Who loves hackers?
September 8th, 2003 - June 1st, 2008
It was a good ride while it lasted. Besides POKéMON, .hack// was the only other series I poured tons of free time into creating a spinoff site for. It wasn't me alone since early on I had help from Luna and later on from super Dan!
This is a series that is very love/hate an obviously I fell on the love side of it! From the moments after the first episode aired some lonely saturdary afternoon on Cartoon Network, I knew it was something I'd totally be into. Over eight years later an I'm still buying .hack// stuff!
Now the question on peoples mind is why did the site get taken down?... An the answer? I dunno! For reals! I never asked. Living on borrowed web space an all its assumed that any of my sites could vanish at any time which is okays with me. I gots no hard feelings towards anyone involved.
As for plausible reasons it could've gone down? Its was a BIG site. Nearly 330mb with 10,000+ files, a ton of which were screencaps of the games and anime series. Which brings me to another thought. What if those tons of images were being leeched by other sites? Dunno if that occured or not but if so that might've cost alot in bandwidth which is bad. There was also the hosted music. 3 songs a month isn't much but maybe Bandai wasn't to happy about that. Heck maybe the NPD was unhappy with me posting sales figures.
Enough with the speculation cause whats done is done! I learned a bunch from making & running the site. It changed a bunch from its early days of plain html table format to shtml. Editting just a select few files to alter the look of every page was pretty awesome and something I learned from my help at UPNetwork. Good stuff!
While the site may not live on the series still does. A game got released last year... which stupid Bandai has yet to localize, a new anime OVA series (again not yet licensed), countless manga & novel series, music, and so on. Much of which I still collect! I've currently spent over $1500 on .hack// things and will keep on following it as much as I can until it finally ends for reals.
I just do this all for fun anyhow so none of the above really matters~