This anerrversarry marks a new beginning for digibutter. The long awaited NERR 3.0 has hatched and will soon be evolving into it's next phase. I haven't flipped the switch just yet, but this site (2.0) will soon transition to cryogenic read-only mode and we will all enter into a glorious new era of posting + platforming.
You will tell your children that back in your day you used forums running on PHP and MySQL that worked in IE6, and they will look at you and shrug their shoulders as they go back to posting VR youtube-poop on digibutter.nerr 9.0 with their Oculus Rifts running an HTMLX2 browser powered by the Faceboogle Cloud
SAMMER BOWL SUNDAY is almost here! Similar to last year, it will take place in the betalands and consist of two parts: Character and Battle. Instead of submitting your sprite to me, you will create it in-game with the new Item creation tools. Just click Edit Items and then New Body to draw your equippable body and/or head. For bonus points, give your sammer guy a themed area.
Battle will begin Sunday and the best fighter (taking into account kills/deaths) wins.
The winners will be forever immortalized in stone for all to admire. May the bits be ever in your favor
A time-honored tradition around here is the annual Tree Decorating Contest. This year will be a bit different. Instead of just drawing a tree like in recent years, or just placing ornaments like in the early years, we now can do much much more.
This year the tree decorating will take place in the betalands, and you will be judged based on the tree and it's surrounding environment. So trim a brilliant tree in your cozy room full of your favorite things, then share a screenshot here with the rest of digibutter.
Six years ago I setup the digibutter forums. It was just a typical phpbb install which I started modifying, adding features like alternate characters and items that could be used on posts, users, or even on the entire site itself. Various "mod plots" kept me up late at night frantically making changes to the site. I wanted digibutter to not just be a forum, but an entire world. I found the limitations of phpbb to be too much, so I decided to start from scratch and made the site you see now aka "Nerr 1.5"
Nerr 1.5 was a hybrid forum, social network, and news site. I finally had a good foundation to build my crazy features on top of and Nerr 2.0 would return the site to it's former glory. But I was burnt-out (for lots of reasons, not just this), so I went on a hike for 6 months and got some new perspective. The truth is forums don't make good games. All the role-players left (do people still do that?) and anyways, I would probably just end up making a gaiaonline clone (which I think is about dead now?).
So that brings us today. Nerr 2.0 never happened and Nerr 1.5 is showing it's age... but I still want to make a game and I still love this community. All my ideas that I had for the original site still want to exist. So I've been working on a *real* game... a Massively Multiplayer Online Platformer sandbox (MMOPs?) that many of you have been testing (and fighting) in the beta-lands. Coming soon an entire world to jump, run, and build in. A Super Paper Mario MMO of sorts.
"But what is to come of digibutter?" you ask. Nerr 3.0 of course! digibutter.nerr will continue as a place of discussion, but with a more chat-like feel. It will run on the same server as the bitlands game, so there will be some interaction between the two. It's not quite ready yet, but expect some nice changes in a few weeks.
I haven't been this excited since 2007. Try out the betalands (especially Doopliss' clever levels) if you haven't already, and let me know if there is anything in particular you'd like to see in Nerr 3.0
Thanks again for sticking around, this place wouldn't still exist without [you]
If you're reading this, you must be one of the new users who have flooded this website lately! Welcome! Our site has been around for several years, and by now, we've got some general rules and customs that we follow around here. Take a quick look at this page and take a minute to learn about us so we don't hate you!
If you've spent any amount of time on Digibutter, we're not like other forums. We don't spoonfeed you or unconditionally love you. If you sound like a thirteen year old kid who spams HI-TECHNICAAAAAL all over the chat, you'll probably be banned pretty quickly! Seriously, guys. We don't care about Super Paper Mario anymore. You can stop spamming the other phrases you hear from SPM or Chugga or whoever. That just makes you annoying. Nas, our resident Cbox moderator, will proabably ban you on sight if you're doing something stupid, so watch out!
The best advice I can give you is to lurk before you post! Observe how we act around here and try to fit in accordingly! If you've been banned or somebody calls you a faggot, you're probably doing something wrong. Do your best to fit in and you may be accepted within our community!
Remember, Digibutter isn't for everybody, especially oversensitive kiddies. Our members work hard to get rid of the new users we hate. If you don't like us, tough shit! Go away and we won't give a second thought!
If you can manage to survive us, you'll find a warm and enriching community! Have fun!
This year's Sammer Bowl will be a lot different from last year's. It will consist of two parts... sprite creation and battle.
Submit to me a name and sprite sheet of your Sammer-Guy. It must be the same size and animation as this one used for betalands. Each frame is 26x30:
standing - run1 - run2 - run3 - jump - jumping punch - standing punch
There will be a Smash-Bros-style battle, where I will keep track of who kills who over a certain time period.
You can practice battle right now in the betalands by entering the arena in the clouds. In the arena you can double-jump and if you die 3 times you will get kicked out of the area (your lives are reset each time you enter the arena)
Congrats to the winners: SPRITE: Viddd. BATTLE: Penguin PornAce OVERALL: Penguin PornAce
Sadly not many people are discovering the world of Super Paper Mario anymore. The name "digibutter.nerr" doesn't mean anything to most people. In fact everytime I mention "digibutter dot nerr, dot biz" to anyone they always give me a puzzled look and walk away. :(
So as the site goes in a new direction, becoming more about gaming and gaming-culture in general, I feel it needs a new name too. I have decided to use a nametagdammit and change it to The Bitlands (bitlands.com). The name still retains it's SPM roots, but this is more appealing to the masses. Plus, I made a schweet logo!
Yep, digibutter.nerr is still alive and kicking! Not bad for a site that started about one game that released on a console that's about to retire. (BTW, where is Paper Mario 3DS ? Maybe we'll see a SPM2 on the Wii U?) To celebrate our birthday, I created a new chat for the site which will soon replace our trusty yet boring cbox. Test it out here:
Sony's showed sequels, a Playstation TV with 3D glasses that allow two local players to have their own full screen, and the NGP which is now the "Playstation Vita" and will cost the same as the 3DS.
and just in time for the flood of E3 news is my new site... DIGI.VG. Pronounced "digi dot vigi". It is sort of a re-purposing of digibutter to be totally gaming focused. (Your same digibutter account works there) It will only show gaming topics, and the home page will group similar posts together (sort of like Google News), so it will always be a good view of the popular latest news. Right now it's a really rough beta proof-of-concept, but expect it become more polished over time.
This lets digibutter focus on community and other random crap. I can do whatever I want to digibutter and not worry about scaring away people who just want gaming news (which, we actually get a lot of traffic for btw).
What ever did we do before then? In celebration of this Digibutter A-nerr-versary, I have imported all the old Digital Butterfly Forum posts into the new Digital Butterfly board to insure this priceless collection is not lost in the drift of time. May our children, our children's children, and all future generations enjoy these forever and ever.
You may have noticed the "Styles" options below the cbox, this was me testing out different visual layouts for the site. I have concluded that this new style is the best as it gives a full screen of posts with a strong visual impact.
Hover over the page and click on the Show Menus link in the upper left to show the menus and cbox.
Three years, wow. Looking at last year's annerversary and the first brings back good memories. There is no denying that this community has changed, gotten older, and some have moved on. I feel the focus of the site has become hazy... is it about Super Paper Mario? Nintendo? Video Games? or none of the above?
I still believe overall that this new format, launched last September, is for the best, but I also listen to everything you say. I have made many changes since that first launch, and will continue to do so.
I would love to rekindle those good memories I mentioned earlier, from ye digibutt of old. I think by refocusing and in some ways reverting the site will help. So here is the plan...
I will break the site up into multiple websites, each with their own focus. One for video games in general, one for Nintendo nuts, and one for digibutter.nerr. More sites will be added as the need arises, like Crump mentioned having comic or anime sites. They will all be connected, by sharing data as needed, and you will have the same user account on each. Digibutter will be freed to focus on community and having fun, and it's look can change too. Hopefully we can bring back that special something that has made digibutter our crazy internet home for three years.
This change won't happen overnight. Especially since I will have very little access to a computer and internet all this spring and summer. But I will have plenty of time to think and plan about the future of the site, and I want to get it right. What say you nerrs?
You can now access a lite version of the site, good for smartphones and other devices that can't handle the full site in all it's glory. I'm actually making this post with my phone.
It should auto-detect if you are using a mobile, but if it doesn't or you want to see it from your computer, click on the "view mobile site" link under the chat box.
Ever find a post interesting but you can't think of anything to say? Well now you can express yourself with just a few mouse clicks. You can now Like, Dislike, or Cookie a post. Just click the "Like?" link.
Like - You think the post is good, funny, worthwhile, etc. Liking also might show agreement or appreciation.
Dislike - You don't like the post. This could mean it's lame, or you just disagree with it.
Cookie! - This is your favorite post of the day. You can only give out one cookie per day. nom nom nom
You can't "like" your own posts. Also you can't change your like after you give it.
Are there any other options you would like to see? Or does like and dislike cover everything?