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Game Maker Community Problems

the-game-maker-community-forumThe Official Game Maker Community went offline for a couple of hours earlier today and users are still reporting that they are experiencing problems.

An explanation provided by Sandy suggests that maintenance of the site had been neglected, “there was a LOT of old backup and other non essential stuff clogging the hard drive.”

This is not the first time problems at the GMC have occurred because time has not been spent on the site. In March 2008 when YoYo Games introduced their green colour-scheme to the forum they also updated the forum software which had not been kept up-to-date for two and a half years.

Just over a year ago malicious software was injected into the forum after YoYo Games failed to install a critical security patch.

Even now the forum is running Invision Power Board version 2.3.6 which is a year old.  The most recent release (3.0.3) was made about a month ago.

What do you think?

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  1. IPB 3 is radically different, but it doesn’t move to a portal or anything, it just embraces new technology 🙂

    But yes, because its a big leap, people are usually hesitant to upgrade. Natural.

  2. I’m not actually entirely sure why YYG are ordering an entirely new server for the YYG Forums. Maybe it’s to minimize the threat of getting attacked or whatever has gone wrong with the forums.

    I agree with the fact that they should update the forum software, however, the Admins could do that too, couldn’t they?
    As far as I see it, if falls under there responsibility.

    Maintenance does seem to be a problem though… makes me wonder why they don’t get things sorted out before they get there new offices. Maybe hire some dedicated staff to specific roles?

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