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@  unluckiness : (13 November 2018 - 10:28 AM)

yes.

@  Pennpenn : (13 November 2018 - 07:48 AM)

Is that nightmare fuel for wanking or nightmare fuel that is- actually you know what never mind.

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 November 2018 - 05:07 AM)

This is the Internet. Everything produces wanking nightmare fuel.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (13 November 2018 - 01:52 AM)

Yet both have produced wanking nightmare fuel. (Rule 34 is a harsh mistress)

@  fourteenwings : (12 November 2018 - 11:41 PM)

I don't know if "magic animals" and "mecha" abide by the same design principals.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (12 November 2018 - 09:20 PM)

PS4 controllers are crap. x.x;

@  Paladin : (12 November 2018 - 08:16 PM)

it took me way too long to realize that didn't actually say "wanking nightmare fuel."

@  NotVeryKnightly : (12 November 2018 - 08:14 PM)

I'm quite sure that directors don't make the designs because that would be ludicrous amount of work for a single person.

@  Noideaforaname : (12 November 2018 - 05:35 PM)

I guess "walking nightmare fuel" is an improvement...

@  Bass X0 : (12 November 2018 - 04:12 PM)

It’s something when the new Pokemon movie is completely accurate to the original source character designs than the Transformers movies. Michael Bay would have created hyper stylised redesigns of Pokemon and many completely new designs if he was doing it.

@  Maximus Ambus : (12 November 2018 - 01:54 PM)

RIP Stan Lee.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (12 November 2018 - 04:25 AM)

Ehh.. Except for a couple of people, the video game section isn't that bad.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2018 - 08:27 PM)

It feels like this hasn't been said enough: anybody who cares what people at TFW does would surely just check there themselves.

@  Gryllid : (11 November 2018 - 06:50 PM)

And with the Seinfeld/Cyberverse names, the genders matched up, and some of them seem fitting enough ("Peterman" for a leader figure prone to dramatic pronouncements; "Puddy" for a big, strong, gruff guy, etc.)

@  Gryllid : (11 November 2018 - 06:46 PM)

Well, the codenames aren't completely random. Shatter and Dropkick were "Red Light" and "Blue Light", weren't they? Referencing their colors.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (11 November 2018 - 09:05 AM)

I'm sure the Hasbro logistics guy in charge of assigning the code names would be amused too, if he knew what TFW2005 was.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2018 - 01:30 AM)

Yup. TFW2005.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2018 - 02:57 PM)

Even though we have seen time and again that those names are just randomly applied names from whatever "theme" Hasbro has chosen for the respective line, with no intentional relation between code name and character.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2018 - 02:57 PM)

I love how folks on TFW2005 still assume the code names for toys from new toylines are mystery games Hasbro has created for the fans, and thus are trying to interpret a meaning into those names to guess the character.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2018 - 07:56 PM)

I haven't watched many eps yet... Mainly cause I've gotten where I just wait till seasons end and watch the whole thing.

@  RichardT1977 : (09 November 2018 - 07:23 PM)

I presume he's going to feature heavily in episode 15

@  RichardT1977 : (09 November 2018 - 07:20 PM)

And like I said in one of the discussion threads, his voice reminds me of the English dub of Alexander Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2018 - 07:20 PM)

Ahh, I ment shown up as a Main character yet, but I wasn't specific. :D

@  RichardT1977 : (09 November 2018 - 07:19 PM)

He showed up in "Maccadam's", and has at least been heard in a few other prior episodes.

@  abates : (09 November 2018 - 07:06 PM)

Yeah, he's shown up a couple of times.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2018 - 07:01 PM)

I ment in the show.

@  Nevermore : (09 November 2018 - 06:38 PM)

Which one?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2018 - 05:31 PM)

Has Cyberverse Grim even showed up yet?

@  Paladin : (09 November 2018 - 05:26 PM)

now that it's out in the open, can I just say NuRID Grimlock is the most interesting version of the character in TWENTY YEARS?

@  Foffy : (09 November 2018 - 05:08 PM)

grimlock eats sloppily at olive garden (ASMR)

@  abates : (09 November 2018 - 05:07 PM)

Sorry, just had to get that off my chest.

@  abates : (09 November 2018 - 05:07 PM)

It could have fit perfectly in Robots in Disguise too. Just have Grimlock waving a pool noodle around and give the line to Drift.

@  abates : (09 November 2018 - 05:07 PM)

Underquoted Transformers: The Movie quotes: "Grimlock, get your noodle out of my face."

@  RichardT1977 : (09 November 2018 - 04:58 PM)

Yeah, IIRC Wilbur was a spring pig.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2018 - 01:48 PM)

I read that as "First sow of the season" and I was about to say that I wasn't aware pigs were typically born in the winter.

@  Paladin : (09 November 2018 - 08:59 AM)

ugh. first snow of the season...

@  wonko the sane? : (09 November 2018 - 08:22 AM)

Shield agent, that's just nuts...

@  Pennpenn : (09 November 2018 - 03:56 AM)

Though there are rumours he's secretly a Pine.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (09 November 2018 - 01:15 AM)

Idea: in a universe wherein plant alt-modes are common, Maccadam transforms into a macadamia tree.

@  Waspinator : (08 November 2018 - 08:51 PM)

That apparently gets you the help you want. https://www.schlockm....com/2010-04-14

@  wonko the sane? : (08 November 2018 - 07:01 PM)

Eh, just conference call it to the suicide hotline AI.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 November 2018 - 05:00 PM)

Soon we'll have AI making the calls.

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 November 2018 - 04:04 PM)

Sure, but you can't try to counter-troll them and see if you can annoy them into giving up first.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 November 2018 - 03:29 PM)

Robots are cheaper, and don't have mental break downs when people swear at them. Considering how many call centers these days are scams: it's not hard to see why folks don't want to work in them.

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 November 2018 - 03:25 PM)

I miss getting real people for spam calls instead of bots. The bots are no fun.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 November 2018 - 03:24 PM)

I like the robot from "the visa mastercard rewards center". It feels so cathartic to slam the phone on it.

@  TM2-Megatron : (08 November 2018 - 02:57 PM)

A lot of our phone scams up here come from India, pretending to be Revenue Canada. I think they mostly target recent immigrants who aren't familiar with the system, but they've gotten lots of clueless seniors, too.

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 November 2018 - 02:52 PM)

I like the ones that fake the caller ID so it looks like your own number is calling you.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (08 November 2018 - 02:46 PM)

U.S. phone spam is getting ridiculous. I got calls from New York and California in the same hour today.

@  Paladin : (08 November 2018 - 01:06 PM)

then they really should install bigger urinals.


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#1 CastletonSnob

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 08:49 PM

Do you think forums are becoming obsolete, because of Reddit, Twitter, Discord etc?



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Posted 09 July 2018 - 09:00 PM

Probably mostly the ones that can't sustain themselves as forums.

Like, the Allspark is probably big enough and busy enough that it's not going anywhere, but I can totally see smaller, low volume forums just switching over to other systems.

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 09:05 PM

This place seems to run at a fast clip

 

I would never see my self at redit in fact I never been there I have no need to

 

I hate Discord just as much as I hate Facebook to hell with that mess


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 09:08 PM

Probably mostly the ones that can't sustain themselves as forums.

Like, the Allspark is probably big enough and busy enough that it's not going anywhere, but I can totally see smaller, low volume forums just switching over to other systems.

 

We've definitely lost traffic over the years, though. I think what remains to be seen is whether forums as a whole still have a niche that will keep them as a necessary part of the landscape. I think you're right that some individual forum communities could essentially outlive forums as a whole, but I think that in that scenario, where forums are just not a mode in which people expect to engage with something, it'd just be a harder and harder sell to bring in new members over time. 


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 10:58 PM

I prefer an well-organized and moderated forum to any of the alternatives listed.  (Well, I've never tried Discord, but I really don't have the interest to either.)

 

Don't like how Reddit seems to encourage upvotes over actual discussion.  It works fine for images/memes, but I think discussions should rise and fall based on people's desire to contribute, rather than just clicking a button and running away.

 

Twitter feels like too much of a free-for-all and definitely lacks the kind of organization that I like.

 

I'm never going to use Facebook to engage in my hobbies because I like my anonymity.

 

I figure forums will die out eventually as fewer and fewer people will want to spend the money and time to really get it right, when the other options above are more popular and do a "good enough" job as-is.  That'll be a sad day, but no sense in worrying about it now.



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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:10 PM

Ah, yeah, absolutely. And they've been dying for years.

 

Many smaller forums have gone the way of the dodo and shut down, or hang in this limbo state where they are still there, but nobody posts anymore.

 

As was mentioned, big forums are probably going to survive, but yeah. There's definitely been attrition.


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:14 PM

Bulletin Boards, Usenet, and AOL chat rooms have all fallen by the wayside.

All I know is that I like it here, and hope to stick around for as long as possible.

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#8 HellCat

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:31 PM

I think there's a technical and emotional response.

It used to be hard to run a forum. Sure anyone could start up an ezboard but that came with no promise of an actual community. Plus it was much harder to find stuff online so establishing yourself as a landmark meant most would end up with you.

Now though? With competing social apps? With people going online just about anywhere? Forums are antiquated.

Just a few years ago I was involved with updating the TZ forums. The basic brief I was given was to make it more like Facebook. A chat client, in-browser games, stat trophies, etc. Tons of little rewards and distractions because trends were telling us it was what kept attention now.

Probably doesn't help that newer competing news sites snuck up and outdid us. I'm proud as hug to work for TZ but when people discuss us now it's largely to say we're past our prime.

Community wise most moved on. A lot of the people who ran the place when I first joined were college students. They graduated, started careers...shooting the shit discussing cartoons just didn't fit in anymore.

I think toy forums like this survive partly because it's a hobby that thrives on being aware. New wave spotted here! New toy has a problem, oh no! But wait, here's how to fix it! Etc

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:47 PM

About five years too late to be asking this question.  Any forums that are still around are likely to continue sticking around, because the fit a niche.  Other forms of social media really aren't well-suited to extended more-or-less linear discussion.  Google Plus kinda sorta tried that, but it didn't really kill anything.

 

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:50 PM

Don't think forums will ever completely die, though usage numbers will probably end up like irc. Frankly I prefer forums over massive social media sites. Always have.

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:59 PM

Forums are dying but certain communities will continue to exist.

 

I think the biggest threat to fan forums is the concept of official subreddits. I mean, say you play an MMO or whatever, you'd be more inclined to post on the official subreddit where someone who works on the game might see your post than some fan forum.


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 12:13 AM

I worked on the official US Gundam forums.

The rest of the staff were dicks who wanted the community to be subservient to us.

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 01:24 AM

Haha, they hated me there.


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 09:31 AM

I know I've measurably come on here less since the Allspark Discord started up. Multiple times a day went to just checking in once. Still, there's enough here I can't get on discord that I don't see myself ever fully dropping it.



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Posted 10 July 2018 - 09:39 AM

Everything has its time & everyone dies.


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 02:10 PM

Except me.  I'll be here forever.


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 05:14 PM

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 06:02 PM

Forums aren't as popular as they used to be, but I think the format has its merits. ReEdit & Facebook don't appeal to me in the slightest.  Twitter is well & good, but I can't have the same sort of conversations via Twitter.  I've not any experience w/ Discord, but it doesn't look like it's for me either.

 

On a forum, I can post a question, or make a comment & can come back 1 week later & and catch up on the direction where the conversation went.  On other formats, this isn't as always as easy to do.  I generally prefer the easy laid back feel of forums, over something that requires more of a real time communication.


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 06:44 PM

I don't know what I'd do if Allspark went away.  I spend so much time here.



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Posted 10 July 2018 - 07:43 PM

We've definitely lost traffic over the years, though.

Fair. I don't have access to the numbers or really know what peak Allspark would look like.

 

I think what remains to be seen is whether forums as a whole still have a niche that will keep them as a necessary part of the landscape. I think you're right that some individual forum communities could essentially outlive forums as a whole, but I think that in that scenario, where forums are just not a mode in which people expect to engage with something, it'd just be a harder and harder sell to bring in new members over time. 

I think what we're seeing is similar to what happened to Tripod and Geocities websites.  That is to say that, when the ability to easily create web forums debuted, it was the easiest way for people to get together in a relatively well organized group.  EZ-Board and similar services made it something anyone could do and so everyone did.  Since then, a lot more options have sprung up and people are naturally moving to the niches that better suit them. Social media has become a diverse and prominent thing and people just don't need the forum structure as much as they used to.

 

I'm not sure forums are on their way out entirely, though.  Forums have their benefits and I don't see those being taken away by anything else on the market, except maybe Discord.  But even then, Discord doesn't offer quite the level of organization that a forum does.

 

So, yeah, forums are almost certainly getting less popular, but I'm not sure they're dying, per se.


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