Monday, 4 January 2021

January 2002 - Jante Interview

When NeoPickaze and myself set out to create EchoRing - the idea had initially been instead of a protest ring such as Anti-TUOL, to create an Abandonware ring that we can take TUOL on with. Other members of Anti-TUOL then went to start their own projects within Abandonware or their own rings. We didn't just want an Abandonware ring, we wanted to create a 'Network' to rival TUOL's Network of sites. Being young and naive, we were full of ambition and ideas - but typical of that age, lacked the motivation to put that into practice and maintain it. One of the ideas had been 'Abandon City' thinking back, this would of been more of a rival to DFL/TAG at the time. I had 'interviewed' a number of people in the Abandonware Community and never had chance to post them, until now.

Jante was an active and likeable member of the community who owned Wasted Oldies had been part of the Abandonware Ring crew; alongside Plix, Jason and Swizzle at the time. He had been the only person to update the ring (originally it had been the biggest and 'the establishment' but at this time, it had been the second biggest behind TUOL - apparently got more hits than TUOL did, partly down to its senority and you could argue it had a better design, which had been designed by Jason) in the same year after this interview, Jante made the switch from Abandonware Ring to Abandon Places; which better suited him.

The Saint: Hi Jante, since the re-launch of AR, quite a few things have happended over there - such as staff members have come and gone and so on. Will the AR forum be back up?
Jante: We are currently trying to find a better hosting plan, but when we move, we will probably re-open a forum. Other sections.. we will add a FAQ soon.

The Saint: So, who are the current AR crew members? And what happended to Janiaspig?
Jante: Me, Keplini, Jason, Plix, Swizzle is the ones that are crew there now. Janinaspig is kinda like a last resort, if some of us can't update. I havent talked to PsOmA in a long time, so I don't know if he still wants to help us out.

The Saint:What are your current feelings towards Abandongames.com, after what has happended on the forum?
Jante: I have no bad feelings towards AG, but the forum stinks. I made some great friends at the forum, but most of them have left it now.

The Saint:What would you say Abandonware Ring's goals are?
Jante: To help people not to forget the old classics.. It's all about keeping them alive. Other than that.. i dunno.

The Saint: What are your views on the current state of the scene? Is there anything/anyone that's really getting on your nerves?
Jante: The scene hasn't been moving in any direction lately.. It's been quiet for quite some time.. Well.. If there is one, his name is Warmonger.

The Saint: If you could sum up in just one word to describe AR, what would it be?
Jante: If you count an url as a word: http://www.abandonwarering.com/crew.php <- go read the shit above the crew info. ;)

The Saint:If you could sum up in just one word to describe the state of the Abandonware scene, what would it be?
Jante: quiet

The Saint:What are your views on other big webrings, such as TUOL and APlaces?
Jante: TUOL is just one big list of sites. Some gone, some not updated in a year.. AP is great, and with the new design, im starting to love it even more.

The Saint:​ Your time spent in the scene as up to yet, if there is something/someone/somepeople you would like to see return to the scene, that has been long gone, what/who would it be and why?
Jante: I want Cascade back! Why? Because it was great, and ask others about this, they would agree.

The Saint:Last but not least, do you wreckon we will see Swizzle back at the AR, soon?
Jante: Well.. Yes, maybe he'll start updating again now that we have fixed ourselves a update system..

Friday, 11 December 2020

Zaxxus

I first learned of Zaxxus when I stumbled across TGARL (the giant abandonware ring list) which was part of 'Da Fast Lane' network, owned and operated by Tee and Shaka at the time. Zaxxus had owned a ring called ABWL that got a really glowing review and everyone seemed to be complimentary about it; what differentiated ABWL to what had been happening in the scene at the time - it stayed out of all the arguments and just got on with matters in a positive fashion - perhaps why people liked it.

Zaxxus also ran a website called Magic Abandonware which I was a fan of. If memory serves me correctly, his screenshots where GIFs so they would change image instead of having to click through them. I liked the design too - it was sleek, neatly and nicely designed. I decided to reach out to Zaxxus in 2001 via ICQ and tell him what I was a fan of his work and he responded quite instantly and was one the friendliest people I had spoken with. I convinced him to get back on the wagon with Magic Abandonware and I would help him with it. He was all for the idea and Magic Abandonware was back on.

I asked him at the time why he was not active in the abandonware 'community' or forums and he simply told me, it seemed too controversial and argumentative for his liking and opted to shy away from it all and stick to his websites - because that is what made him happy, not the debates. I respected him for this. He would become a friend over the years and we would talk about numerous things, such as differences and similarites between Sweden and the UK and how people are people at the end of the day and on the odd occasions about games (he was into the adventure genre too)

He was kind enough to host EchoRing on his server and NeoPickaze informed me that he taught him (Neo) PHP.

I had gone through an old email account many years ago and I recieved an email from him saying something along the lines of "Hey brother, are you there?" I never got chance to respond to it.

A couple of years ago NeoPickaze informed me that it had been announced on his Facebook that he had sadly passed away. Absolutely devastated and shocked when I heard this.

Rest in Peace, Jimmy. Your number one fan of ABWL and Magic Abandonware. You were a credit to the Abandonware Community and one of the nicest people I have met - the pleasure was honestly all mine.

Sunday, 29 November 2020

2020

Ten years later.

Look at us.

The world is certainly a different place. Or maybe it's the same, but feels different due to being older. Chances are, if you are reading this - it could possibly be on a smart phone or a tablet; something not really fathomed ten years ago.

I had it mind to explore the possibility of revisiting this small blog as an anniversary; perhaps the current pandemic gave me more time to reflect and I became more nostaligic about an array of things; including abandonware.

I found an old CD with certain material from the abandonware scene of yester-year and a few articles (non-sensationalism this time) I had in mind to publish, if anyone is out there and wishes to view it.

To manage expectations, this woud be something I update every fortnight.

I hope everyone is well and pray to the abandonware gods that the comments sections do not get riddled with comments by the swines that are spambots posting backlinks on the internet and what not.

Thursday, 29 October 2020

"The real story, has just begun"

Tune in 29/11/2020 - Ten years on

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Warmonger - the Obama of abandonware?

So the results for 'Best Abandonware Ring' are out and TOAR won in a land-slide victory. Suprised? Not me.

Warmonger is the Obama of Abandonware - simple as. He's pushing for change - and he's getting it. He updates his ring every day (bar one or two missed update - no biggy compared to the AR) and his member count is rising. He is actually listening to visitors and members about design modifications and keeps on implementing things at the ring. He takes time to list the updates properly - which is nice to see.

Okay, so he emailed or posted in a few forums about the opening of TOAR - big fucking deal: go cry me a river. In a scene which is as dead as this - thank god he did. Thank god he notified people that there is someone out there willing to dedicate time and effort to create an Abandonware ring and regardless of what people think about him - to push onwards with it.

In my opinion, not joining TOAR because you have a complex that you are some bigshot behind a computer screen whilst your mother puts cookies and milk on your desk - is a joke. Logically think about it - by not joining TOAR if you have a website, is a vote against progress and the abandonware concept. You don't want to join because you have an issue with something on his ring? Tell him about it for godsake - lets start helping people who are willing to put in the effort - instead of sitting back and criticizing like a bunch of whining bitches.

I have an issue against the way AR is conducted - but I was willing to update before I made my complaints, when the ring was left un-updated for weeks at a time: my application to update at the ring for a second time fell on deaf ears because the crew was to lazy to respond.

I've had my issues with Warmonger in the past - but we've decided to let sleeping dogs lay. I'm not asking for everyone to hold hands and dance in a circle - but if you see someone trying to make an effort, be it a download/ring/review or whatever site - at least help encourage their efforts and help point them in the right direction - it's quite sad how many great websites or dedicated webbies have 'gone' just because they didn't make it under the radar, just because they wasen't a well-known figure in the Abandonware scene.

"And for better or for worse, history defines us by what we do, and what we choose not to do. Hopefully, what will survive of us is love. So, until the next time, take care of yourselves and most importantly - each other."

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

New Poll

As the title suggests - check it out.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

TOAR back in town

After an eight year hiatus, Warmonger of (Abandonwar & previous TOAR fame) has decided to resurrect one of the most controversial rings that the Abandonware scene has came across. The new design, whilst not glitzy as some - is a basic and colourful website which serves it's main purpose. Updates so far have been consistently regular and although the member count isn't that impressive at the momment, that is bound to change. In light of the current state of affairs which the 'scene' is going through now - a new addition to the rings could just be what we have been waiting for, especially from someone like Warmonger who has a such a large character.

I managed to catch up with Warmonger and asked him why he decided to re-open after eight years and this is what he had to say "I have noticed the scene declining in activity and, thought it needed a fresh breath of air, from an old sod from the past and, also noticed the other rings sucked balls"

Whether or not he can reach the heights of 70 members this time around is yet to be seen, but knowing Warmonger, we can definitely expect him to have a good crack at it. AWGaz throws it's support behind this blast from the past.

Visit: TOAR @ http://toar.cz.cc