Mostly this blog is about whisky and Scottish life, but
before whisky there was Gamestyle. I wanted to say a few words about this
fantastic independent gaming site that I have spent over a decade involved with
because within the last 24 hours the site has been hacked. That fateful day
when I waded into an forum argument to help out a cockney geezer (who’s site
was being savaged in a forum for a gaming magazine that has so long departed)
seemed like the right thing to do. That encounter was the start of something
new and exciting.
Now I don’t know the reason for this attack, or why someone
from Russia would pick out a site that so many individuals have contributed
their time (free of charge) to for so long. Yes, it’s not the first time GS
has been hacked, I can remember at least 3 other occasions over its eventful
history and various incarnations. There’s never been a good time to be faced with
such a dilemma or the thought of rebuilding and these attacks have always come
when the site was on the rise, or in this case readying to bounce back.
Previous attacks may have blunted us, and I do recall one
that led to us existing as a forum for a while before a new version was
released. That particular time was very unfortunate as we were going great guns
and had a great team. Each time the site returned. The last attack was several
years ago and cost us most of the early retro material that Dean, Gareth and
other forerunners had provided. Some snippets existed and I restored these in
the new version and so the site continued to evolve.
This latest attack is almost terminal. The person or group
responsible has not only devastated the home server but also destroyed another server
where the site was regularly backed up. Why? I’m not sure, I cannot explain
such behaviour in people and I’m not a man of violence but I do believe you
will reap what you sow.
What is good is seeing many who have assisted GS over the
years appearing again and voicing their support during this difficult period.
What is the future of GS? At the moment that is open for debate and we’re
talking. What remains of the site are those words across our PC’s and old
devices, these scattered remnants may just remain that. At least I have a lot of
great memories of my time involved with Gamestyle and meeting so many great
people. That is one thing no hacker can remove.
All good things must come to an end. GS may end as 2012
closes out, what 2013 brings? Well, who knows it’s bounced back before but this
time it would be a clean slate. I’ll post more when decisions are made and
thoughts collected. For now just remember the good times.