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How to make LANThrax useful again

Osprey
05-Dec-14 6:31 PM
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There was a time when there was a lot more interesting stuff going on for people to keep them logging in to LANThrax everyday. At one point there would be more than 160 votes for a poll (as compared to the current 6 or 7).

Maybe that was because of the CoD2 servers (LANThrax used to boast the best pings) and now that CoD2 is no longer popular there is no need to hang around.

I was wondering if there is anything that could take the place of CoD servers, some service that is not provided in Malta, specifically for Maltese people. I'm not expecting to come up with the next FaceBook, but more like something that is available abroad but not particularly suited for Malta.

Is there something you ever saw online, and said "this would be so cool if it was available in Malta". I mean something like a website based service that does not require Microsofts man power resources to build.

Off the top of my head, I would think about a dedicated WTS section for not so old computer parts. WTS threads seem to be the most popular on the forums. I know there's MaltaPark, but the items there are diluted with the other non tech stuff. What if there was a place for overclockers who are upgrading often and want to get rid of the "old" stuff that is probably still covered by warranty?

Any thoughts about this, or any other idea? Just don't expect the next FaceBook!

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gattard
06-Dec-14 9:36 PM
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love that idea some kind of forum or something 

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Osprey
07-Dec-14 8:37 AM
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That is just one idea. I was hoping you guys could suggest something.

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tyco_rc
07-Dec-14 10:04 PM
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How about popular team-play games right now? I happen to play league of legends, and anyone ready for its appeal to one day perhaps get a maltese team up and running against the challengers in european countries is always appealing to me.

Some might think of Dota2 and I'm pretty sure that these games are here to stay for a long while.

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Osprey
08-Dec-14 3:17 PM
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What's the LANThrax website going to do about it? It's not like we can host a game server like we used to do for CoD2.

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tyco_rc
09-Dec-14 1:44 AM
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Well, it could organize the trajectory of players to be able to compete more interestingly.

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Q4TTU5
17-Dec-14 8:24 PM
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Things which come to mind:

1) a retro-gaming section with browser playable retro/vintage games. Most classic arcade games no longer have any copyright restrictions.

2) A platform for students following gaming courses at MCAST & University, to showcase their games. I know that there are other international sites for this, but it always pays to get more local exposure and recognition, in order to be able to get an extra push in foreign markets.

Personally, I would also consider a cheap yet efficient promotional campaign, by means of catchy/witty advertising (fliers, posters etc.), especially at and around places mainly frequented by teens and adolescents (educational institutions, places of entertainment, shopping/fashion outlets).

 

Hope this helps.

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Chowz
11-Jan-15 8:17 PM
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At the top of my head I can only think of two ways to get more traffic into the website. The first one is a short term solution, were the site would get increased traffic for a few weeks hoping that some of that traffic will remain active whilst the second option is nothing tangible, but it might be of benefit to think about.

1. Organise a LAN Party: Lanthrax haven't hosted a LAN Party in ages. Since this is a gaming website, we must give the gamers what they want, and right now LAN Parties are scarce. Forget trying to be original and focus on the mainstream (League of Legends), and organise a LAN Party in Gozo. As far I know, there haven't been a LAN in Gozo for years and organising one there would have the excitement factor as people love to travel. Lanthrax.com can be then used for the LAN discussions - potential participants would have to sign-up to have their say, and this would create arguments and thus more traffic.

2. CONTROVERSY SELLS. If you are trying to find something to attract visitors to the website, try to think of something that users would find controversial. I remember Lanthrax being an opinion forum were members used to express their feelings about everything and not just gaming on this website. Gaming is still very much alive in Malta, however Maltese gamers seemed to have moved from PC gaming and more toward console gaming. As implied above, if traffic is the goal, go with the mainstream.I know that Lanthrax have always been a PC-oriented community, but times have changed and we would need to adapt to keep up.

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tas-sikkina
05-Apr-15 8:09 AM
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There's only one problem and that is very difficult to arrange.That is because pc gaming is finished,lol was getting the gamers back in the industry but it went down again you have to remember that our generation of the 07-11 gamers are now aged up and in today life you don't have enough time for anything that what most ex-gamers and for my self think.A lan won't think that would do it.The request for today is console gaming so there the website should change for,and I think the traffic at lanthrax would go up casually.I loved posting this post for the first time after at least 3 years.
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Osprey
05-Apr-15 4:35 PM
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And I loved hearing from you again! :)

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ingliz83
06-Apr-15 6:36 PM
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What about a Drivers section?

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Osprey
06-Apr-15 11:16 PM
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What kind of drivers?

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ingliz83
08-Apr-15 4:31 PM
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like there is on www.guru3d.com

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Osprey
08-Apr-15 5:13 PM
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Why re-invent the wheel? I think it would need to be something that is not offered by anyone else, such as something specific for Maltese.

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deggimatt
13-Jun-15 11:55 PM

I think old gamers like me get old, and free time decreases. Most of them hardly play anymore. You need to find whats new. Provide services for new popular games like this website used to. Provide tournament creation and server hosting. Try to attract to best teams and others will follow.

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deggimatt
14-Jun-15 12:04 AM

And also, was this website intended to be an online community for gamers or something else? 

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Osprey
14-Jun-15 8:24 PM
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The way I saw wa sto bring together gamers and to facilitate the organization of LAN Parties (through promotions and discussions). With the advent of online gaming, LAN parties started losing their appeal. The people who tasted the thrill of attending a LAN party have now, as you said, outgrown the hobby.

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pcgreed
14-Nov-15 8:16 PM

i hope you got my message

i wish i could come here more often but being held back by 500 internal eror

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Osprey
16-Nov-15 9:57 AM
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I got the message, but in order to help you I need to know where and under which circumstances the error happens.

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BlacK ScorpioN
16-Jun-15 3:01 PM
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I think the problem with LANThrax is that it failed to adapt to newer things after online gamers were finding comfort in Facebook. The period where Facebook started to become more and more dominant in every online social interaction, is the same period where LANThrax forums starting dying (obviously) - but this should of been an indicator & warning to LANThrax that it should of started to adapt to that something new that could of kept  it afloat, and possibly open new doors..  

For example, one thing that comes to mind that could of grown into something larger, is the Market Place, (which was still very active even after general forum inacitivity), so in that stage where the demand for sharing and asking questions related to gaming was met by Facebook groups etc. -  LANThrax could of adjusted to  focus more on the market place, which who knows what that could of grown/led to..

Obviously this isn't something that I, or any member at LANThax saw coming - but it is simply an observation 

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Vengeance
16-Jun-15 10:00 PM
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Just wanted to say good job to Osprey for the sweet new update.

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