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  1. Better? I've doubled it for now. I can go further but I suppose it's balancing against the fact it'll make the page longer on mobile (where it stacks below the normal content).
  2. Just a note that I've done some minor updates: Some headings were invisible, now they're visible. The articles sidebar used some old custom code that was a real pain to make look right on all screens (phones, tablets, desktops). I gave it a go but it still looked pretty busted on mobile. Given we don't really have many articles nowadays I've removed it for now, as there are other mechanisms such as announcements and Twitter that can be used to give a heads-up about new articles. The latest software allows our Twitter feed to be shown in the sidebar. This seemed like a nice way of filling that void for now, although if it turns out to not work so well we could put something else there like a latest activity feed. Spotlight (Our Picks) is now more condensed in the sidebar.
  3. I've just made some tweaks (browser caches may need clearing) to cut down on the size of the 'Our Picks' section on the home page, hopefully it's less overwhelming. I still need to figure out the weird issues in the sidebar but it's still usable. I don't think the base font size or zoom has changed, but there might be a bit more padding around some of the forum titles and such. (These are changes that have been inherited from the software we use rather than something intentionally done.) Edit: I've also squished the header to try restore some of the space lost to the general added padding.
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    Peace in Korea.

    Yeah, I think that all of North Korea's bravado to deter countries from messing with it until completion of nuclear weaponry distracted people from the fact that (along with some other factors) nukes have been very effective at keeping peace in the world between major powers. It's kind of obvious now that with North Korea's status as a nuclear power established they could join the rest of the world as a good nuclear citizen. If small countries like my own can do it then why not North Korea, really? With that said, clearly I'm highly educated on the mechanics of nuclear proliferation and its inherent dangers, due to me being a Metal Gear Solid fan. However it does seem like it's effective at stopping the all-our wars that might otherwise erupt between militarily powerful countries. Of course, you're really playing with fire if you let every country do this hoping they'll all play by the rules. Man, can't we just all play video games and be happy?
  5. I'm getting the feeling that this might be a bit of an Assassin's Creed situation, where clearly a lot of development time has been put into the technology and open world but perhaps they were hoping the gameplay would just 'fit into place' a bit more than it did. It'd be absolutely tragic if all they've achieved were to come to little because of the gameplay deficiencies. Hopefully it'll be marketed and more importantly built upon so it meets its potential — the same way AC2 brought into focus what they were trying to achieve there — and Microsoft hasn't budgeted this as a 'sink or swim' (har har) release.
  6. Is that still happening @jackophant?
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    Mapcore FACEIT Hubs

    Sounds exciting! I'm happy to work with someone to provide a MapCore subdomain.
  8. Unexpected that they're bundling assets from not just current and previous Far Cry games, but also Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed games! Means you can put together levels of all kinds of themes, rather than just whatever Far Cry 5's predominant theme is. Could be a great way of interesting lots of would-be level designers, especially with the progression system.
  9. I was quite reassured by a recent article I read that indicated the game will have more structure to it than I expected. Sounds like they've more recently been focusing a lot more on quests. Nothing too in-depth in terms of story, but if there are reasonably fun structured quests combined with superb moment-to-moment gameplay it could be a blast. I friggin' hope so! I've always loved pirate shenanigans, still sometimes feel a bit sad that some of our own beloved MapCore members' pirate game never managed to achieve its funding targets. And there's not really much else in the genre! So I really hope Rare can get this right and show people can enjoy a bit of pirate action. Rare kind of needs the win too, having not really lived up to its legendary 90s reputation in recent years.
  10. Yeah as Thurnip said, incredible how far the engine is being pushed. So inspirational!
  11. I got one for Christmas I’ve only played with Rayman Legends — which seems like an absolutely superb 2D platformer. The art is so wonderful. I’ve also got Mario Odyssey which I can’t wait to tuck into tonight, and Zelda which I did have on the Wii U but never completed so really looking forward to doing it handheld-style. So far I’m really impressed with the slick package on offer here. The Wii U was a bit ropey in terms of hardware design, UI, etc whereas this just feels modern and great. It reminds me of when Nintendo surprised everyone with the super sharp Nintendo DS Lite. Part of me says I shouldn’t go buy games I’ve had before like Mario Kart 8 and Skyrim... yet I want to!
  12. Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all have a splendid festive few days.
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    Where'd Sprony go?

    All right everyone, I think it's fair to say that a public forum isn't the appropriate venue for discussing an internal matter. While I'll reaffirm FMPONE's position that there's been no ill will towards Sprony and he's very much been welcome to stay part of the staff, unfortunately there have been differing ideas on how to take the site forward and Sprony has made the decision to move on. Admittedly I didn't realise he'd made this final decision until this week following a long period of absence, which I suspect is what led to the curiosity from various people. I'd like to thank Sprony for all of his contributions over the years. I'm sure we'd all agree that he's been at the heart of MapCore for some time, and the community is a better place for it. So we should leave it at that, and if anyone wishes to discuss it further then please do so privately. I know it's 'just' an online community but please think of this like a dispute between employer and employee — it's not the kind of thing any of us should be seeking to gossip about, etc. No one side is necessarily the 'bad guy' and people's privacy should be respected. Hopefully we can remember that it's Christmas and we're not meant to be getting stressed out about what's meant to be a fun gaming community. Thanks all!
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    Blue Planet II

    Really enjoyed the first episode. And now anticipating the second. I also need to get back to Planet Earth II as I got distracted after a few episodes.
  15. Ah right, yeah it's a fair shout. I have noticed a small increase in bots getting through since recently reviewing the anti-spam measures, one of which was switching to Google's fairly effective reCAPTCHA service. It's always a balancing act not making it too easy for bots or too hard for new members — and the fact that a lot of bots get signed up by real people for peanuts money makes it harder. I'd say we stick with it for now, however it's always appreciated when spam is brought to our attention through hitting the report button. People who contribute in this way may additionally be considered for helping moderate if they're interested. If it does get too much we can look at tightening things up further. It's worth noting that the forum actively rejects loads of bots so it's doing its job fairly well, but like junk mail you always get some come through.
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    House of Cards

    I am so disappointed. I've always enjoyed Kevin Spacey's work and absolutely loved House of Cards. I admit that at first my bias was towards Spacey and thinking it was just some people wanting headlines — the same trap that I guess many victims of powerful people fall into — but as with other high-profile individuals recently the accusations have been consistent, numerous, and from people with their own successful show business careers who have no reason to make this stuff up. So basically it seems pretty beyond doubt that Spacey has assaulted these people, and yet how does that leave my enjoyment of his films and shows, and my intention to enjoy rewatching them again in the future? It's the whole separation of artist and art thing I suppose. At what point do you draw the line? Is it possible or moral to enjoy the work of a scumbag? Personally I refuse to listen to any Chris Brown music even though a lot of it is quite good, because he's an abusive violent bastard. But I find it hard to apply this same strictness to what seems to be an endlessly increasing circle of ethically compromised celebrities and their films/music/tv shows/games. Jeez.
  17. We didn't have this requirement before, but we did have it configured that someone needed to post once in any existing thread before being allowed to create their own thread. This was removed recently because I had feedback that it might be putting new members off of getting involved and/or confusing them. Typically if someone signs up it might be because they want to share something they've been working on — that is our niche — and also it led to a low level of people getting in touch asking why they aren't allowed to post Personally I'd rather people be able to dive in and get involved without arbitrary limitations, but am curious why you feel it'd be beneficial? If it relates to certain forums getting junk then perhaps we could implement a more precise restriction. For example, if we're worried about spammy threads in the creative forums we could make it so people's first threads have to be moderated (at cost of extra staff monitoring).
  18. Awesome stuff Ravage! Wonderful to see the memory of Hurg lives on too hahaha. Need to build a Hurg/MapCore sightings page some time.
  19. I hate to say it but I think we're starting to become a bit desensitised to the horrific terrorism that's been happening. I mean literally in the last week or so I have read of: Mass shooting in Vegas Attempted car bombing in Paris Attempted bomb on London tube Two young (~20) women killed with knife in France And you know what? It almost feels like just another month. Sometimes its more intense — like the mass shooting at the beach resort a couple of years ago — and sometimes it's vehicles running several people down. But it has become almost relentless. Every day I open Apple News on my phone and expect to read about another sick incident ISIS is claiming responsibility for, even though it's only actually them some of the time. What more can I say? It's a messed-up world right now. ... On a more personal note, I'm in the midst of moving for the first time in a few years. Things are going well with my girlfriend so we're looking at moving in together, although initially it'll just be me in an apartment we've decided on and then she'll follow a few months later. That's all great, but equally exciting is I'm getting to live in a really nice block I've had my eye on for a few years but couldn't get things to line up right. I've always enjoyed living high up, and my current flat is pretty crappy in that regard — my view is essentially a wall. So this new one is 11th floor, great panoramic views, and it's all new and modern. I can't wait to have a year or few there before finally setting down into a more practical house. Of course, moving is an absolute pain in the ass. There's so much to take care of and a lot of money to spend, and adding to the pressure is my letting agent doing short-notice viewings of my current flat. But I've borrowed some cash to get through the crunch and it should all even out. It's just so crazy having to pay for 2x rent (both flats during the move), agent fees, deposit which is at least equal to the rent, moving truck, new utilities, etc. God day-um.
  20. I'm yet to play Quantum Break. I really loved Max Payne and Alan Wake so hoping it gives me at least some of that same excellent writing and atmosphere those games were known for.
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