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NeoGAF, formerly known as the Gaming-Age Forums, is an internet forum that discusses video games, founded as an adjunct to Gaming-Age, a video game news website. Since April 4, 2006, the site has been independently hosted and administered.
Some video game developers and publishers have said that the site has a substantial impact on the gaming industry, and many use it to get user feedback on their games. Many notable people from the video game industry have posted on NeoGAF, including Andy McNamara, Cliff Bleszinski, Frank O'Connor, Gary Whitta, Greg Kasavin, James Stevenson, Jeff Gerstmann, Jeff Green, Jeremiah Slaczka, Larry Hryb, Ryan Payton, Shawn Elliott, Tim Lewinson, and Vic Ireland. Denis Dyack of Silicon Knights has also posted on the forum until he was permanently banned.
The Gaming-Age Forums began as an adjunct to Gaming-Age, a video game news and reviews website, running the UBB forum software and hosted on the Gaming Age servers. As Gaming-Age outgrew its hosting, IGN took over hosting of Gaming-Age's forums. After IGN ceased hosting of GAF in the summer of 2001, GAF moved to ezboards, and the administration of GAF became more estranged from Gaming Age.
As the Gaming-Age staff became gradually more divorced from the day-to-day operation of GAF, problems with the new Gamesquad hosting cropped up. As software bugs in vBulletin 2, the version GAF was using at the time, continued to worsen, the Gamesquad hosting became increasingly more impractical, until the forums' database became corrupted, forcing a move to new hosting in order to change software and salvage what was left of the forums' database. In the spring of 2004, a fundraiser was held to move GAF to new hosting. On June 6, 2004, GAF took its current form (known as "NeoGAF" to long-time posters) and moved to new hosting and new software, vBulletin 3.
As of April 4, 2006, the forums were relaunched as "NeoGAF", the former in-moniker, by its administrators. NeoGAF also features its own front page, an upfront admission that the forum's audience had drifted from that of its birthing news site, but yet mandated a single portal to represent the forum's members.
The controversial Reddit community NeoFAG [sic] was dedicated to mocking the members and posts of NeoGAF. Many of the users of NeoFAG were former or current users who were dissatisfied with what they perceived as the site's bias towards Sony, shift towards left-wing politics, banning of dissenting opinions, and favoritism among moderators. NeoFAG was banned along with four other subreddits, and the userbase has since migrated towards other platforms such as Voat.
In popular culture
In the video game Scribblenauts, if the words "neogaf" or "gaf" are written, the NeoGAF logo will appear in the game. It can be mounted by the player and used similar to a helicopter (except it will not stay aloft in the air). If it is interacted with, the logo will spawn a gamer character.
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- Yin-Poole, Wesley (July 23, 2008). "Peter Molyneux: 'I feel sorry for Denis Dyack'". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
- The Ralph Retort http://theralphretort.com/an-interview-with-the-mods-of-the-banned-neofag-subreddit-6015015/. Missing or empty
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