UnrealNorth has been around for ages, and it has been a very long time since both the layout or the underlying code was changed. Today we launch the latest version of our beloved site. The main focus of the site has not changed: it provides the latest information regarding Unreal Tournament, provides a platform for discussion between players and a place to find old friends that have returned to the game. So what has changed?
Besides the obvious layout changes unused functionality from the old site has been removed. We have removed user blogs, clans and clan blogs. They were either misused, unused or only used by spammers. We have also removed “articles” which were meant to be longer posts. The latest article that still featured the main page did not change for a couple of years. Instead we make use of the wasted space to have a layout that makes use of the screen estate.
The forum is still around, although has improved functionality (or it has finally caught up with one can expect from a normal forum). It has better moderation capabilities. You can follow up on topics by subscribing to them. And last but not least there are sticky posts (welcome to 2014 baby!).
The old site can currently be found here: http://126.96.36.199/, and should get a proper url once I get the settings sorted out
Currently we are looking for dedicated writers for the site. Although users can submit content themselves I would like to ensure that the latest cup announcements also make it to this site. If you are interested in helping us out contact us, either via the contact forum, irc or just leave a message. It certainly helps if you are “known” in the community. We also welcome people that want to do a series (e.g. a guide to duelling, how to stream your game with twitch) that can span multiple posts. There is not that much activity in the Unreal landscape to provide a constant stream of news, and these kind of articles may attract newer people to play your favourite game type as well as make sure the site does not stagnate.
For the future we are planning on organising an UnrealNorth cup, which should be a good practice for the upcoming Cluex.org cup during the summer holidays. We are planning on doing them during the easter holidays. Currently the planned format is a mix of duel and tdm (probably just 2on2 so that enough teams can sign up). We also hope to broadcast the games on twitch so that Unreal Tournament becomes a bit more noticed by other gamers (QuakeLive gets 2k viewers, or even 4k during DreamHack). If you want to help us out do not hesitate to contact us.
We will be continuously improve the site. On the todo-list we find a way for users to submit their own demo’s to the site, although we will limit them to demos of official games. Reasoning behind this is that too many average demos just hide the good ones. Next will be some cosmetic changes. Currently you see some of the WordPress backend when you create an account or change your profile. These should be incorporated in the site. Suggestions are always appreciated if you feel like something is missing.