a quick video to show off one of the coolest new features that the site is going to offer! The video was made while this was still in production, so please don't mind the old look.
In the video, the first tap corresponds to the main logo in the upper left hand corner. This will launch the website automatically on your phone or tablet that has NFC on board. The second tap, however is a little different. As you can see I tapped the Google Play icon. If you tap the icon with your phone and the app is installed already, the NFC Generation app will automatically launch. If the app is not installed (shame on you!), it will take you to the Google Play Store so you can install it!
We hope that you will use the new technology that we have built in to share RF Generation with friends and help promote both the site and the Android app with your friends!
Just over 5 years ago, I wrote a small blog post thanking the community. It may not have been seen by many that are here currently, but I was just thinking about it tonight. Here's the contents of that blog post.
"Over the years, gaming has gone from a sort of niche hobby to a full-blown, mainstream activity. I seen gaming go from an activity that only a few of my friends growing up did to dorm room gaming to my 1080p, 5.1 audio setup at home. The first community I was a fairly active member of was the GameFAQs forum. Did the collection on IGN, tried out Digital Press forums before finding my way here. I lurked for a while, primarily using only the Collection tools. I finally started posting more and more, and the people here are extremely nice and really my kind of people. Then came the chat.
I jumped in, and as the new guy, I sort of found it difficult to jump in. After 2-3 times (that I could tell), I felt like I was starting to feel as a part of the group. I am now on a first name basis with pretty much everyone in chat. This type of small community is what I need. I grew up in a small town, and that's the sort of vibe I get here. These people are RFGeneration, down to the roots.
I'm very thankful for this place. It's kind of hard for someone like me to put myself out there and jump into conversation, but when I did, I wish I would have sooner. I plan on sticking around for a long time and I really hope that the community grows while keeping the roots of the small site. I consider all of you my friends and hope to meet many more of you along the way.
I re-read that when I was thinking of it and I still feel it is relevant, even 5 years later.
It's been quite a ride since then. Personally, I have gone through ups and downs. Trouble at work. A minor bout with depression. A new job. And now my family is going to be getting bigger in a few months. I'm now selling and trading more of my collection off rather than hoarding every single thing. The site has gone through some issues and come through very strong after each of them.
This site has been a huge part of me. Despite the fact that I haven't been posting as much as of late, I still stop in to threads as I can. I've gained more and more friends. I started and gradually wound down a podcast only for another team to jump in and step in with their take in a huge way! We have an app!
I went from a user and the occasional (non-staff) contributor on the blogs and database to a director.
We had 3 years of forum posts that were gone... Thought the whole thing was going to be lost. But it's always come back. We had months of nagging server issues from speed to just plain failures. But we're back on a blazing server.
I know, it's not the standard "Thanks" blog post, but I really felt that I needed to let every single member know that as long as I'm here, I'll try everything I can to ensure that this site stays up and running. It's not for me (well, not all for me). It's for everyone that uses this site. It's for the community of RF Generation and for video games in general.
But I can't nor don't do it by myself. There is an excellent group of people on staff that take what they do seriously. There are plenty of users who submit data on new games and old, pictures and screenshots, to try to document everything that we can on a game or hardware.
So, this is to everyone. Thank you all for continuing to make RF Generation the best site on the web.
So, we just migrated everything over, but we're moving back!
This new server is just too fast. It reminds us on staff about broadband and new technology. Pages loading when you click them? Pshaw. We need to go back to the golden age of the Internet.
Until we make this switch, I'll be artificially throttling the speed on the server so everyone can get used to it again.
Also, after working with theGrue, we're going to dump the Android app and develop only for Palm.
We feel that this will take the site back to its roots in classic gaming, when you didn't need "day one patches", "DLC on disc", and "stability updates". Things broke when they did and that's the way we liked it!
The big server move is going to happen beginning tonight. At 6pm Central time, when I get home, I'm going to begin the change so this site is redirected to our new emergency blog. This will let us finish transferring some items as well as pull a fresh DB backup so we can move it all, optimize everything, and bring the site back up on the new server.
Feel free to get your IRC client ready for the down time.
Server: irc.quakenet.org Room: #rfgeneration
Feel free to stop by and chat with myself and others while this is in the works.
Maybe I'll even start a Google Video Hangout tonight...