It's back :D
Post Reply
Quote
Re: It's back :D
Posted by Andrei on Mon Dec 5th at 5:29pm 2016


We're busy being old and bitter; well, I'm busy being old and bitter, at least.

It's been ages since I've visited good old Snarkpit and, to be honest, it feels a little surreal how much time has gone by; I mean, I'm looking at the photo on my profile page and it's over a decade old!
It feels like only yesterday I was spamming this place, not to mention prefabland, with my nonsense; how you people managed to put up with my silliness is beyond me.

Here's to hoping you're all doing well and still mapping... be it with UE4 or Unity if not Hammer. smiley




Quote
Re: It's back :D
Posted by G4MER on Thu Dec 28th at 7:34pm 2017


Good to see old names posting on here.





Quote
Re: It's back :D
Posted by **Dedi** on Sun Mar 4th at 1:13pm 2018


Oh my goodness!

An myriad of emotions wash over me as I see the familiar colours and layout appear on my screen.

Some time ago, I clicked on an old bookmark on my browser, and to my utter heartbreak, SnarkPit was gone. I left it alone, and in a way I left mapping for good. I accepted that the time had passed and it was time to move on. So much has happened since then. Successes, failures, graduations, deaths in the family, relationships, breakups, new ones, happiness, depressing times, anxiety, happiness again, sadness, hope, and above all, nostalgia.

Just a couple of days ago, I was rummaging through my old backed up files in random locations and suddenly ran into Valve Hammer Editor, and found my old maps; a couple of maps I'd spent hundreds and hundreds of hours on. I opened them out of sheer nostalgia, to see what I'd done in my past. I didn't expect that many feelings to come rushing back. Just now I started looking up Hammer Editor tutorials and didn't find much in the first two minutes. In hope, I searched the keywords Snark Pit, just to see whether there was a remnant of our community, or at least the memorable logo of the site on google images.


When I joined this site I was a mere immigrant to Australia and hardly spoke a few words of English. The SnarkPit community was something different: a place full of people who appreciate the game of my childhood, the first game I ever owned. I was maybe 13 or 14 when I joined this community. If you track back (if they are still available) to my first posts (which I may do at some point), you'll see how primitive my English was, and how I addressed Orpheus as Mr. Orpheus because I was just a kid here among all the adults.

Having turned 27 last week, I am like a majority of you travelling down memory lane much more, and in greater emotional magnitude than ever before. The feelings I have are always those of longing. What if this, what if that. I wish I was at this stage in life by now, I wish I'd done this by now. The one thing I know is that whenever I get nostalgic, and want to hit the reset button on my life, I play the Half-Life series. And I do it almost annually.

It has been the longest time. This is the only online community I ever cared about and felt a part of. Even had a couple of you as Steam friends (who, after several years I deleted because I wiped my account to include only people I'd met in real life).

I have no idea whether anybody will have read this at all, but I guess I wrote it because I needed to, for myself as much as anybody else.

I'd love to know what everybody is doing with their lives these days, and how often you guys revisit the Half-Life universe.

TL;DR, Missing the good old days.




Quote
Re: It's back :D
Posted by satchmo on Sun Mar 18th at 1:51am 2018


I haven't visited for years, and I thought this community was gone for good.

When I left, I didn't leave on very good terms with some of the older members, but I figure they are dead and gone by now (ten years is a long time, especially in gaming).



"Are you gonna bark all day, little doggie, or are you gonna bite?" -- Mr. Blonde :: Reservoir Dogs



Quote
Re: It's back :D
Posted by Riven on Sun Mar 25th at 3:20pm 2018


Goodness, it's been a while since I've posted here!

I have no intentions on letting the site die.

The web hosting servers after the new year, just removed several directories from the site, my heart dropped when I tried to connect over the holidays and noticed the main page was gone. I was making plans to upload my backups, but for some reason, the site has made a full recovery. I haven't had a chance to investigate, but I'm glad it's back up.

It's great to hear the impact SnarkPit has had, and continues to have on the community. I'm proud to keep it going, even if the conversations and activity have all but quieted down.

Great to see you all posting! Checking up on SnarkPit, in way, feels like checking in on my young-adult childhood and remembering the person I wanted to be. Of course, life has a way of shifting your priorities, and the more you know, the more choices you have to make.

Dedi, and everyone posting in this thread: Thanks for sharing, as I think your stories ring true for a lot of folks here.

I wish everyone well, and look forward to reading more stories and status updates!



Portfolio: genecy.net
Blog: playingarchitecture.net
LinkedIn: Eric Lancon
Twitter:@Riven202
Pinterest:Riven202



Quote
Re: It's back :D
Posted by Flynn on Sat Apr 7th at 7:23am 2018


Quoting **Dedi**
Oh my goodness!

An myriad of emotions wash over me as I see the familiar colours and layout appear on my screen.

Some time ago, I clicked on an old bookmark on my browser, and to my utter heartbreak, SnarkPit was gone. I left it alone, and in a way I left mapping for good. I accepted that the time had passed and it was time to move on. So much has happened since then. Successes, failures, graduations, deaths in the family, relationships, breakups, new ones, happiness, depressing times, anxiety, happiness again, sadness, hope, and above all, nostalgia.

Just a couple of days ago, I was rummaging through my old backed up files in random locations and suddenly ran into Valve Hammer Editor, and found my old maps; a couple of maps I'd spent hundreds and hundreds of hours on. I opened them out of sheer nostalgia, to see what I'd done in my past. I didn't expect that many feelings to come rushing back. Just now I started looking up Hammer Editor tutorials and didn't find much in the first two minutes. In hope, I searched the keywords Snark Pit, just to see whether there was a remnant of our community, or at least the memorable logo of the site on google images.


When I joined this site I was a mere immigrant to Australia and hardly spoke a few words of English. The SnarkPit community was something different: a place full of people who appreciate the game of my childhood, the first game I ever owned. I was maybe 13 or 14 when I joined this community. If you track back (if they are still available) to my first posts (which I may do at some point), you'll see how primitive my English was, and how I addressed Orpheus as Mr. Orpheus because I was just a kid here among all the adults.

Having turned 27 last week, I am like a majority of you travelling down memory lane much more, and in greater emotional magnitude than ever before. The feelings I have are always those of longing. What if this, what if that. I wish I was at this stage in life by now, I wish I'd done this by now. The one thing I know is that whenever I get nostalgic, and want to hit the reset button on my life, I play the Half-Life series. And I do it almost annually.

It has been the longest time. This is the only online community I ever cared about and felt a part of. Even had a couple of you as Steam friends (who, after several years I deleted because I wiped my account to include only people I'd met in real life).

I have no idea whether anybody will have read this at all, but I guess I wrote it because I needed to, for myself as much as anybody else.

I'd love to know what everybody is doing with their lives these days, and how often you guys revisit the Half-Life universe.

TL;DR, Missing the good old days.


That's a good post, **Dedi**.

I am a similar age to you and can relate to a lot of what you say.

DUring my time at Snarkpit it was one of the only places where I could "talk" to people outside of my special needs education establishment.

Obviously, I am out of that now, in fact, by 2006 I was.

But coming from that background I was afraid to make friends because I'd never really mixed with normal kids before, a lot of the kids at my establishment were severely handicapped, when I had only minor learning difficulties.

So Snarkpit and TAuniverse.com where a couple of the only places where I felt I could be myself without being bullied for it.

A lot of the time I was on forums, I actually wanted to have friends in real life, but my circumstances made it really hard.

10-15 years on with a full time job I am finally there but it's bittersweet as I don't really have memories from my younger years in life.

What the heck, my school made a video for autism week so I figure I might as well post it to give you guys an idea of the kind of establishment it was



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1To14kIfAQ

Edit: embed didn't work



Just Kidding

Just Kidding



Quote
Re: It's back :D
Posted by Riven on Mon May 28th at 5:04pm 2018


Flynn,

That's a really inspiring post, Flynn. I think a lot of what SnarkPit has offered for a lot of folks back in the day was exactly what you described. -It was a kind of outlet for a lot of people to let loose, explore their mapping skills, and communicate across the globe with a other isolated individuals. Of course we, each of us might have been isolated in different ways and not necessarily geographically.

I think your story & Dedi's speaks to that a bit. I'm really glad you contributed then, and are now still connected with us. Even as sparse as the activity on the site is, I appreciate visiting every-so-often to read these kinds of stories. They're a kind of 'reveal' behind the curtain of the personalities we reacted with on the site back then.

My story for the last 6 years, briefly has been moving to Austin, TX after I graduated from university with my Master of Architecture, and started working for several architectural firms here. I recently passed the 7 exams for my licensure, and now finally have my license, and can legally call myself an architect here in the US! smiley

Studying for those exams took up the better part of my time for the last 3 years, and feels like a HUGE weight off my shoulders. I've begun integrating and pushing for VR and level design with my firm for designing architecture! -We've been using the Unreal engine, which has proven to be quite adaptable, and I've started learning a bit of that for the last year, so we could take our BIM models from our modeling software into Unreal to allow clients and residents explore our models! -It's been hugely advantageous to apply my skills from mapping all those years ago into what I do now. Real-time engines have advanced considerably, but a lot of the same principles are still there. Fortunately, the Unreal engine is A LOT more versatile with level optimization then Source ever has been, so we don't have to do very much to have our full 150,000 square-foot buildings, (interior AND exterior) up and running in VR (given the beefy workstations our office uses). We're using the Oculus Rift, with an Xbox 360 controller btw. smiley

I don't have much I can post about it, but this recent LinkedIn post from my company showed the recent conference we took our models to show-off, and what the setup looked like. My firm is called: Pi Architects [NOTE]: The young guy showing it off is not me; that's one of my co-workers who helped out on the project. smiley

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6404745970923429888

I'd like to know what everyone is up to now? Have you been able to integrate mapping into your life nowadays, Dedi & Flynn? smiley



Portfolio: genecy.net
Blog: playingarchitecture.net
LinkedIn: Eric Lancon
Twitter:@Riven202
Pinterest:Riven202



Quote
Re: It's back :D
Posted by Addicted to Morphine on Wed Aug 29th at 4:58pm 2018


I was randomly thinking about SnarkPit today, revisited the site, found it was still up and running and managed to recover my password.

This thread is a trip. I recognize a few of you (satchmo and Cassius) and really can't help but echo the more touching sentiments expressed here.

I used to spend entirely too much time on these boards back when I was in college... it was a really great outlet. It was such a diverse community in terms of geography and age, and honestly now that we're in the age of reddit, I think this was one of the last true internet communities I felt I was a part of.

I moved to a big city after graduation, gave up mapping, and kind of forgot about all the time I spent here. I'm 33 now and focused on my career, so I have less time for gaming, but I still fit in some CS:GO from time to time. I'm still a Valve fanboy at heart, I think.

Anyway, I hope you are all well. I'll check back in from time to time smiley





Post Reply


Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/snark3/public_html/template.php on line 272