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is an immersive love letter to the early internet, aiming to bring you back to a better time and a better place, when the World Wide Web was only just beginning to find its footing; but first and foremost, it's going to be an absolutely massive database for all things vintage SEGA, from hardware to software and everything in between. We plan to become the largest centralized resource on the net for this kind of content, featuring in-depth walkthroughs, promotional material, magazine scans, developer interviews, technical information, prerelease/unused content... The list goes on.
Alongside this, we want to foster a strong and familial community as other forums did in their prime. One of our most important goals here is to provide a meeting place for like-minded people and lead them to relationships and experiences that will stick with them their entire lives. A majority of our staff grew up in an era where message boards, oekaki
, and similar concepts were the dominant form of social interaction on the internet - and we've definitely noticed a sharp decline in their popularity now that larger and more diverse platforms have entered the scene. In spite of this, however, we still believe there's a strong demand for these kinds of spaces in today's online climate, and we want nothing more than provide a means to that end.
Also, that cute girl. Yeah. Her up there. Her name's Nomad! Look at her. She's like, seven console-tans in one. You will appreciate her. You will do this for us.
began as an appeal to rebrand a site you might know of, actually - Chao Island!
This is where a lot of our userbase met, and we all essentially grew up together there. Over time, however, activity waned due to a number of factors. Recently, though, an initiative was started to revitalize the site and "trim the fat" so to speak - and, sensing an opportunity on the rise, we presented a massive proposition to the administrator (Mooncow) after gathering support from every corner of the community. This was Sonic Resort
, the first incarnation of this very project. It started out simple enough - expand the site to cover more beyond the Chao content in the Adventure
saga. From Sonic Heroes
up until Sonic & the Black Knight
, we wanted Sonic Resort
to become the #1 source of Adventure
-era Sonic content. Eventually, through working with Mooncow, we reached a compromise - though the scope would expand as anticipated, Chao would still be at the forefront and the site would not be renamed. As time passed, we decided that it would be for the best if we went our separate ways. Chao Island continued to develop and reshape its identity; in that time, we began to move forward and realize our own goal. Broadening our own scope, we decided that we would dedicate ourselves to covering not just Sonic, not just Adventure
-era, but all of SEGA's golden era, spanning from the 90s into the mid-2000s.
Due to some rather unfortunate circumstances involving deadlines, our launch was a little less grandiose than we expected. As of right now, the forums are in a public testing phase that we like to call... "The Trial
". Get it? You get it, right? It's a... It's a Sonic Adventure 2 reference.
It's a Sonic Adventure 2: The Trial
It's funnier if you explain the joke!
During this time, we'll be openly listening for your feedback in regards to every area of the forums, from the content we cover, to the visual stylings, etc... Every little bit matters, so make sure to speak up if you're having any issues at all!
In spite of the timid launch, it's not as if there's a dearth of features, though! You have three nice themes to choose from - the cozy blue of SEGA Carnival
, the sleek black of SEGA Illusion
, and the nostalgic white of SEGA Daydream
. Additionally, feel free to pick yourself out a userbar by joining the corresponding group in the User Control Panel! They're quite charming, and really "complete" your profile if you get my drift. If you need some help setting up, there's also five default avatars waiting on you!
That's not all, however - we will be actively adding new content and features almost every day for the duration of this trial. A few things you can expect to see in the very near future are more userbars, badges, currency, a shop, and more. Obviously, at some point, the main site will be launched as well, and with that we'll officially be in business! As mentioned before, we need all of the help we can get considering the scope of the project. If you have absolutely anything that you can contribute in terms of R&D, check out the SEGA Carnival Contributions
subforum - or, if that's not exactly your forte, you can apply for a staff position by dropping me a message explaining why you think you're fit for the job.
Did you know Nomad isn't actually human? You might be able to learn more about that in the near future, if you look hard enough...
After we officially launch, you can expect things to fully kick into gear. With the forums feature complete, you'll begin regularly seeing things such as fun, site-wide events that can earn you currency, special userbars, badges, and more! Eventually, we even plan on developing large-scale mobile apps with lots of functionality; more details on that later, though! Additionally, as our userbase grows, so will our forums - you can expect to see more and more boards created depending on what our community ends up wanting and needing.
In regards to long-term goals, we have several things both on the table and under wraps; what I can say right now is that we want to eventually expand our coverage both backwards, forwards, and outside its original scope once a majority of our goals have been met. This includes documentation of things like the SG-1000, Master System, Game Gear, and Mega Drive - and even other, non-game media such as anime, light novels, and audio dramata.
comes from a place very close to my heart, and I'm sure this is true of everyone else on the staff. We really hope you have a fantastic time here, and that you'll stick it out with us until we've made our dream come true. The sky's the limit, and it'll really be a sight to see one day.
Fun fact: Nomad is a NEET. That's certainly the most attractive type of girl, don't you agree?
Art (including the lovely header for this very post!)