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  1. 18 points
  2. 16 points
    Hello beautiful Atomicans. This wonderful place that has been so incredible for almost 20 years is soon to be making a final exit from the internet. June the 11th will be our last day together, here. That’s enough time to regroup in another place, if you want to do that. The closure is happening for several reasons, and I don’t think any will be a huge surprise to you all. As a brand, Atomic the magazine ceased publishing many years ago, and we stopped trying to make this a home-page-driven content site a long time before that after a few stop-start efforts that never took hold. As a brand with potential for future publishing adventures – and revenue – Atomic’s day has passed. Our thing was enthusiast tech, and our owners Future Publishing have that well covered with excellent mags like Maximum PC, and the legendary sites Anandtech and Tom’s Hardware. So, that’s where the efforts are properly directed, instead of trying to resurrect something that might compete for audience and resources, but that fewer and fewer people can relate to. That's ok. We said goodbye to Atomic magazine well at the time. That leaves a forum, a much smaller forum than it once was, and a pandemic. The Atomic forums have been given the grace to be for an era that went into overtime, because it’s hard to pull the plug on people. Our time has come now though. We had a truly magnificent run, it was the best 20-year-party ever. We were a fucking explosion that burned a very long time. Overall Atomic mission success rating: VERY ATOMIC. These friendships can live on elsewhere, if they don’t already. Finding friends then moving on – maybe with them, maybe alone – has been a thing since the beginning of the forums, and now it’s time for all of us to do that. This has been a meeting place, and it’s also been home to many – some for 20 years, or close to it. It ignited so much. Atomicans ventured beyond the forums to the meets, and fucking paintball. We had a full suite of weddings and babies. And deaths. All of it. There’s been huge life drama and tragedy here, and there’s been euphoric happiness, and everything in between. People that haven't been here for years are still together, and hey, maybe we can say that in another few years. People from Atomic – even if they’ve never met IRL – have friendships here that are powerful and there’s a lot of love in these pixels. It’s a mighty fine legacy for an internet site to leave behind. For me personally Atomic is by far the most incredible journey I’ve ever been on, and I know many of our former staff would share that sentiment. Atomic was both a huge hit as a magazine – the coolest, sexiest, most boundary-breaking fucking computer magazine that ever existed – and, Atomic was you guys. We made a mag, and you made all of this. Pretty good I reckon. We kicked some publishing industry arse, made some nice art, voided a few warranties. And here, from you, the thousands of friendships that entertained for 20 years with a whole lot of funny, sad, and wise conversation. Every moderator that’s ever been, and especially the last standing now, is beyond incredible. You know that. I ran out of thanks for these guys years ago. They know they have my everlasting gratitude, love and respect. Every Atomic magazine and site writer and editor was pure gold, and while I’m still honoured to work with and know many of them still, the end of the forums is the end of the last remnant of Atomic – so to you all I raise a glass. You were the rock band. So many quality moments went down here, and remembering those is a pleasure we may now enjoy for the rest of our lives. Each of the so many personalities here, and their avatar as we think of them, are friends – or quality characters in a hilarious sitcom :). We all feel that, and that kinda keeps us together, even when we aren’t here. Saying goodbye to Atomic will mean different things to different people, but I think we can all agree that each and every one of us was fucking fantastic. We’ve got a little time left. Let’s have some fun, eh? See what old faces we can see, while we can. FAQ Q: Will there be an archive? A: We're sorry but no. Q: Can I have Atomic? A: Due to GDPR impacting the parent company out of the UK, and there being some users who are in the EU, that is unfortunately not doable. Q: What’s the exact time on June 11 Atomic will shut down? A: Not sure yet. Have a beer ready. Q: Where do I go, what do I do? A: Nich and Chaos have set up these new places: To ensure that our community will live on, we have created a number of places for people to come together and be atomic. Come, say hi, and pour one out for what came before, and all of those who worked to help create and sustain it. https://www.reddit.com/r/atOmicans/ will be our home on reddit, https://www.facebook.com/groups/atOmicans/ will be our place to face our book and https://discord.gg/swKm5vS is our place to hang and chat. If you feel the need to keep on foruming, and want one that’s all about PC gaming – and that’s why half of us ended up here – we recommend the thriving PC Gamer forums https://forums.pcgamer.com/ We hope you will be happy there, whichever there it is you settle upon. We are looking forward to many more years of togetherness. Is it Atomic? Yes, Sir. Very Atomic!
  3. 16 points
    The time has come to pull the plug On the forums we have grown to luv With a heavy heart we watch it fade No better a forum ever made. Flouncys baby was big and proud And didn’t it draw in a fucken big crowd Hundreds a night would post their stuff Some of it good, some of it rough. We would get pissed and vent, laugh and cry Now we post with a tear in our eye As the forums we love take their last bow We remember them fondly and look at us now 20 years on we still gather to post Friendships and marriages we can all toast This place is ours and we’ll remember it well As we say our goodbyes and the tears start to swell To Atomic, we all can charge our glass And to flouncy the man,the legend ,all class Thank you Atomic as we all raise a beer Together we all made history here
  4. 14 points
    We were magnificent, weren't we? It's been said so many times over the years that Atomic wasn't just a magazine, or a website, or a forum, but a community. And so many of us have felt that, over the years, in so many different ways for so many different reasons. I know I have. A stereotypical introverted, shy computer nerd, but in coming to Atomic I ended up with a group of built-in BrisAtomic crew friends (when one or more of us weren't piking!). I worked with some, I sharehoused with some, I married one (non-forum magazine reader), I partied and BBQ'd and blood splattered and shuffled and LAN'd with all. And the very first time I got on a plane in my life, it was to fly to Sydney to attend a RL Atomic meet All because a housemate brought home that fateful first issue of Atomic. Atomic has woven itself into the fabric of my life and I consider myself extremely fortunate for that It's been said that a lady never reveals her age, but I'm not a lady, I'm an elvenwhore It has occurred to me that by the time Atomic officially concludes, it will have existed for exactly half my lifespan. I will therefore have lived exactly half my life without Atomic, and half with it. If my maths stands. Cool Thank you to Ben, for everything, just everything. You did good, boy, you did good I WILL SEE YOU ALL AT THE MEET BECAUSE IT WILL HAPPEN!! Until then, let's Atomic the shit out of our remaining time together here And I will see as many of you on the flipside as I can
  5. 12 points
    Gone but never to be forgotten. From this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remembered, we few, we happy few, we band of brothers and sisters....
  6. 11 points
    NEVER FORGET -=- Green Slushy -=- And you can sit there till you rot -=- NEVER FORGET https://pastebin.com/tJU1pacJ https://pastebin.com/mgLGaKHi Also, thanks for the memories
  7. 11 points
  8. 11 points
    Thanks, Ben. For much, much more than you know.
  9. 10 points
    Nope. Just. Just no. This is completely like when I don't want a sausage roll until I go to a cafe and they mention - offhand - that they used to serve sausage rolls, but don't anymore. Suddenly, all I can think about are fucking sausage rolls. I couldn't accurately measure what this place means to me. Everything from friends, to love, to a brief career in writing. Much sadness :(.
  10. 10 points
    Farewell atomic, I joined in 2008 when I was an edgy and furious teen, now I'm 30 and because of the connections I made here, I have a job and friends for life. I'll be forever grateful. x
  11. 10 points
    Winning POTM was one of the highlights of my life Thank you
  12. 10 points
    In order to ensure that our community will live on, we have created a number of places for people to come together and be atomic. Come, say hi, and pour one out for what came before, and all of those who worked to help create and sustain it. - but especially for Ben. https://www.reddit.com/r/atOmicans/ will be our home on reddit, https://www.facebook.com/groups/atOmicans/ will be our place to face our book and https://discord.gg/swKm5vS is our place to hang and chat. We hope you will be happy there, whichever there you settle upon. We are looking forward to many more years of togetherness. Is it Atomic? Yes, Sir. Very Atomic!
  13. 9 points
    I guess it was bound to happen some time I certainly look back on those days very fondly, and am grateful for the close friends that I have made from it. It played a role in shaping who I am now. Although I literally haven't logged on here in years, it's still sad to see the last vestige of what was once great die. Shine on you crazy diamonds.
  14. 9 points
    I joined because a friend at the time showed me some case mods. I've been modifying ever since. Arcade sticks out of dead consoles, controller mods, even my own body is modified. (Multiple NFC implants, magnets and all sorts of other stuff that will make you wince). Gaming, mods and being a smartarse. That's been my life. And I can trace that back to this place. Thanks for the lifelong friendships, experiences, knowledge and an outlet to discover who we all are. I still can't believe you let me have a set of keys to the base for a while.
  15. 9 points
    Well, shit. I kinda always just expected this place to keep chugging along. Things change, but yeah...this place was always 'home' on the internet. I may have moved out, but this was a family. We had some fucking wild times, guys. And through these here forums, I've made some true, life-long friends. The ol' Green and Black will be very missed. Rest in peace, AtomicMPC. You've earned it. *salutes flouncy and Hawkeye*
  16. 9 points
    Fuck. Thanks flouncy for putting your heart and soul into what is and always will be a fucken awesome thing. Take a bow mate. And thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
  17. 9 points
    Not gonna lie, this one stung. Stung quite a bit :( What a ride, what an amazing community. Brings a tear to my eye.
  18. 9 points
    Hey, Ben. Thanks for everything man. One small request before this place evaporates, I just wanted you to see if you could pass on a message to Bennett for me? Please let him know I'm sorry. I'm so very sorry that he sucks at Counter Strike. Yeah, that's right, I said it Bennett, you son of a bitch! Any game, any time, 1v1 I will always own you completely. You won't even see me coming, punk.
  19. 9 points
    And thank you my friend. You were always the wise plus sensible one with the head that couldn't be unlevelled and funny. You and Virt. What a team of mods, and entertaining green room headbutting. You, Krispy, are Atomic's greatest single achievement. Or at least you're our poster child for showing a smothered kid that he's got a right to party.
  20. 9 points
    Final request: every user on the forums becomes a superhero for the last 24 hours. It's been a crazy ride. Lots of friendships made, sometimes more, and most of them ongoing. Atomic isn't a mag, it isn't a forum, a website, and definitely not a business. It's us. Atomic has had a massive impact on my life. I owe it atleast two, if not all three of my IT jobs. Somehow unrelated, also had my name(s!) in print as well. Atomic has been suspended, shut down, broken up, blended, etc a few times. Despite this, it still lives on. Because of us - all of us, the users, the mods, the contributors, the staff. Everyone. It will still live on. In all of us. Forever.
  21. 9 points
    Work on New Places for Atomicans to be on the Internet has been an intensive today-project, and you will hear from Chaos about that. We have the toppest team doing their finest work on this important next step
  22. 8 points
    Ahh, what a shame. Good memories here. Especially me in a tie -Kathleen
  23. 8 points
    Sorry to see the forums going - I've had some good times and great laughs here. Cheers for all of it.
  24. 8 points
    Time for a nobody that nobody knows to post their 2c haha. Like so many others here, Atomic was the first online community I ever joined, after seeing it mentioned in the mag. Unfortunately for me, that was 2010 so I missed out on golden years many here have spoken of previously. That being said, I had an absolute blast here and will never forget the interesting conversations, the helpful advice, and in general the awesome people I got to talk with and even meet! The forums still automatically open up for me whenever I load my browser up, so while I don't post much anymore I'd always have a poke around to see how things were going. Loved the fact eveln kept my old World of Tanks thread alive single handedly haha! I am very much going miss this place - you don't know what you've got til it's gone. Thank you Ben, the mods, and everyone else for making Atomic the wonderful place it always was, and always will be.
  25. 8 points
    Woot, finally got a leg Standing tall
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