It can be difficult to establish yourself in online communities that already exist, and if you've always dreamed of being part of one from the very beginning, here's your chance. We just received an email from the PC Gaming Alliance letting us know that the non-profit organization has flipped the switch on its new forums. In addition to being one of the first members of what's surely to be a growing community, you might also want to pop in from time to time to share your thoughts on PC gaming and what the PCGA is up to.
Ruh-roh, 'Raggy: late yesterday, Nvidia announced that it has battened down the hatches and shut down both its general and Developer forums after a series of hack attacks against the sites. So far, Nvidia's investigation confirms that "unauthorized third parties" gained access to the forum-goers' usernames, email addresses, passwords and public profile information.
It doesn't take much for online comments to quickly get out of hand, and there are certain subjects that inevitably attract trolls ready to defend their stance or platform of choice. PC (Windows) versus Mac, AMD versus Intel, politics, religion, abortion, and other high octane subjects could all be fun to debate, but almost always quickly end up derailed by name calling and other Internet tough-guy nonsense. The solution? Most sites just drop the ban hammer if someone gets too far out of line, but the state of Arizona has written a bill that would essentially make it a crime to be a troll.
Bill Owen of MNPCTech fame is building us two Star Trek-themed PCs, one of which we will give away at Comic-Con. With design help from Mike Okuda and our own David Gerrold (who will take home the other PC), both Top Men in the Star Trek world, it's going to be amazing. Follow Bill's build log in the forums!
Check out more great forum threads after the jump!
When last we met, I informed you of the existence of the official Maximum PC forums and exhorted you to a) visit and b) report back. If you have done so, thank you. If you have not, there is still time to escape the coming wrath.
Hold on. I've just been notified that we're out of wrath, so you can safely disregard the previous threat. However, if you don't check out today's featured Forum thread, you're missing out on something amazing.
Newer readers of Maximum PC might not know, but we have an official forum! If commenting on individual news posts doesn't fulfill your need for community, you can hop over to the forums, where we have discussion boards for every topic under the sun, from hardware to software, media to malarky, Linux to linedancing. Okay, maybe not linedancing.
After the jump: Some threads and sub-forums to get you going.