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Cat333Pokémon on September 26, 2010
If you have notifications enabled and have checked your inbox today, you may have noticed some messages from Victory Road. It took us quite a while because we weren't quite sure how to get it working again, but e-mail is finally fixed. We'll be issuing the standard Victory Road newsletter again in a few days both as a way to catch folks up and to remind other members of their registration. This also means that contact form at the bottom will work correctly again.
If you are having trouble with the e-mail being marked as spam/bulk, please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book. Remember that this e-mail address doesn't handle replies, so don't send questions to it.
If you wish to opt out of thread subscription notifications, don't mark the messages as spam. Instead, go to the User CP, then choose Edit Options. In the second category is an option with the heading "Default Thread Subscription Mode" with a dropdown box. Set that to "No email notification" and click Save Changes. Then go to List Subscriptions. If you want to disable all notifications from all threads, click Empty Current Folder. You can also manually click the box at the top of the rest of the checkboxes, choose "No email notification," then click Go for every page if you still want to see your subscriptions on Victory Road.
Edit: There is a issue with comcast and roadrunner email.
Edit: Emails all working
FW on September 23, 2010
As of this writing, the VictoryRoad Network, which composes of Floatzel.net, Crystal Islands, VictoryRoad Forums, VictoryBattles, and the VictoryDex has reached #10 on the PPN Top 50. What does this mean? We're doing pretty dang good. The PPN Top 50 is a counter for certain Pokémon sites along with other "similar" sites. It is usually considered the crown of Pokémon topsites, with other topsites important, but generally a liability. So what does this mean? It means we are one of the most visited Pokémon destinations in the world - not #1 by any means, but we're up there.
The VR Network continues to grow in other ways, too - as our downtime has certainly shown. However we have been online for about 24 hours now, and that doesn't seem to be changing. There has been one downside to this: the Floatzel topsites are almost definitely going defunct, and the Floatzel Adoptables will also see some restrictions (and possibility outright removal). Still, our other projects will only expand further, with the VRGL soon to see a major new improvement, the VictoryRoad Chat (VRC) to receive a complete overhaul, Crystal Islands 2.0 in the works, and more. These are all coming, and we can't wait to show you. Cat and myself should keep you updated on these as they move forward.
Finally, a great many thanks to KingOfKYA for maintaining the server and brining it back up during the past week, as well as all of his previous work, our wonderful forum staff for their work keeping the place clean and respectable, and of course Cat for his continued efforts to pull everything together and the other two million things I've not the energy to name.
Cat333Pokémon on September 20, 2010
This might be the weirdest sounding error, but KYA and I have traced the cause of the downtime to be related to the VPS that VR and Floatzel are on losing access to the Internet somehow. FreezeWarp's VPS still has access to the Victory Road one, such as sending and receiving commands and downloading files. However, beyond the server, nobody can connect to the VPS. We're still looking into the cause.
As it stands, the high traffic is quite insane: 8,000 unique visitors in a single day, which is almost unimaginable for some people. We would hate to lose the machine because of this, but we'd also hate to lose the visitors.
GrassPokemonFTW on September 19, 2010
Yesterday, Pokebeach got a message from a Nintendo lawyer asking to have all images of B/W Pokemon, gameplay, etc. removed from their website for "copyright infringement" issues. The lawyer mentioned the following:
"While Nintendo appreciates your interest in and support of the Pokémon game series, your publication of this content infringes Nintendo’s copyrights in violation of federal law. Your activity also and has the potential to cause substantial damage to Nintendo, and leaves Nintendo with no choice but to take steps to protect its intellectual property rights."
"We have accordingly submitted a copyright infringement notice to your domain registrar under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and anticipate that your website will be taken down shortly. We encourage you to immediately remove from your website all graphics, screenshots, and other protected content taken from the Pokémon Black and Pokémon White games. Going forward, you must also refrain from posting any screenshots, videos, or other content that infringes Nintendo’s rights in the Pokémon series or any other game."
"Your full and immediate compliance with the foregoing should render further action on Nintendo’s part unnecessary. It is essential that we receive your written response confirming that you have taken these necessary actions by Sunday, September 19, 12:00 p.m. PDT, however, or Nintendo will have no choice but to consider its alternative legal remedies."
According to Water Pokemon Master of PokeBeach, this lawyer will be making his rounds on all Pokemon-related websites and giving the same information. I find it advisable that we should take whatever precautions to prevent the lawyer from finding anything that Nintendo might have a problem with; as some of you might have already told, I've done my part and removed Tsutaaja, Yanappu, Kurumiru, and Shikijika from my sig.
That said, commentary on the B/W games are definitely allowed. That goes for art of fifth gen Pokemon that were created by someone other than
Pokebeach has already complied to Nintendo's wishes; all B/W sprites have been replaced with Ditto, (The Isshu Pokedex only containes photos of a frowning Ditto), and all B/W Pokemon shown on the front page of Pokebeach had their faces replaced with Ditto.
It has not been told how long this ban will last; until the lawyer's threat remains in place, we should take whatever precautions we can to keep VR safe from harm.
Cat333Pokémon on September 19, 2010
As you may have noticed, the VR server had to be force rebooted approximately twenty times in the last four hours. We may have traced the cause to be, when coupled with the flood of traffic from Pokémon Black and White, the topsites and the adoptables. We have been quite certain that the Rusnak Adoptables are one of the worst pieces of software that can be run on a server due to extremely poor optimization and query flooding.
If you have adoptables, you are highly urged to request for FreezeWarp to migrate them over to VictoryBattles when he starts. This is very serious. PLEASE DO THIS FOR THE SAKE OF THE SERVER, and please don't argue because you like Floatzel Pokédoptables more than VictoryBattles.
The adoptables may be re-opened with extremely limited scripts (clicks only, nothing else). The topsites are most likely going to be permanently shut down unless we can successfully move them to a separate isolated VPS.
Thank you, and very many apologies for the downtime.
Cat333Pokémon on September 19, 2010
With many thanks to Eevee of veekun for providing the images and letting me use them, I have opened up the Pokémon Black and White Sprite Gallery. The gallery showcases the currently available sprite collection, which consists of the male versions of both normal and shiny front and back images. If you are on a slow connection, you can opt to hide generations to only show images from the generation you want.
Cat333Pokémon on September 17, 2010
100,000. I am honestly stunned right now. A total of one hundred thousand posts seems like an impossible number for many folks who are new to forum webmastering. Alas, it has been quite a long adventure. I can still remember way back when, when every thousand posts was a huge milestone. Heck, I can still remember when Victory Road was a tiny forum named Buizel.Net Forum with two dozen members and a few “active” topics receiving a post or two a day. Looking back, I’m shocked. I thought this place would just be a tiny little site where a few friends of mine would hang out and swap stories. Haha, I remember when I could keep up with every single post and do all the moderation myself. Nowadays, that would be impossible. Victory Road surely is a lot more than I expected.
I also must thank every one of you members for your posting, gossiping, arguing, debating, discussing, spamming, and trolling. The sum of all of that truly makes a community in my eyes. Synergy is why I am proud of everyone: a team effort created a place where people can meet for a little fun and entertainment. All of the two thousand members here have made up the wonderful world I can call my second home, as well as many others who have personally told me that. I hope they will continue to keep this place their home for many years to come. I truly feel honored to be the leader of this website. Thank you very much for all of your hard work, dedication, friendship, and love you have contributed.
Speaking of love and friendship, that brings me to my next point. I love you all; I really do. Obviously, I don’t love you like a spouse or something, but as friends. Some of you I would enjoy meeting in real life. Some of you I have met in real life. Others, well, *chuckles* maybe we can just be acquaintances online. Nevertheless, everyone here has earned a place in my heart. Thanks for being good friends!
In conclusion (or TL;DR): thank you very much for your time, your friendship, your dedication, your voice, your…everything. I love you all like family.
Buoysel on September 17, 2010
BIG news for those of us importing Pokemon Black and or White: The games are confirmed region locked.
Don't panic just yet guys, the region lock only works with DSi and DSi XL. If you have an old DS or a DS lite you will be able to play the game just fine. Also note that if you have a DSi or a DSi XL that is from the Japanese market you will also be able to play your imported game. For those of you who only have a DSi that is from the American market, you might want to look into getting a used DS lite from GameStop or something.
For those of you who don't know what region locked is, it is when a manufacturer makes a device that will not work on equipment that is sold out side of their country, for example a Pokemon Black game will not work DSi sold in the US, however it will work on a DSi that was originally sold in Japan.
Cat333Pokémon on September 16, 2010
This is an official amendment to the Forum Guidelines.
- These rules apply to all parts of Victory Road, including private messages.
- Linking to a commercial ROM file, ISO image, or warez; music, book, television episode, or film download; or a page where a these commercial media can be downloaded will result in an significant negative consequences. Homebrew ROMs and most game hacks (IPS patches) do not count as commercial data and can be linked and discussed without issue.
- Linking to an IPS patch or providing cheat codes, such as those used by an Action Replay, that circumvent anti-piracy techniques installed by the designer, publisher, or a third party is also considered illegal and will also result in significant negative consequences.
- Promotion of piracy is also not allowed. Promotion is defined as supporting of illegally obtaining copyrighted media, professing preference of piracy over purchasing, admitting to owning illegal media, or stating knowledge of where to obtain illegal media. This will result in a verbal warning, followed by an infraction, and then a three-day ban.
- Discussing ROM disassembly and information about ROM data being disassembled by other parties is allowed. [*]These rules may be freely edited at any time as necessary by staff members. These rules also have a loose interpretation applied; in other words, if someone is looking for a loophole, the rules can be bent to apply to that loophole. Staff members caught editing these rules for their own illicit means will succomb to the same ban rules as normal members.
The Spirit of Time on September 16, 2010
With the crazy amount of information that is getting revealed in no time, I decided to create this thread where all the sprites of the Pokémon will be listed instead of cramming the already crammed threads. Of course, I should first state that these sprites are taken from both Pokébeach and Pokéxperto, so great thanks to them.
[These images have been removed for legal purposes. Nintendo has sent a notice to PokéBeach involving their removal.]
The dex doesn't include alternate forms.
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