Unfortunately I never really gotten around to talk to you before, but I want to say that regardless on how I feel about the site today, which is less than positive...without this site, I wouldn't have met as many people as I have whom each have their own talents and skills they offer towards SMW hacking and resource creation.
Thank you for creating SMWC. Thank you for maintaining it for all these years.
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Ngl, tbh, while I may always say that I joined here specifically for feedback and info on making SNES chiptune and the SNES's sound chip in general, I was always very fond of SMW hacking myself, especially in my childhood years where I started messing around with emulators n' shit, and I was always fascinated on how people made all of those amazing hacks with only SMW's engine, and I always had the interest to work on at least something with that engine as well; even if it didn't quite work out as well as I wanted before and mostly just bothered with playing hacks afterwards, I think things definitely changed around for me when I joined the site and started doing music in mid-2016
admittely, I was very bad at it, and I didn't really get the hang of it and the site back then so I made quite a few people mad (even you, heh), but as the years started to progress, I managed to learn a lot since then; not only did I manage to finally get the hang of using AMK, but I have met a bunch of friends in the community myself, and after I started using Discord thanks to a suggestion from a friend of mine here, I actually managed to join in a bunch of other chiptune communities as well, gathering more feedback along the way, finding and befriending a bunch of people I have always looked up to along with a bunch of great musicians I haven't met at all before, and thanks to them, my taste in music has definitely evolved a shitton, and if it wasn't for them I probably wouldn't like VGM as much as I do now and finding a bunch of great composers that I would have never found out about if it wasn't for all those interactions
so, thanks to you, I actually not only managed to have found so many great people here, but it also helped me to have a actual purpose in the world, and I'm very grateful for that :V
thanks for all you have done up until this point man, and best of luck on your life; you deserve it
Well, this took me took me by surprise for sure.
I'm rarely posting on the site here, but am consistently on the discord.
All the same, I've held Kieran in high esteem as one of the creators of something amazing.
Wishing you all the best going forward, Kieran. Thanks for creating such a great site and community; I'm not all that active here anymore, but I'll definitely always be thankful for joining up here and being a part of the community.
This has been an extremely weird year for me. Tomorrow is the last day of my senior year of high school and I'll be finally moving on from people and things that have been a huge part of my life for the last ~fifteen or so years, so I found it a touching enough coincidence that so many other little-but-personal things have happened (that I won't bother listing or going into detail on because then this becomes more of a tangent than it already is) that really rub it in for me just how much things are changing after this year.
And this is probably the icing on the cake to it all.
I'm not going to lie, my initial thought when I decided to post a reply to this thread was to add a side comment along the lines of "well, we all know this won't really feel like much of a change given how inactive you've been anyway lolololol", but when I really think about it this still feels like the end of an era nonetheless. I've hardly been active here myself so I'm not going to notice a change in how the site is run no matter what happens. It's just the implication of how much things have changed from back when I used to lurk here as a tiny kid in like 2007-2008 or whenever I first found this site that really strikes a chord for me.
I feel like such a nerd/loser for saying this in regards to a site dedicated for people over-analyzing the content of an almost 30-year-old game, but using this site for the time that I used it really did change me a lot in a very meaningful way, and I can almost confidently say that it was 100% for the better. For such a small and obscure message board hidden in the vastness of the internet, I'm truly stunned at how many amazing moments and memories I've made with the people and events I only know through this site (and by extension, Acmlm's Board and Challenge Games, because I might as well bring those two legendary websites up as well).
Whether this site eventually shuts down or not, I certainly will never forget this place, even when I do grow out of it entirely and log out of my account for the last time.
I'm logging in after more than one year of inactivity just to reply to this thread. Why? Because even if I don't hack SMW anymore, even if I've felt out-of-place my last year and a half here and even if I left SMW Central, SMW Central never left my hearth. This something like this is too important and I can’t pretend I’m not touched.
I joined this forum back when I was 18 years old, I was in my last year of high school and I was all excited about making my own Mario game. Today, I'm 27, I finished college, have postgraduate studies and work experience, and making my own Mario game seems more trouble than it's worth. I've spent 8 years of my life on this website, two of them as a moderator and one as an administrator, I have a lot of memories of this place, some are good, some are bad, but all of them have a special place in my hearth. In my early years, SMW Central was almost like my second home.
And here we are in 2019, and I'm witnessing something I never thought would happen. I always saw Kieran as someone who would stay in the staff until the site would close. I remember he did consider leaving at one point around 2012, but it didn't happen back then. But this time it's different, Kieran the longtime owner of SMWC is finally passing the keys. When I learned this earlier today I was shocked. I wish I had words to express how I'm moved about this, but I don't.
Kieran, I never got to know you that much, we had talk back when I was the admin, but they were all about staff stuff, and I mostly saw you as a boss back then. Now you're leaving, and you're basically doing what I did around a year ago: moving on with your life. Before you leave though, I want to thank you for everything you've done, thank you for creating and maintaining this site I've spent so many of my life on, and thank you for giving me a chance to administrate it.
And with that, a new era of SMWC starts, with new people in charge of maintaining and funding the site. You people don't have an easy task, we know taking care of the community is hard and can feel like a thankless job sometimes, but now you are responsible of maintaining this place. A lot of people are counting on you, so don't disappoint them!
I don't think I can add much that hasn't already been said here, but I'd also like say thank you. Without you, this place probably wouldn't even exist in this form, and providing the server and resources necessary to run this place for all those years definitely isn't a small feat. Even when you already felt disconnected from this place, you still kept providing the server, and that especially deserves respect. Thanks for making this place possible!
I know I'm about to repeat what everyone else has said, but it feels wrong to stay silent for such an unprecedented occasion.
Kieran, anything we've ever disagreed or argued cannot overshadow what you've managed to do over the last decade. You may not be perfect, especially in others' eyes, but your dedication to the community is incredible and, in spite of the bumps along the road, we wouldn't have been here without you. Thank you for making me who I am today - or, at the very least, creating the foundation which did so - and I hope your life continues just the way you want it to.
Just passed by this site and seeing this announcement, I needed to log in.
I am very impressed at how long you have run this site that is and used to be home for many people for so long. SMWCentral sure is part of our lives and by now I live longer knowing this site than not knowing. I am also glad SMWCentral survived the great wipe and whatever other big event happened in the past. I was glad back in the days that Nightfall was cancelled with return of SMWC and Kuribo's shoe was never a thing.
I hope I was able to help you and SMWCenral out, even just a little bit with my donation I made and during my hack moderation times. It sure was great fun, but sometimes... it is just time to move on. Good luck at everything you put your hands to. Last fun facts, I can remember we used to skype once or twice and my facebook page still says I work at Kieran Menor as SMWC staff member.
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Gee, I remember lurking those old days with the likes of you, smallhacker and Pac running the show, just having a good time spectating all the funny ways in which admin power was used and abused for entertainment. Those days are long gone, but this site and your leadership have definitely left a significant mark on my life. It's been a very long time since I've cared for the actual process of smw hacking, but everything I've learned and the community I was briefly a participant of has been such a good thing. I know it's not like everything is really changing course any more than it already has since then, but I can't help feeling melancholic and nostalgic about the events taking place now. Despite never really speaking with you directly I still feel like you were an important part of my life in what you have created and fostered, so thank you very much.
I know the site will live on, but for me, this feels like the end of an era. Mainly because you're a huge part of what this site has been for me, Kieran.
I remember joining this site when it first opened. I used to run the "SMW Hack Database" thread on Acmlm's Board in late 2005, and Smallhacker suggested I managed the Hacks page here and made me mod of it. It was then that I got to know you. The three us of became really good friends because of this site, and our "staff meetings" hanging out at your house every summer were some of the most fun times I've ever had.
Although I never really did much hacking anymore since 2007, I always enjoyed being part of the community, and watching the site grow. And it's all down to you. And although you've given the community the power to grow even more in the future, I know you'll always be missed.
I also need to thank you, Kieran, for maintaning this very website for so long. As many people said, I can relate, too, that it's a significant part of my life. There were days and days of disagreements, some conflicts and stuff, but you know, this is completely normal and happens with the best of all families. And that's what SMWC feels - like a real family to me. And thanks to this site, as well, I am the person that I am today. I've learned so much with it, and I'm still learning, and being able to help nowadays is a dream that came true. All comes down to you, man. Everything was possible because you owned this site.
Good luck with your life endeavors! SMWC won't forget you!