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MetalGearFans launches on xenForo!

Discussion in 'Forum Showcase and Critiques' started by Carlos, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Technically, it was launched on April 8th, 2011 as neoMetalGear. The site did not soar despite rumors of a new Metal Gear title to be released. That November, the domain expired, and I pondered of what to do next... Then it hit me, MetalGearFans? I rushed to search it, lo' and behold, it's not taken. I bought it, took the vanity names on Facebook and Twitter. Soon thereafter, I launched the site and it was not gathering steam until about mid-2012, when some users found the site and it went viral.

    It was unexpected; traffic spiked when people used my MGS5 article to "confirm" the development of MGS5. This is despite the fact that Metal Gear Rising was already revealed, to which I posted articles about. Not detered by this, I banked on the rising popularity of MGS5, MGRising, and the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. I was patient for a while, until now.

    I got a new skin for the site, and it's LIVE. http://www.metalgearfans.com

    It's a small site, and hopefully, the site takes off on Metal Gear Rising's impending launch.
  2. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes came out in March.

    The second part of the Metal Gear Solid V story, called The Phantom Pain is coming.

    At E3 2014, Konami released an intense trailer for The Phantom Pain...

    (That's Japanese, but it has captions)
    Protip: Crank the volume. Both trailers are very intense, especially the second one.
    The game is violent, so watch at your own risk.

    I am very proud to present this today. :)
  3. CaptainMorgan

    CaptainMorgan Active Member

    Very nice job Carlos!

    Can you share what skin this is? It's first I've seen of it... Thanks
  4. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

  5. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

  6. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member

    You've had this site since 2011 and only 360 messages? o_O
    Only 15 members? o_O

    I don't think the server was holding back the productivity.

    --Should remove the Facebook Likes and the giant advertisement on the thread view sidebars. Really squashes your content.
    --Really not seeing anything (visually or content wise) that would make a visitor want to stay around.
    --Always been a fan of xenFracture, you should invest some time into it to make it stand out and represent Metal Gear a bit better.

    Best of luck Carlos.
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  7. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    I'm proud to say that I have purchased metalgearfan.com and is redirecting to metalgearfans.com! Has been my dream since I launched this site! :)

    It's also on 1.4.2 ;)

    *happy dance* Whoooooooooo!
  8. napy8gen

    napy8gen Active Member

    It is nice to see you are so happy with your site Carlos..
  9. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Yes, I am... :)
  10. keith.arvixe

    keith.arvixe Active Member

    I do like the over all theme of the forum. I'm not a big fan of the giant block of text explaining what users can do. But, that is my opinion.
  11. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    I always thought a call to action was required to make a forum more... attractive. It worked for CODForums, and it should have been working for MetalGearFans.

    That Metal Gear Online trailer shown at The Game Awards was awesome... I mean, Snake starts taking control of another person's mini-Metal Gear!

  12. keith.arvixe

    keith.arvixe Active Member

    Well I mean if it works then it works. That's all that matters. It's just my opinion that's all
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  13. TJA

    TJA Well-Known Member

    Thought this was for Showcasing your forum and getting feedback not promoting videos, however a couple of suggestions.

    Remove 'Home' from your nav bar, seems a bit pointless having 2 links that go to the same place

    Sort out the size of the Google+ icon so its the same as the others

    I would look at trimming the text in your notice for unregistered users. Other than that good job so far.
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  14. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    A lot of people don't know Metal Gear Solid (or Metal Gear in general) outside, of course... from the fanbase. So, I just thought that posting a video would help people understand the niche a bit more, hence the 2nd post. But I digress, you don't want videos posted in critiques? Fine. I'll keep it at a minimum.
    Working on that soon. [Now Removed]
    When I had a subscription to photoshop, I resized it, but then, when I uploaded it & put it in - it was misaligned, so I said "screw it, leave it alone." Quality is my top priority.
    But, that IS default. I didn't meticulously alter it, at all. That's how it came.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2014
  15. Optic

    Optic Well-Known Member

    Overall looks good, however one thing that I felt ruined the flow of the page was your welcome text. Specifically there is no padding on the left side of the image which makes it look awkward.


    If you can make the padding more consistent it would look much better.
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  16. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Thing is, I don't know how to do that. :(

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