hey guys long time no see... anyway i have figured out that i do not have much time to get into imagineering projects so i will not be participating in season 2.5 or most likely SYWTBAI as well
p.s is anyone still on this board? since the whole VF seems dead
On Mouseplanet's Mousepad I'm the only Amrchair Imagineer.
"Walt Disney's . Each week, as you enter this timeless land, one of these many worlds will open to you: Frontierland, tall tales and true from the legendary past; Tomorrowland, promise of things to come; Adventureland, the wonder world of nature's own realm; Fantasyland, the happiest kingdom of them all."
- Intro to the Disneyland TV show
I have no intentions of joining any contests on visions fantastic, and Big Disney Fan makes great point that people prefer imagineering contests right now.
"The way I see it. Disneyland will never be Finished. It's something we can keep developing and adding to. I've always wanted to work on something alive, something that keeps growing. We've got that in Disneyland"- Walt Disney
What the problem is is that the people who participate in contests go off the radar when the games is over.
I've been reading, but with my new job I barely have time for any sort of life, especially this month.
Also, I physically can't access this site on Chrome. It detects a ton of malware and shuts me out of here. Someone might want to check that out.
Does anyone have any idea how well Future of Imagination is doing over at MiceChat? It was in its second season and last time I checked Futureimagineer had at least ten active people involved. I really think any Armchair Imagineering community out there on the web right now needs to come together and preserve it, because we really did have a great thing going, and we can still have a great thing going if we play it right. I didn't want to announce this until MUCH later on, but since it seems like something drastic has to be done to keep the spirit of So, You Want to be an Imagineer and Armchair Imagineering in general alive, I feel like now might be a good time to at least get the idea out there.
Me and MEW, for some time have been toying around with the idea of a centralized Armchair Imagineering website. The goal of said website would be to bring all the Armchair Imagineers from around the internet together in a Facebook-like way. Basically, this site would feature scheduled competition, plenty of places for blue sky Armchair Imagineering for people like BigDisneyFan and Disneyrules, and overall just a nice, relaxing "hub", if you will for this nifty little sub-community we've all managed to niche for ourselves within the larger Disney fan community. Now, the goal of this site isn't for a second to COMPETE with sites like Visions and MiceChat. It's essentially just a way to bring everyone in this sub-community together. I think it can work, and note that it's VERY much still in the drawing stages right now, but in order for it to work, just like So, You Want to be an Imagineer needed to have to last the nine seasons it's lasted so far, is participation from everyone. It won't be easy, and this won't be a today or tomorrow type of thing. At the moment though, I do think I kind of want to speed-rush this site into development sooner rather than later. Right now, it's kind of a do-it or don't-do-it type of scenario. I've spent the last five years working on So, You Want to be an Imagineer and keeping this site together. To tell you the truth, I think a big problem isn't competitions over-shadowing regular Imagineering or even school or any of that. The bigger problem at play here is the fact that forums, in general, are kind of a dying art form.
I lived through the brief but really fun boom of Roller Coaster Tycoon forums after RCT2 came out. I don't know if anyone here can recall being on any of these sites, but they were all small, independently ran, and each and every one of them had their unique little personality and sub-culture. It was a place where creativity ran wild. Tons of parks and coaster designs, mostly from Roller Coaster Tycoon 2, were swapped and criticized ruthlessly. Only the best parks got approval from the sites veteran players. This was an era that lasted only about a year and a half or so, and then suddenly the sites started disappearing. One by one they'd come down. I had personal connections to at least five of these sites, but by far the most memorable and community-based site I frequented was RCTStop.com. There's a whole Shakespearean drama regarding the closure of that site that I don't want to bore you guys with, but let me just say the loss of RCTStop really was the end of an era. Here I am, years later, noticing Imagineering communities start to vanish in just the same way. What we need to do is stop trying to get individual competitions going. What we need to do is set up something new. Something radically different. Something to the current pace of the modern day internet age. Something that, like Disneyland itself, will represent the most delicious salad you could possibly eat. While most sites are just lettuce and tomatoes, I want this site to have the aregeno, garlic, peppers, and lots and lots of croutons. Everybody loves croutons!
Motivational speech aside, here's what I really think needs to happen. So, Yo Want to be an Imagineer still needs to have a tenth, and POSSIBLY final season. It's gotten to the point where seriously, if we can crack out one LAST great season of that game, I'd be satisfied. I'd rather end it on top than see it dwindle down to nothing. After that, if we really want to preserve this community then we NEED to get a team together to build this site. Like I said, I really think we need to concentrate on updating it for the current generation of internet user. I will ALWAYS love forums, but the fact of the matter is that 99 percent of the internet has simply moved on from them. THAT, right there, is the big problem that we all need to link our arms around and collectively overcome.
For now, let's concentrate on that one last great season of So, You Want to be an Imagineer.
Team Bradbury: Brer Kitten, Comics101, Disneyman1, Monkey4057, Roxasrules, ScorpionX, StarWarsGeek,
Team Asimov: Basketbuddy101, CostaFreak, Frontierlandfan, Futureimagineer, ManEatingWreath, Snoopy, Thrill
15th Place: Fantasmicfan
I've been reading, I've just had next to no time online lately. The Future of Imagineering Season 2 went downhill quickly. People dropped out and my computer has blocked me off micechat on all browsers. I have no idea why though, I asked my parents and they didn't block the site but it won't come up still. So i have been unable to grade them or get in contact with anyone in it but one contestant from school. Hopefully I can get this all sorted out by the New Year. It failed this season, but I'm still hoping for a next season.
Are forums really a dying art form? I am on quite a few that are still moving (though they are RP based not Armchair Imagineering). I'm working on a project at the moment that I'm planning to get up soon. I just need to get some modeling clay, foam, cardboard, model trains, fake trees and grass and lots of hot glue. I don't entirely understand though why Armchair Imagineering in general is dying, it just doesn't make sense. It was thriving and doing well a few months ago and there is no reason for it to go downhill. It's not like Disney parks are closing, so why is nobody Armchair imagineering on the forms.
I love that site idea, hopefully it would work on my computer. If you ever do set it up, I'll join. I've actually been planning an idea like this as well that I was planning to put in action by New Year. I registered the site but I just need to do the design and layout. I finally am getting some free time so I'm spending a lot of time doing it and wasn't planning to say it until it was ready but seeing as you brought up the idea i thought I would bring it up. If you would like to, you could use it.
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Some other reasons for why AI is going down because some people want to keep their ideas to themselves so no one takes them. One other is people just don't like people's ideas so they get mad and stop AI. Another one is people are in school so they haven't had the time.
i agree forums themshelves are not dying ( exempt the rest of the VF) but armchair imagineers are too spread out. what we need is a central imagineering site. ( it may be a good idea to toss the idea around on other sites to see if we could get more people. )because it seems there are like 3 active AI's here a few on like 5-6 on WDWMAGIC a few over on micechat and a few here and there on smaller sites. plus dozens of ''game players'' and people who come on every once and a while to post a idea. so i would say it would be a good idea to make a site sooner rather then later.
EDIT: I have noticed that even on a thread with no posts still has 35 views so its not like there are only a 100 AI's in the world, but many don't join. i was one of them for about 3 months on this site before joining just reading for fun. so if you are out there random people, it would be nice for you to join the conversation
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