Earlier today, we asked if online gaming community Barrysworld, now known as Game.net and due to be shut down by parent company Game Plc next month, could once again rise Phoenix-like from the ashes, as it did three years ago. We were doubtful.
And wrong, we're pleased to say. Co-founders Tony and Ben - aka 'TedTheDog' and 'DBs' - have gone back to their roots and founded FreddysHouse, a non-commercial online gaming community in the mould of Barrysworld.
"This time it will be volunteers and donations only, no suits, no commercialism, no ludicrous expectations, just a home for a community if it wants one," writes TedTheDog on the new site.
"You won't be marketed with stuff, we have nothing to sell, we're just a group of gamers now running this purely as a hobby, just like the good old days. We may ask for help sometimes, but it will as gamer to gamer."
In short, it's going back to its (Barrysworld) roots as a fan-run site.
Why the name change? "Game have kindly offered us the use of the Barrysworld name, but we've decided to start again," said TedTheDog. "Clean sweep kind of thing."
Not to mention the fact that "'Freddys House' was Barrysworld's original name about eight or nine years ago".
Gentlemen, we salute you, and we wish you luck. And now, the last one to the SPNKR-88 is a wuss... ®