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A Treasure Hunt for Treasure Tracks7. May 2009 10:39
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Did you ever try a track (possibly by a completely unkown author) without any awards? You probably made the single most fatal mistake in your whole Trackmania career by not or only rarely doing so. Yeah, I love to exaggerate, but you'll see, you missed out on a lot.

At the time of writing out of 82.000 submitted tracks on United Exchange, 52.000 never saw the pleasant shiny golden glow of an award and a huge percentage of those even went by entirely unnoticed without a single comment on the trackpage. This means no feedback, no tips and no encouraging words, and just the nagging thought "What did I do wrong?" is left for the author.
On the other hand, some tracks receive immense numbers of awards, but do they really deserve these? Many obviously do, as hours of work were put into them, showing off in the quality of the final "product". Still, a huge number of those were awarded to the tracks by regular TMX users, who grew accustomed to this "TMX-style" of tracks, which is the main problem.

Most of you probably read TStarGermany's article "Where have all the good tracks gone?". In case you did not: "The BOTW (best of the week) lists on TMX are usually crowded with these ‘usual suspects’ and their published tracks are mostly airborne and crazed out jabberwocky, far away from anything that can be joyfully driven by ‘normal people’." This sums up one of the important aspects of it pretty well. Since the publication of the article back in February, things did a change to the better, though. At least for United, where the focus of this article lies.


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