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Post 1 written Jan 1, 2014 at 13:25
Hard to believe it's actually been ten years this week since this site was created. Doesn't really seem like five minutes since I was some punk teenager joining the forum in its very first days of existence. It was the only forum I actually posted on a regular basis back in the day. How has everybody been? How have your lives changed since the early days?
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Post 2 written Jan 11, 2014 at 23:53
Yes, it's been ten years. Long time. It used to be a great site, sad to see it dead these days.

A lot has changed since the early days for me. I was 27 when I joined (I joined 5 days after my birthday), I'll be 37 in two days... I have a 5 year old son, I live a very different life now. But even though my life is very different it's still great, so I have no reasons to complain.
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Post 3 written Jan 16, 2014 at 05:54
Wow.. has it really been that long? *looks in own profile* Just.. wow.
It really doesn't feel like 10 years have passed. Despite the lack of activity here, it's still a testament that this forum is still up after this length of time.

Great to see at least a couple people still around. Happy late Birthday as well Red Giant!
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Post 4 written Jan 17, 2014 at 05:56
Hey Friends, remember me? It's been a long time since I joined. It will never not amaze me to see the evolution of my grammar. I started coming on this site when I was entering the 6th grade, and I am now entering the second half of my second year of college. It's nuts.
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Post 5 written Apr 27, 2014 at 12:45
Modified:  Apr 27, 2014 at 12:46
I didn't have the time to reply to this thread when I first saw it, and now something elsewhere suddenly reminded me of it again. Three months sure flew by quickly.

But yeah it's crazy just in general how quickly time goes by. I guess I was around 25 or so when I first set this site up, and now I'm 35 today. Some things have certainly changed, some have not. I have no kids still, but at least two german shepherd dogs that take up quite a bit of my time, lots of hiking through the woods and such.

Professionally I still work with web development and graphic design, but I've also added on a part time commitment with Maritime Search and Rescue which is also keeping me fairly busy in the ice-free part of the year. I'm normally stationed with the rescue boats but have spent a little bit of time dangling under helicopters as well which is needless to say a lot of fun, actually to the point where I'm considering migrating away from the desk and computer towards doing something more outdoorsy, possibly more actively full time within rescue services somehow. Still no firm decision on that though, but I'm slowly turning my gaze more and more in that direction.

Anothing thing I've been up to since about 2011 or so is running a 24/7 dedicated game server for the game Crysis that I've mentioned elsewhere on this forum. It quickly became one of the most popular servers with a friendly relaxed atmosphere and a lot of great fun-loving people frequenting it. I've also gotten pretty heavily into modding and was the first person to create a live in-game "Build Mod" for the game, allowing trusted premium members to build onto existing maps in real time in an almost Minecraft-ish fashion, setting up custom little fight areas or just creating fun artistic expressions.

However, soon now all that will be ending, as the 31st of May this year GameSpy will shut down all of its gaming master servers, effectively terminating the multiplayer abilities in hundreds of games including Crysis (as well as Crysis Wars, Crysis 2 for PC, etc). Even though I still have plenty of people on my server, this will be the final coffin nail and I will need to think of something else to devote the spare time to.

As an old time indie game developer starting my own coding career in the early Commodore 64 days, I've actually considered getting into 3D FPS game development myself and have been looking a lot at Unreal Engine 3 lately for this purpose. So who knows, maybe you'll see some random games by myself on Steam in the near and/or distant future. If UE3 is good enough for Goat Simulator, I'm sure I must be able to do something useful with it as well

Anyway, I'm glad to see people still occasionally pop up here, we've certainly had some great times over especially the early years and who knows, maybe this site can come alive once again some day. I've actually had some thoughts to start fiddling with it a bit again, updating the layout for a more modern (and mobile friendly etc) look and adding a few features, "just because". A preview feature for forum posts also feels sorely needed as I've gotten used to them from other forums, and maybe considering how dead this place is, it might also be nice with a function that can send an e-mail to anybody who wishes whenever there's new threads or new replies on the forum, just as a way to keep up with any small activity there might still be here.

I guess the future will tell what will ultimately happen to Freaks, but I can't really see myself shutting down the domain and erasing the forum content anytime soon, I don't really have the heart to do that

Over and out.

EDIT: Whoops, and I noticed the settings page and stuff doesn't even work anymore. Ah well, now I got a more concrete reason to dive into the codebase anyway ^_^
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Post 6 written Jun 16, 2014 at 20:12
Ahh, I remember being a 10 year old that obsessed with AVP joining this site. I'm sorry to everyone for any annoying things that I most likely did during those days.

Also it is awesome to see that some people come on here occasionally.

Awesome update VenomX! Glad to here you don't plan on shutting down Freaks anytime soon.


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Post 7 written Jul 17, 2014 at 17:54
Modified:  Jul 19, 2014 at 01:22
I agree. Every time I visit this site, I am terrified it has been shutdown, but then I arrive and sees it's here, it makes me filled with joy. Still, can't help feel it's more or less zombified
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Post 8 written Aug 2, 2014 at 18:06
Some things have certainly changed, some have not. I have no kids still,

Do you even want kids?

A lot of things are unfortunately the same for me. Let's see, I'm fast approaching 30 years old and I have accomplished next to nothing in my life. I'm still very much alone and always will be. I'm still doing the same god damn job I started 10 years ago. The only positives is that I passed my driving test 4 years ago but I haven't driven a car since then. Many reasons but I hated every second of it. I could never get the hang of it and it was a miracle that I passed on my first attempt. The other thing is that I bought a house three years ago. That wasn't without its problems either but in 2.5 years, I'll have paid off the mortgage completely.

but at least two german shepherd dogs that take up quite a bit of my time,

Oh, that's nice. What made you decide to get that breed?

Professionally I still work with web development and graphic design, but I've also added on a part time commitment with Maritime Search and Rescue which is also keeping me fairly busy in the ice-free part of the year. I'm normally stationed with the rescue boats but have spent a little bit of time dangling under helicopters as well which is needless to say a lot of fun, actually to the point where I'm considering migrating away from the desk and computer towards doing something more outdoorsy, possibly more actively full time within rescue services somehow. Still no firm decision on that though, but I'm slowly turning my gaze more and more in that direction.

Well, that's a very courageous thing you're doing, putting your life on the line like that. How often do you get called into action?
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Post 9 written Feb 19, 2015 at 01:49
Wow, I really wish I had checked this site sooner. I think I need to throw in a general e-mail notice whenever somebody posts here (for me that is, not to spam everybody with) because I hate missing out on what little activity there still is from time to time.

And Darkness congrats on the drivers license and especially the house! It certainly doesn't sound like you've accomplished nothing anyway if you are soon the owner of your own paid off house, that's quite an accomplishment

Do you even want kids?

I would like some yes, but sadly my current relationship isn't working out as well as we had initially hoped, might even end up going our separate ways within the foreseeable future so, not sure what will happen. I'd be fine without kids too, but it's certainly a nice thought I think.

Well, that's a very courageous thing you're doing, putting your life on the line like that. How often do you get called into action?

Not that often to be honest because I live at a pretty quiet little corner of the coast. In an average summer I would say there's maybe about 50 proper SAR calls (emergency 112 calls or VHF 16 maydays) and then inbetween those there's also a vast array of little "mini emergencies" like people running out of gas/diesel at sea on a calm summer day, or someone spotting a drifting log/bouey or even getting called out to cut some poor bird loose who'd gotten stuck in a fish net.

So there's enough to add a little excitement to everyday life but not much compared to some stations on the busier west coast of Sweden that can sometimes get up to 10 SAR calls in one day during peak season.
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Post 10 written Feb 25, 2015 at 19:08
I would like some yes, but sadly my current relationship isn't working out as well as we had initially hoped, might even end up going our separate ways within the foreseeable future so, not sure what will happen. I'd be fine without kids too, but it's certainly a nice thought I think.

Holy moly, that's come out of left field.

...all that time and money just wasted. I guess if you're both unhappy and it can't be salvaged, there's really nothing else to do. Isn't it like 50% of all marriages end in divorce these days? Makes me wonder why people bother in the first place.

Not that often to be honest because I live at a pretty quiet little corner of the coast. In an average summer I would say there's maybe about 50 proper SAR calls (emergency 112 calls or VHF 16 maydays) and then inbetween those there's also a vast array of little "mini emergencies" like people running out of gas/diesel at sea on a calm summer day, or someone spotting a drifting log/bouey or even getting called out to cut some poor bird loose who'd gotten stuck in a fish net.

So there's enough to add a little excitement to everyday life but not much compared to some stations on the busier west coast of Sweden that can sometimes get up to 10 SAR calls in one day during peak season.

So you're sat around twiddling your thumbs most of the time waiting for an emergency?
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