15th Trackmania Anniversary!

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Re: 15th Trackmania Anniversary!

Post by Miss » 24 Nov 2018, 12:54

Ahh those photos w1lla, from Gamescom, right? I was there too! Played Turbo there :D
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Re: 15th Trackmania Anniversary!

Post by HYPE » 24 Nov 2018, 15:30

I kinda didn't want to write something here because I am much more connected to ShootMania than I am to TrackMania and since this is the birthday of TrackMania, I didn't want to spoil the atomsphere with good old HYPE, not being able to talk about anything else but ShootMania. :lol:

But in the end it is TrackMania that brought me here and that I still play and love next to ShootMania, so I here I go I guess. :P

My brother and me started in 2004 with TMO. It was just one of a few racing games we played back then and even thought it didn't mean anything really special to me, I played and enjoyed it a lot.
A few years later we got Sunrise Extreme and that one I played even more. Especially Island was just so cool. I'm sure it was one my most played games at that time and I was hyped for the next game of NADEO.
When I finally figured out that I am not able to buy TM² Canyon in store like I was used to, but had to download it, I arrived on the Maniaplanet. For the first time ever I played a game online with other users and it was amazing. I didn't really interact with the players on the server back then, but I loved to hunt against other real humans. :D
Everything changed when I talked with a classmate about this game and he told me about ShootMania! (BUHH ShootMania :0010 )
Well I played TrackMania less and less, but when I got more active in the ShootMania community, I somehow found my way back to TrackMania. Playing the SmurfsCups, MX KO's, riolus xd races, solo hunting and maybe here and there something else.

I still spend most of my time on ShootMania and I hope that won't change, but I also love TrackMania and the community and I very thankfull for everything NADEO and this great community has done!

I meet awesome people through this game and even meet quit a lot in real life already. I had a banger of a time so far and hope that it will last still much longer.

Thank you all and love ya! :thx:
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Re: 15th Trackmania Anniversary!

Post by Poutrel » 26 Nov 2018, 13:31

Awesome to read from Nadeo members! :D

Oh yes! The amazing server of the late Lepapa!
He was so kind and his server was so futuristic for the time.
I remember having the worst ranked map ever on his server :roflol:

Damn I miss the late 2000s. Even though those times are great too! :D

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Re: 15th Trackmania Anniversary!

Post by Eole » 26 Nov 2018, 15:29

I discovered Trackmania in 2006 with Nations. I grew up in Reunion island and at the time it was the only game I could play online where my horrible ping and 56K modem didn't matter. :P
The other players were teleporting all other the place, but it still was a fascinating experience to be able to meet people from all around the world from my tiny rock lost in the Indian ocean. Later I got an ADSL access to the internet and started playing a lot more for fun and competitively. In the years that followed I co-founded a team (mgk) and the TM-Actu website with Boubisis. Trackmania helped me to learn a lot of things but I was far from thinking that it would actually become my job a few years later.
And now I come to work everyday hoping that what we do at Nadeo will allow players to have has much fun and meet has much interesting and nice people that I have since 12 years.

Happy birthday Trackmania !
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Re: 15th Trackmania Anniversary!

Post by Poutrel » 27 Nov 2018, 19:58

Just posting the novel I sent to Nadeo for the memories, as it was (a bit ^^) shortened :

Share one memory. Only One. One since that day where young Poutrel randomly watches a video on a video game website, about a free racing game.
"Wow, this look fun! Gotta try it, and it's free anyway, so I'll only play a couple of times but that doesn't matter!"
This was nearly 13 years ago.

So now to choose a memory that prevails over the others...
Was it the first team I cofounded, without any idea of what it meant or any kind of organization ? (YoYo was here, although I doubt he remembers me now !)

Was it that day in late 2008, where Stitch, then-legendary leader of the then-legendary Chèvres Sexies (CS, Sexy Goats), asked me to join the team? (I can still remember Fistule's Island map we were playing at that moment)

Was it the countless hours in TeamSpeak with teammates and friends, playing our short maps all night long? (Bet I can cut this 6-second map?)

Maybe the Freestyle Golden Age, with the multiple servers, the gif topic (/!\ 56k Warning !) (that strangely disappeared btw), the Freestyle Cup, the videos...

Ah the TM videos, when YouTube wasn't an option you would think off! Downloading these precious piece of arts, to enjoy again and again the TM Zap or StreetStyl3! Those were GOOD!

Or what about the 24 hours events by team TEP? That time were I was just chatting with team FDV for most of the time, when suddenly near the end of the event, nobody in the team was left so I just filled in unexpectedly...

And all the teasing and the impossible wait made by the damn good trailers, the Hylisian games..., before each release. There was even a Windows Widget to display how much time was left before Canyon's release. And I got a huge headache on the release day, do you believe that?!
(Never got myself in a close beta though, making the hype even bigger everytime!)

The hunt for the best times, as we can easily forget that it's the core of the game, produced itself some great memories, either with the wins (Canyon D08 WR with my own cut yay! Befrienfing THE riolu himself!) or with the best fails (physics, you're drunk).

Ah the replays... I've got hundreds that would be worth watching again, and editing together. TM's gameplay will never ceased to amaze me...

And then for me came the time of projects leading. First it was the JaV-inspired Nadeo Reverse, which was really well received (thanks EDGE and the others!) and then since 2014, thanks to MrLag, Nadeo EnviMix. I can't believe how much activity this project created... 2,500+ maps, and I-can't-imagine-how-much replays uploaded!
Of course now, it is mostly about the TitkePack, but I'll let that to BigBang1112, as it is his accomplishment first of all!

And there's also that crazy 2016 year, mostly spent making my 1-hour video, Nadeo Maps Archive...

So, which to choose? How to choose?
After all maybe it's all that TrackMania time (I wish I knew how much exactly) that makes one long and sweet memory...

I'll never thank Nadeo enough for that. You're doing an incredible job for 15 years. Don't ever stop please!

This is just a video game they say.
No. This is TrackMania, and it is so much more.


(Oh, and there's also this ESWC pick-nick video where players are mockingly kneeling before Hylis, who is holding the garbage)
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Re: 15th Trackmania Anniversary!

Post by Brownd » 29 Nov 2018, 14:51

Got the news a bit late but HAPPY 15 YEARS!! :pil

Even though the community isn't as present here in South America I still enjoy the games to death. So glad it's alive and kickin', hope there's still new things down the line for ManiaPlanet and beyond!
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Re: 15th Trackmania Anniversary!

Post by NJin » 29 Nov 2018, 15:05

Well a bit late (imo) but here's my present to TrackMania^^: Happy BIrthday :D

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Re: 15th Trackmania Anniversary!

Post by Alinoa » 29 Nov 2018, 22:42

Nice present NJin :clap: :3
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