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General Discussion / Re: Thank You and Good Night!
« on: August 01, 2020, 05:23:47 pm »
Thank you for all you've done for this community, Yuzi! I remember back when you were an admin here, and then subsequently took your break. Then I remember you coming back years later.
Forum Games / Re: Press Ctrl+V or Cmd+V or whatever and post
« on: July 30, 2020, 10:16:51 pm »
and general body meetings.
Let it be known, that when GCL closed, I was playing
> Animal Crossing
> Paper Mario: Origami King
> Mystery Dungeon DX
> Fallout: New Vegas
*Titanic music playing in the background*
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!
Site Announcements / Re: SEE YOU SPACE COWBOY...
« on: July 23, 2020, 09:27:40 pm »
Hmm. I should write a goodbye post! I'll do that this weekend.
Introductions / Re: Goodbye threads are now forbidden
« on: July 19, 2020, 11:03:33 pm »
Oops! Now EVERYTHING is a goodbye thread!
General Discussion / Re: ENTER AT YOUR OWN PERIL
« on: July 13, 2020, 09:21:53 pm »

Site Announcements / Re: SEE YOU SPACE COWBOY...
« on: July 13, 2020, 09:20:00 pm »
I'm going to be sad to see this site go. It's been a huge part of my childhood, and even now as an adult man I still find myself checking the same site I did when I was nine.

I don't know if I'll join the new site, given that my interest in Pokemon glitching has dwindled over the years, but I might show up just to be a part of the new community.

I'll have a larger goodbye post up when I'm in more of a writing mood. Abwayax, Photon, and all the admins--thank you for your years of hard work, memories, and tireless leadership. I'm always going to remember this place.
Pokémon Discussion / Re: Pokémon Sword and Shield Discussion
« on: June 27, 2020, 02:01:27 pm »
So, lowkey... Isle of Armor is really good and fun. Feels way more polished than the rest of the game. It makes me optimistic that Gamefreak will actually release a quality game next time now that they know how to use the hardware.
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.
General Discussion / Re: The dream thread
« on: May 10, 2020, 01:34:51 pm »
Had a dream that my friend and I were leaving the New York subway in the middle of a terrorist attack. We didn't know what was going on and we were all locked in the subway. Weird.

Then I dreamt about the 2020 American election, but rather than Joe Biden running against Trump, it was Hillary Clinton. Weird.
General Discussion / Re: The Member's Guide to Topiclessness
« on: April 28, 2020, 08:08:47 pm »
Lol. I don't see how you can do it, Bert. I've been quarantined for basically 6 weeks and I feel like I'm going nuts.
General Discussion / Re: The Member's Guide to Topiclessness
« on: April 27, 2020, 10:24:57 pm »
How's COVID going for yall?
General Discussion / Re: Hey guys what's h-
« on: April 14, 2020, 09:15:27 pm »
If you find it let me know! I lost that USB years ago and have been looking for that premium version ever since...
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