I'm new to DevMaster.net. If any of you visit (or used to visit) the gamedev.net forums, you may remember me as "Max Payne". I'm the leader of the xGameProject development team ([www.xgameproject.com](www.xgameproject.com), currently under reconstruction).
To make a long story short, I've been on the gamedev forums since 2001, and well, not so long ago, they decided to perma ban me for posting content which they judged "completely inappropriate". More precisely, participating in some insignificant joke thread that asked people to post "the first image that comes up when looking up your username on the google image search". You can try looking up "Max Payne" for yourself, and see what comes up as the first image: they banned me for posting that in a joke thread. I probably should have seen it coming as most of the moderators hated me for having different opinions from the majority on a variety of topics.
But anyways, long before this incident, I expressed my thoughts that gamedev.net was steering completely off track. It was no longer about making games, no longer about posting useful content. Its now about selling books, and making the moderators look smart (the vast majority of which are simply not involved in game development at all). The reason for this seems simple to me: the one man who brought the whole site to life, Kevin Hawkins, has not been actively participating in years... And well, it's been years since anyone has posted a remotely complete article on there. This isn't necessarily because nobody wants to. A year ago, I proposed to make a complete "Creating a Minimalist 3D Engine from A to Z" tutorial for them, which would have guided people through the design and implementation process, and include full source code and screenshots. Their answer was that they already had the "enginuity" series, and that they were not interested.
I felt the need to look for another community because, well, it kind of sucks not having much contact with other people that are interested in game development besides those you already know. I'm looking for a community to "affiliate" my project with. For a place to discuss technical issues, meet people with similar interests, and also recruit potential new members. DevMaster looks like a nice and simple site, with genuine content, and hopefully will be running for several years. So here I am, if you will accept me. I promess not to post terribly obscene, child-corrupting screenshots from the Max Payne game