HOTU is more dead

Started by blueskirt, Tue 17/02/2009 09:18:59

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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?


Oh man :(.

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

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


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)



I guess this means that RON has died with it since it was hosted there...


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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All those moments... will be lost... in time, like tears... in... rain."



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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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  We've got backups and there is the mirror that KhrisMuc mentioned, although it's out-of-date.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.


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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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.

- Ponch


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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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.


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.


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.

Shane 'ProgZmax' Stevens

Aww, Mind's Eye was one of the last games to be featured there, too!



MIND'S EYE: It's like the new version of that "Candlejack" thi


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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I win the contest, look at this.

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


"never backed up hisher files"

Now you're completely right ;)
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