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A Farewell to VinnyVideo
Feb 13 2019, 3:43 AM

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Farewell Vinny!

VinnyVideo, whom has been a staffer on MFGG for over 7 years now, has finally decided to step down and pursue greater things in life. I know the feeling, as MFGG has become far less of a focal point for quite some time now, and even now as I barely log into check up on the community side of things, I still do main site stuff for the jolly goodness of it.

But VinnyVideo did far more than just check up on the community! Oh yes yes, he was essentially top admin for a few years, mainly after Guinea similarly stepped down a little while back. Vinny kept track of all ongoing things on the site, from the forums and our beloved main site, to even the Wiki and our official Discord! Prior to the official Discord, Vinny even engaged in the other unofficial outings of the community, including my old Skype group that dated back to ye olden year of 2012! Such were simpler times...

So, while we may wish Vinny a fond farewell, don't forget that he was piloting this ship for quite some time now. If you've been on this site in any active capacity between 2012 and now, odds are Vinny was the one doing a good chunk of the work around here. Not to discredit any of our other staff, past and present - it's just the man was such a workaholic! He was quite an active tech admin too, so he did a lot of behind the scenes junk as well.

So with all said and done, let's wish Vinny a pleasant future looking forward, and assure him that even without his guidance, MFGG will press on and be as good a site as it can be! Here's to looking forward! :)

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Of course, it's worth noting Vinny will still be semi-active on the site as a regular old tech admin, but that's the extent of his powers now. But still!
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Feb 5 2019, 2:26 AM

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Happy Lunar New Year! Which can be also referred as Chinese New Year, Spring Festival, and many other names I might've missed from my radar.

Anyways, here are the updates of the week.

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Thumbnail Mr. Pence Goes To The New Dough Disco: Definitive Edition
[Platform] By Misteryt1MFGG
Shake those sillies out because Mr. Pence is back! Crazy Miner has somehow been revived using Volvic ...
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Thumbnail Super Mario: Endless Earth
[New Super Mario Bros] By MARIOFANATIC64
Super Mario: Endless Earth is an open-world 2D Mario game. Explore a gigantic world and attempt to track ...
Thumbnail SMB Crowned Edition + Bonus (Bowsette playable)
[Super Mario Bros 1 (NES)] By Kazufox
SMB Crowned Edition has all the enemies in ther Super Crown variants. Also featuring special editions ...
Thumbnail Super Mario Bros. 3 Bowsette Boss Battle
[Super Mario Bros 3 (NES)] By Kazufox
Based on the Super Crown power-up, the final boss battle with Bowser has been changed to now be against ...
SMAS - SMB2 - Upscaled Big Mario By Victor ManuelMR
SMB1 Enemies and More! By hdtv
Custom Mario (and Luigi) By TheEric132
Custom Enemies 1 By TheEric132
SMM Bero By mariofan230
SMM Stumper By mariofan230
SMM Snoodle By mariofan230
Tanooki Peach and Rosalina in SMW Style. By EpicLuigi
Custom Ants By The IT

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New themes I suppose
Jan 28 2019, 11:35 PM

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As some of y'all already aware. We have added 3 more themes to the main site: Default MFGG (Pre-2018)*, The Lost Galaxy, and Blue Challenger. A big shout out to Mors for his hard work.

Anyway here are the updates:

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Thumbnail Project Wario Land (Demo)
[Platform] By WwwWario
Project Wario Land is a fan game I have been working on for over a year now (with very varied working ...
Thumbnail Power Star Frenzy - 2019 Supernova Demo v0.2.4
[Platform] By Random.NICK
This is the final demo of Super Mario Power Star Frenzy. The fangame has been discontinued.
Explanation: ...
SMM SMAS SMB2 Enemies By mariofan230
8-bit SMB1 Bowsette (playable) sheet By Kazufox
SMB3 Crowned Edition Full Sprite Sheet By Kazufox

* Technically the Default MFGG theme was there before it was overwritten by the 2018 New MFGG theme. However it has been brought back from the dead.
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Следующее приключен&
Jan 20 2019, 7:23 AM

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First of all, we have two new moderators! Big shoutout to Evil Yoshi Toes and GamerInGeorgia for accepting the call to help us out in these trying times and being awesome peeps in general! I always liked that Evil Yoshi dude, something about him just screamed "positivity"... and it probably wasn't his name.

Also, don't forget the MFGG Awards are coming in soon! You still have a chance to vote, too! Nominations are now over, so head on over to the forums for FINAL VOTING, where you get to narrow down the nominees to who you want to win in particular. Voting ends January 28th, with the ceremony occurring the next day, so you have some time to think about what you want to vote for, but don't twiddle your thumbs either! We're all counting on you, here at MFGG.

With those announcements out of the way, I'd like to talk about something semi-personal regarding fangames lately that I've observed for a few years now:

Last Wednesday was the one year anniversary of Communist Mario: Mario Visits His Great Uncle in the USSR II, a very bizarre fangame made by me that people seemed to find amusing, and I was very satisfied with this as you might expect!

Of course, what are fangames now? Fangames can be a lot of things, and that's a very good thing! When I started going on MFGG 15+ years ago, I was astounded by how unorthodox and quirky the fangames were. I feel like a lot of fangames like that aren't made anymore, a small handful of outliers notwithstanding (including my own).

While I did say it was very cool to see fangames of all traits pop up in the last decade - and I was sincere about that - I do confess to missing when people made really strange or anti-official fangames. The kind of fangame that is so unusual that you just knew Nintendo never laid a finger on it.

A lot of you might scoff at this feeling and say that what I miss are merely called joke games now, and while there is some partial truth to this, I feel a joke game is inherently silly. What I'm referring to could just be anything beyond the realm of "mimicking the Nintendo feel" that a lot of us have come to love and appreciate. I mean, something so beloved would be prone to imitation, right? That's not even a bad thing, I think it's wonderful! But I do mourn the days of the bizarre and delightfully weird, and whenever a game like that DOES crop up on here or nearby, I cherish it. Unfortunately, I don't think many people otherwise do, and I worry I'm alone in finding these games to be interesting. I'm sure a lot of people have come here expecting quality Mario fangames that rival Nintendo's own entries in the franchise, and so this sort of game just isn't needed anymore. Truth is, I don't think it was ever really "needed", disregarding that Nintendo's output in the early 2000s when these kind of fangames ruled supreme was very experimental in of itself... although, maybe that's why? I shudder to think that the only reason such games came to be was because we were just mimicking Nintendo in a different way, no no no. I think the inclination to be weird came from limitation of the tools of the time. Back then, Game Maker was pretty much exclusively drag-and-drop, and The Games Factory and Multimedia Fusion were powerful but easy-to-use tools.

Perhaps it goes without saying, but independent game development has grown significantly in the last 10 years, and fangames have benefited from this growth just as much as indie titles have. The tools have become more accessible, and people can make more impressive things now. This has been both a blessing and a curse, as it seems this resulted in fangaming shifting from a celebration of the amateur to a challenge to the professional.

Not to be mean to any of these efforts, but I do think the overall strive to achieve this has sort of missed the point of fangames. It's perfectly fine to make something adequate and polished, but I never cared too much for it overtaking the enjoyment of doing something beyond the norm. Heck, I even prefer fangames that are straight forward but go beyond the usual settings and characters/ideas. Our very own Yoshin is doing a Super Mario World hack that draws significant influence from Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Land 2, both titles that are very much overlooked by Nintendo themselves (and even most fans!) nowadays. We could use more drawing from obscure-er channels, if you ask me.

In closing, while I may have gone on a tangent and put little emphasis on the promotions and upcoming MFGG Awards, I do feel it was important to address this interesting sea change on MFGG and other fan communities. I can't force people to make anything in particular, and I wouldn't want to either! I just think it would be really cool to see more... unorthodox things. You know, take some more influence from the absolute strange things older fangames did. To all you newbies/youngsters, go back to the older fangames hosted right here and play a few of them. Not all of them have aged very well (indeed, a lot of them have aged very badly, as I have found out over the years), but I was surprised to see just how outside the box they could be. Things like "Mario Left the Cheese Out" and "N Team" used to be the norm - now, they are merely a footnote in the vast and expanding history of what it means to make a fangame. A curiosity, more than a standalone work to be enjoyed for being what it is.

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We step further into 2019
Jan 9 2019, 5:16 AM

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It's time for another update!

First of all, we decided to award the November 2018 Game of the Month award to Super Mario and the Sacred Bells!

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Have to say, GotM is quite late this time. Big thanks to Q-Nova for helping out with the banner.

Here are this week's updates:

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Thumbnail British Mario VS I.M. Meen
[Platform] By Misteryt1MFGG

Some people think Mario is Italian, American or Italian ...
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Thumbnail Super Mario Bros. 3 Crowned Edition + Princess Bowser (ver.)
[Super Mario Bros 3 (NES)] By Kazufox
Super Mario 3 where Bowsette's army of Super Crowned wearing minions are causing trouble!

Shrooblet By OmegaF.
Bulky Bob-Omb By OmegaF.
Mural Goomba & Koopa By OmegaF.
Super Androix - Sprites By JacobLeBeauREAL
Flurry By OmegaF.
Extended Items Remake 2019 By xXEmmanXx
Wario in SMAS SMB1 Style By Misteryt1MFGG

And lastly, we are currently accepting nominations for the 2018 MFGG Awards. Be sure to check it out over here!
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Happy 2019!
Jan 1 2019, 9:41 PM

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Happy New Year everyone! It's quite hard to imagine another year has already gone by. Here's an interesting yet trivial fact: it's been 5 years since we actually made an update on January 1st.

Here's this year's starting update.

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What's your New Year's Resolution?
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Merry Christmas!
Dec 25 2018, 10:55 AM

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Everyone here at staff would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
If you don't celebrate anything then enjoy the time off work or school, you deserve it!

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Christmas comes a week early this year
Dec 18 2018, 4:23 PM

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So I'm home all by myself on a day I'd normally be working. Unfortunately, I was supposed to go on a nice little day trip, but it didn't work out.

Fortunately for everyone on MFGG, I have an early Christmas present for all of you! When the mainsite started accepting hacks and mods back in the summer, we didn't have a separate section for them, so they had to live in the Games section. Mixing stand-alone games and hacks wasn't an ideal arrangement. Other than launching lumaSMS itself, adding a separate hacks section was probably our most-requested feature - and it's a project we'd need to complete before the new mainsite software becomes a reality.

So that's why we now have a Hacks and Mods section! A big thanks goes to Hypernova, Dustinvgmaster, and R II for helping with this project.

TCSMS wasn't exactly designed for adding entirely new categories, so there could be a few pesky bugs that escaped past testing. If anything's not behaving normally, please let us know.

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Oh hey it's snowing!
Dec 11 2018, 4:29 AM

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To be honest, I have mixed feelings towards snow. It's nice for it to show up for a little bit, but not too much. It's kinda similar to quality control: quality over quantity.

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Thumbnail Super Mario - Clone Race
[Action] By Hypernova
It's basically the same compared to Disco Discord Mario (April Fool's 2018) but clean. I unfortunately ...
Thumbnail [HACK] Super Mario World Adventure
[Hack] By Vertette
This is a hack I made. It's got 1 world, 6 levels and 7 exits. ...
Sprites, Libs, and Tilesets
Yoshi Island enemies By OmegaF.
Custom Galoombas By The IT
Mario Kart Wii: Toad's Factory Textures By littlelum
Mario Kart Wii: Mario Circuit Textures By littlelum
Rex By OmegaF.
Mario Kart Wii: Coconut Mall Textures By littlelum
SMM Burt By mariofan230
SMM Digga By mariofan230
SMM Snap jaw By mariofan230
SMM Fang By mariofan230
Mario Kart Wii: Wario's Glod Mine Textures By littlelum

However, Texas (where I'm from) rarely gets snow. It's usually just rain this time of year, which is a bit disappointing.
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Chaos, Charisma, and Cool Submissions
Dec 5 2018, 7:52 PM

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I control quality now. That means I get to decide what qualifies as quality content in specific quantities. For the purposes of this essay, I will explain my thesis on why it is important to hollow out Dustin's copy of Zoda's Revenge: Start Ropics Too for the-uh Nintendo, the gaming video system that all the kids are playing.

If you think that's bad, wait until you see what garbage I type when I'm not totally sleep deprived.

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