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General Discussion / And so it ends
« on: July 28, 2020, 05:16:45 pm »
When I first joined GCL in 2007, I had absolutely no idea that I'd still be around a whole 13 years later. Who knew that site that I joined when I was 9 years old could have such a profound impact on my adult life and career. I've been on a lot of websites in my day, but this is, by far, the one that raised me.

To the admins and site staff, I want to say thank you. Thank you for believing in me at 11 years old and allowing me to get my feet wet as a Local Moderator, and later full-fledged Staff member. Your belief and trust in a young, admittedly-dumb kid led me to find my passion for community organization, management, and leadership. I couldn't be happier to help this site grow over past 13 years.

To the community, thank you for being welcoming, patient, kind, and genuinely fun to participate in. There was a point sometime in the 2010s where I distanced myself from GCL for a while. I didn't show up for a nearly a year, and showed up sporadically ever since. However, during my breaks from the site, there were always points where it would slowly creep back into my head. I remember being on a family vacation, sitting on the couch, deep into a break from GCL, wondering "Hm. I wonder what the folks at GCL are up to today?" Now, I find myself fully-employed at a tech company, checking this place regularly for the first time in years.

There have been plenty of members that I've seen come and go, but every interaction has been pleasant and reinforced my commitment to this community. I remember requesting PT for an insane sprite of all 493 Gen IV Pokemon combined... and he actually did it. I remember playing FiveX in Smash Bros. Brawl a bit after its release (fun fact, that was my first ever match of "competitive" Smash... I swept him). I remember being blown away when I realized another member of this site, Bassmasta, lived in the same town as me. I was even more blown away when we found each other in the same class. At its peak, the reach GCL had was absolutely insane.

There's many other memories I could list. So... why not list some?
  • Asking Newo how to change my Display Name after my first week on the site.
  • Trying to delve into the backstory and history of Don Watermeleon as he (in my mind) tried to usurp the site.
  • Starting a spinoff site with Axaj, called Oboenation, which was essentially just a crap SMF forum with no real purpose. Still fun though!
  • Opening my own spriting shop after being inspired by Yami Mutou. I sucked, but it was still a fun project.
  • Posting as much as I feasibly could to rack up ? dollars to spend in the shop. I think I bought a few random things, like a VBA and some other emulation stuff. I also started my own shop, where I sold JPEGs and PowerPoints.
  • Shooting the s**t with Led Zeppelin, who, for a while, was the person I talked to the most on this site.
  • "Adopt a Glitch Pokemon"
  • Going through the massively-long GCL shutdown of 2009... yet still remaining active on the site for years and years afterwards.
  • The original Admins Suck thread, AND multiple years of SPAM AND WIN!!!... all of which I lost.
  • The DESU rank.
  • People using (and abusing) the Hooked Metapod in their introduction threads. To the point where using the Hooked Metapod in introductions was banned. Incredible.
  • I reserve the right to add to this list later. :p

It's weird to picture the internet without this place that I've called my home for so long, but I know that I'll always carry a piece of this place with me no matter how much time passes. This place singlehandedly formed my interest in computers, programming, hacking, reverse engineering, and management. It made me curious about how things, specifically technology, work. While the site itself was a great resource of Pokemon glitch knowledge, specifically for older games, it also was a great place for me to learn, grow, and explore my interests in technology. It shaped who I am today. I've never been someone who's been that deep into the Pokemon glitching scene--it's a testament to this community that I've stuck around as long as I have.

I won't be continuing on to whatever glitch research site emerges from the shadows of GCL. My interests have always been in this site, this community, and the memories I've made as a member of Glitch City Labs--glitching has always been a secondary interest of mine that I don't mind stepping away from now that the site is closing. I will, however, miss the community, miss the friends I've made here, and miss the literal decade of memories I've made here as a member of this site.

Thank you all for everything you've done for me. I wouldn't be who I am today without the presence of this site in my life. Abwayax, Photon, and the rest of the Admin staff--you've done a great job with this site and are the reason why it's been so successful. You deserve a long, long rest. It's been a privilege to work alongside you.

For the final time; thank you, good luck, and Long Live the Hooked Metapod.

~ Missing? NO!
General Discussion / Thread for Old Heads
« on: June 25, 2020, 11:06:38 pm »
I'm feeling reflective. Let's use this thread to talk about how our lives have changed (in general) since we joined GCL.

I've been here for about 13 years now. I first started visiting when you were able to adopt a Glitch Pokemon on the front page, and then I joined this site when I was 9 (god we're not even gonna talk about the posts... or my grammar, lol). I was in third grade when I joined, had no idea how to use a forum or even what Pokemon glitching even was, and, for some reason, found myself coming to this site every day. I remember learning about how you could fly off the coast of Cinnabar Island to find MissingNo., and then promptly telling my friends at elementary school about it in class. People thought I was crazy.

As the years passed, I found myself become more interested in programming, reverse-engineering, and hacking/glitching because of this site. I remember the summer of 2007, where I'd come on here once every hour, respond to every possible thread, and then go outside. At some point I became a Local Mod and chose, out of all things, to moderate the Introductions board. Not my smartest move. I never really understood glitching as much as I should have (though I'm sure I could learn), but the community kept me coming back.

Now I'm sitting here 13 years later. In those 13 years, I graduated college, high school, middle school, AND elementary school. I got my first job at the age of 16, and now have my first full-time job at the age of 23. I moved from living in my parents' house to living in my own place. I started off playing the GameCube when I first got here--now I'm playing a Switch. During the time I've been on this site, five Pokemon generations were released. I've even had the chance to meet one of our members who happened to live closeby. There's no real point to this post, but I'm just reflecting on the fact that I have literally grown up here. Out of every website I've ever been on (YouTube included), there's none I've visited for longer than GC, and that's nuts.

I'm sure not everyone will have the same lengthy story as I will, but I'm still curious to hear your stories. How has your life changed from when you joined GCL until now? How many years has it been--how has your life evolved? We only interact through the medium of forums and Discord, so it's easy to forget that, beyond all this, we all have lives of our own. It's likely been a while for a lot of you--I'm interested to hear your stories.
« on: February 07, 2020, 06:53:22 pm »
Alright so it's not really any secret that we've had a rough go of it here as of late, so I figured it'd be a good idea to put together a little positivity thread so we can get some shred of positivity back in here after all the recent staff and member resignations. I'll start us off, but feel free to post a reply and say why you're grateful for GCL, this forum, its community, the Discord, or anything else Pokemon-glitch related!

GCL has singlehandedly shaped me into the person I am today. I discovered this forum when I was 9 years old, and have been posting consistently ever since. Yes, there's been some absences where I've disappeared for a few months or so, but I almost always end up coming back and checking in with a community that literally shaped my internet presence.

This forum has allowed me to develop my skills as a communicator on the internet, and there's been a ton of growth. I can't tell you how grateful I am for the staff back in 2007 for not banning the most annoying 9 year old on the internet, ever, and allowing him to grow into the staff member I am today. This forum has taught me responsibility with my staff privileges, how to communicate with people from all across the world, how to be part of a community that's bigger than just yourself, and how to (almost most-importantly) shut up and listen for once. I was really bad at that early on in my time here, but this site showed me where I was going wrong and taught me how to listen. I'm very, very grateful.

The other thing GCL introduced me to was the world of Pokemon glitching and reverse-engineering. This forum shaped my interest in computer programming, game design, and reverse engineering/hacking that I delved into in my high school years and have been interested in ever since. Without this community here, I would not be as interested in technology and how it works--those are interests that shaped both my educational career and my actual career, and it's all because of Glitch City Labs that that interest sparked in the first place. This place has truly shaped me, and I couldn't be more thankful that it exists.

To the staff, thank you. I couldn't be more grateful for your patience with me throughout the years. You all have been an incredibly mature, knowledgeable, and friendly resource for me to go to when I needed to learn something or I had a question. You've also been a great team to work with while I've been here--I've helped deal with a lot of issues while I've been here, and I'm thankful to have been a part of the team for all of it. It's weird, but I've kind of grown up with all of you, in a way. I started as a Local Moderator when I was 11, and I'm 22 now. I've been a staff member on this website for over half my life. Through all the ups and downs, I've kept my rank, stayed as a (hopefully) valuable member of the team, and done my part to make this place what it is today. Thank you for the opportunity and guidance throughout the years.

This sounds like a resignation thread, but it isn't! I'm not going anywhere! I just want to tell you all thank you for being you, that I appreciate this website and owe a lot of my personal development to its community, and that I'm excited for what the future has in store for us all. I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!!!
Generation VIII Glitch Discussion / Freezing Glitch
« on: December 18, 2019, 11:31:12 pm »
Not sure what to call this, but has anyone else experienced the game locking up when returning from the Switch's home menu? The game still plays its music, but nothing on the screen actually animates until I restart the game.

This doesn't happen all the time, by the way--only occasionally when returning from the Switch's home menu.
Video Games Discussion / What games have you been playing recently?
« on: June 07, 2019, 09:04:35 pm »
In the vein of the thread in the Multimedia Discussion board, what games have you been playing recently? Feel free to post your opinions on whatever games you've been playing through recently -- maybe we can all help each other enjoy some new titles.

I haven't played much as of late -- just been doing stuff with Smash Bros. while I wait for some games to come out this summer. The next game I'll probably play through will be the next Wolfenstein game on the Switch. I played through The New Colossus this past summer and really enjoyed it -- really like the concept of the whole Wolfenstein game in general. Alternative realities are super fascinating to me as a "what if" scenario plus shooting Nazis is hella fun lmao
Debate Wars / Political Viewpoints
« on: June 07, 2019, 08:42:12 pm »
Title. This is a question that I've been curious about for a while. My personal thoughts on this topic are below.

I tend to be all over the map in terms of my political viewpoints, but there are a few things for me that are pretty consistent. Listed out below...
  • Individual liberties should be protected. Protection of liberties is of the utmost importance.
  • People should be able to live their lives without their race, gender, sexual orientation, etc, hindering them or benefiting them in any way.
  • Though the government has financial problems, these need to be solved with smarter spending of our own money, rather than more taxes.
  • The environment should be one of the highest priorities for a governmental administration.
  • Assault weapons should be banned. Weapons in general should be controlled in a more meaningful manner.
  • Privacy should be protected.
  • Education should be affordable for all.
  • Countries should focus on issues at home before turning their attentions abroad.
I could go on about my viewpoints, but those are the main ones that I can think of right now. Typically, my viewpoints tend to line up with that of a libertarian, to an extent. However, I've never voted for a libertarian candidate, as I don't trust any of them to win an election, and I'd rather not throw my vote away. I tend to vote democrat because I trust that they'll protect individual civil liberties more, but I wouldn't say I fully align myself with their viewpoints. I'm actually fairly dissatisfied with their management of the economy and their lack of regard for privacy. I would fault them on corruption, but corruption seems to be an issue of both main political parties, rather than just them.

This can be a heated topic at times especially in our current political climate, too. I don't think any of us on this site are at risk of getting into extremely heated arguments with one another, but, before we discuss, I'll make you all aware of the description of this board, that states that "some issues may be sensitive".

Would love to see what the political makeup of this site looks like. I included as many options as I could think of, but there may be some that I missed.

As a side note... I'm actually really surprised this topic has never been posted in this forum before! I would have thought it would have came up at SOME point.
Pokémon Discussion / Pokémon Sword and Shield Discussion
« on: February 26, 2019, 09:02:16 pm »
Looks like there'll be a Pokemon Direct tomorrow at 6 AM PST. If you haven't been following the official Pokemon Twitter account as of late, they've been tweeting out a "tourism" tweet for every region over the past seven days leading up to Pokemon Day (tomorrow).

We'll know more tomorrow, but, until that happens, feel free to use this thread to speculate on what might be revealed tomorrow. My thought is that Generation 8 will be revealed, along with the starters, region, and box legendaries. We'll also definitely get the game titles.

My pipe dream is that we'll be able to travel to every region in that game, as the Switch is much more powerful console than any of the consoles that have housed mainline games in the past. It would definitely be possible... but whether or not it'll actually happen is another thing, though. I definitely think there's a chance, though, given the Pokemon account's past tweets over the last week.
The Dumpster Out Back / MOVED: Making my own video game
« on: January 21, 2019, 03:54:03 pm »
Video Games / Making my own video game
« on: January 21, 2019, 03:53:18 pm »
So, yeah, uh, I decided to make my own video game recently. Thought why not, I have the time and a bit of programming experience, so why not dive in and see what I can do?

I started work on January 3rd using the Gamemaker 8.1 Pro Engine; I'm planning to convert over to Gamemaker Studio (or maybe Unity, not sure) once I've finished a beta version and all the elements work properly. The game is basically a top-down adventure-puzzler, where your character will traverse through many dungeons with traps, enemies, and other hazards that could kill him. I'm using a "16-bit" graphic style for this project (it's not really 16-bit, but will definitely look that way once the project is finished).

So yeah. I'll go ahead and post updates here I guess?

After a few weeks of work, I've finished the movement of the main character, gotten 7 different interactable tiles coded, finished the death sequence, and made a test level. Now I'm just adding elements to the game (currently adding projectile hazards, such as an arrow and bullet).
Website Advertisement / Minecraft Server
« on: December 27, 2018, 03:25:36 am »
This winter break, I revive my Minecraft server and bring it back from the dead.
If any of you are interested or into Minecraft at all, I highly encourage you to join our Discord server and become a member! We run off of Spigot with multiple worlds and multiple plugins while still keeping the core Minecraft experience intact.

I've thrown a Discord link below. See you there!
Pokémon Discussion / New Pokemon Revealed
« on: September 26, 2018, 09:18:57 pm »
The first Gen 8 Pokemon was recently revealed through a YouTube video. According to the information, "Meltan", the Hex Nut Pokemon, is a Mythical Pokemon that originates from ancient times. This Pokemon was originally found through Pokemon Go, where wild Meltan started popping up in the field. When a Meltan was got, it would transform into a Ditto.

What do you think of this new Pokemon? I think the design is really bizarre and the name is... weird. The reveal is a lot different, too, than previous reveals of new Pokemon (usually through CoroCoro leaks or something similar).

I linked the reveal video below.
General Discussion / Minecraft Server
« on: June 21, 2018, 10:29:20 pm »
This week I rebuilt my PaperSpigot-based Minecraft server from the ground up. Featuring 11 different worlds, MCMMO, an economy, creative building contests, and much, much more.

If you're interested, join the Discord.
Over the past week-and-a-half, the Pokemon Company and Game Freak have been undergoing processes that hint at what the next Pokemon game will be. Over the past week, Nintendo has trademarked naes for both "Pokemon Let's Go! Pikachu" and "Pokemon Let's Go! Eevee", registered domain names for each game, and updated their own website with a Pikachu and Eevee-based template. Logos have also been found for each game, featuring an Eevee and a Pikachu tail, respectively.

This, in addition to a number of cryptic tweets featuring Pikachu and Eevee from Masuda, seem to indicate that the next main-line Pokemon game, for the Nintendo Switch, will be known as "Pokemon Let's Go! Pikachu" and "Pokemon Let's Go! Eevee".

An early report from Emily Rogers outlines the new game's features, and they seem to be fairly different than past games.

According to the report, the games will feature...
  • Following Pokemon
  • Pokeride from Alola
  • Pokemon Go integration
  • Catching that works like Pokemon Go
  • An accessory to link Go and Let's Go
  • A new story, based in Kanto, possibly set after the events of R/B/Y
  • An online hub for trainers

A screenshot of the new game was also leaked (attached below), though it's unclear how real this screenshot is. It's important to note the presence of visible wild Pokemon in the overworld -- perhaps this is the "Pokemon Go-style catching" that the leak mentioned? It's hard to say at this point.

What are your guys' thoughts on this? Personally, I'd be hype to go back to Kanto for a new adventure, though I do have some reservations. I'm not a fan of involving Pokemon Go in a huge way, and if they fail to add any new Pokemon, I'll likely be disappointed. However, a new Pokemon game is something that I'm always going to be excited about, no matter what.

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