Shack was born in April of 1996 as a hobby of mine. I didnt think it was or would be anything special, just a place to goof off and learn how a website works. I was using Netscape Gold v2.0 that came with a HTML editor and some web space provided to me by my friend Pat who I had only known through the net at the time.
I knew nothing about computers except for how to install DOOM and get network card drivers working. I didnt know anyone in the "industry" and my only motive was to hopefully inform and entertain a few of my fellow gamers. For years I maintained this page as a hobby.. nothing really spectacular came of it but it was fun. Adding little bits every few days here and there.
Then on a whim one day I emailed 3dfx Interactive asking for a demo card of their new Voodoo chipset. I never got a response, but a week later I have a package on my doorstep from them. Whoa! So Im sitting here with a brand new 3D card and there isnt really a game out there that supports it. So what is next?
I email John Carmack and tell him I have this newfangled videocard and I saw in his .plan update that hes doing an OpenGL version of Quake I figured needed some "testing". 10 minutes later Ive got glquake.exe along with some instructions and permission to even post some screenshots. I dont know this guy at all and he just fires away a beta copy of his stuff to me?!
So a day later, Shack (Quakeholio at the time) is the home of the first ever screenshots of GLQuake. That was the day everything changed. My little website was suddenly the home of gaming news. I started getting all kinds of crazy emails about subjects I had no idea about and people asking all kinds of questions that I had no idea how to answer.
Whats up with the story? What does that mean? It aint me, its the generosity of the gaming community that makes this place what it is. Im just the monkey messenger.
Well now, as you have probably seen Shack during the year has gone from floundering to flourishing. Your money helped to float this ship while I was out there doing anything and everything I could possibly dream up to make sure it all kept running and those donations werent for nothing.
As you also probably know I make all kinds of mistakes on a frighteningly regular basis. Im just a guy like any other. I am convinced I dont deserve any of this, but I am also convinced that I will continue to work as hard as I can to at least come close.
I dont know what the future holds for Shack, but what youve done has ensured that there is one. Thank you for enabling me to continue to pursue my passion, and to continue to be the messenger.