Some of you are wondering why I left BZ2. I'll explain in the entirety as I can.
The past couple months, I've had some major problems trying to get a GED (for those in the states, y'all will know what this is, to those who do not live in the states: General Education Diploma - something less than a high school diploma, but is a diploma none-the-less. Also, I swear do NOT believe that its an equivalent to a High School Diploma, it truly is not. Most jobs will see it as a "Get out of school quicker" diploma, but my reasons for getting one don't even qualify as that, and I'm not going to explain that here.)
Ok, that rant out of the way, let me explain why I'm having issues. The school I tried to contact ignored me not once, but twice to take my call and answer a question I have. My wrist is hugely screwed up, I no longer can write as well as I used to, and writing causes pain in my wrist that requires me taking a break for half an hour or more. I can't take the GED if I can't type the English Essay portion, otherwise I'm screwed from the get-go. Online sources are mostly a no-go. Why? Because some jobs don't see these online sources as reputable ways of getting a GED or a Diploma either. I don't believe the hype on TV about these diplomas online or anything. I plan to, at some point, ask the college here and hopefully they'll answer my question, unless they want to ignore me again. Because I don't want to waste my gas for my truck just to ask a damn question.
On top of the GED, I'm also trying to get a job. I need money, and I need it now. But with the economy the way it is, it is extremely difficult for me to get a job, and I highly doubt anywhere is gonna bother with me because no one appreciates a person for who they are anymore. I've tried several places in my area, not even a call back. And even then, I'm still limited as to what jobs I can do because of my wrist. (its been like this since my early years of high school)
But that's not really the primary reason as to why I left BZ2, and for good. I've been looking at the community for a while from the side. I've seen some occasional good stuff come out, but other stuff not so much. With everyone not having time to complete their mods either due to school or jobs or something, and then some leave them for good and not come back. Its a little frustrating to see some good ideas for mods go to waste for one reason or another. BZRAP was something I was looking forward to for a long while, but with no good updates in the past year, I gave up on it. BZ Classic has been in the works for a good long while as well, but that hasn't caught my interests much really. The UEP is moving very slowly recently, with a lot of things packed in it, but with not much activity.. the release date would be pushed back quite a bit for a while. Guess it can't be helped with the jobs and all. FE for 1.3 is moving a snails pace IMO right now, and lost interest in that. Uler for 1.3 hasn't gotten descent updates in a while.. G66 I've not been interested in much personally. So yeah, there are a lot of things that have either slowed or stopped, and I'm just not interested anymore.
The community itself.. where to begin... When I first started BZ2, my cousin showed me this game. Some months after that, I started playing a bit of multiplayer and met some interesting people. Then I met a couple from the SFP (Starfleet Platoon) clan, and after doing a little deathmatch with the two of them, I became a member myself. I've been with SFP ever since then until they became a fan club. Afterwords, Sonic closed SFP and is now just a static page. I have never considered associating myself with any other clan, but SFP. Maybe I'm too loyal or something, but oh well. I've seen many people come and go.. Some friends I've had left BZ2 a long time ago and I lost touch with them, some of which I'd like to talk to again. As it stands right now, the community, IMO, is on a downhill course, and its only a matter of time before the community is only just a few tens of people.
BZU was a place I didn't mind for a while, but over time, I got tired of the place. I'm working out something right now to have my BZU account deleted as I have no use for it any longer. The day I announced my leaving of both the 1.3 Private Beta Team and the UEP Beta Team was also the day I was removed from the 1.3 Private group as well. I have a disliking to the community right now not only on BZU, but BZ2 in general. People don't want to learn things on their own anymore and there are plenty of things on BZU and BZ2MD (I've long deleted my account there) for tutorials and some basic strategies on doing things. But no... people want you to do everything for them now...
Adding to that, I've also started getting bored of BZ2. I took a 2-3 year long hiatus from BZ2 since nothing was going on at the time. I come back to see a bit of 1.3, G66, the UEP, FE for 1.3, and a few other things. Well, its now time to store my Warrior somewhere to collect dust. I was an avid Scion player, one of the few on BZ2 that didn't like the ISDF in general. Today marks the last thing I will post anything related to BZ2, because I am done with this game. I've seen a good long fight for 8 years on this game. FE will always remain as my top favorite mod, or expansion, with the BZ2CP team doing an amazing job with voices and the Hadean units. It is now time I started doing other things in other games.
It was a good fight, and a mighty long one... Maybe I'll see some of y'all in another universe on another planet. One can only imagine what will turn up. I'll update my banner when I get the chance to something that's more appropriate to what I do. This depends on when I get a free moment to think of something and all that..
Aug. 4 - Edit:
In case y'all start to worry about the SVN for the Battlezone 2 UEP project, don't worry, I'm not closing that. The SVN is a private thing and only specific people need access to it. That will help development continue along at least since I suggested it some time ago for faster access so I didn't have to use Hamachi. (I don't like using programs that might have the remote possibility of screwing up my networking - my friend suffered something from it after Hamachi screwed up his networking on his laptop)
Lately, for anyone who might actually know me from other places, possibly anime-related, I was recently put on staff for a group called Retrofit. What they do is that they take anime AVI's or MKV's that have hard-subs, or subtitles that you can't turn off and are embedded in the video stream. We either type up the subtitles themselves, or use OCR for a more automated process. Me, I type them up. Afterwords, timing needs to be done and some basic styling. Nothing fancy or anything, no karaoke as that's too much effort for so little reward. This is what brings soft-subs to the anime world. Most anime groups now provide soft-subs by default now, and has been for the past few years. But, there's plenty of anime that could use soft-subs, and I'm just helping bring more out with new DVD encoded videos, rather than TV sources.
You can visit the Retrofit Website to see more info. My first series is Rizelmine, episodes 13-24 (as 1-12 were already done). I also took over some of the work for Sister Princess Re Pure so more can be released. You could say that the work I'm doing with Retrofit is sucking up some of my time and left little to game with on occasions.