Former NeoGAF Staff and Users Launch New Forum, ResetEra

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Following the sexual assault claims against NeoGAF owner Tyler Malka, the website has seen an exodus of both large numbers of users and its entire moderation staff. Now, a handful of those staff and community members have launched their own forum, titled simply ResetEra.

The site launched today with limited numbers of applications being approved, mostly due to the substantial load on their server and user account process. The site mimics NeoGAF in that it has a gaming forum and an off-topic forum separated, and former NeoGAF members are getting precedence through the user approval process.

The forum has a number of rules already which are publicly available, including one that specifically prohibits any talk about NeoGAF. The forum’s staff includes key NeoGAF personalities like Nibelshinobi602, and ZhugeEX.

While the forum has moderation policies similar to NeoGAF, if you’re looking for a more open and moderation-free (mostly) forum, make sure to check out our own forums here!

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  • Mr0303

    A site to avoid then. Got it.

  • Anon_Amous

    “Plans are in place to make it more retarded than ever.”

  • Touma

    >Former NeoGAF staff
    so basically they’re moving the cancer to a new platform, got it.

  • BurgerUnit

    Otherwise known as REEEEEEEEEEsetera

  • mewnani

    Well better than spreading it through out the internet, making the cancer metastasize and invading innocent forums with their deviant behavior.

  • InkViper

    I Give It 3 to 6 months before it goes to shit, and ends up worse than NeoGAF!

  • NeoGAF users have Stockholm Syndrome, because they literally can’t function unless being heavily monitored like the autistic children they are.

  • JohnnyCageFan2

    ResetEra? And here I’m squatting on for no fucking good reason…

  • In regards to NeoGAF it’s no surprise those on ResetEra are plugging their ears and going “LALALA CAN’T HEAR YOU”. I mean, what other way than to enforce the Streisand effect than to refuse to address the activity of NeoGAF’s userbase by ignoring claims of sexual abuse? They just want to pretend none of that happened so they can continue on with their merry way and be completely and utterly wilfully ignorant. Spineless losers.

  • mewnani

    At least their salty tears are insanely delicious.

  • Mr0303

    They are more likely to be Cluster B. The SJW types don’t tend to be autistic, since autists are heavily fact reliant and have trouble communicating, while SJWs are all into collectivism and feels.

  • Perhaps the best thing was seeing them cry about how they’re “respected” while being crapped on by gamedevs from around the globe for being, rather ironically, toxic, themselves. So many people in the games industry breathed a sigh of relief when NeoGAF died, making it public that they hated that cesspit.

  • InkViper

    On a plus note, splitting the difference between the user base will diminish the whole , weakening the power and Influence a single forum like NeoGAF and its users, used to have.
    Really it should be seen as a break up of a monopoly on stupid, how they were ever allowed to get so much influence is beyond me!
    And I doubt this new forum will obtain the same level of influence, although I do believe it will probably hit peak levels off autistic REEEEEEEEEEEE soon enough.

  • DrearierSpider

    Place your bets: how long till this cesspool comes Tumblring down?

  • Considering that both NeoGAF and ResetEra refuse to talk about what caused this exodus to happen in the first place, and in fact will ban users for mentioning it, they’re already completely and utterly linked together in the inevitable failure – and there’s nothing they can do to separate one from another. Considering the people we’re talking about, they’d be quick to call any new movement for better journalistic integrity that criticises nepotism in gaming news media to be just another “GamerGate”. Now they know how it’ll feel to be tied to an unsavoury past with no way to avoid it no matter how much they change their name. Oh how I do love the ironic echo~

  • AnimeFan89

    I thinking six months and that is being generous, not too long but not too short of a wait.

  • Mr. Oshawott

    A site that I’ll be sure to stay away from forever. The former NeoGAF mods’ prevention of any topic of NeoGAF being mentioned is a sure indication that ResetEra will be virtually no different from the defunct former.

  • NeoGAF: bans you from talking about what caused the exodus
    ResetEra: does the same

    they never learn

  • OldPalpy
  • OldPalpy

    I have to wonder if they went with having a name that abbreviates to RE purposefully or else they’ll soon regret it when they try to dogpile their first dev.

  • InkViper

    Crash override network abbreviated to CON! which is what it was, and I don’t believe it was deliberate trolling. I do buy, that on a subconscious level SJW’s do Sabotage themselves. After all, NeoGAF propagated the listen and believe mantra so absolutely, that no one was safe, including Tyler Malka! In short they created a noose for their own neck, and they were too stupid to even realise. In my estimation these people aren’t smart enough to consciously play clever little tricks like that.

  • Neojames82

    Great, now we have TWO piece of shit forums now…

  • CrimsonX4

    lol why would anyone want to go to a forum made up by the same people scummy people who made Neogaf a cesspit. Also they think that by not taking about Neogaf people will forget what happened?

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing
  • Tubsiwub

    The NicheGamer forum has barely any activity… :|

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    NeoGaf at least had its legacy and influence in the industry to survive off of, all this new site has is the legacy of NeoGaf’s downfall and horrible community.

  • Νικήτας Πολυπεπόνης

    Say hello to NeoCancer’s son!

  • Mechonis

    Wow that logo and name perfectly project just how fucking retarded the new site will be!

  • sanic

    Gameghazi 2?

  • OldPalpy

    I keep wondering what the name is even supposed to imply. What era are they resetting to?

  • 1984, of course. :^)

  • Gogetters

    Gamerghazi/NeoGAF 2.0

    Even good ol’ Jason Schreier from Polygon is there.

    Also, I just found out Jason Schreier has me blocked on Twitter.

  • Always hard to get rid of cancer.

  • OldPalpy

    Of course they are they couldn’t live without a heavy moderated shithole that treats em like clebs and strokes their epeen while making any dissent against them forbidden. Gaf was the biggest hub for gaming podcast discussion back when those first started so they played a direct role in games journos thinking that they’re famous eclebs which lead to nothing good,

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    They always wanna change history; would it kill someone to make a movie showing how they’d truly fuck shit up if they had the power of time travel?

  • RichardGristle

    >implying the exact same shit won’t happen

    The staff was the entire problem at NeoFAG lol

    FBI – now is your chance to sneak into their ranks easily. Consider it being proactive!

  • VersVlees

    Good riddance to Neogaf. Becoming irrelevant to gamedevs is one of the best outcomes of this whole shit storm. Their days of bullying developers for not being progressive enough are over.

    Let’s hope resetera does not gain the influence on gamedevs like neogaf had. Let it be a honeypot hugbox all the neogaf rats can go to so they don’t spread the Pest to other websites/forums.

  • I’m hoping that ResetEra copying NeoGAF’s policy on suppressing dialogue about what caused the exodus in the first place will ultimately haunt it for the rest of its (hopefully) short existence, leading it to its collapse.

  • Squirrel on crack cocaine.

    You can polish a turd but it will still be a turd.

  • 2501

    Well what do you expect, nobody wanted their sorry ass so they made their own forum to keep their hivemind in check.

  • SinkingSage

    Needs a reform, those blue backgrounds don’t help.

  • ProxyDoug

    It’s nice of them givng it a name that will make people avoid it by default.
    Also, I expect mass trolling in the coming days.

  • The Clansman

    There’s no need to go there, the news comments are active as fuck, this is where the community is.

  • SLoWMoTIoN

    Some of the forums I go to barely have any activity.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    At least they’ll be contained.

  • Anon630

    I think it’s gonna’ be a little different in a sense that it’s been infiltrated by people looking for lulz. Even if they widdle it down to the final anon, they’re going to be infatuated with the idea that anon is looking right over their shoulder and laughing.

    That and GAF’s back online, so hopefully they keep splitting their numbers.

  • Nagato

    Worse even; Shinobi for example is widely known to serve as a viral marketer/shill of AAA games for major publishers, with the most recent notable example being Mass Effect Andromeda.

  • MusouTensei

    The echoest of chambers.

  • RPG

    Well, at least we will all know that it will be a cesspool from the start, so that we can all stay well enough away from it.

  • deadmancrawling

    How come talking about videogames on the internet became such an excruciating ordeal :(

  • Jack Thompson

    Videogames became extremely profitable and a good medium for propaganda. Thus, people want control over them and discussion.

  • SiliconNooB

    God… That’s a bloody long TOS!

  • Alantor29

    Well, what about GameFAQs? Oh that’s right, you’re one of the idiots from GameFAQs who hang out in boards of games they don’t like.

    You keep parroting about how much you hate FFXV and spreading stupid and false information about how millions of people don’t like it like any other idiotic GameFAQs troll.

    You also keep parroting about how much FFXV’s story sucks and its characters are awful and how much you hate Tabeta or whatever.

    To me, you sound like you have some serious issues or mental issues to be exact. Then again, most of GameFAQs’ trolling population is either not right on the head or just psychotic.

    GameFAQs is just as bad as NeoGAF and you’re a prime example of this.