I have just demoted 29 Fancy Pants members for inactivity (More than one month without visiting the forums while logged in). This rank is special, and is intended to be for people who contribute to the forums. While we respect and appreciate what those 29 members contributed, it is felt the rank should only last as long as your contributions do.
This is just a heads up in case any of those members notice their demotions.
The major forum overhaul that we've been planning, and that you've all helped with recently is now complete.
There are a lot of threads that were posted before the overhaul and will need to be moved, please bear with us, the moderation team will work through them over the next few days.
Please let us know what you think of the changes in this thread, specifically how any of the new categories can be improved.
We've added IP.Calender to the forums. You can create events, which other members can attend (RSVP) and comment on. The main purpose is to organize community events such as our upcoming Source Forts stream game night.
Any member of any rank can create an event, but it must be approved by an administrator first. We won't be very strict about denying events, the only criteria are:
- Your event needs to involve people in the community, whether it's gaming or something else.
- The event itself on the calendar needs to be well written (proper English), and informatively explain what the event is about, what the requirements are, and what you'll need to participate in the event.
You can access the calendar by clicking "Calendar" at the top of the website in the navigation, or by clicking on an event on the Board Index.
Warchamp and I have written a new plugin for the forums. You'll now see a notification at the top of all pages on the website if we're livestreaming. If you feel so inclined, go ahead and tune in. We're going to be trying to stream a lot more in the future.
-In a recent interview with Penny Arcade, Valve Managing Director Gabe Newell seemed to express an interest in joining the hardware market, which many think is an inkling towards a Valve console, nicknamed the Steam Box. Rumors are that, if such a thing is in the works, it would be announced at the next E3 or GDC. Sources say that the basic specs of the Steam Box will include a Core i7 chip, 8GB of RAM, and will run on an nVidia card. The device is supposedly able to run any standard PC games, such as The Witcher 2 and World of Warcraft, and would allow for rival services such as EA's Origin to be loaded onto it. Most of the talk about the "Steam Box" is speculation, but there are some hard facts that hint towards Valve hardware. About a year ago, Valve filed a patent for a "Video game controller having user swappable control components". A quote from the patent application itself gives us some insight as to what this controller will be like.
-We are also told that Valve's experiments with biometrics will come to fruition with the conception of this new piece of hardware, adding perhaps a whole new level of interactivity in video games. (As if we've never heard that line before.) The inclusion of Valve's Big Picture Mode, shown to us on Valve's website at http://www.steampowe...ebigpicture.php, will allow smooth display on televisions and PC displays alike.
What effect could the release of such a system have on the console market, and indeed video games in general? How well would "Steam Box" compete against the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and the PC? Would the hardware included with the console and controllers really change the way we interact with the worlds of fantasy that the game developers immerse us in when we start up a game? All up to speculation at this point. If one thing's for sure, it's that the release of the "Steam Box" might throw a wrench into some of the plans Microsoft has with the Xbox 720, Sony with the Playstation 4, or Nintendo with the Wii U.
We've moved the forums onto Invision Power Board. The new theme was designed by Warchamp, with help from me.
If you run into any bugs/glitches/exploits in the forums please PM Sirenfal.
This will enable the forum moderators to do a lot more, and make our lives easier. This means we can easily manage more posts.
The administration team encourages you to use the new report system to report posts, threads, or PMs that violate the forum rules. You can do this by clicking "Report" next to the bottom right of any post. This will notify all moderators and all administrators, who can then quickly deal with the problem.
We also encourage you to use the new reputation system. Simply upvote high quality posts, and downvote low quality posts.