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It's about time somebody said this...
Submitted By ffroggy on 13/09/24
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Dear Martians,
My story begins long ago, when 2.22 was a newly released pinnacle of Mars Explorer and new opportunities shone on the horizon like the dawn of a new day. We hadn't yet seen the sun rise, but we were confident it would because it had risen so many times in the past. It peeked over the horizon with the first beta release of Syn3h, and began shining brighter with the second beta. Then the whirld projects were updated, alongside the iPhone app upgrade. Times were good, and the new day was coming into light. Then the sun stood still. Heartbroken, we asked questions, waiting expectantly and hopefully. We deserved a new version of Mars, and syn3h looked like it would be the thing we needed. But it never came. Weeks stretched into months, and there was a slight buzz on the forum about taking matters into our own hands. In response to this, Aubrey released the source code of Mars Explorer, to the joyous applause of every user to be on the forum for that period of time. The effect it had was the opposite of what anyone expected. While a core group of developers quickly banded together and began work on the source code enthusiastically and released project updates regularly, we began seeing the fruits of their labor almost immediately through the .unitypackage releases they compiled for us. Then, they ground to a halt too. The sun stopped rising, but it was shining a harsh light now, the light of scrutiny and public dissatisfaction and expectations, forcing developers to either stop work altogether or get out of the public eye. What initially started as Mars Explorer 3.0 instead became Terrium. It was an exciting idea, and there was still the public backing necessary to get stuff done. Now, with development of Terrium halted until December, no work being done on an open-source release for Mars Explorer, and, honestly, nothing else exciting going on either, we've been sitting here stewing as though sitting on hot coals. Add some hacking to the mix, and we've just created the perfect boiling pot of dissension that has characterized the Mars Explorer community in recent weeks.

In light of these truths, I'd like to examine our motives. We can be frustrated with the lack of progress, or we can be patient with the knowledge that development just takes time. We can flame the hackers, or we can thank them for giving us something to talk about (even if what the hacker did was majorly uncool. Although I am curious, did anyone ever try asking _ACE_ nicely to stop?). We can become cynical, angry, and detached, or we can do what we can to support eachother through a disappointing time. We can be angry because people aren't giving us what we wanted, or we can be thankful that we're getting anything at all. I would encourage the latter.
yours truly,
ffroggy
PS. If the forum died today and a read-only copy was preserved for everyone to see, what would you want it to look like?

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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
4 days - 9,099v
Posted 2013/09/24 - 16:03 GMT
Thank you, and i sincerely mean it
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
1 day - 5,467v
Posted 2013/09/24 - 19:43 GMT
Dear Ace, please stop hacking.
Thanks, the Mars Community.
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
4 days - 9,099v
Posted 2013/09/24 - 21:19 GMT
No offense AT ALL, but who said that your now speaking for the community? Just wondering. If everyone wants to say it then have them say it or ask them and say it on only those players behalf. Again im only wondering...
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
4 days - 13,880v
Posted 2013/09/24 - 22:22 GMT
Are you OK in the head, Kiaree?
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
4 days - 13,880v
Posted 2013/09/24 - 22:07 GMT
Dear Ace, please stop possessing other peoples servers and accounts. Use your own pls
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
3 hours - 275v
Posted 2013/09/24 - 22:55 GMT
Kiaree, sometimes people do speak for the community...

It's ok.
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
4 days - 9,099v
Posted 2013/09/24 - 23:09 GMT
@Hera: Yes i know they do, i have nothing against that.

@Abister: yes i am ok in the head

I said that on behalf of someone else who cant get into their account at the moment.
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
8 hours - 627v
Posted 2013/09/24 - 23:48 GMT
Look, I think you need to chill out. You seem to be arguing with everyone today. Seriously, every time someone comments on something, you have something to say about it. Usually, the things you say are nice and friendly, but today they're just angry posts. Did Abister really rile you up that much?

This is a forum; there doesn't have to be a DESIGNATED PERSON to tell someone what the entire community obviously wants to say. There's nothing official about it, and I'm quite sure no one but ACE approves of his hacking. And with Abister's post about the founding fathers, you obviously didn't even read the entire thing. That or you didn't make sense of it. What he said wasn't entirely correct and very narrow-minded, but you just said, "duhhhh... u must get baord alot." It's like you're not even looking at the post anymore, if you see a long one, you're like, "Facts, must insult for being knowledgable." If you see a short post, you'll read it and try to find a way to contradict it. This goes for both of you. It's like when either of you read the other one's posts, a vein pops in your head and you type out a short answer on an impulse. Another thing, now that someone's called you out on being ridiculous, you're defending it with an excuse that's most likely bullshit. Even if it's not bullshit, I'm sure the guy (or girl) would NOT mind someone asking ACE to stop being an asshole without their permission. Anyone who does is just like those company owners who get pissed when people use their material: "HEY! THAT'S COPYRIGHTED!" And Abister, stop trying to rile her up. It's not helping anyone, and it's slowly causing someone who seems to be a generally nice person to become an irate ball of fury and ice cold hate. That's malicious in and of itself, whether you're trying to do it or not. I think both of you need to just calm down, take a chill pill, and watch some good old Doctor Who. It'll get your mind off things.
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
3 hours - 275v
Posted 2013/09/25 - 0:36 GMT
lol thank you, Lieutenant_Joe.
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
4 days - 13,880v
Posted 2013/09/25 - 1:44 GMT
lol I know who it is. It's pretty obvious that he can talk normally.


Stop puppeteering please!
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
20 hours - 3,545v
Posted 2013/09/25 - 0:58 GMT
I think I should be the speaker for the whole community. Even kruncher said, and I quote, "you have never a helpful comment made". Now I don't know about the rest of you, I am both prideful and honored by this. Therefore, I hereby elect myself as the spokesperson of mars explorer, for now, forever, and ever shall be world without end AMEN
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
1 day - 3,337v
Posted 2013/09/25 - 1:24 GMT
If I may comment as someone reading quite a lot of this for the first time (I no longer regularly visit this site) the simple truth is that it is depressing and disappointing. Neither because people have tried and failed and tried again to rebuild and revamp mars, nor due to community member's innappropriate use of Aubrey's gift (the source code). No, the awful thing to see here is how angry and unreasonable both sides of this argument have become over what is, in the end, a computer game. Is this world truly the be-all-end-all of any of your lives? Because frankly, it shouldn't be. Take it a little less seriously and I think you'll find it's a little more fun.
 
P.S. The only reason I was going to post was that I hoped someone could re-export one of my whirlds for me, if anyone knows who could do this I would appreciate a PM - because the game is what's really worth playing.
 
-PR
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
4 days - 13,880v
Posted 2013/09/25 - 1:47 GMT
Someone hacked a game. Usually, in normal games / communities, hackers are punished. Especially if its a dev. 
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
1 day - 4,967v
Posted 2013/09/25 - 13:39 GMT
Shut up, PR. *never thought I would ever say that two years ago...*
 
 
 
 
Who cares about school? We all die in the end.
 
Who cares about getting a job? We all die in the end.
 
Who cares about life? We all die in the end?
 
 
WRONG.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I care.
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
4 days - 9,099v
Posted 2013/09/25 - 14:47 GMT
Thats a shocker...



You care:P
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
1 week - 32,767v
Posted 2013/09/25 - 17:12 GMT
Why should you care about your own life? We do, after all, die in the end. Rather you should care about humanity in general in your life and try to make as big of a positive impact on the future of humanity as you can (that is, to help humanity succeed and spread like a virus throughout nature and observe and understand more and more of the universe).

Do you exist though? Prove that you do. Prove, to me, that you're not just an NPC in the game of the universe.
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
4 days - 13,880v
Posted 2013/09/25 - 22:16 GMT
Congrats, lol, you have officially derailed the topic.
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
1 week - 32,767v
Posted 2013/09/25 - 23:14 GMT
Pssssst it's on purpose.
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
4 days - 13,880v
Posted 2013/09/26 - 6:09 GMT
But does anything actually have a purpose?
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
4 days - 9,099v
Posted 2013/09/26 - 12:18 GMT
Yes. Few find that purpose though, but just those few can b pure of heart.
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Re: An Open Letter to the Community of Mars
2 days - 11,431v
Posted 2013/10/03 - 2:43 GMT
Be a Humanist. We care. About lots of things. I'm apathetic in some ways, MAD, but it's important to care about certain things. Especially life since it's your short existence.

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