So.. what the hell happened to this place eh?

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https://youtu.be/araU0fZj6oQ?t=38

(So video embeds aren't working?)

So it's been awhile since I've last poked my head in this place, and I saw on the Philip Defranco show that Defy Media closed up shop.... and suddenly theres content on The Escapist and MovieBob is back (I shall be polite least I am banned)

What the hell happened to this place? What happened to our fun little wild west forum?

Someone fill old DB in here. I haven't posted since, holy shit, last october... And where the fuck is my avatar?
 

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Russ Pitts bought The Escapist and tries to get it back on its feet. Also, at some point the forum will be ported over to the new site but this seems to be a pretty difficult thing to do. The Wild West was closed because... reasons. I don't really know, to be honest. I always found it pretty neat there. But apparently there was... too much bullying or something.
 

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I can see your avatar fine. Maybe try clearing your cache?

Otherwise, the site was bought from Defy by Enthusiast Gaming a few months back and is in the process of being relaunched by Russ Pitts & co. Forums should be moving to join the rest of the site soon.
 

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The Wild West was purged like the cancer it was. Loads of users couldn't handle rules and were banned within the month.
 

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You probably need to search google and then re-navigate to escapist, but there is a "volume 2" out now, which is a new site, still largely under construction. I'm not in love with it thus far (it acts like a mobile website even on my computer), but it isn't done yet so judgement withheld.

Moviebob is back, Jim is not, Yahtzee didn't leave, LLR is I guess on good terms with the new owners but they haven't returned. I haven't seen any indication as to whether the site is doing well or poorly, at least relative to the last time you were here. If you go by comments, Yahtz is doing Ok, everyone else way less so. If you go by views (youtube), can't tell for articles, but once again Yahtz is doing ok, everyone else way less so. I hope things pick up, but I imagine it will be a fairly slow process.
 

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DudeistBelieve said:
https://youtu.be/araU0fZj6oQ?t=38

(So video embeds aren't working?)

So it's been awhile since I've last poked my head in this place, and I saw on the Philip Defranco show that Defy Media closed up shop.... and suddenly theres content on The Escapist and MovieBob is back (I shall be polite least I am banned)

What the hell happened to this place? What happened to our fun little wild west forum?

Someone fill old DB in here. I haven't posted since, holy shit, last october... And where the fuck is my avatar?
I thought you were here around the time when they closed the wild west.
 

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Defy is closing?

*Looks at the Internet*

Good.

It does say they own Smosh games and I do enjoy me some Honest Games Trailers, so does that mean that series is over?
 

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JoJo said:
I can see your avatar fine. Maybe try clearing your cache?
My avatar defaulted to generic male in baseball hat for a while and fixed itself on its own. It seems the spit and bailing wire holding this place together ain't what it used to be.

Which is fine, before I upset anyone, because I know they're planning a new forum for the new site, I'm just saying...code is old and buggy.
 

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Dalisclock said:
Defy is closing?

*Looks at the Internet*

Good.

It does say they own Smosh games and I do enjoy me some Honest Games Trailers, so does that mean that series is over?
They sold off screenjunkies. I thought HGT was under that umbrella.
 

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We have owners who care about this place again. That's the biggest news.
I mean, I'm happy to that extent, I just wished it happened sooner. The brand has suffered quite a bit.
 

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Traitor! So what have you been doing since you haven't been coming here? Did you go to Arnox's forum?
 

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Traitor! So what have you been doing since you haven't been coming here? Did you go to Arnox's forum?
I thought that forum didn't go very well. I visited a couple of times but never got the compunction to post anything
 

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IceForce said:
What happened last October that caused you to leave?
I'd be more interested in the reverse; what would make you come back to this place?
 

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For anyone returning after a long absence, please be aware we have a slightly adjusted and revised code of conduct in effect.

The main reason I mention this is because there's now a rule against talking about a certain particular topic that dominated this forum 3-4 years ago, (and threads asking "What the hell happened here?" -- ie: threads just like this one -- tend to always stray towards that topic).
 

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PsychedelicDiamond said:
Russ Pitts bought The Escapist and tries to get it back on its feet. Also, at some point the forum will be ported over to the new site but this seems to be a pretty difficult thing to do. The Wild West was closed because... reasons. I don't really know, to be honest. I always found it pretty neat there. But apparently there was... too much bullying or something.
The funny thing is Wild West got closed long before Russ Pitts bought the website. So bad it was that even under Defy media guidance the WW forum was eventually seemed as unacceptable.
 

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CaitSeith said:
PsychedelicDiamond said:
Russ Pitts bought The Escapist and tries to get it back on its feet. Also, at some point the forum will be ported over to the new site but this seems to be a pretty difficult thing to do. The Wild West was closed because... reasons. I don't really know, to be honest. I always found it pretty neat there. But apparently there was... too much bullying or something.
The funny thing is Wild West got closed long before Russ Pitts bought the website. So bad it was that even under Defy media guidance the WW forum was eventually seemed as unacceptable.
What "Defy Media guidance"?

The WW forum was closed simply because moderators didn't like it, no one from Defy Media gave a shit about this forum or what went on here 🤷‍♂️ Saying that the WW was so bad that even the already terrible Defy Media couldn't handle it any longer is hogwash.
 

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bluegate said:
IceForce said:
What happened last October that caused you to leave?
I'd be more interested in the reverse; what would make you come back to this place?
Can't speak for anyone else, but I'll chime in with "morbid curiosity."

Also, a lot of free time due to injury and hospitalisation, but mostly people started talking about this place slighbtly before Bob Chipman's big announcement.