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Our story as a community!

Postby Overmann » Tue 29 Jul 2008 17:05

Hi mates! Since the official forums are back, we've thought to drop some lines to tell you our story, mainly for those of you who are new :wink:
So, if you're interested, here it is: enjoy!

When Syberia came out (2002), an official website for the game did exist, at the address http://www.syberia.info, with a clumsy community area. Some of us are even that old... :) When the game sequel was officially announced, a new website did open, replacing the old one; the new address was http://www.syberia2.info (also reachable at http://www.syberia2-game.com).
On this new site the community area was much more developed, with a phpbb forum uniting users from all over the world, offering sections in different languages (English, French and Italian), in which some official members of the relative national publisher of the games also took part.

Unfortunately, Microïds, the company behind Syberia, was having financial issues since the times before the publication of Syberia 2. In 2003 Microïds, gone bankruptcy, joined with MC2, creating the brand MC2-Microïds, with which the developers of Syberia 2 signed the game in 2004, when it was available in stores. The problems though had not been solved, and at the end of 2004 the company seemed to be closed, in liquidation, with only a bookkeeper to estimate what can still be sold! During the first months of 2005 part of it had been acquired by the Canadian studios of Ubisoft (an important videogames publisher).

The consequences of all these facts have been the closure of the official website and the official forum as well, which first had intermittent technical problems and in the end wasn't available anymore.
At the end of 2005 some users of the official forum decided to open a new unofficial Syberia bulletin board, at the address http://forumsyberia2.free.fr, cloning the whole old forum in graphics and structure, with sections for different international users. Via email (thanks God, some users had exchanged their addresses) many old users were contacted and summoned, and during 2006 the community was almost completely reconstructed, even with new people!

Since summer 2007, MC2-Microids official website is live again! The address http://www.microids.com initially showed just the message "Coming soon to your screen..."; despite the difficulties, then, the company never ceased its activities, and came back to life to publish some adventure titles in North America.
Some months later, the site populated with info about their products, and during the second quarter of 2008 two big titles were announced: Still Life 2 and a conversion of Syberia for Nintendo DS, scheduled for October, 2008!
Consequently, on July 2008 the new official websites of the two games were opened, and Syberia came back with having an official space at the address http://www.syberia-series.com... Thanks to the contacts with Microids people, we found an agreement to make our unofficial forum become the new official forum for Syberia, now hosted on Microids servers at the address http://www.syberia-series.com/forum.
We can say that our community has come back to its original location, stronger than ever!

P.S.: You can try and surf the old webpages searching their URLs at http://web.archive.org if you want an idea of how did they look like :hello:
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Re: Our story as a community!

Postby phil1908 » Tue 29 Jul 2008 20:01

what a story, but all your facts are real, thanks to you to remember these all 8)
I think it would be a great post for newcomers here on this new forum :idea:
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Re: Our story as a community!

Postby Ante » Fri 1 Aug 2008 17:18

Thanks Overmann. I don't have anything to add besides the fact that the discussion board on syberia.info had some strange discussions. I wish I could read them again.
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Re: Our story as a community!

Postby Pifou » Sun 24 Aug 2008 12:02

Nice topic Overmann... Image
Very useful for newcomers...

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Re: Our story as a community!

Postby Pifou » Sat 8 Nov 2008 16:57

The Syberian's Fan Community in pictures here :

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=34

(who is missing ?... lol )

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Re: Our story as a community!

Postby Volarberg » Sat 22 Aug 2009 16:36

Thanks for spending your time to write this!
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Re: Our story as a community!

Postby postal2600 » Wed 26 Aug 2009 15:04

I am a 2002 old user, though not so active. And the community really does it's job: I found a Syberia fan here in Romania :) (other than my friends on whom I've put pressure to play it :P, and then they realized it's an extremely beautiful game)
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Re: Our story as a community!

Postby Sam13 » Thu 19 Aug 2010 02:25

what a story, but all your facts are real, thanks to you to remember these all 8)
I think it would be a great post for newcomers here on this new forum :hello: :sisi: :hello:
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Re: Our story as a community!

Postby trish56 » Thu 14 Oct 2010 05:01

Hi.
Hello,the only one i say;owsome.thank you for the posts.
And for the information nice forum.
God bless you all guys.
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Re: Our story as a community!

Postby johnmartin102 » Sun 8 May 2011 14:22

Ya really good forum because here is all guys who share his or her idea and this information is very helpful for us.
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Re: Our story as a community!

Postby Spike » Tue 7 Jun 2011 18:39

If I remember the first ever message board...I think it was orange lettering on a black background.....
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Re: Our story as a community!

Postby Senta » Tue 5 Jul 2011 11:49

Thanks to Syberia forum, me and Ante are friends :D
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Re: Our story as a community!

Postby Leynadh » Sat 1 Oct 2011 10:16

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Re: Our story as a community!

Postby stone » Mon 3 Oct 2011 16:19

I will update the forum this week, this should prevent new spambots registration, just please give me some time, as at the moment I'm quite busy :)
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Re: Our story as a community!

Postby JajaSyn » Wed 11 Apr 2012 15:57

This is a very nice community and has a good layout too.
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