Wednesday, March 31st 2010

I will be leaving TPU!

After all the drama in the comments section of our Fermi review, I realized that continuing with hardware reviews and this tech "scene" might not be what I want to do with my time in the future.

So I looked for options out of this mess, and found one, TPU will be operated by a different company in the near future, I will be leaving the site. But fear not, most of the staff will remain here, the site and forums will stay the same in the near future (months). However, I have no idea what's going to change in the long run but I'm sure it will be for the best.

Further info and a more detailed schedule will follow when I have a better idea what will happen with my software projects and other internals of the site.

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869 Comments on I will be leaving TPU!

#1
Fourstaff
W1zzard said:
apparently that key (given to me by nvidia) has already been used according to steam
I can't believe Nvidia went that far. It has just lost all my respect.
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#2
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
W1zzard said:
that's another piece of drama .. lol .. apparently that key (given to me by nvidia) has already been used according to steam .. i may have to end up buying metro out of my own pocket just to give it to the lucky winner
honest to nuts, I am kind of in the same boat but with a mail service. Someone used my international customs number four days before I picked a pre-printed form out of a box, and who knows what will happen O.o
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#3
W1zzard
Fourstaff said:
I can't believe Nvidia went that far. It has just lost all my respect.
i'm not saying it's nvidia's fault.. might be some other reason .. still waiting on an answer from steam
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#4
shrimpius
Very sad to hear it. I'm from Russia, but I don't read our hardware sites, because they are crappy. Except one - fcenter . ru - which is just a Russian variant of xbitlabs (because most of the xbitlabs team are Russians). But when I need a good look at the video card I always check TPU! It has the best reviews, especially in the terms of power consumption/noise/heat - these aspects are often forgot by other hardware sites. I've been reading this site for the last 2 years and was always very excited with every new W1zzard's review. Although I don't read other reviews, because I can find better ones on CPUs and so on, the video card reviews by W1zzard are the best, I dare, in the whole Internet. But I never check forum, because it's extremely hard to find some valuable comments in the thousands of replies (and because I can't understand modern English talking language, but I can understand very well everything, that W1zzard writes). Summing all this up I can say that I'm not interested in the TPU!'s community, but I'm very interested in the video card reviews on this site.

P.S. Sorry for terrible English, my native language is C++ and a little Russian :D
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#5
mdsx1950
W1zzard said:
that's another piece of drama .. lol .. apparently that key (given to me by nvidia) has already been used according to steam .. i may have to end up buying metro out of my own pocket just to give it to the lucky winner
lol. Still you dont have to buy anything. You can just ask the winner to get lost. He/she might show some hate towards you. But what the heck? Thats just one person against an entire community + thousand of guests who visit the forum and love and appreciate your work and of course love you :D.
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#6
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
mdsx1950 said:
lol. Still you dont have to buy anything. You can just ask the winner to get lost. He/she might show some hate towards you. But what the heck? Thats just one person against an entire community + thousand of guests who visit the forum and love and appreciate your work and of course love you :D.
Lol if w1zzard told me to get lost I might just want to win even harder now :laugh:
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#7
Mike0409
Binge said:
Lol if w1zzard told me to get lost I might just want to win even harder now :laugh:
You'd be chanting: "THANK YOU SIR MAY I HAVE ANOTHER!"
:toast:
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#8
Fourstaff
W1zzard said:
i'm not saying it's nvidia's fault.. might be some other reason .. still waiting on an answer from steam
You don't blame Nvidia, so who is the prime suspect?
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#9
theubersmurf
Fourstaff said:
You don't blame Nvidia, so who is the prime suspect?
There may not be anyone to blame.
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#10
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
110 viewers. Clearly we don't want w1z to leave, any of us. I pray this is an April Fools joke.
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#11
TRIPTEX_CAN
W1zzard said:
that's another piece of drama .. lol .. apparently that key (given to me by nvidia) has already been used according to steam .. i may have to end up buying metro out of my own pocket just to give it to the lucky winner
But... the booth babes.. I can haz yer cebit pass?
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#12
MilkyWay
erocker said:
I don't blame W1zz for leaving, I've been thinking about doing the same myself. The past few months have been pretty dreadful around here with people's behavior, rudeness and the most noteworthy a sense of false entitlement. Perhaps this is just the evolution of the internet and society as we all just sit in our fake leather chairs in front of a monitor and be dicks to one another. All I know is there is much more to life than that.
Erocker i think what you said is true. A lot of users have either cut down the time they visit the site or just completely left. Some of the users contributed to this over time; they dont remember what it was like years ago, hell i wasnt even around back then.

I havnt been the best user but i know what its like on the forums.

Whatever W1z does i support him, i dont judge him for wanting to leave when so many others have.
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#13
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
Wall of text but I think this may be one of the most important posts iv made

I can't bealive this. I get back from watching a movie someone hits me on MSN i well here it is.

code:
nameless: TPU got sold
Solaris17: hahaha o ya?
nameless: w1zzard made a news post
Solaris17: WTF?!


My heart in all honesty hit the floor. I made it to the beginning of page 2 before I couldn't handle it. This forum its populous and the site have been my home for the past 5 years. This is not a normal community. This is not a normal site. the site is clean. Relatively simple and has a sense of style. The members are incredibly well behaved on most of the time. Which imo is a incredible feat.

The fact is regardless of how well you may mean it, and how well the staff means it. This place will turn into nothing more than a 3rd rate tech site after you go. You have commanded the respect of other administrators and company's. I absolutely love your awkward sense of humor and the reviews are so detailed I aspire to be like you. When I review I make sure to try and be as thorough as possible. You are the best damn journalist I have ever had the pleasure of having a few brief conversations with.

I feel betrayed and sad all at the same time. It is uncontrollable and somewhat of a surprise even to myself that I can have this kind of attachment to an inanimate object if you can call it even an object. The fact is the atmosphere around here is created by the first person. You were him and you won't be here. That being said the site will never be the same. It is exactly like a falling empire and I don't think anyone will ever persuade me differently.

I will probably edit this. Not because I am ashamed or remove what I have posted. Instead I will probably edit this because I just cant concentrate enough to post exactly how I feel. It's like im lost honestly. I consider everyone here family as ridiculous as it may sound I haven't seen any of your faces yet you are my friends we talk laugh etc. So wouldn't that mean this is a type of home? Or school, or public park? A place were like minded people can come together? The front page of techpowerup a familiar and friendly face when I first open my browser?

I could care less if they managed to keep up with your quality of work. I could careless if they managed to add company's to the point they could review products for every company in the universe. They will never replace you. This is were I stand on the matter if I got ahead of myself and skipped what I was trying to say completely. If you do leave I can honestly say it will probably be a bad day IRL for me. As such if this actually follows through and you really are leaving. I will not be returning to TPU. The day you leave this place will be the day this website dies and the day I no longer have a place to call home.
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#14
jaystein
W1zzard said:
that's another piece of drama .. lol .. apparently that key (given to me by nvidia) has already been used according to steam .. i may have to end up buying metro out of my own pocket just to give it to the lucky winner
This is why you should stay, your a good person. I actually tell a lot of my Geek Squad cohorts to come to TPU first before any tech site. This site is the first thing I look at most mornings.
I love GPU-Z as well.:rockout:
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#15
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
Have fun werever you end up w1z
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#16
PHaS3
W1zzard you are the reason I visit TPU many times a day... Gonna miss you bro :( :(
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#17
MilkyWay
He just said there was a problem with a key and you are starting to fight over whos fault it is, LOL.
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#18
TVman
this is a really bad april fool joke :shadedshu
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#19
Selene
Its a sad day.
I know the ATI bashing NV and the NV Bashing ATI, has made me all but stop reading any forums.
I still read reviews, but even some of them are fueling the fire, in the end this will all end bad.
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#20
mdsx1950
MilkyWay said:
He just said there was a problem with a key and you are starting to fight over whos fault it is, LOL.
I agree. :wtf::wtf:
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#21
arnoo1
that's so stupid that you are leaving
you are great!
all the good reviewers are gone also on youtube that's real anoying
i love tpu!
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#22
ShRoOmAlIsTiC
im gonna have to keep hitting refresh till W1z posts april fools!
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#23
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
im not sure but without w1zzard at the helm i might move on... theres no real site to compare to tpu so ill probably go back to lurker status on the net i really do wish W1zzard the best but yea without w1zz in charge i probably wont stay here. Ive seen sites change hands over my internet lurker periods and it never goes well period... eitherway good luck to w1zz

and as far as metro2033 and steam goes i got a bud that bought it his key didnt work either altho a quick call fixed the issue but still it does happen on occasion ppl need to be patient
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#24
SuperSonic X 316
I don't really post much and I really like the community here but if it's true that you're leaving then I wish you the best.
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#25
HalfAHertz
PHaS3 said:
W1zzard you are the reason I visit TPU many times a day... Gonna miss you bro :( :(
I'd have to say give credit where credit is due. Not only is W1z one of the most unbiased and best reviewers on the web, but the entire TPU team has done an amazing job here, making this place truly unique and rewarding. Unfortunately I am sure that many of them will follow suit and leave us as well. So I would just like to say once again thank you W1z and everyone else on the TPU team - Mussels, BTA, Erocker, Paulie, etc. Sorry if I left someone out...
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