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"I don't know this game, but..8. October 2012 22:11
Posted By: View User Profile Sky Permalink | Comments (8)

...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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Wake me up when..3. September 2012 21:26
Posted By: View User Profile Sky Permalink | Comments (9)

Hey Guys,

finally I decided how to go on with the blog post: Every monday you will receive a bigger Blog-Post with different topics, and maybe from time to time a little surprise ;-)

Here a little overview about the topics today:

#Community Question – Talking about the future of Trackmania

#A new month started – Time for the MTC!

#Random Stuff - # Superduper stuntcompo for swags, YOLO-edition! New Nadeo-Recs


Community Question

Again I asked a lot of people one or two questions. How does Trackmania look like in 2018? It was a "What if"-Question, no one knows if there will be a active TM-Community or a new TM-Game in 2018. What about the environments? The graphics? There are still many open questions, so I hope you guys will discuss the future of this game in the comments!

Infi: I do hope the game developers learn and make the borders for creativity disappear, which means they make it possible to change block's length, height and width and add more blocks, moving blocks and the possibilty to create own ones and mix everything with everything. Apart from that the game is awesome as it is, thus there's nothing more to add in my opinion.

Will you buy it? Depending on the activity of good old TMUF/NF- exchange, i'll decide whether to buy it or not.

Pascow: It's still the good old stadium with some new features and much better graphics and fixed driving-bugs.

Will you buy it? If I still have fun playing tm then, I'll buy it for sure.

dan!el: It's the ultimate hybrid of TMF and TM2. The most innovative feature of it - custom car characteristics for every track you make, so driving experience from each race is unique. Another game features are astonishing graphics and ultra realistic sounds.

Will you buy it? For sure I'll buy it!

Cephid: I can't say anything to the look, as I also was suprised by the look of Canyon. Will I buy it? That depends on the price, but probably yes. I would probably buy.

Enryx: For me it should have 2 Envis from TMUF, 2 from TM² and 2 new ones. Same TM spirit: no collisions between vehicles, Timeattack and round online matches/servers. TMUF modes (race stunt platform puzzle) and not a Maniaplanet-like organization (4 example you buy the game and you have the 6 envs, not like buying the 2nd/3rd/... env in the future).

Will you buy it? Before, I would try to get access to the closed beta (as I did for TM2), to free try the game, understand my feeling about the new envs, etc.
When beta is over it depends if I liked it or not, I'll buy it or not. If the game would be like I guessed (with "old" envs) I'd probably buy it (at least I'd play more those old envis than the new ones^^). If it's all brand new, it depends on my impressions (example: I didnt buy TM2 after betatesting, not my drive-style, etc etc ;/)

Lapos: I didn't buy TM2 cos there is no island car, and i won't buy any future versions of TM if there is no island car.

MoaraShira: Of course I would buy it.

!nFernOxid: A good question. If Nadeo release some more Tm's, what I really think, I hope they will release a new stadium version. With a Trackmania in the year 2018 I think there will be much more- and less buggy blocks in the editor and so mapper can use even more blocks for creative tracks. But all in all I don't think many things will be changed especially in the online game, because Nadeo want to keep the game ''for guys with skill''. Maybe some new maps with new blocks for offline hunting, that’s it.

Will you buy it? I don't think I'll buy the game. It's not because the game isn't my taste or something like that it's because in 6 years I'm 21 so I think I won't have time to play such a game even if it's great. Nevertheless I think we should us get surprised by Nadeo in the following years.

Pi | agent: Mhmm...thats a damn hard question. Already couldnt imagine how the trackmania 2 will be But yea..I hope it has same Stadium part in it. For me its the best of all in trackmania. Furthermore I think there could be new environments. But what for new environments? Mhm..Driving on planets? Moreover it should have new different blocks for the editor, a bigger selection. Also it would be great if there is an extra programm to mix own blocks. Yea..thats how I think a future version could look like And if I will buy it? Mhm..it would be great if there would be a free version of it, ofc with some restriction. And if I like it than and still drive tm I will buy it for sure!

Kadzio: Nadeo made a few "TrackMania" series and then a "United" version. It won't be a big surprise to see something like this. Now they made "TrackMania 2 Canyon", I expect something like "TrackMania 2 Offroad" and after some versions "TrackMania 2 United".

What is the worst scenario that can happen? In my opinion the worst scenario is that: Nadeo still makes "ShootMania" and does with it something like with "TrackMania".

Zogger: The worst scenario would be that they change the spirit of TM too much like they did with TM2 which I personally totally disliked. It would be cool though to have some more blocks and to be able to create blocks yourself. Also a "realtime multiplayer editor" would rly rock, so you could build tracks together at the same time.

What is the best scenario that may happen?

Fabio_m: Well I don't believe technology will envolve so much in 6 years but in the best case scenario if technology really evolves then it would be cool to see a virtual reality experience in trackmania, thing about some VR goggles and you siting on an hidraulic chair that gives you the same feeling as you would feel if you drove those cars Something like the movie tron but with tm cars would be great too.

Quat: Well, I don´t need a completely new Trackmania. An update like from TMN ESWC to Nations Forever would be great. This means, lots of new blocks, but no new driving-physics, maybe some new road- and platformblocks and so on. Trackmania and the Stadium Environment belong together as nothing else. Furthermore, they should optimize the graphics. I don´t need a TM with Crysis-graphics, but it often feels like TM doesn´t support my ATI-GPU, which means I have bad looking shadows, totally unconstant framerates (if VSync is disabled) and some minor graphic-problems.
All in all; I don´t need a new TM, but an update would be nice (hopefully earlier than 2018).

DrKris: I think the handling and speed are same, but graphics have become better, its very realistic. It would have rain, mist, sunshine cloudy weather, you can choose it when you have choosed the mood for the track. It would have more blocks to build a map and MT you can make much cooler too. I would like it like TMNF2 and TMUF2, then you only need to buy the TMUF2 so TMNF2 is free.

 

I agree with many opinions here and I'm glad to see so many views here. What is the best scenario that may happen for you? Do you think there will be an update or even a new stadium-mode? Actually there are many possibilities to make a better TrackMania, but the question which no one of us is able to answer (at least I think so :-D) is, if Nadeo is going to do something like this. I'm curious to see more thoughts in the comment section!

MTC:

5x5-Area was the theme of the last months MTC on TMUF where tracks must be built in a 5x5 area. The only limit on height was the editor limit. A difficult theme for sure, maybe even harder for environments like coast to build a nice map here, but creativity in Trackmania makes everything possible, ask Joost :-D 27 authors were inspired by this theme and created great new tracks. Only the judging process isn't finished yet, which is absolutly understandable by this huge amount of maps!

On TMNF the authors challenge was to build a track for the theme Contrast and you had to use contrasting surface changes/transitions in your track. Five submitted tracks are the result and congratulations to the winners Pascow & Shox with their duo-fullspeeder "/2estricted II"! In contrast to the TMUF-Exchange the low amount of participants this time is obvious, but hopefully this will change in the next month and we see more than 25 participants in both exchanges!

The theme for the MTC September in the TMNF-Exchange is "Flip it". So gogo, build and see your car spinning through the air!

Random Stuff:

*Zogger and Sapphiron are hosting a competition on TMNF-X randomly with funny challenges and great scoringsheets. This time it was called # Superduper stuntcompo for swags, YOLO-edition! and your task was to build a you-only-live-once-swag-scumbag-track. Three guys participated but these hilarious ideas deserve more attention :) Zogger decided that there is no winner this time. Who needs winners when you have SWAG#?

*Some new Nadeo-Records were uploaded in the last days in both exchanges. In TMUF-X Jadis, Jason and Reija drove records on the maps Puzzle A5, TMN Bonus A-3 and TMN Race G-0. Reija also drove a new WR on A06 Obstacle in the TMNF-Exchange, but racehans got it back just a few days later. So he got his 12th WR on a Nadeo-Map in TMNF back! Sick job!

 

That's it for today, live your life, you only die once, have a nice day,

Sky

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Video Showcase - Unforgettable Moments15. February 2010 18:38
Posted By: View User Profile Velocity Permalink | Comments (6)

»The Video

»I was recently sent a short video for the AMD Phenom II Minimovie Contest on Tek-9 by a friend. The video was called Alan – Unforgettable Moments and featured the Opel-QRD Team of Russia. I was absolutely astonished by the dramatic clip of what appeared to be a TM Video. The effects were insane, the explosions mastered and It was all perfectly synchronized to the unusual choice of rock music. The In-Sync speed up and slow motion parts worked so very perfectly and the twitch effect was simply epic!

 

 

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TMX’ Reset – The Story10. January 2010 20:12
Posted By: View User Profile Januy Permalink | Comments (6)

Hello dear readers,

as you probably have noticed, TMX((NF) went back in time 4 days.
Now, the real reason behind that isn’t particularly entertaining, nor very clear.

Well, NLpwf came up with a nice little competition idea! Let’s try to turn this little hold-up into a nice story.

Why did TMX go back to the 6th of January? And what exactly reset the website?
That’s up to you to decide! Give us your most funny, thrilling, entertaining, horrific story about what happened backstage.

The best story gets at least 1000 coppers, the prizes can rise ;) Leave your story in the comment section or leave me a personal message! There isn’t a deadline yet.

Please, don’t take this competition too serious, and try to have fun coming up with story. Keep it polite though, we don’t want dead bodies and spraying blood (:

Off you go!

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New poems, new food for the brains!18. December 2009 09:44
Posted By: View User Profile Januy Permalink | Comments (6)

TMX, I know you all have been waiting for the judgement of your poems by my hand, so I won’t let you wait any longer. Prepare!

Previous month at TMX
was spoiled with adi__'s nicks
when all of them were acting as dicks
Luckily there was a big ban
-32- you're the man!
Now Santa can come in peace
and we can play trackmania in ease
it will be a day of happiness
For those not heartless
...
Ah.. let's be real
Enjoy your Christmas meal

by Joost»LT

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Altonator, Piercy and Ville submit there entries8. December 2009 06:37
Posted By: View User Profile Fastforza Permalink | Comments (3)

A slow start to the contest, but I'm sure it'll be a good one at the end!

We'll start off with Altonators submission!


Santa claus, santa claus why so down?
Lets turn that frown upside down,
Have a lot of fun racing,
Instead of that misserable baking.
Head on down to the track,
You big old fat mak
Hop in the car,
You're ready to race,
Lets all race with TMX.

I like this one. It really sticks to the point of a "TMX Christmas" tune, with a bit of TM Fever, but has a jolly feel to get you all racing this holiday season.

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The TMX Christmas Poem or Message Contest 20097. December 2009 05:53
Posted By: View User Profile Fastforza Permalink | Comments (1)

What we are looking for is a good, fun, joyful Christmas message that we can have posted on the TMX front page on the 25th of this month.

It needs to be a jolly tune with a Christmas and TMX theme to it. It can or can't ryhme. It may or may not be humourous. It doesn't require a focal topic or any sort of relevance.

To summarise it, your free to do anything you want, we just need to write up a little Christmas message or poem that will be published on the TMX front page on the 25th of December. Judging will be done by MrA himself, no current mention of any prize or prizes. Deadline is the 21st of December at midnight.

We'll be also picking a handful of entries and sharing our thoughts on them over the coming days until the 21st.

You should have your poems or messages submitted within the contest topic, here at tmx.

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The CCC xk CCC ... uhm what?3. December 2009 06:35
Posted By: View User Profile Fastforza Permalink | Comments (2)
Some name eh?
 

Another event that should not be forgotten about is the CCC xk CCC 2009! This year, Leader and Pauly have organised a special christmas related TrackMania Content contest for the community! This is where you guys all have a chance to take part in this contest and have a chance to win 241,000+ coppers (Virtual Cash). You'll be able to show your creativity by creating a Wallpaper, skin, mod, track, video or Manialink - anyone is aloud to participate!

You should upload your creations at the official website, you'll need to register with your tm login and community code first. The results of the contest should be posted in early January 2010. If you would also like to increase the amount of coppers, please do send them to TMUF Login: leader.

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A Christmas Server Event for All!2. December 2009 04:44
Posted By: View User Profile Fastforza Permalink | Comments (1)

With Christmas coming around in less than a month. It's time to get into the Jolly Spirit of Christmas!

To start of the holiday season, Mikey is back with another jolly Christmas event. TM - XMAS!

If you've been around long enough, then you'd sure know that Mikey hosts an annual server event around Christmas and the New Year. This will be the 4th time Mikey will be hosting the server.

One small problem, is that he needs new tracks! If you have the time and the skills, why not make an awesome, fun track for the event and send it to him, at TMX or at TMAUS.

The tracks should be jolly! With mods, signs, ingame music and some great MT work.

For more information and event downloads, visit Mikey's garage.

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The ESWC is Re-born!29. November 2009 06:46
Posted By: View User Profile Fastforza Permalink | Comments (4)

With the ESWC going into liquidation in April this year, Stéphane Cosse had purchased full rights to the ESWC in early August this year.

On the 23rd of November, 2009, DIP-Organisation issued an immediate press release article. The article stated that the 2009 ESWC did not happen, but will be carried on into mid 2010. The world's top gamers will be able to compete during the 7th ESWC Cup in Paris, France from the 30th of June till the 4th of July 2010.

DIP-Organisation, a well known event handler for five years, will be organizing the event partnership with well know Video Game organisations.

The 2010 ESWC Cup, will be held in Disneyland, Paris, a well known theme park in Paris. Disneyland will host the event in the Disney Village, an area where there is plenty of stuff to do, from shopping, going to the cinemas, dancing, live entertainment for the family and is open to anybody. Besides Disneyland hosting the event, they will be accommodating the 600 Champions throughout their journey.

Below is a list of confirmed games that will be appearing in the 7th ESWC Cup, and YES TrackMania will be there!

  • Counter Strike
  • Counter Strike Women
  • Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne
  • TrackMania ESWC 
  • Virtual Tennis
  • Need for Speed SHIFT
  • Fifa 2010
  • Street Fighter 4

Qualification process will start in January 2010, DIP-Organisation is aiming to gather 32 countries to participate in the ESWC come back.

For any other information, please visit the ESWC Website.

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