I’m going to start this out by letting everyone know that I’m still working on the 15 Year Anniversary Video
but it’s a little behind. It should be up within a week though, and I’ll make a separate announcement for it. You can get a sneak peak of what to expect here
(the video will be based on the events listed on that).
After a lot of bold and controversial decisions made at the end of 2018 involving a complete staff restructure, 2019 started out really strong. It slowed down a bit but I think that was just a temporary phase and I believe the site is on track to start growing again. 2018 was the rock bottom for the site and 2019 was the beginning of the gradual incline that follows.
2019 was also a really busy year as far as development goes. I said I would dedicate 2019 to working on features that benefit the forum and its community and that’s exactly what I did. I spent very little time working on the Retro Game Room and mainly focused on fixing, finishing and expanding things on the forum. The biggest project of course was Rebuilding the Entire Post System
, which I think makes the forum worthy of a Vizzed Board 2.0 status? I also completely rebuilt the Private Message System
from the ground up. Both of those projects were some of the biggest projects I’ve tackled in years but they weren’t the only forum related things I worked on.
I restructured the Log System
which made the site more secure and faster, made a ton of different cosmetic u
pdates (for example, Input Fields
), developed a ‘Vizzed GO’ game as an April Fools prank that caught on and was kept, finally added a Post Quoting
feature, made a New Memberlist
page, made a New Active Users
page, and so much more.
I did work on the Retro Game Room and Video Game Room a little though. I upgraded the version of RetroArch that we use countless times. I rebuilt the Game Editor
to make the lives of the staff easier, I completely revamped the way Screenshots
are handled and displayed, fixed the Game Streamers
And then to some, the biggest thing that happened in 2019 was the Vizzed Minecraft Server Revival
One of my more favorite features that I made was the Site Statistics
page. It lets you see just about any type of statistic on the site with an endless amount of filters. All of the stats for the awards below were generated from that page (in previous years, I had to execute queries in the database) so be sure to click the ‘Source’ links to see those results in action.
Another big thing that happened in 2019: My Bomberman ’94 Tournament
streak was finally broke by Foxyman1113! I had been the reigning champion for 5 years. Again, congrats Foxyman1113, it was nice to finally have that streak broken and it was well earned
Expect to see less features in 2020 compared to previous years but more involvement in the actual community. In 2020 I’ll be spending far less time doing development work on the site and far more time just being part of the community, which will include more posting, hosting more events, more streams with the members of the site, more PM reading, more Notification reading, and just more involvement with the community and staff in general.
You can find all of the awards and additional information here: