Its like stepping into a time capsule. I'll give credit where it's due, this site looks absolutely amazing though. I remember 2011, when I first joined the site, and there were only around maybe 1,000 active users a day, if that. Tactical Insertion was a big deal, and AlphaSnake, two Lords of the zombies lore. I remember when Educated (can't remember how he spelled his name to save my life) kept the site alive in the off season with his strategies on how to best play the game. I also remember when all of that strategy related content ended, due to a certain controversy involving SuperHands and Area 51.
I remember being accused of rigging the UOTM one time in order to win. If you ever wondered why the rules for that contest were so long, it's because of me, I promise ?? I remember the feuds between CoDz and PlaytheGameCo, the rise and fall of the brony community on Codz, and all of the ensuing hate from StarWarsBob and other respected members of the community towards the bronies that originally made me want to stop using this site. Believe it or not, this thread wasn't always the biggest (or the coolest, which it is now ?) thread in the off topic section. It was originally the Bronies thread. I remember "the golden age" of this website, before Carbon left and it damn near fell apart. They don't want you to remember the "dark times" right after Carbon left, and our two Admins went AWOL, leaving a couple of under qualified members to run the site, resulting in the loss of the site's first three years of content (which they may or may not have resurrected, I am unsure, as I left the site shortly after)
I remember predicting Die Rise for Black Ops II 3 months before it was announced by digging in the Wii version of Black Ops. How they never would give MonopolyMac UOTM even though he surely deserved it (maybe they have in my absence?) I remember way back when, before most of you were members. God it's been a thousand years since I've lived that past life, or at least, looking back on it, it feels like a past life. Almost as if I were a completely different person back then. So much has happened, so much has changed. I just wanted to thank this website, for being there for me in the summer of 2011, when I didn't have electricity at my house, and I spent 6 hours every day on my PSP (because that's how long the battery would last and i couldn't constantly charge it), sitting in a lawn chair in my yard, stealing internet from my elderly neighbors who didn't know how to use it. I would constantly chase the shade around my yard, moving my lawn chair from under one large beautiful tree to the other. Every evening I'd take my PSP and charge it at my grandparent's so I wouldn't be bored during those trying times. So thank you CoDz for entertaining me, for teaching me about research, for allowing me entry into a world away from the nightmare I was living, and for giving me an escape. But most of all, thank you for showing a little 12 year old that there is so much more to the world than just the pain and torment we see everyday. Thank you