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Ducain 03-18-2011 10:45 AM

Ending it all on a perfect 7
 
On April 6 2004, a tiny speck of a website was launched to show off some Halo trick videos - pretty much a little boat floating in the ocean of HBO. Soon after, a phpBB forum followed, with a handful of people signing up who just loved to hang out and chat about Halo 1 trickery.

Then came Halo 2 - the explosive growth in traffic, great new community members, excellent Halo trickery, and plenty of madness. Then Halo 3, and...

Most of you know the rest of the story, and so here we are. However, this year on April 6 - exactly 7 years to the day since HIH began - we're heading into cryo. It's been a long and amazing trip, but it's time that HighImpactHalo draws to a close.

The decision has been in the works for some time, and is ultimately made by me, but with the counsel of the HIH admin team - and it's a good decision. Many won't like it, but it's time. In web years, our site is like 487 years old or something like that.

The good thing is that we're not just 'shutting down' - we're going into cryo, following in the footsteps of a certain Halo character we kinda like. HIH, complete and entire, will be frozen on April 6, and will be locked but viewable, including all the content. Forum posts, archive forums, all of our huge HIH Trick Video Archives - everything will remain available as a testament to all the great people who have spent time here and contributed their talent to the Halo community.

To make this happen, we've come full circle - back to HBO where we first started. We've partnered with Louis Wu, who has graciously agreed to host every single bit of the content of HIH going forward. Most of our stuff is already there, but no 'switches' have been flipped yet. That will come later. I'm also maintaining a separate and complete copy of everything, with build packages, as protection against any sort of unexpected content loss.

Making this choice wasn't easy, because HIH after 7 years almost seems to be a part of my DNA, even though my personal contribution here has been little in recent times. I literally could not be more thankful for the relationships that have been created over the years in our little corner of the interwebz, and the sheer volume of FUN that this group of people helped to create for many of us.

SO, the entire point here is to the give the community some notice - slightly more than two weeks - and I would ask that everyone use this post as a place to drop by and writeup some favorite HIH memories, hat tips to past members, etc.

NOTE: for those of you viewing this on the front page of the site, simply click the 'comment' link below the news post to be taken to the forum post.

The one rule is that we keep it positive - we'll be removing anything that isn't. Let's take the old girl out on a good note.

Thanks everyone - I'll post another note on April 6.

-Duke

AllShallPerish 03-18-2011 11:08 AM

This is a very sad day. :frown:
Duke, I totally respect your decision, everything has to end at some point and HIH has reached this point now.
I will edit this post when I find the time to write up a few things I expirienced here.

ASP

EDIT: I feel like I should edit this post now that HIH is only a few hours from going into cyro. I cannot find the right words to express my feelings towards this place. I'm close to shed tears.
Fortunatlely, I have quite a lot great memories and experiences I was able to wittness here and I'm very gratefull for the past 4.5 years I spent here. I found a nice little corner of the internet here with some of the nicest people I ever got to meet!
Thanks to all of you guys, it's been a pleasure to be part of this incredible community called HIH! I <3 all of you guys! :'(

Angels Of Chaos 03-18-2011 11:19 AM

Very sad indeed. Goodbye everyone. This site helped me learn interesting things. Sad to see it go. :/

Joshington 03-18-2011 11:27 AM

It was looking this way for awhile, I can understand where you are coming from Duke.

Guess this is the end... wishing it was 07 again

Joshington

Ignatius 03-18-2011 11:31 AM

Well Duke, that's a great early birthday present.

Na I keed, I've had fun on this forum since I've joined, it's been looked at more than once a day, every day. I hope things go well for you after all this is over.

Peace out.

Ducain 03-18-2011 11:37 AM

Just thinking about how much the net world has changed in the last 7 years. You have to realize, we launched this site almost a full year before the arrival of YouTube. At that point, the only way to allow people to see your video was to find someone with server space to host it.

Ah, the (slightly good) old days.

:-)

LotsofLuck 03-18-2011 11:38 AM

Thanks Ducain for one hell of a ride. I can definitely say that by joining HIH in June 2006, this website has shaped my experience for Halo and beyond. I for one loved watching Halo launching videos not only for the tricks, but my music library and tasts have definitely expanded as well. Working at HighSpeedHalo has been a blast and the friends I've met and worked with there are pretty amazing.

It's pretty insane to look back at the long history HIH has been through. Although I was only here for part of it's lifetime, I can definitely tell how things have changed over the years. I'm glad that I could be part of it.

Thanks again Ducain!

Joshington 03-18-2011 11:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ducain (Post 845943)
Just thinking about how much the net world has changed in the last 7 years. You have to realize, we launched this site almost a full year before the arrival of YouTube. At that point, the only way to allow people to see your video was to find someone with server space to host it.

Ah, the (slightly good) old days.

:-)

we go the way of mythica lol

Ducain 03-18-2011 11:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Joshington (Post 845945)
we go the way of mythica lol

Well, sorta. And actually, I sent a note to Brian (amaroq) this morning. Hopefully, he'll drop by.

Orange Soda King 03-18-2011 11:46 AM

http://www.nooooooooooooooo.com/

You're too early for April Fool's Day, Duke! :frown:

Ducain 03-18-2011 11:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Orange Soda King (Post 845948)
http://www.nooooooooooooooo.com/

You're too early for April Fool's Day, Duke! :frown:

I lol'd at that. And no joke I'm afraid.

Decommissioner 03-18-2011 11:51 AM

Sad to see it go. Though I can't say this is unexpected (things have been pretty slow around here these days).

Rorcin 03-18-2011 12:18 PM

This deeply saddens me, however it was inevitable :(

IILilNinjiII 03-18-2011 12:24 PM

Well... I'm somewhat sad to see this go.

HIH became a small routine in my life to where I looked forward for anything new. It brings a feel of adrenaline when you see things like LBYL 2 or even Z2 posted. This site literally improved and renovated my main goal which was to meet the top notch tricksters. Well, I wasn't here for 7 years but I got to share it for the 2 years I've been here. Ive had some laughs here and thanks to this site i would be now where that I am right now. I've met some of the coolest people that I don't think I would have ever met anywhere else; however, I guess HIH will completely stay at a stalemate here, sadly :(...

Good-bye and thank you HIH!

For the TJ community: I think we should look at the H3F thread idea again, it 'twas a good idea and it sounds even better now after reading this.

-Ninji

Ducain 03-18-2011 12:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by IILilNinjiII (Post 845956)
Well... I'm somewhat sad to see this go.

HIH became a small routine in my life to where I looked forward for anything new. It brings a feel of adrenaline when you see things like LBYL 2 or even Z2. This site literally improved and renovated my main goal which was to meet the top notch tricksters. Well, I wasn't here for 7 years but I got to share it for the 2 years I've been here. Ive had some laughs here and thanks to this site i would be now where that I am right now. I've met some of the coolest people that I don't think I would have ever met anywhere else; however, I guess HIH will completely stay at a stalemate here, sadly :(...

Good-bye and thank you HIH!

For the TJ community: I think we should look at the H3F thread idea again, it 'twas a good idea and it sounds even better now reading this.

-Ninji

-Ninji

I believe some folks here have a few things in the works for the trick jumping crowd.

AllShallPerish 03-18-2011 12:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ducain (Post 845958)
I believe some folks here have a few things in the works for the trick jumping crowd.

I can confirm that :smile:

ASP

EDIT BY DUKE:
I'll do all I can to promote projects launched by our people here, even after the site is frozen I can add links pointing to these projects.

Resix 03-18-2011 12:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AllShallPerish (Post 845959)
I can confirm that :smile:

ASP

EDIT BY DUKE:
I'll do all I can to promote projects launched by our people here, even after the site is frozen I can add links pointing to these projects.

I can second this.

Joshington 03-18-2011 12:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ducain (Post 845958)
I believe some folks here have a few things in the works for the trick jumping crowd.

oh you would be surprised...

ferrari 03-18-2011 01:00 PM

It's hard to believe that HIH will be going away; I have checked this site virtually every days since I found it back in eight grade. One of my favorite memories is seeing Due get the banshee on the Maw, and my abusing of Sergeant Johnson. (also: OMG at Windows media player and Windows movie maker)

I'll miss checking this website in my normal routine when I start surfing. Guess I'll just have to get used to Youtube and facebook filling that void.

Thanks for all of the memories, and using HIH as a segue in meeting one of my best friends.

Dom Dunc 03-18-2011 01:01 PM

Wow, a sad day.

I've been around since the conception in 2004 and it really seems like it happened yesterday.

Places like HIH are a testament to the passion and creativity of fan communities, and even though I haven't been an active tricker for many years with every 'holy grail' that was achieved, my mind was blown all over again.


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