Well, as usual, I’m going to talk about something nobody has heard of. Sorry, that was incredibly arrogant of me. Whatever.
STALKER is probably one of my favourite games, as you should now be well aware of, and I’m here today to commemorate the loss of a quaint little wiki-style dedicated encyclopaedia of all things STALKER; that encyclopaedia was Heroes Radio.
It was great – conclusive information on even the most obscure topics, good editing, and all the charms of anything that didn’t fall off the Wikia project tree.
No idea when, but that modest little guide that saved my audacious arse so many times has vanished from the plains of the internet, forcing me into the sterile halls of the STALKER WIKIA MACHINE. Which is also pretty good. WHATEVER.
It’s just a shame to see something like this go, just because its existence was pleasant. It had people behind it that cared and that made it feel like more of a community, even though there was one editor who spent his entire life locked in his ivory tower after throwing the keys into the lake.
Sadly, it’s situation and demise was somewhat inevitable, not because the editor was afraid of people deleting articles and replacing them with ASCII penis’s, but because it would have been too much damn work to keep it up to date with the sequels, meaning that a small group of dedicate authors could not match the consistency and content generation power of a living breathing community, all drawing interesting conclusions on community based encyclopaedias. But talking about the operation of social dynamics within Wikia is for another day.
So fare thee well Heroes Radio, your quality content and cool name may have vanished, but they shall not be forgotten.