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The Person Behind The TMX-Account #1 - Fabio_m29. October 2012 18:00
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                                                                                                                           (Part 1/2)

Good evening TMX!

This is the beginning of a series called "The Person Behind The TMX-Account". The goal of this is to give you a closer view on the persons around here.. for most of us the other users are only nicknames. But obviously we aren't just nicknames. Behind each name is a story, a real person. And I started this series with a guy I didn't really know before I ask him if he is interested in the talk: Fabio_m.

He built such crazy tracks as "Sylcon Bay" or "Chicken Invaders" and surprised me with his detailed views on many things. I think in the end he was a perfect interview partner and I really hope that you will enjoy his thoughts!

In the first part of the interview the focus is set on him as a person in real life. The second part is about Trackmania/The MediaTracker/Borders in mapping.

 

Blog: Hello fabio! (I guess this is your first name in real life?) Who is the guy that I chose for the first round?

Fabio: Hey there, let me start by congratulating you for your work on the blog and to thank you for your invitation (:
About my name: yes, Fábio is my real name and the M stands for Mendes (my last one), I'm a 22 year old boy who lives in the north of Portugal, at the moment I don't work, due to some huge difficulties we (portuguese) are passing, but the important thing is to be positive and to have the hope that the future is going to change (:
I like to play trackmania (obviously^^), from time to time I grab my good'old ps1 and have fun with these retro games, rarely I play other games.
Out of my computer I enjoy traveling and I love to play billiards from time to time.
As for my physical appearence, I'm just a normal guy with brown hair and eyes even if I'm a little bit short ^^ (1,62m).

Blog: Did you ever considered moving to another country because of the bad times in portugal? And did you have a job before the financial problems in your country or do you have been a student?

Fabio: Yes, I already thought about that and I still have that possibility in my mind.
The bad thing is that besides getting work, finding a place to stay is important and without knowledge (relatives or friends who live far away) it's really hard to make plans. For now I'll just see how life goes on and I will keep searching ^^ If nothing appears, I will need to start looking outside portugal and start planning to begin my life somewhere else. Before going unemployed, I was an intern on a technology department in Oporto for 3 months after finishing my studies, then I worked as an accountant on a plumbing enterprise for about 4 months.

Blog: Was the development of the financial crisis in Portugal surprising? Or did the portuguese people somehow expected the situation?

Fabio: At the moment, the situation is terrible, more than 65.000 young people already left the country, and many people are unemployed, or receiving bad salaries and lots of old people having trouble to survive due to their low retired pension and many many strikes.
It's estimated that portugal will loose 1 million habitants in the next years. This situation started to get serious 5 years ago and it became worse. Many people already knew it would getting bad, but no one expected that it will reach this point. For now it only matters to move on with our lives, do the best, and never lose the hope that the future is going to change. It's hard but that's the way the life is.

Blog: Where do you take your hope? What makes you believe in a better future if the people around you are all searching their better future in other countries (many go to luxembourg, or?^^) I think it's impressive to see that you still try to enjoy your life as much as possible and not get depressed..

Fabio: It's hard to have hope and to believe in a better future, but we have to try to be optimistic, even in bad situations. Even if lately it is hard to be optimistic for anyone.
It's hard to enjoy life with all concerns, but that's what we have to do, we have to be positive and we should never stop looking for our happiness and a better life, if we can't find it here then we need to search for it elsewhere and like you said many go to luxembourg to find what they can't find here. It's important to never throw the towel and most of all never give up, always look forward, if you look forward you see a path into the future and if you look down all you see is your feet. (:
It's hard I know. But being depressed hardly resolves anything.

Blog: Strong words in hard times.

Don't miss this in the next part: The borders of mapping, the possibilities with the MediaTracker, creating Chicken Invaders in two weeks, there is always someone who invents something new in TM.

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Interview with dan!el22. October 2012 22:50
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I just talked a bit with a well-known user from the TMNF-X this time and well, maybe it's quite interesting for you guys to hear something about him besides TMX and the difference of the TMX-Community to other communities.

dan!el: Hello!

Sky: Good evening dan!el! In my part of germany the pupil actually have holidays, when do you have to get up tomorrow?

dan!el: At six o'clock, like usually for my school. I'm not a sleepy person, so that's not a problem for me really. We have holidays next week.

Sky: Do you stay at home in your holidays? I connect with Lithuania one of the poorer countries in europe, but I have to admit that I know nearly nothing about your country. Well, its capital is Vilnius, much more information isn't in my brain..

dan!el: I usually stay at home, going to other cities or countries just isn't my thing :/ And most of lithuanians are relatively poor indeed, tho our family does pretty good with maintaining all financial questions. And I live in Vilnius aswell ^^

Sky: I guess in the cities there are pretty much similarities with cities in germany, f.e., what are the worst habits of an average lithuanian school class?

dan!el: Well... I study in quite an intelligent school - Vilnius Lyceum - so what I see might not apply to all lithuanian schools ^^ But anyway, some habits like smoking or writing off homework of each other present here too of course. Don't know much about drugs or drinking alcohol tho, at least I haven't heard of such things (yet?).

Sky: Damn, I want to go to your school..

dan!el: Hehe ^^ It's pretty fun here actually, don't think of me as of nerd or smth

Sky: Well, it was a honest sentence when I said that I want to go to your school, it somehow sounds a bit like a community there and I never was able to say that I go to a school where everyone treated each other as if we live in a community/or go to the same school.

dan!el: Tend to agree with you here. There are four "courses" (9 to 12), and even if they're separated to classes inside, we all are friends together, and there are many friendships between courses too. Just like in the TMX community (:

Sky: TMX would be a great school I guess, maybe also trackmania at all. I've never played a game before where the players actually are so friendly towards each other, even though they don't know everyone, most of the people always say "hi" or "hello" when you enter a server. It's only a small detail maybe, but also a part of the great atmosphere the Trackmania-Community creates.

dan!el: That's surely correct; actually, since TM was quite the first online game I've started to play, it seemed normal for me, but after I played few other games, I got amazed by how more friendly TM people are. Maybe that's because of Trackmania being fully non-violent game?.. I don't know.

Sky: Haha, yes, not even crashes with other cars are possible.

dan!el: That creates the competitive spirit (:

Sky: Maybe it's also the kind of people who play this game, it sounds stupid, but I think many people who play TM, or at least are active on TMX, aren't dumb people, well, except a few maybe :D I discovered it somewhere else in the internet: Some things/projects are just like magnets for more civilized and smarter people. I really don't know if this is the truth, but I have that feeling here on TMX.

dan!el: Hmm... There are quite many guys who I could mention (but I won't) who don't fit to your definition of civilized and smart people at all ^^ Luckily, they just make a little part of the community. But yeah, in the main point you're right, it's only TM(X)-related phenomenon which I can't explain. Even in Shootmania, another Nadeo game, I've already seen those rude kiddies on servers many times...

Sky: Maybe some guy on TMX studies psychology. So he maybe knows why the community is so different in comparison to all the other games :D

dan!el: I'm definitely not a psychologist, sorry :/ maybe Sapp? He often gives some smart and interesting ideas to think about, and he knows the community quite well too ^^

Sky: I thought he is a comedian who organizes fruit and bug-competition in his hometown with a looot of fun.. maybe this is a question to answer in the next interview.

dan!el: Having two personalities is cool imho.

Sky: Okay, now your second personality can tell us some last words.

dan!el: Vote for me in the User Choi... okay, nevermind. Be friendly and creative, and see you in the forums!

Sky: Thanks for the interview.

dan!el: Thank you too, was fun to talk (:

 

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Interview with Basbaas15. October 2012 23:43
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TMX-Blog: Good evening, sooner than expected the winter will be here and the coldest days let you stay at home I guess. A time starts where I will build more maps than usually. When do you open your TM-editor to build a map?

Basbaas: I'm still spending a lot of time in the editor today. Not as much as I did about two years back, but I'm still really enjoying the editor and trying to come up with new creative stuff.

TMX-Blog: Do you open the editor and try to be creative or do you have an idea which makes you open the editor? ;)

Basbaas: Most of the time I open the editor with an idea in my head, either some transition or jump that I came up with and wanted to test out or I get inspired by for example a tech track, and wanting to build something stimular. Although I've had some times where I really had the urge to build and just let it happen in the editor itself.

TMX-Blog: Are you satisfied with your results? Some people always see space to improve, others say well done when they made a nice track. Which attitude has kept you in building? What is your motivation?

Basbaas: I believe that no track is perfect, every single builder has space to improve in my opinion, and obviously I'm no exeption. I think all of my tracks could use some improvement in some different aspects. The main thing that kept me building is seeing some people having fun of my tracks, which feels like a great accomplishment to me. Also the editor never gets old for me, I can easily spend three hours in a row building on something without getting bored, I'd nearly call it a drug of some sort!

TMX-Blog: You're active at TMUF-X and you know many of the environments well, every single one has its own blocks and many blocks even have different ways to drive and use them.. What do you think about people who blockmix or even mix the environments.. Is it an improvement or a lack of creativity? Or even more creative?

Basbaas: For blockmixing it depends, I don't mind blockmixing when it results in something really smooth, or when people come up with totally new jumps or transitions which weren't possible without blockmixing. Although I really dislike unnecessary mixing as scenery.
About enviroment mixing; I am a really big fan of enviroment mixing and I've made a lot envi mix tracks. I exactly remembered nitroguy enthusiastically showing me one of the first envimix maps and I was possitively blown away. So much more oppertunities were suddenly available (for building and driving), there has been so much amazing enviroment mix tracks built through the course of the year. Still loving it today.

TMX-Blog: So true, the possiblities are insane and an end is probably not visible, the people still build new great maps with new concepts. Many other games changed because the programmers developed the game.. TM was also developed by the community. What makes this community so special?

Basbaas: This is one of the most special communities I have ever encountered online. Everyone is really nice to eachother, not only in the TMX forums, but also from my experience in skype having talked to lots of different players from TMX. Also the great ammount of tracks on TMX amazes me, so many people are still actively releasing tracks by today, and every single track is different from eachother. I always love seeing new stuff being build, even though this game itself was released a long time ago, the possibilities are endless! That's what truly seperated this community from most other gaming communities.

TMX-Blog: I guess that's it for the moment, only one question is left: What makes TMUF-X more exciting than TMNF-X in your eyes?

Basbaas: TMNF has just one enviroment, while TMUF has six. I've always loved the concept of having lots of different enviroments, with all have a totally different physics and looks. Why stick with just one enviroment when you can have six! Ofcourse it totally depends on the player, as for myself I don't really like the physics of the stadium car (also I am a biiiig stadium n00b). But I love the stadium blocks itself, I've released quite a few stadium enviroment mixes.

TMX-Blog: Thanks for the interview Basbaas :) Have fun in future ;)

Basbaas: Yeah, you too! Thanks for having me! :D

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"I don't know this game, but..8. October 2012 22:11
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...it looks like a game for 12-year-old kids, man. So you are trying to tell me that you are playing this game since 2.5 years?" A friend of mine told me that one year ago, as he saw TM for the first time. He is still playing TrackMania. One week after the first sentences he downloaded TMNF. Until today I don't know why he downloaded this game, but I learned one thing: When you only see someone playing TrackMania you are not able to judge about its awesomeness. But once you started to play it on your own - maaan, it's like you are addicted in the first weeks. It's the spirit of TM which makes this game so successful. I saw a screenshot-competition in the this months MSC on TMNF - the topic is to advertise TrackMania. Probably one of the hardest tasks to master.

We are the people who play this game. We know that it is great and we like it. But why do you started to play this game? I was pretty young back in the days when I bought TMO and I only bought it because it was cheap enough for my pocket. And it was my goal to leave the store where I bought it with my first own pc game. Probably it is the best first game that store offered that day. But why do you started to play TrackMania? It's just a guess, but I'm sure it wasn't a screen with a car on it and some text. Maybe someone showed you this game, you played it without expectations, but it was great. Or maybe you were bored and well, it the past you didn't have to pay anything for TMNF and all its functions, so it was a pretty attractive game. But maybe you held it in your hands in the store or you saw ingame-screenshots. And these pictures made you wanna buy this game. I don't know it, but I know that it is insanly hard to advertise the game with only one picture. Good luck to all the participants.

The blog post is a bit shorter today, because tomorrow an interview follows ;-)

Have a nice week!

Sky

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A Project, A Question and E-Sport3. October 2012 09:55
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Good morning TMX!

Probably many of you follow tournaments like TmT via Streams or ingame. For those who weren't able to watch the matches they are interested in, Blizz from RtA recorded many exciting matches. You can see them on his youtube-account Blizz Trackmania Now the Stadium Team Championship and the Nations Cup are starting again I think. On www.et-leagues.com you can follow all interesting news concerning this topic. Last year France, Sweden, Slovakia and Germany were the strongest teams. I think also the Netherlands, Portugal and Norway have a pretty strong team this year, but I'm not that into the scene, so maybe someone of you can tell me which teams are strong this year? :D

On TMNF-X a new project started called "Hunt again, TMX!" The goal is "to have some more fun here on TMX, so we try to get you guys back to hunting again. Many of the Classic-Maps aren't huntable for the average people around here, the Nadeo-Leaderboard is dominated by people which are mainly not that active on in the forums and TMX at all. So this is our own place to have fun hunting right now." Since two days the project is running and the participants hunted the maps offline and online (tmtp://#addfavourite=stb35). So why don't you also give it a try? There are FS-, tech- and dirt-tracks. So if you only like tech, just drive tech, if you only like dirt, only drive dirt. But if you like every mapstyle hunt as much as you want and have some fun!

The project is organized by me and pascow. I set up a server only for this project and I noticed once again a funny, but also annoying behaviour of people which play trackmania. If they are on a server and there is a track they don't like, they directly start to complain. Pretty often they say stuff like "Delete the track please", "Dirt again, cmon -.-" or only "Shit map". I always wonder if these people think, that they are the ones who decide which maps are on a server. Especially in this case with the Hunt again-Project, where three trackstyles should be covered so everyone will have fun participating. If I don't like a track, I juke a track that I like or I leave the server. But I don't tell everyone how much I hate dirt (I don't) for five minutes and leave the server just when the track is over. Funny behaviour, but I'm pretty sure this is something you know Laughing

 

Sky

 

 

(ah, there you are, too bad that you are running away today, sorry for that)

Motivatioooooooon

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