History of GSHI
This is a work-in-progress, and everyone is encouraged to contribute their piece(s) of the puzzle.
-[By Lazy Bastard (circa 2001, in an explanation as to why he gave admin powers to the admins of the time, in the GSHI Secret Room):
RPGod - RPGod thought of the same basic idea as yours truly, at the same time as well, and we both posted on the same board, in the same forum, on the same topic, within about 3 minutes of each other, about the same thing: the idea that has become the GSHI. I was pretty surprised to come back and see what seemed to me like a reply to my post, before it, heh. So I e-mailed him about it, I think we threw some ideas around (it WAS like...a long time ago), and I went off and started the project. Another group of hackers basically tried to steal the idea and use it before I did, but I beat them to finishing mine, which was better anyway since the idea was potent in my mind, posted the link, and they gave up, their attempt fizzling into nothingness.
Magus - When Magus first entered the GS world and saw me at the GSCCC UBB, I was a raging hackaholic, pumpin' out codes and posting'em every day like there was no tomorrow. At a time when most people were too scared to e-mail me personally (when they did, they apologized like seven times in the letter for taking up my valuable time, and explained how they knew I was very busy, heh), for fear that I might post angrily at them or something (which was strange, because I hardly ever got angry at anyone), Magus just dropped me a line and asked me for hacking advice, said "blah blah blah" about this code, asked a question about this or that, requested something, and kept replying whenever he had a question or something to say. The main thing was that he talked to me like you talk to a regular person, not like I was the god of all things who might smite him down if he bothered me too much. What most people didn't know was that I didn't mind at all to get their e-mails. The only ones I did mind were "how do you hack?" or "I've got a challenge for you" or "why haven't you hacked any codes for this game?". The answers to those questions/replies to that comment are: a) Too broad, ask me how to hack a specific thing, or where to find some reference b) Don't challenge hackers: it doesn't help, it just pisses them off and insults their intelligence. Hackers are usually highly intelligent people; you don't insult a beautiful girl's looks, do you? c) I either do not have it, think it sucks, or cannot think of anything to hack for it. Give me a request, and I'll work on it if I have the game. </rant> Anyway, Magus is indispensable. He's my graphics designer, the most active UBB admin, the guy who's found new hosting for the UBB every time the bastards kicked us, an active hacker, a resident of a hick town, and basically my right hand man. These first two will inherit the GSHI throne when I leave.
CzarDragon - CzarDragon suddenly returned from oblivion and his absence of about a year from the scene, and posted one day here. Despite how cocky I am, Czar is probably the greatest GS hacker of all time. One day he just mysteriously disappeared, and when he suddenly returned, I was quite surprised. RPGod and Czar were well acquainted (they hacked the FF7 debug room code together), which is probably why Czar came to the GSHI and posted at the old EZBoard in the first place, and Magus...or perhaps RPGod...I don't remember...made him an admin. When I found out about this, I approved of his adminship, welcomed him, and figured that although he probably wouldn't be of much use as an admin, he would be a great attribute to the GSHI as a hacker. I was far from being correct, as he became one of the most important people working at the GSHI BB, and now the UBB. In any case, if you boil it all down, CzarDragon earned his stay before he even came here.
CCV2K and Munky - I'm putting them as one because they were both made admins at the same time for the same reason. CCV and Munk are the reason we have a UBB today. Because they worked so damn hard on something that was for other people, they deserved something more than a crappy "thank you", and becoming GSHI administrators seemed like the only thing good enough. Afterward, CCV2k hired himself as the UBB tester (heheh) and Ubb scheme...tester...and does a damn good job. He's also one of our most active admins, and is the only admin that's ever online at the same time I am, lol. Munky became the UBB hack guy and did everything else to do with installation of the UBB and fixing bugs and the like. Magus quickly learned pretty much everything to do with UBB's, and was the one who installed ours the last two times we moved, I believe, as Munk isn't around very often anymore.
Alucard - Alucard was the joint owner of RPGod's old site, Gamers Revolt, and, obviously, a friend of RPGod's. He came to the board probably because RPGod was able to successfully brainwash him into it (lol), and was quite an active poster. Being that he was RPGod's friend and could most likely be trusted, and that he seemed intelligently reasonable and reasonably intelligent, Magus made him a mod. After a few days, or weeks, perhaps, his usefulness had him promoted to administrator.
Well, that's it. Now you know a little more about the history of The GS Hackers Index. Oh yeah, I hired myself about two weeks ago, out of pity. My job is to try and sell our new GSHI cereal,
Hexbits - The only cereal with floating marshmallowy hexadecimal goodness in every mouthful. A new GS hacking screenshot on the back of each box---collect them all! Save 400 proofs of purchase, and we'll make you our newest moderator. Sound fair? Happy eating...
About a year after his unexpected return, CzarDragon fell off the face of the scene. A few months later, Munky became relatively inactive, and HAcKen followed soon after. This was probably due to the harsh effects of the 'Dark Age' of the scene setting in (very little activity in general, limited hacking capabilities on new platforms, division of the hacking scene into too many sub-scenes, commercialization of some sectors of the scene, etc). However, soon after losing those admins to atrophy (heh), GSHI gained DarkSerge, who has been an asset to the team ever since.
-[By Lazy Bastard (circa 2001, in an explanation as to why he gave admin powers to DarkSerge, in the GSHI Secret Room):
DarkSerge - DS was gone from the scene for a while, and suddenly came back. He hung around the GSHI and the GSCCC for a while, before becoming part of the GSCCC staff. Besides simple posting at the GSHI UBB, we caught each other in irc every few days for a while, and talked about random crap, occasionally helping each other find some useless, but useful, thing, mostly to do with the emu scene. Being that DS is a pretty good hacker, and that I figure he's trustworthy, I decided it'd be cool for him to be part of the GSHI staff. At some point in the whole ordeal, I accidentally gave him adminship. LOL, just kidding. He's been a decisive factor in getting new hosting for the new GSHI UBB, which will be open within a few days, hopefully, and is usually a damn good adviser, when he's not absent-minded from sleep-deprivation...which doesn't matter, because I'm usually about as tired as he is, so I wouldn't notice anyway, heheh. When you're half passing out on your keyboard trying to IM someone in irc, log what you say. You'd be surprised the next morning, LOL.