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#1 8 years ago

The people among us who read the gaming news may have spotted a few articles today:-

http://news.filefront.com/break-media-acquires-filefront-network/

MediaPost Publications Break Media Plays Nice With Gaming Site FileFront 02/12/2010

Don't panic. We have been aware of this for some while. I'm sorry we haven't been able to tell you what's coming in advance, however we were asked not to comment on this publicly. Given that Break has now announced the link up to the gaming media I think it's fair to say we can comment on this now. =p

I would just like to say that this is very, very good news for filefront and us by extension. It's fair to say that we still know more than you do, unfortunately I think we are meant to keep some of what we know private, but we certainly can pick up on a couple of things.

Firstly, Filefront has been plagued in the past by unscrupulous advertisers pushing malware. Break has an extensive advertising section dealing in advertising contracts, so we won't have this problem again.

Secondly, i'd like to pick up on a few points from one of those articles:-

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=122351 Per the deal, Break will fold FileFront into its primary group of branded sites, and plans to invest "significantly" in the editorial components of the site.

In the coming months, Break's editorial team plans to work with the FileFront team to update the site's design, refocus and expand the site's editorial content.

This does include the network.

We are going to see "significant" investment in the sites for the first time ever.

Take a look at Breaks websites. We don't come close to touching the quality of design that they are able to offer, and the team that produced those designs is now going to update the designs we are using. We look likely to get some new features out of this as well. Of further interest is their commitment to "refocus and expand the site's editorial content" which is partly likely to mean some new sites on the network.

We're all quite excited at the developments that Break are going to be bringing to Filefront in general, and the network in particular. Hopefully we'll get a lot from this deal.




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#2 8 years ago

Is their any chance that they mite try to get some new distrabution of Armada and A2 going? This afterall would be one of the best ways to grow the site.




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#3 8 years ago

To distribute A2 legally we would need permission from MadDoc, Activision, and possibly Paramount. More copies of A2 floating around would definitely help though.




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#4 8 years ago
starfox1701;5240685Is their any chance that they mite try to get some new distrabution of Armada and A2 going? This afterall would be one of the best ways to grow the site.

No chance at all. Nobody can do following the lawsuit Activision had with Viacom/Paramount.

What we have is it, and all we are ever going to get.




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#5 8 years ago

I know its a bit off topic but what exactly was the lawsuit and why would that prevent further distrabution deals?




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#6 8 years ago

Negative Opinion below, avoid if you don't want to read it.

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Freyr;5240298Take a look at Breaks websites. We don't come close to touching the quality of design that they are able to offer, and the team that produced those designs is now going to update the designs we are using.

To be honest Freyr, that's the problem. I have gone to all their sub-sites (sites owned by them whatever) and all I can say is they look like rubbish in my opinion. They are exactly the type of sites I avoid.

Being a web-designer myself and I am not just talking about MSFC here, I can say that their designs are pretty sub-standard. Navigation is a pain in the rear and the overall lay-out a high school student in this first week of computing could do better.

Sorry about the negativity. I would love to be proven wrong. However I have serious doubts, and I know I am not alone in this sentiment and I think it's something the staff and new owners here really need to address. This move has already really damaged filefront's community and as a web-designer/manager myself a sites community is the absolute most important thing to any web-site.

As I say (as seen in my user title on MSFC): [COLOR=Black]"Nobody builds a community, a community builds itself!"[/COLOR]

I also know Freyr it's not your fault or the Starfleet Kid's or anyone elses' here that you'd had to keep facts from us as sometimes it is necessary as staff to do so for the well being of a community. However I feel this was a utterly big mistake this time round. Considering how big this is and what recently occurred less than 12 months ago with Ziff Davis.

Now this post isn't designed to be disruptive, or anyway insulting. I just felt I had to be honest as I respect the A2Files staff and Filefront staff enough that I felt you had a right to know.

I feel I have said what I have needed to be said, you are by far most welcome to ignore this post or delete it if you wish but I have had by say here and that's enough for me. It's now in the capable hands of the staff here to decide what to do with this post.

Kind Regards, - Majestic Filefront Member




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#7 8 years ago

starfox1701;5240735I know its a bit off topic but what exactly was the lawsuit and why would that prevent further distrabution deals?[/QUOTE]

When Activision had the trek license they sued Paramount, saying that Paramount hadn't promoted the trek license effectively during that time. When the lawsuit was starting they were mass selling old stocks and they put out packs like the star trek action pack, consisting of new copies.

When the lawsuit terminated, so did all sales of the Activision games. The terms of the settlement of that lawsuit were never disclosed, but I think it's safe to infer that in return for a pile of cash Activision relinquished the license and stopped selling their trek games.

[QUOTE=Majest;5240806]Negative Opinion below, avoid if you don't want to read it.

To be honest Freyr, that's the problem. I have gone to all their sub-sites (sites owned by them whatever) and all I can say is they look like rubbish in my opinion. They are exactly the type of sites I avoid.

Being a web-designer myself and I am not just talking about MSFC here, I can say that their designs are pretty sub-standard. Navigation is a pain in the rear and the overall lay-out a high school student in this first week of computing could do better.

Everybody's entitled to their own opinion. Personally, i'm looking forward to seeing the first new design the filefront network has had, ever. (I don't consider the recent layout change to be a new design, as it was just a... layout)

Sorry about the negativity. I would love to be proven wrong. However I have serious doubts, and I know I am not alone in this sentiment and I think it's something the staff and new owners here really need to address. This move has already really damaged filefront's community and as a web-designer/manager myself a sites community is the absolute most important thing to any web-site.

Of course the community is the most important aspect of a website, but personally, i'm pretty unconcerned. I don't think that having a new owner who actually has the ability and intent to do some real development work has damaged anything.

Why should it?

Don't you think that i'd be worried if there was anything to worry about given that I run the site?

I'm actually pretty excited about the changes that are going on. It's going to take several months, (obviously!) but I'm really looking forward to seeing the final result of Breaks development efforts.

As I say (as seen in my user title on MSFC): [COLOR=Black]"Nobody builds a community, a community builds itself!"[/COLOR]

That's not really the case. Any team or community has a leader, be it a tribal elder, mayor, or administrator who leads their community.

This is one of my favorite quotes on leadership.

"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves."

- Lao Tzu

I also know Freyr it's not your fault or the Starfleet Kid's or anyone elses' here that you'd had to keep facts from us as sometimes it is necessary as staff to do so for the well being of a community. However I feel this was a utterly big mistake this time round. Considering how big this is and what recently occurred less than 12 months ago with Ziff Davis.

We couldn't have told you any sooner. We did sign a NDA when we signed up as staff because occasionally the people at the top give us information they don't want world+dog to have.

Given that it was going to happen regardless of what any of us did, I don't think it really matters that everybody wasn't told in advance. If you had of known in advance, what would you have done that you can't do now? Nothing has changed on the site.

Ziff Davis was going bust. Break, is not as is evidenced by the fact they've just splashed out a fair bit of money by buying filefront. Filefront will be getting a lot out of Break.

Now this post isn't designed to be disruptive, or anyway insulting. I just felt I had to be honest as I respect the A2Files staff and Filefront staff enough that I felt you had a right to know.

I feel I have said what I have needed to be said, you are by far most welcome to ignore this post or delete it if you wish but I have had by say here and that's enough for me. It's now in the capable hands of the staff here to decide what to do with this post. Kind Regards, - Majestic Filefront Member

We don't censor opinions that we don't agree with. The only time i'll touch the moderation tools is when someone is breaking the rules.

Your free to ask a question or raise a concern as long as your happy for it to be answered. That's always been the case since I took the administration of the site on, and it'll be the case until someone else decides otherwise.




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#8 8 years ago
When the lawsuit terminated, so did all sales of the Activision games. The terms of the settlement of that lawsuit were never disclosed, but I think it's safe to infer that in return for a pile of cash Activision relinquished the license and stopped selling their trek games.

I wish I had them money to poke around this better. It would be interesting to see what a lawyer could dig up on this matter.




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#9 8 years ago

Thank you Freyr for answering me and thank you for letting my voice my opinion. I like everyone else here just want what's best for Filefront and I do hope that it all works out as planned. :)




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#10 8 years ago

The more things change, the more they stay the same... As long as we are left to our own little corner of the network, it shouldn't really affect us. And with all the glitches and problems we've had on-site this year, it can only be a good thing in my opinion.