Gamefilter: The Refiltering April 24, 2014 6:03 PM   Subscribe

Gamefilter: The Refiltering. I've refined, rebuilt and relaunched Gamefilter, and I'd like to invite you all to stop by and enjoy both the gaming and the filtering!

Gamefilter is meant to be the 'missing piece' in the MefightClub constellation of sites -- MefightClub itself is a semi-closed forum, FullGlassEmptyClip is the all-singing, all-dancing group blog for longer form public writing and stuff, and Gamefilter is the place where the links live.

But Gamefilter is not just for MefightClub members only! Registration is open to all for the low low cost of zero dollars, and the benefits of membership are manifold, including but not limited to ponies, unicorns, and the love and respect of your peers.

I launched GFi a few years back, but it was a bit of a chewing-gum-and-scotch-tape affair, and my coding skills didn't help matters, and it just became too hard to maintain and bugfix (and it wasn't getting as much traction as I might have hoped). So I mothballed it for the duration back in late 2012.

Although it might seem like a relaunch right now is a response to the recent news that Matt and co are considering a future dedicated area for gaming-related stuff here at the mothership, that news came when I was about midway through rebuilding the site, and so I decided to soldier on regardless. My hope is that even if something official that's gaming-related appears on MeFi eventually, GFi will have developed a life and active userbase of its own that will complement that.

You can visit and use the site without membership, but access to a lot of the features (including the ability to post and comment) is unlocked if you sign up. Quite a few Mefites are already members from the previous incarnation, and if you're one of them, all your posts and comments are still there from before. If not, I encourage you to swing by and have a look, and if you want to, sign up for the previously mentioned unicorns and lollipops and fun times.

It's effectively a Metafilter clone in function if not form -- public sharing of links to interesting gaming-related stuff and talking about those links is the core mission. There's lots of communityish tools and toys too, once you sign up -- profile pages and messaging and activity streams and favorites and all of that good stuff. And achievements, because who doesn't like arbitrary encouragement of otherwise value-neutral puttering about? No me, that's not who!

So: please do come by and have a poke around, and let me know here or at MFC or there via public @messaging or private messaging if you have any problems or suggestions, and I'll try and help out. Although it's basically feature-complete for the moment, as with all MFC sites, I'll be working on it on an ongoing basis (and am even now wrestling with optimal caching and CDN stuff), and I have plans for lots of cool things in the future.

Share and enjoy!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to MetaFilter-Related at 6:03 PM (37 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

I keep meaning to get back to MeFightClub so thanks for the nudge in that direction. The site looks great!
posted by Room 641-A at 6:49 PM on April 24, 2014


If I join, will I finally understand my boys' Minecraft-babble?
posted by double block and bleed at 7:12 PM on April 24, 2014


You will be granted the gift of Universal Language (but the DLC packs cost way more than they should).
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:21 PM on April 24, 2014 [3 favorites]


also, these posts might help
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:30 PM on April 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


If I join, will I finally understand my boys' Minecraft-babble?

If it sounds like creepy clicky noises I would clear all the trees from around your house and bolt the doors and windows.
posted by Room 641-A at 7:33 PM on April 24, 2014 [4 favorites]


omg lol i am so getting old
exhibit 1
exhibit 2
posted by juv3nal at 9:08 PM on April 24, 2014 [3 favorites]


Hey stavros, my post has an edit button that doesn't seem to do anything?
posted by juv3nal at 11:26 PM on April 24, 2014


Thanks -- the edit button should be hidden (but it's good that it doesn't do anything if you're not an admin), so that's a bug report (which should now be fixed). Best to message me at GFi itself with that kind of stuff, though, maybe.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:37 PM on April 24, 2014


Account creation seems broken. Clicking the Complete Sign Up button starts loading a page and hangs.

Safari / 10.9.2 / blah blah memail for details
posted by ryanrs at 12:10 AM on April 25, 2014


Having some server load issues I've been working on diagnosing, but we've had a bunch of successful signups today, so I'm pretty sure it's working OK code-wise. Can you try again and let me know how it goes?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:29 AM on April 25, 2014


I read a neat essay about games and/as work recently and was thinking of posting it to MeFi over the weekend -- I could post it here too via my (slightly dusty) MeFight account?
posted by postcommunism at 5:08 AM on April 25, 2014


Yeah, works now.
posted by ryanrs at 6:01 AM on April 25, 2014


Wow, it looks nice! I don't have space in my head (or schedule) for games this decade, but my kids do so I think I will be lurking here. :7)
posted by wenestvedt at 6:45 AM on April 25, 2014


Looks great! Is this just a forum for video games, or can we talk table-top games too?
posted by dudekiller at 7:28 AM on April 25, 2014


DFEOJM?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:10 AM on April 25, 2014


Whoops

It's just you. http://gamefilter.net is up.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:10 AM on April 25, 2014


And this is the first thing I see. Awesome.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:16 AM on April 25, 2014


That was adorable, tho.
posted by postcommunism at 8:37 AM on April 25, 2014


Thanks stavrosthewonderchicken. I saw mention of a some MeFi-related Minecraft server type thing around. Is there such a thing and is it associated with Gamefilter? And where would such a thing be found IP-address-wise? ;)
posted by Celsius1414 at 11:41 AM on April 25, 2014


I could post it here too via my (slightly dusty) MeFight account?

You'd need a separate account for GFi, but yeah, sure thing!

can we talk table-top games too?

Games is games, I reckon, so non-video-type-game links are most welcome, just as discussions about them are over at MFC.

Is there such a thing and is it associated with Gamefilter?

We have a few Minecraft servers run by MefightClub members -- feel free to ask folks at MefightClub about it. I'm not sure about the current status of any of them, but you're probably looking for the Aporkalypse (a satellite of MFC itself, run by toomuchpete -- looks like it's down at the moment, so I'm not sure what's happening there).
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:02 PM on April 25, 2014


Looks really nice. Now I wish I had time to play games (I'm going to make that Arkham Origins DLC happen this weekend, but it's a loner's special).
posted by yerfatma at 3:43 PM on April 25, 2014


Crap, sorry, the correct URL for the Aporkalypse is .us!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:01 PM on April 26, 2014


I'm logged in but can't seem to close the green welcome bar. Both gamefilter.net and cloudflare are whitelisted in NoScript.

EDIT: nvm, toggled between tabs a bit and now it's gone.
posted by postcommunism at 6:25 AM on April 27, 2014


Stavros, I love love love all of the gaming content you produce. Thank you from the bottom of my 1-up heart.
posted by kimberussell at 11:46 AM on April 27, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'm logged in but can't seem to close the green welcome bar.

Yeah, the close button on there is a little hinky. It's on my list to have a look at.

Stavros, I love love love all of the gaming content you produce. Thank you from the bottom of my 1-up heart.

You are most definitely welcome. But I mostly just try to play genial host and make fun tools for other people -- without members of the broader MFC community to post and comment and stuff, it would all be for naught. So don't spare the love for Mefighters: they rock!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:27 PM on April 27, 2014


Sorry, usernames may not contain the character "_"!

Would Hottentottenstottertrottelattent├Ąter be OK?
posted by hat_eater at 12:11 AM on April 29, 2014


Nope, because your username is also your profile URL at gamefilter.net/yourusername. An umlaut would, I'd guess, fuck things up comprehensively.

Sorry about the underscore restriction, but it's a WP thing that is not easily (or at all, as far as I've been able to tell) work-around-able.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:00 AM on April 29, 2014


Thanks for the solution!

hat-eater
having an even slower than usual day

posted by hat_eater at 8:47 AM on April 29, 2014


Crap, sorry, the correct URL for the Aporkalypse is .us!

Thanks! Alas, public signups are suspended.
posted by Celsius1414 at 10:01 AM on April 29, 2014


frag it and move on

(do you have t-shirts that say this yet?)
posted by Eideteker at 6:36 PM on April 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


Hee. I think I've got my first tagline for the rotator (once I write the code for the rotator) which will also be rotato.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:18 AM on May 1, 2014


If I am the first person to say that, then I shall GLOW with JOY.
posted by Eideteker at 7:26 AM on May 1, 2014


You are (as far as I know) and you SHOULD.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:54 PM on May 1, 2014


I am also HOVERING SLIGHTLY.
posted by Eideteker at 5:56 PM on May 1, 2014


When Norman was about, Dinsdale Eideteker would go very quiet and his nose would swell up and his teeth would start moving about and he'd become very violent and claim that he'd laid Stanley Baldwin.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:27 PM on May 1, 2014 [1 favorite]


'Frag it and move on' and 'The Electronic Arts it's OK to Like' added as the two inaugural MeFi-tribute taglines in the rotation. Thanks, Eideteker!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:46 PM on May 13, 2014


Hey everybody (or you know, everybody who still has this in their Recent Activity)! I'm running a game giveaway weekly for the next few months over at GFi, which is in no way a desperate attempt to bribe people to post more. Heh.

Come on over, come on back, sign up or revivify your old account, and share and also enjoy!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:06 PM on May 14, 2014


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