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  Is Anyone Alive?
 IKHAM  Posted on: Mar 22 2015, 21:15
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 Wow. This place is so old, I had to use a torch to get here. Didn't really enjoy the giant spiders and skeletons along the way.

Anyway... now that i'm here... I can see the place is empty. I wonder if the juke box still works.
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  Ooooo Vote For Me!
 IKHAM  Posted on: Jan 15 2013, 20:01
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I have been hard at work. Oh yes! Recently me and a team of friends in the games business got together and entered 'Indie Speed Run'. A competition to create a game in 48 hours.

So we got together the weekend before christmas and tirelessly churned out art, code, levels and music in an almost military fashion until we created our baby 'DSV'. Right now it is up online in the public voting phase and as it is doing well so far, we are in with a chance, but we need your help!

It will take you approx 5 seconds (no sign up required) to visit our games voting page and give a generous portion of stars and if you are running windows, you can install the game and have a play!

Also, as you can vote every day, please feel free to come back and vote away. I'll give you a choccy if you do!

Vote like a baddass here: DSV @ Indie Speed Run
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  Is Anyone Alive?
 IKHAM  Posted on: Jun 25 2012, 15:13
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 Now this place is like a trip down nostalgia lane. I'm amazed we still get a pretty high volume of traffic even though we don't update anymore. It's still the Vice city guides that attract all the attention.

Anyway, i've just released my first xbox indie game. Check it out (

Avatar Euro Penalty Shootout
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  Let's Rename Our Planet
 IKHAM  Posted on: Mar 29 2012, 14:44
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 Planet Will Ferrel biggrin.gif
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  Is Anyone Alive?
 IKHAM  Posted on: Mar 29 2012, 14:43
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 Still alive. Still kicking.

I'm working on bigger projects at the moment. Hopefully be kicking out some indie xbox 360 games with a friend later in the year. Doing LOTS of sport. Getting older and wiser. Have very little interest in making websites now.

Glad to see that some people still visit, even when it's neglected. thumbsup.gif
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  We Don't Need Jollyroger
 IKHAM  Posted on: Oct 11 2010, 10:34
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 Well I don't blame you JR. I'd love to come post everyday and be as enthusiastic as I was. But sadly my interests have changed wildly over the years. I rarely play games now and so don't have much to say about them.

Also there comes a time when you get fed up of the appalling behaviour of some people on the internet and i'm sorry, I don't want to make my life about arguing on the internet.

Really really really sad to see you go, but totally understand your feelings behind this. I was hoping that including latest forum posts on the main website would encourage a bit more life in the forum. But once again, it's another step that has appeared to have not worked.

Thankyou for all the hard work you put in over the years. Hopefully you will come back after a break, but if not please come back to say hi now and again! praise.gif
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 Poll: How Many Days?
 IKHAM  Posted on: Sep 30 2010, 18:46
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 It's an interesting thought. It would really depend on the scenario and also what "catching on" is defined as.

If I passed a bloke nearly every day on the way to work, i'd probably just think he was on his way to work. I might start saying hello to him or noticing him, but I wouldn't think he was doing anything other than his usual daily routine. So in this instance, probably never.

If I was working in a burger van and I saw the same man pass every day at the same time, 3 times a day, I may start to "take interest". But i'd probably conclude that he was a bit OCD or something. If "taking interest" is what you mean by "catching on", then this could happen.

It would probably take 3 times to pass someone before they really began to notice you. But that first person to notice you might not pass you on day one. They might start passing you on day 15. So in this context, at very earliest, 3 days, but more likely over 5.

If "catching on" is defined as "working out" what you are doing. Then I would say never. Because nobody is ever going to think "hey there is that guy again. I guess he's walking this same route, 3 times a day, every day just to see if anyone notices him".
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  What Do You Want To Be Written On Your Tombstone
 IKHAM  Posted on: Sep 23 2010, 19:01
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 IKHAM
1980 - 2325


1st man on mars
Multi Trillionaire
Solver of world poverty and hunger
Owner of the country previously known as Japan

"He died only because he was bored of the physical world and wanted to try out a different dimension"

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  Civilization V
 IKHAM  Posted on: Sep 22 2010, 08:42
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 Oh lordy! I can feel my life slipping away already. Thankfully i'm so busy over the next couple of months maybe i can escape without being horrendously addicted. Mind you i've got a week off work in November. Think I might cave. unsure.gif
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  What Do You Want To Do Today
 IKHAM  Posted on: Sep 4 2010, 17:09
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 I have done all the 'must-dos' today. Now it's all fun baby. tongue.gif
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  New Skin Feedback
 IKHAM  Posted on: Aug 15 2010, 14:57
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QUOTE(Mark @ Aug 15 2010, 13:49 ) *

why is the niko picture next to the logo...


Because we are a gta website. Although we cater for other games, 90% of the site traffic is gta related.
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  New Skin Feedback
 IKHAM  Posted on: Aug 15 2010, 11:12
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QUOTE(Alisbet @ Aug 15 2010, 08:58 ) *

I think that this new skin is really awful for the lack of better words. I wish that you could have done something better.


I'm sorry you don't like it. Have you had a look at the new designs in the posts above? What are you're thoughts on these?

Some more work on the template.
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  New Skin Feedback
 IKHAM  Posted on: Aug 14 2010, 15:19
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 That's more like it mark. I'm not against criticism, in fact I welcome it, because it pushes me further. Sometimes when you work on something for a long time, you need other people to point out things that are really obvious.

We'll get it looking nice eventually.

Ok had a play with some ideas for the forums.

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  New Skin Feedback
 IKHAM  Posted on: Aug 14 2010, 14:06
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 I'm not disregarding bugs mate. In fact I fixed the control panel last night.

Ok i've had a re hash of the banner based on feedback received so far. Screenshot attached.
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  New Skin Feedback
 IKHAM  Posted on: Aug 14 2010, 12:10
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 Thanks for your feedback. Lot's of excellent points here. I've made notes below in green.

QUOTE(Laurell @ Aug 14 2010, 01:53 ) *

I decided to write down what I wanted to have, and my fingers were in a very good mood tongue.gif

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The new Nav column

* The color on the background image behind the text ”Profile” is lighter than the border around the box. Add a fade (best looking) or match the .
This is intentional, it is meant to be a shine effect, but perhaps I will make an angle to it to make it more apparent
* The sub-title font ”Featured” could be larger to be easier to read.
shall have a play around
* The background of the whole bar looks smooth with it's diagonal scanlines on top of the gradient. Kudos!

In particular the right border of it looks perfect.
* The very left border (background-navbar border) is not only to bright but also to soft. Keep the shadow on the outside, but maybe make the actual border more like the profile box border? Like it looks at the very right border.
I don't agree to be honest. I am happy with the borders.
* ”Register” link font color doesn't change on mouse hover. A darker colour should be added.
got it
* The border around the profile and menu box is very nice, the rounded corners brings problems with pixelated lines,
well spotted, but pretty difficult to get rid of this

if having a pure rectangular box looks to bad, try to fine tune the edges a bit.

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The Logo Bar
* The links on the top, just remove them. Have a empty space there, or let the logo touch the very start.
this is for SEO purposes. those links alone increased our search engine rankings
* The actual logo don't fit very well with the silver background, I personally liked the old yellow very much and want something similar back, but if you want a more clean layout, please re-do the logo.
I disagree to be honest. I much prefer this one. My ethos around this design is to simplfiy the whole skin so that the content is easier to see. The old skin has been confusing alot of people by being too complicated.

* The links (Home – Forums – Submit News) should look more integrated with the rest of the logo / silver gradient.
A different idea would be to make them to look like tabs, and have the selected tab the same colour as the background of the below area. Wouldn't be possible to use the very left area though (because of the nav column)
I may have a play around with this

* The new ”Latest forum Posts” feature is a great new thing. Keep it somewhat as it is, maybe have a ”no new posts since last visit” would be possible for us registered users?
And what about a link to the ”Active topics” feature, for a longer list.
* The Diagonal scanlines on the background is too much visible, lower the opacity or re-design this part. Diagonal scanlines don't look that good to be honest.
shall have a play with this

* Make the logo a link to the index page! haha fair enough. i'll return that to normal. I always use the home button to be honest, but everyone is different
It deserves those exclamation marks as it's a unwritten standard that almost every site uses, I don't know how many times I clicked there and wonder why nothing happens.

* Home – Forum – Submit News – Profile - Search
- Why is Forums in plural? It's more common to have it in singular.
- Profile. Not very important, use it as a space filler tongue.gif
- Search. I think you know why ;)

* The background on the left and right looks odd, the scan lines and something that looks like floral brushes doesn't fit in my opinion, I would prefer a simpler plain colour, but you might have another ace to finish it off nicely.
* In general so would I advice to take this part back to the drawing table, and think it through how it should look, (doesn't feel that thought thru at the moment)
I'm going to play around with this. I actually am on about design number 10 with this, but can kind of see why people don't like it. I did have it as a very bright colour before. Maybe I will try this again and show you guys.
* When pressing the ”Submit news” link, so should you get to a guideline page, and once you clicked on a button like ”I read”, you be taken to a new topic form directly, it would force anyone to read the guidelines as well as not taking more clicks than currently smile.gif

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Content Area

* I would make the the right bar smaller, and the main wider, to fit with more important content.

I did some math, and I would advice that the bars would be the following width...
160px | 500px | 270px

The nav bar would be kept the same, the main would get larger attention and more freedom when writing the news. The right bar doesn't need to be as wide as it is, polls and the notice messages would easily fit within 260 pixels, as well as 250x250 square advertisements.
Currently when you browse these pages, so have you a large empty area on the right when you scroll down, making the content more vertical would help this drastically.
* The Notice boxes on the right would need to be re-designed, I guess that would be necessary anyways because of the new layout.

* The news boxes should get an darker background, because I think the contrast is to small between the text and the bg, a simple rectangular box would fit nicely, no need for fancy rounded corners.
Yeah i have a better design coming for these. Consider unfinished

* I would remove the advertisement banner on the top in favor for one or two advertisements squares in the right bar, it will be less annoying and maybe even yield some more cents. The ad below the GTA IV image can either be widened to a 468x60 ad, or placed on the right column.
I'd love to rmove this as well, but I will have to discuss with our marketing guy on this. I doubt we will remove it as it's in the most prominent part of the page and advertisers like this. Removing would probably reduce revenue.
* Make the poll a weekly poll or something like that, there are enough semi-important issues to vote in such a poll, one per week ain't that hard to accomplish and it will look more living, the current poll has been there since 2009...
I've changed the main page poll serveral times this year already lol. Unless someone would like to take ownership of changing the poll frequently, I doubt it will get changed weekly.
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The Forum

This is a part of GU that always looked smooth.

* It's a good thing that the gradient in the post area has been removed, makes it slightly easier to focus really.
I agree

* The silver bar behind the posts are too bright in my opinion, ligt areas attracts my attention and it's slightly annoying. Shadow would work better there I think.
you mean the silver dividing bar?

* The kudos system are gone, was this planned and why if so?
Just invisible. Sorry it's complicated getting it to work for a new skin. I'll bring it back as soon as I can.

* Move the Reply and New topic buttons to the same bar as ”1 users are reading...”. And why not put another banner advertisement down there, profit while not being in the way especially much.

* The reply and new topic buttons could be integrated with the where-you-are links, for a smoother look.

* And, the Swedish flag is missing it's border, and the white would be better with a light gray.

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Reply

* The preview area should look like an actual post, so you can see if a image will stretch the layout or some odd line breaking appears.

* What about a wysiwyg, some may prefer it, some (including me) will stick to a pure text input. It doesn't hurt though

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  New Skin Feedback
 IKHAM  Posted on: Aug 13 2010, 22:13
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 Hey guys.

Yeah I've changed the skin as you can see. I'm sorry that you don't like it so far and thankyou for sharing your opinions Mark, but may I ask you to perhaps deliver your opinion with a little more tact?

Although you got to the point, you haven't really been helpful. Maybe you'd like to express what you don't like about it and offer some constructive criticism? That way your opinion becomes more valuable and also helps the community move forward.

Other than that, I shall be fixing anything I can, so please do report any funky goings on!

Cheers guys. thumbsup.gif
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  Favourite Bands
 IKHAM  Posted on: Aug 13 2010, 00:11
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 Rubber band
Elastic Band
Sweat Band
Bandolier
Radio Band
and one of those bands you get on a tree trunk. smile.gif
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  5 Years
 IKHAM  Posted on: Aug 11 2010, 13:20
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 I'm kind of planning to kidnap the googlebot one day, but don't tell google. I'm sure they'll be upset when it doesn't come home, but they'll pay big money when I start sending bits of it back in the post.
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  6th Anniversary
 IKHAM  Posted on: Aug 4 2010, 21:27
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 Screw renting. I'll hijack a war ship and we'll go take over one.
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  GU Behind The Music
 IKHAM  Posted on: Jul 29 2010, 12:12
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 Holy sh*t $19,000. LOL that is massively innacurate. This site is probably worth $1,000 tops. That report is obviously based on some general parameters, but we'd probably have to be making $1,000 a day to get $19k for this site. I'd be very happy if that was the case. lol.

Good info though JR.
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  Inception
 IKHAM  Posted on: Jul 20 2010, 20:18
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 What did peeps think of it then? It's a bizarre film in that you can say you love it/hate it, but can't quite explain to someone what it's about. Not in a typical small talk kind of way.

"hey did you enjoy inception then?"

"oh yeah it was brilliant!"

"What's it about?"

"uhhhh, go see it"

Once again, even though dicaprio slightly annoys me, he's chosen a film with an amazing plot. I respect him for that and to be honest, he played a good part in this one.

What's eveyone else think?
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  Ikham's First Play With An Ipad
 IKHAM  Posted on: Jul 20 2010, 20:15
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 I have to admit, after using my android phone as an mp3 player for a while, i've gone back to my iphone for that. Just seems to work a little bit better in the music department.

It makes a difference when you're doing 80 down the motorway and trying to find your favourite track. yes.gif
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  Arthurian Round Table Found?
 IKHAM  Posted on: Jul 20 2010, 20:11
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 Hey, if everyone in those days was like Brian Blessed, then there really would be no problem! biggrin.gif

"GORDON'S ALIVE!!!"
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  Dodgeball, Dodge, Duck Dip Dive And Dodge
 IKHAM  Posted on: Jul 15 2010, 09:14
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 In some cases the pads actually make american football more dangerous, because the players run into each other even harder than in games like rugby. Many many spine injuries have resulted of players slamming into each other and although the pads protect their shoulders, it puts extra force on the spine.

It's still a dangerous game, but I just think it's got the wrong name. tongue.gif
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  Dodgeball, Dodge, Duck Dip Dive And Dodge
 IKHAM  Posted on: Jul 14 2010, 10:17
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 I'm sure the americans would have called it football if it hadn't already been used by one of their own sports. Though I do get confused why they called a game that mainly involves holding or throwing a ball, football.

Also, why call it softball, if it isn't soft.

I think americans just like to be difficult or ironic or something. coolio.gif
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