It's time for a new chapter in Mars Explorer's history - retirement.
This community has been a tremendous source of inspiration to me. From our humblest of beginings
, to a month of dominating Apple.com's most popular Dashboard Widget
game leaderboard, to our special recognition in the 2008 Unity Awards
or the time I realized we were hosting thousands of unique players
every day - it's been quite a ride. Over 20,000 of you have registered custom identities via this forum, quite possibly over a million have enjoyed the game at one point or another, and the creative energy so often manifested in our community defies conventional interpretations of the producer / consumer dichotomy.
You dared me to dream that an 18 year old from the forests of Northern Idaho didn't need permission from anyone to innovate. That dedication, insanely passionate followers, and a tenuous satellite link to the rest of our planet was all it would take to bring a new idea into the world and share it with hundreds of thousands of people. Mars Explorer represented a universally-accessible virtual reality where all are welcome to gather, play, and create. I'm more passionate than ever about this concept, but currently exploring other dimensions of life.
You may have noticed the FreeHovind farewell
, my AubreyFalconer.com
redesign, or an increasingly active Instagram
feed. MarsXPLR deserves to be remembered in all it's glory - and to this end, PlexPedia will be transitioning to "archive" mode over the next several days. New user registration will sunset, but veterans are welcome enjoy the community you've all helped to build! From here on out, it's all fond memories and no spammers. To celebrate the occasion, I've just relisted Mars Explorer Mobile
on the iOS App Store - and liberated it's former $2.99 price tag.
For the more technically inclined, Complete ATIServer source
will be appearing on GitHub momentairily. This is Safarri - PlexPedia - my browser-window-aware session persistence engine - everything. I also occasionally contribute to the Syn3h Touch repo
- which offers a fledgling but ready-to-build Android / Syn3h / Whirld experience. Mars Exporer itself is (of course) also open source
, and a community member has already begun experiments
in Unity5 compatibility.
See you around!