I remember about 6 years ago I used to log onto GameBanana every morning - go through my event log, and the threads, check out the WIPs before I headed off to high school. The community was very active at that time too. There were people posting in the threads non-stop, and it was almost a shitshow. I loved that.
I logged on today and sorta miss that time.
Now, I make music and stuff. I could link if you guys are interested.
Not gonna lie, things have changed for the worse on this site nowadays, the community that existed 6 years ago is basically gone, and the community now is just a shadow of it's former self.
There's no more actual good stuff anymore, I guess it's because most of the people here either moved on or they just don't care anymore, I know that some got work as artists and that's really nice for them.
Anyway, not sure if you're still texturing stuff anymore but I still use your stuff (dropbox folder :V) in private compiles from time to time, so thanks for that and best wishes to you.
I wasn't too involved in the community (and this is a new profile because I can't get into my old one) but i've always loved this site. I lurk hard, i've learned a lot. I'm back and i'm committed to learning some new stuff that i've always wanted to do. I'm obsessed with tinkering around with CS:S skins and maps. I'd be down to check out your tunes.
Many of my good buddies are gone. No longer chat with me, their activity is gone. I was noob mapper when I first joined the site, and I used to ask pro mappers for help... but now I know every basic about mapping.
Now I need to meet new people and start new discussions. This is really...... uncomfortable to change the old good days
I miss the old Gamebanana, if only there was a way to meet our old friends once again
Hey there, just logging in here and there to check the site out. I am fine, I remember you pretty well from back in the day.
Turned my back to modding / game creation and started a career in filmmaking and sounddesign, so I am pretty interested in your music.
Why I come back here and there ? GameBanana/Modding taught me the ability to sit down and watch some tough tutorial about UV mapping and having the willpower to follow through, an ability that really helps me up to this day. Plus I also remember the excitement of uploading a project and getting feedback and opinions, that worked really well.
The internet in general has moved away from forums like this used to be. Communities are mostly gone, everything is like reddit where you just have a bunch of randoms in the mix with very, very few regulars, at least in the forum section, the same cannot be said for the skins and maps sections. It's definitely a different place now, but I'm finding I like it still.
FPSB was one of the longest lasting forum communities out there, but after 2015 or so it seems like that was gone, and I can't find it anywhere else. The other communities I frequented are either closed down or bought by something else. Playfire was really big for me for a while, now it's Green Man Gaming and it really, really sucks in terms of community.
Welcome back, man. Can't say how much it's changed since your time, I'm only 3 years old as a member. But from those 3 years the site did change for me. A lot of us have moved away from here, some busy with school and work. Some of us still get together to collab but on different sites. GB's studio rules can be stifling. And gone are the really good new contents. If ever someone from the old sections release anything good, none of their friends are there to urge them on and create more stuff. It's become a kind of melancholia to be here.
Your "What are you listening at" thread is still alive to this day though. I've got some stuff there that I've since added to my playlist and post some myself from time to time...
I remember those days. I sporadically log back in to try and sell points then realise no one wants to invest in the site anymore and give up. Don't really play games anymore, got more interested in real life stuff, all I use my gaming laptop for now is watching movies on. What an awesome community FPSB was though, I think it's partly a generational thing, technological too, as the trends change, oldschool 'forums' have gone and now it's facebook, or reddit as Yello said.
Weird layout btw!
P.s been so long since I've used a forum I forgot about "bumping" old threads.. haha hey ho hi guys
Ahh, good old FPSBanana (yes, I still call this place that way). So many memories. So many downloaded skins. This was pretty much my place to go when I was a kid.
I've made a lot friends here, some of whom I'm still in contact with. Learned many things, from skin creating, model hacking to somewhat improving my English by interacting with other people on the very same forums.
I can't believe its been more than 10 years already since I've created my account here. I still remember when some CS 1.6. supervisor had deleted the whole section with ALL its submissions as a shitfit mid his departure from the site and all the shitstorm that came with it. I think it was one of the biggest hits this site got. It crippled the community and in my view, was pretty much the start of the its downfall since iirc, CS 1.6. had the most content out of any other games here.
I still remember all those e-begging threads about that hot spicy ripe status so many people (me included) strived for. And when the points accumulated on your account had some value. And as someone before already mentioned: the Christmas period where everybody would put Santa hats on their avatars. It made the place somewhat comfier and warm in good sense.
I also remember that edgy GIF Shmitz had as his avatar :^)
All those skills I've acquired here made it possible for me to somehow stabilize things in my life by acquiring a job that I like, with income that satisfy my needs. Its funny that the place I partially used as way to escape from reality and my loneliness as a kid, contributed so much in my life.
I was a 15 years old little brat who just liked re-skinning his virtual soldier toys in a video game. Now I'm 26 years old with a full time job, trying to buy my own house and wanting to start a family.
I was 14 or 15 when I first started using this site. Now I'm 26, about 11-12 years later. Definitely a weird feeling coming back every now and then to see the community I'd hang out on. It's pretty interesting seeing people's stories of what they do now and how their life is. I miss seeing the old banana too and having the forum-style communities that the internet used to have, I'm just glad to have experienced them.
Quick update for me: I joined the US Air Force and am sort of an EMT/LVN. I'm working on my degree in neuroscience and am about to move to Ohio. Not much of a gamer any more, I don't have much time. But I used to play LoL and all the battle royal games. I might get back into it if I find more time, I'm not sure.
It's actually crazy to see how much everyone's lives have changed over the course of time and how skinning and doing all this shit contributed to our lives today, to an extent. But yeah, I did feel that majority of the newer members became younger and younger, and as the experienced crowd got older, they got busy with life.
GameBanana taught me a lot as a kid man. How to use Photoshop, basic design shit, video editing to an extent, and most importantly, dealing with feedback. I make beats now and sell em online for a living. If I didn't learn how to use Photoshop as a kid, I'd be doing worse in life.
I'm still alive, and I'm still upset — even irritated — that the community I once loved is very much so on life support, perhaps even dead, but it doesn't even have a fighting chance when it's being beat to death by these egregious design updates. I know that ragging on Tom about the layout has done nothing in the past, paragraphs of fury did nothing a decade ago, and I am certain that they'll do nothing now, so I'll save my effort on that part.
As for my me, I'm graduating sometime soon with a bachelors in graphic communications, and I've taken the skills I've learned from FPSB and CDG and transformed them into something useful. This was the place where I learned to use Photoshop and 3DS Max, and now I still continue using those tools over 10 years later. This place gave me the interest in the arts by connecting creativity and gaming together.