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blueskirt

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HOTU is more dead
« on: 17 Feb 2009, 09:18 »
I know that Sarinee was no longer updating the website since 2006 and a lot of the download links went down over the years, even if the reviews were still there. But on February 9th, the webhost went bankrupt and Home of the Underdogs is no more. :'(

I hope it will be put back online, even if it's only the reviews, but so far there is no indication that it will happen.

What does it means for the RON community?
« Last Edit: 17 Feb 2009, 11:27 by blueskirt »

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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #1 on: 17 Feb 2009, 09:36 »
Oh man :(.

That is bad news, I used to refer to the reviews on there quite a bit.

Guess I'll go and add Mobygames.com to the bookmarks folder  :'(

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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #2 on: 17 Feb 2009, 10:11 »
Oh yes, I've read this sad news yesterday.

HOTU was one of the most reliable of its kind, it's sad that it went so downhill with it.
At least there's still Abandonia (which has been in some kind of management trouble lately, too)

 :'(

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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #3 on: 17 Feb 2009, 10:41 »
I guess this means that RON has died with it since it was hosted there...

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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #4 on: 17 Feb 2009, 10:41 »
I'm missing HOTU soo much. It's now too late to have some backups and many of the feature games were impossible to found anywhere else.

I went to AGS because of HOTU. Larry Vale was featured on the Hall of Belated Fame and 5DAS / 7DAS were the first game you found clicking on the Adventure Game Pane.

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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #5 on: 17 Feb 2009, 12:37 »
Fail at Floaty Rog' now!  still having to deal with what games are going through

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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #6 on: 17 Feb 2009, 16:10 »
It's a shame, but given the fact that the downloads were down and the site hadn't updated for 3 years, I'm not sure I'm feeling all that sad about it. To be honest, HOTU was one of the reasons the abandonware scene was getting apathetic - all the games were up there anyhoo, and nobody could compete with a site boasting over 5000 games :P

Mobygames is a good alternative if you went to HOTU for reviews and screenshots. For that purpose, I'd even go so far as to say it's a better alternative.
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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #7 on: 17 Feb 2009, 16:47 »
In RoN's case we're simply without a home for the moment.  We've got backups and there is the mirror that KhrisMuc mentioned, although it's out-of-date.  Once we find a new home, it'll be business as usual.

It's the other affiliates I feel bad for.  I hope they have copies of their files so they can continue someplace else.

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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #8 on: 17 Feb 2009, 16:52 »
I can provide a new home if that's what you need. I've got oodles of bandwidth and space lying around, and it'd be a 'real' hosting account, with yer own cPanel and whatnot ;)
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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #9 on: 17 Feb 2009, 17:11 »
Well, that sucks. HOTU used to be one of my favorite sites.

And what's this about Abandonia having problems? They're like the new version of HOTU. I'd hate to see them go away too.

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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #10 on: 17 Feb 2009, 23:49 »
I think Abandonia's problems are of the ego/moral kind. The was a lot of bruhah on the forums over the past while, but it seems to have died down now.
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Oliwerko

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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #11 on: 18 Feb 2009, 08:04 »
From what I know the big man, Kosta left the site with almost no sign of what happened and there was some struggle about the site organization and administration and that kind of stuff. Nothing they couldn't take care of, I think.

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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #12 on: 18 Feb 2009, 09:21 »
Loss of HOTU is big. Not as a place to download games but as PC gaming history museum & database.
Such place should have kept intact at all costs!

I bet many of those titles are lost forever now, atleast for public.

Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #13 on: 18 Feb 2009, 13:32 »
Oh, codswallop. The idea that HOTU hasn't been mirrored somewhere, or at least that Sarinee never backed up his files, suffers from a disturbing lack of faith.

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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #14 on: 18 Feb 2009, 19:19 »
Aww, Mind's Eye was one of the last games to be featured there, too!


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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #15 on: 19 Feb 2009, 16:41 »
MIND'S EYE: It's like the new version of that "Candlejack" thi

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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #16 on: 20 Feb 2009, 08:54 »
Home of the Underdogs..ah..that's where I first downloaded most of my first games..(I had PTSN connection back then and HOTU was a really slow site to load..but man when it did we would cheer and howl(like a dog of course)..
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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #17 on: 20 Feb 2009, 14:23 »
See? Told you. Remain optimistic.

Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #18 on: 04 Mar 2009, 02:41 »
I win the contest, look at this.

HOTU is dead, long live... its replacement!

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Re: HOTU is more dead
« Reply #19 on: 04 Mar 2009, 23:42 »
"never backed up hisher files"

Now you're completely right ;)
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