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News & Announcements / Let's try this again (2019 edition)
« on: February 10, 2019, 09:02:36 pm »
 :delet:

Okay, the forums are now open again after an extended hiatus. They really were not being used all that much since we have a Discord server now, so they were relatively low priority. However there are some things (like finding fanfics) that in my opinion work best on a forum instead of a chat channel. Things are harder to keep up with in a Discord server.

The forum's CAPTCHA is still in place, however the new twist here is that new registrations have to be manually approved by yours truly. Hopefully this will cut down on the spam because new users cannot post unless I say they can. If it turns out that we're only seeing legitimate users coming in (meaning the registration quiz is working as intended) then I will lift the admin approval requirement.

I've also added all of our current/former emoticons to the forum to make it a little more homey.

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Stream Feedback / Finding bad Itch.io/GameMaker/etc games!
« on: August 07, 2018, 11:43:20 am »
Similar to how we have a thread for finding bad fanfics and whatnot I am also open to the idea of finding crappy indie games.

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR:
- Games that are somewhat playable, but are just bad for whatever merit. Controls, story, laughable artwork, etc. Games with nudity, explicit sex, or things like implied rape cannot be featured on the stream (Twitch ToS). The less people who've played the game the better, finding something that's really untouched and unheard of is ideal.

GUIDELINES:
- Submissions cannot be overtly pornographic. Adult themes are fine, but because of Twitch's ToS we cannot showcase games with nudity or sex, similar to Fanfiction Factory's rules.
- Do not submit games whose entire existence is based around some sort of political ideology or social matter (e.g. no "shoot Trump" or touchy-feely trans games). Remember, we try to be apolitical.
- Do not submit games created by people with threads on the Kiwi Farms or other "lolcow" cataloging/archival websites. These "game developers" by and large are extremely psychologically unstable. The last thing I need in my life is some creep who types in all lowercase on Twitter stalking and harassing me because I said their game sucked.
- Games that do not take too long to complete are ideal. Something we can do in one sitting, or something that can be played for 30-60 minutes is best.
- PLEASE NO "VISUAL NOVELS" unless they are just absolutely off the wall terrible. Visual novels aren't games (hot take) and I don't really want to sit down and read to you all unless the game is as insane as Angels with Scaly Wings.

WHERE TO LOOK:
- GameJolt
- Itch.io
- YoYo Games (2007-2016 archive)

EXAMPLES:
- Dontrel the Dolphin, which appears to have vanished from the internet
- TRELYATE
- Escape From Flea Market Montgomery, by yours truly
- Jim Sterling has a series called "Itch.io Tasty" where he plays games he found by dropping a random word into the search box. Great as a source of inspiration on what to look for on these sites.

BONUS POINTS:
- Make sure you scan this stuff before trying it out, don't be dumb with downloads. I don't think there's going to be actual viruses on sites like GameJolt and stuff but it's better to be safe and smart, especially if you are looking on other dubious websites.
- Premium/paid games are discouraged, however if they are cheap ($1 or less) and you can personally vouch for their quality, or lack thereof, then we may consider them.
- Watch out for FNAF and Slender fan games, there are literally thousands of them. If you're going to submit one, make sure it stands out from the rest and isn't just "another creepypasta game".

POST YOUR SUBMISSIONS HERE!  :dong:

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Off Topic / Post cool YouTube videos itt
« on: August 05, 2018, 11:45:27 pm »
Post only KWALITY KHANTENT in this thread. Here's a few to kick things off from creators whose channels are fantastic:











NOTE: SMF doesn't like weird YouTube links, format them like this for auto-embed into the forum:
Code: [Select]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5oCG_OJx2Y

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WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR:
- Stuff that's just awful. This is subjective and there's a lot of ways to define "awful". Written poorly, bad grammar, typos everywhere. Gross stuff, non-pornographic but clearly fetishistic material, shipping weird characters. Fanfiction for shows and games that literally no one gives a shit about and like maybe 10 people might remember. You get the idea.

GUIDELINES:
- Submissions cannot be explicitly pornographic. That doesn't mean "no M/X/NC-17 rated stuff", it just means that because of Twitch's ToS I can't read something that has literal penis-in-vagina intercourse. For some stupid reason I can read a story about "chocolate wagons" or Pikachu licking Ash's feet but as soon as someone pulls their wiener out we have a problem.
- Submissions must be fanfiction, no original compositions. Stories about "Mary Sue" self-insert characters in an existing universe are fine.
- 2,000 words is about the limit for length and is pushing it unless it's exceptionally bad. 1,500 is ideal and anything under that is fine.
- Single chapter ("one shot") stories are preferred, but if you find something terrible with a lot of little chapters then by all means share it anyways.

WHERE TO LOOK:
- FanFiction.net (the best source, has categories for everything)
- FurAffinity (registration may be required to view some profiles)
- DeviantArt (registration required to view adult rated submissions)
- FiMfiction (focused on My Little Pony only)
- Other leads include Wattpad, Archive of Our Own (AO3), Tumblr, and Quotev.

EXAMPLES:
- This is totally not my aggregate account on FF.net filled with potential fodder for this series.

BONUS POINTS:
- Be careful about drowning yourself in Sonic, Pokemon, MLP, Kingdom Hearts, Harry Potter, Final Fantasy, and all that other crap with literally tens of thousands of submissions. Not only are these types of fanfics done to death already but finding "decent bad" stories is almost impossible in a sea of just actual garbage. If you already know of some good candidates then go for it, otherwise you'll burn yourself out sifting through these (I did).
- The older the better. FF.net had an "NC-17 purge" around 2003 so a lot of really hilarious bad content was lost but there's still a whole lot of it from the lesser ratings that remained. FF.net has been around forever and has submissions from the late nineties. Embarrassing stuff from the dawn of the internet scores huge points with me.
- Children's shows consistently seem to turn up the best results. From any era or decade. People obsess over them to a fault. If you're having trouble finding good stuff then go back to basics and thumb through the section for Rugrats or Arthur or something

POST YOUR SUBMISSIONS HERE!  :otter:
(Please also type like one sentence that says "This is a Duck Tales fanfic and Uncle Scrooge eats all the money and gets fat" or something so I know what each thing is.)

HOW TO SUBMIT FANFICS:
I like doing a "theme" each month on Fanfiction Factory. I want to organize submissions by theme, so please either start a thread (or post in an existing one if applicable) with a one or two word title that summarizes the theme (e.g. "Christmas", "Dinosaurs", etc.). Post your stories in this thread, or multiple threads if needed. This way when it comes time to sort through submissions everything is already sort of contained in their own categories.

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News & Announcements / Let's try this again (2018 edition)
« on: June 03, 2018, 07:21:37 pm »
Okay, the forums are now live again. I've overhauled the CAPTCHA stuff on the registration page as best as I could given the circumstances (most of the "anti bot" plugins for SMF are not compatible with our version, and the ones that were simply did not work). I've added reCAPTCHA by Google and have also added a battery of video game questions that our Discord folks helped assemble. They are painfully simple and anyone who's ever played a game before will know all of them, but they are also simple to look up otherwise.

Let me know if anything is busted or needs fixing or whatever and I promise I will do my best to be the inverse of Lowtax and actually fix shit.

 :yoshicry:

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The Ursa Major Awards are essentially the furry fandom's equivalent of a Hugo. Or a Grammy, maybe. Winning one is considered to be a big deal to creative individuals in the fandom.

What's Yiffin'?, Gatorbox's monthly news satire program and second most popular series behind Your Level Sucks, is a creative work that is eligible for an Ursa Major in both the "Website" and "Magazine" categories. Let's see if we can get our show in the running for an award!

>>> GO HERE TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS FOR 2016'S URSA MAJORS. <<<

If you're involved with the fandom please by all means feel free to submit additional nominations for your favorite work(s) in the other categories, too. As per the Ursa Major rules, you may submit up to five nominees in each category. (And What's Yiffin'? is eligible for Website and Magazine.)

Nominations are open until February 28th, so let's get them in!  :shrek:

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Stream Feedback / Help me find shitty SCP Foundation games!
« on: January 30, 2017, 08:28:53 pm »
I've really been wanting to stream some SCP Foundation games but have only collected a small handful of them. It's been 4 years since the last time we did a proper SCP stream and I think that's a bit too long.

The ones I have downloaded include the "Containment Breach" game (the only "good" one), and that SCP-087 one with the stairs. 087 seems to be the most common game that these crappy indie devs make because it's literally just a staircase and is probably something I could figure out myself in the course of an afternoon.

Post links to ones you find here, and I'll download them to check them out when I get a chance. Thanks!

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News & Announcements / Updated SMF & added better CAPTCHA.
« on: October 10, 2016, 05:47:22 pm »
Had some issues with spam on the forum recently, apparently the registration CAPTCHA we had was broken with a purpose-built script. To fight this, while updating the SMF today I also replaced our old registration verification setup with Google's reCAPTCHA which is much more secure. Shouldn't be an issue moving forward.

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Stream Feedback / FAQ's about the stream and me.
« on: May 03, 2016, 10:51:35 pm »
I've been streaming since 2012 and in that time I've been asked a lot of questions, sometimes more than once by different people. *gasp!* Hopefully I can preempt a lot of needless new threads/posts by addressing some of the most common questions I get in this thread.

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Q) What is your streaming setup?
With the exception of HDMI consoles, since we predominately stream older stuff here, everything is plugged into a 16-way composite A/V switchbox. This box's output is then fed into an EliteVideo SD-11 distribution amplifier, which upscales the input to 720p and splits the output simultaneously into the stream's television as well as a Hauppauge HD-PVR2 capture device. At one point, the SD-11 also split audio-only output to surround sound speakers placed behind the cast, however these are currently no longer in use. For commentary, everything is picked up using a Blue Yeti snowglobe microphone.

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Q) What's the story behind the name "Gatorbox"?
From 2012 - early 2013 this channel was operated by a parent media company under a different "Gator" name. They shelved the stream in 2013 due to financial problems, however myself and a couple of the other cast members wanted to keep going so we had to come up with a similar sounding name as to not lose what little audience we had at the time. I already owned the domain gator.co, so we settled on "Gatorbox" which is intended to translate to "alligator television".

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Q) What's the story behind "COLA"?
In late 2014 I found a completely brandless "COLA" drink at Walmart. A couple weeks into 2015 I had the bright idea to quietly replace everything we drank on stream with COLA without drawing any attention to it until someone finally noticed. We've just ran with it ever since. There was actually a period of time where Walmart stopped carrying it so to keep the meme alive we all just drank water out of COLA cans that we had saved.

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Q) What's the story behind "Pooptown"?
Many years before Gatorbox was a thing, FPS Reflex and I used to dick around on Roblox and mess with people. Back then, Roblox was pretty much untamed and you could create/remix items and spawn them on other people's maps. We created a griefing item called "POOPTOWN" that was literally just a column of invisible sound effect triggers with a teleporter at the bottom that put you at the top of the stack so you'd fall through the triggers until your computer slowed down and froze. The name itself came from the map we used to test it with which had nothing in it except for the item and a sign out in the distance that said "POOPTOWN" in giant lettering. (It used to say "BIG TIME DOO DOO LAND" but the sign was unreadable due to having to use smaller letters.) Today, we just throw the term around whenever games ask for player or save file names.



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Q) What's "SHUSH OR HUSH"?
It's directly referenced from this image. I got bored one day and started chopping up the movie poster to Rush Hour, and "Shush or Hush" was about the best thing I could spell using the movie title's letters. It first became an in-joke where I used to work, which prompted me to tweet it and start making more of them. Now, "SHUSH OR HUSH" pretty much means anything that's been doctored like the original poster, even if it doesn't actually say "shush or hush" anywhere on the image.



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Q) Are you a furry?
bruh :wtf:

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Q) Did you really have the world record time in Super Off Road?
Yes, I was the de facto holder of the record from 2013 through October 2015 when my time was beaten by the speedrunner d0re. My personal best is just under 20 minutes now, however the current WR time has managed to get down to the 15 minute mark. Chances are I probably won't get the record back, and really don't have the time to devote to getting it in the first place.

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Q) What's the stream's connection to Bad Dragon?
In short, there isn't one. Varka (the owner of Bad Dragon) is a personal friend of mine and he has helped me out with some of my endeavors, however his company is not a direct/official sponsor or supporter of the show. The cast and I frequently make references and allusions to Bad Dragon mostly to pander to our furry viewers, that's about it.

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Off Topic / Introduce yourself!
« on: May 03, 2016, 06:47:35 pm »
Welcome to the forums! Rather than have a ton of individual threads for introductions, I've made this sticky where you can say hello and tell us a little bit about yourself, link everyone to your Steam or Twitter, etc. Like so:

Hi I'm Draco and for about eight years I wrote (and still write?) a bunch of weird/gross furry stories until I got lucky and someone asked me if I wanted a job running a stream. Now I do Gatorbox and give shoutouts to all sorts of weirdos in the furry fandom as recurring jokes. I'm @Dracokon on Twitter and I only drink COLA.

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Mario Maker Thunderdome / "If you're so good, let's see your levels."
« on: April 07, 2016, 11:11:22 pm »
Said every person ever who thought they were the only person on the planet to come up with this stupid "GOTCHA".  :squid:

Here are all the stages I've uploaded to my Nintendo account in order from newest to oldest. Most of these stages are also showcased in Special #4:




7F1A-0000-0204-16AF
A Good NSMBU Stage

012F-0000-01E3-9190
Your Level SUCKS: The Experience

3FD8-0000-0121-00C4
Every Evel Knievel Jump Ever

BB3B-0000-011D-A798
Arino's Atlantis no Nazo Flashback

7A5D-0000-0119-E261
CONSUME. OBEY.

2EE7-0000-00A8-23A0
Nintendo Hard

3367-0000-00A8-2357
Bowser's Big City

E696-0000-00A6-F5EB
Don't Go P

21CE-0000-0031-D2D2
Board Bowser's Sub

5D1D-0000-005F-E191
DONALD TRUMP'S MONEY JAMBOREE

3EB7-0000-001E-48CE
Echoes of Birabuto

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Stream Feedback / HOW TO SEND US STUFF TO UNBOX
« on: April 07, 2016, 09:43:49 pm »
The Gatorbox crew is always on the lookout for weird stuff to unbox and we're constantly getting new things... but we're only able to search locally. That's where our fans come into play; you guys are all over the place and after some viewers have repeatedly asked, I've decided to make Gatorbox's post office box public.


IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SEND IN, PLEASE MAIL IT TO:
Gatorbox
PO Box #2429
Fulton, TX 78358



Also, as a courtesy, please keep in mind if you want to send us something:

1. Please don't put anything other than "Gatorbox" as the addressee, otherwise your mail may not get delivered. Seriously. Don't be like iDubbbz's fans and send it to "Nigger Faggot" or anything like that; it might be :jokes: to you but these parcels are being delivered to a shitty podunk conservative town and if you do something stupid and your package gets sent back or investigated that's your own damn fault.

2. Don't send food or perishables unless they're unique or are a prize egg or something. We don't really do food/snack unboxings, and sending edibles in the mail can subject them to all sorts of temperature fluctuations and cause spoilage, etc.

3. Don't send us anything that's alive. Or used to be alive, for that matter.  :yoshicry:

4. Don't abuse state/government-funded programs for things like contraceptives and sexual health. We don't need 100's of condoms, and pissing tax dollars away like that isn't cool.

5. We will not disclose your real name or return address, ever. We'll credit you by your first name unless you put your forum/stream name somewhere on the package.

 :spagett:

That's it, really. If you want a COLA CARD sent back to you, either send us a self-addressed stamped envelope or include one with the stuff you're sending. I'll write some life advice on the back for you.

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Mario Maker Thunderdome / THUNDERDOME RULES
« on: April 06, 2016, 11:24:28 pm »
Your Level SUCKS has attracted literally hundreds of new subscribers to the Gatorbox YouTube channel, so rather than pretend like it's a good idea to let Super Mario Maker threads and discussions exist in the Off Topic forum I've instead decided to create the THUNDERDOME where anything Mario goes.

THE THUNDERDOME has rules, however. Please keep these in mind:

1. "If you're so good at this game let's see your levels. :harvey:" <-- Posting this warrants an automatic ban, or at the very least permission from every single member of this forum to rate your post "Kill Yourself". My levels have been posted and referenced in numerous places; if you can't find them, that's your problem buddy.

2. Don't whine or take the moral high ground about the show. We leave our YouTube comments mostly unmoderated because it's a nightmare to mess with them, but don't expect to be able to get away with a "won't someone think of the children" high horse here.

3. If you want to share your levels, please make a thread and keep ALL levels you create in that thread. The exception to this rule is if there's a thread asking for submissions for themed stages or challenges.

4. If you post levels that are bad, don't be surprised if the people here tell you as such.


We may make adjustments to these rules as the community grows. If we do, we'll make a post in this thread to alert everyone to any changes.

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News & Announcements / Complete Reference of Post Ratings
« on: April 06, 2016, 08:43:23 pm »
Ratings are broken down into 3 categories: positive, negative, and neutral. Positive and negative ratings are self-explanatory, however the "neutral" category contains more general responses to posts that are informative or helpful, etc. Sure, we could have "like" and "dislike", but we don't. Instead our ratings are a bunch of in-jokes and other nonsense that outsiders FUCKING NORMIES probably aren't going to get.

The ratings are a way for you to get feedback on your posting habits and content from other members in the community. If you find yourself getting a bunch of "Euphoric" ratings, for example, you should probably ease off the bitcoins and atheism; or, if you get a lot of "Salty" ratings you should probably be less of a whiny bitch maybe? I don't know.

Above all else, have fun and try not to take them too seriously. I've provided some loose definitions of the ratings, but they are purely subjective. What might come off as something stupid to you is someone else's "UPVOTE LEL EPIC WIN". Also don't try to farm ratings from people in the community, it's annoying. It's not a popularity contest and the plugin for the ratings on this forum is kind of shitty so I don't even think it's possible to see who has the most or anything like that.

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Below are all of the current ratings available for you to use.

POSITIVE
-- Reddit Upvote -- Generic upvote/agree/like.
-- 100 Emoji -- Like a "like" except more.
-- That's Money! -- Achievements, rarities, etc.
-- Alter The Spicy -- Hot, sexy, etc.
-- COLA -- Reserved for only the best of posts.

NEGATIVE
-- TRIGGERED -- Disagreement/dislike.
-- Troll -- Baitposting, trolling.
-- Salty -- Acting salty/spergy, excessive complaining.
-- Shitpost -- A bad post.
-- Kill Yourself -- A REALLY bad post.

NEUTRAL
-- Feels -- Emotional, personal post.
-- Yiffy -- Furry trash.
-- Autistic -- Acting autistic, arguing over dumb shit, etc.
-- Euphoric -- Atheism, MLP, vaping, etc.

RETIRED
(none, yet)

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News & Announcements / Suggest new chat emotes here.
« on: April 08, 2015, 05:12:12 pm »
NOTE: In order to use our chat emotes you will need to install the browser extension FrankerFaceZ (www.frankerfacez.com). It's safe and available for Firefox and Chrome. If you're using IE, kindly check your calendar and take note that it's 2015.

Gatorbox's current list of chat emotes can be retrieved here: http://frankerfacez.com/emotes.html#gatorbox

Technically, there is no limit to the number of emotes that we have, however the developer of FrankerFaceZ has suggested 25 as a general limit, so I'd like to keep our count at or under 25 to be respectful of his suggestions. That said, we have a "full roster" of emotes, so I'd like to know what your thoughts on them are. Which ones do you really like? Which ones are not so great? Are there any whose purpose you may not fully understand?

If you have suggestions for new emotes I'd love to hear them. For starters, most of our chat emotes aren't necessarily Gatorbox-related or come from in-jokes in the community. Eventually, I'd like to incorporate more of those but I feel like Gatorbox needs to grow a bit more before we can adopt more obscure icons for community use.

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