The Creator , Stephen Yong
I previously ran a BBS during the 1990s, during an era before the internet and is known as the OP , short for "The Operator" (reminds you of the Matrix). This is a lame term to define someone who operates the network, or short form for SysOp or System Operator. Those users who had experience with BBS during the 1990s should understand this term.
In the days of big box game developers, I was one of the few indie game developers or programmers, in a tiny room somewhere in my house working on creating fun games for thousands or millions to enjoy.
I do have help... although sometimes it is probably more like a distraction which is:
As you can observe from the picture... my kid is attempting to help me clean up the place.
The most important thing of all, this is a non-profit site. We do not have seed capital nor do we have VP (Venture Cap) or banks to give us buckets of money to pay for our bills. I`ll be happy knowing that there are sufficient financial donations just to pay to maintain and keep this site running, along with many volunteers from players to maintain the game servers and to add content to improve on the game itself.
Interestingly we managed to stay running with zero advertisements especially during the era where almost every place you visit is plastered with thousands of annoying advertisements.
As you can see from the above picture, my kid is so poor that he has too eat his pillow instead. Just kidding...
Final good bye from the Creator , Stephen Yong
I started working on GC in Dec 2002, on the 15th February 2003 the first GC server is up, and in July 2003 is when the first version of UC server is up. It took another 2 years of constant updates to get it to the level that most players know.
I step back from the operations of GC and UC sometime in the year 2005 mainly due to the conflict from me versus players and admin regards to the content and items that should be in, and shouldnt be in game updates.
Since then I have given free reign to the admins, and root to wolf after that so that the admins can work and update on the game in the best way that they could. Sadly there isnt much notice-able changes or updates that i can observe even years after root has been given.
The sun rises and will surely sets each and every day, as the seasons surely change and the tide goes in surely goes out out, my little sand castle that I have build (GC+UC) and spent so much time and love into it with great sadness it is time for me to leave the beach, and to leave this sandcastle to the tides and to the setting of the sun.
I do understand the difficulty of spending hours on a hobby that is more akin to unpaid volunteer work , as we all know how precious and limited the hours in a day that we have, for work, family, friends and hobby or volunteering work.
I have been funding for the servers for years, regardless of my involvement in the game. I am doing this because i believe the game is by the community for the community, and this is me doing my part. Due to the lack of interest, and low usage, I will be discontinue funding for the server maintenance.
I would like specially thank Treg the first admin and Rutger the first participant for our `open source game project, made and run by the players`. Also to Goldstein owner of Shizmoo for working with us, to bring in over 300 millions visitors to our game.
I have noticed that some old players have went off to set up their own GC/UC servers, while I will refrain from commenting I hope that they will at the very least put a simple thank you note some where like `Created by Stephen Yong in 2001`.
Those who wish to contact me, or post comments, or keep in touch may do so via:
Stephen FB Page = https://FB.com/stephen.yong.gamestotal
Finally our FB Page = https://FB.com/uc.gamestotal/ - This is mostly created for the FB login feature