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Interview I just had with Mike Pooler
Posted: Posted May 21st, 2012
Edited May 21st, 2012 by Xhin

I caught him on Facebook late at night.

Xhin: mike!
Xhin: long time no chat

Mike: Xhin! How are you?

Xhin: pretty good
Xhin: we left you a "thank you" post
Xhin: uh
Xhin: here
Xhin: http://gtx0.com/view.php?post=65432
Xhin: which sort of turned into a "fuck you" post, but that's how it goes sometimes

Mike: Nice- at least what I read so far. Yea there's always gonna be some of that I suppose
Xhin: But there are enough cool people to make up for it
Mike: very true
Xhin: you brought the cool people together
Xhin: so we owe you for that at least :)

Xhin: also, I don't know if you're going to become active or not, but I wanted to offer you an admin position on GTX0 if you are
Mike: The thanks are not necessary but appreciated.
Mike: Also thanks for that too, but I am better off without that for now
Mike: Thanks for offering though

Xhin: yeah, I understand
Xhin: life throws you curveballs sometimes
Xhin: well, I extend the offer to anyone who's ever had a successful GT clone. I guess having GT itself would count : P
Mike: :)
Xhin: But, if you want, think of it as a different site entirely because it really has evolved past its GT roots anyway

Mike: I don't blame life for the curveballs

Xhin: don't be afraid of what others will think, people still will respect you more because you made it regardless of anything else you did or didn't do
Xhin: that's something I had to learn when I made some massive mistakes running it

Mike: I don't. Trust me, I'm at peace with things. That's what this long timeout has been for, if anything.
Mike: Glad to hear gtx0 is doing it's thing and evolving

Xhin: yeah
Xhin: the one thing I am curious about though
Xhin: if you feel you can talk about it
Xhin: is why it went down in the first place
Xhin: I heard from someone that you had some kind of medical condition
Xhin: but I didn't really get any details

Mike: Well
Mike: I can fill in some details
Mike: But it's a long story. The whole truth is a combination of technical and personal challenges which combined to be too difficult
Mike: No single thing did it alone

Xhin: Well
Xhin: I understand the technical challenges first hand
Xhin: and ragu told me something about you having multiple copies of different versions of the site

Mike: Not so much, actually that was one of the problems
Mike: Or maybe he was talking about the various logins- which each had different interfaes
Mike: *faces
Mike: Mod, TGT, vip, admin, and normal

Xhin:

"We conducted an interview with Ragu O Ragula, who stated that "Mike has over 80gigs of gametalk files that he had to look through and get organized". The thing is, when Mike made updates to gametalk's code in the 5+ years it's been around, he actually made a whole new version of gametalk! As Ragu said, "You could probably check in 5 different folders that have random names and in each one find a different version of the quicklinks ". And you know those images that appear to the left of each forum title? They are not properly organized either, and there's ~5GB of them! What this means, in plain terms, is that the progress Mike is making is at an organizational level, and the longer it takes, the more smoothly gametalk and its updates will run when he gets it complete. "

Mike: GT had to keep up with the game industry
Mike: Plus get Moderators in all the forums
Mike: Expand the Mod tools and TGT features
Mike: Keep the server from getting swamped with spam and/or normal traffic
Mike: Make money to feed Mike and pay its expenses
Mike: Deal with various drama and Moderator styles among the Mods
Mike: Make sure that everyone got as much respect as possible
Xhin: yeah, that is a lot

Mike: It was a snowballing to do list, for years. The amazing thing is that things lasted as long as they did

Mike: (and please quote me on all this!)
Xhin: absolutely : )
Mike: ty :)

Mike: meanwhile I cared a lot, and I guess it was just impossible to either give up or carry on, after a point, so it made me more than a little crazy
Xhin: yeah, that's understandable

Mike: the last straw though was actually technical, more like an act of ??? than anyone's fault. The server itself self-distructed, and the ISP
Xhin: wow
Mike: couldn't even come up with a backup or anything
Mike: They gave us space on a new / different server but me and Ragu could never get rolling on it

Xhin: so you didn't have any of the files to resurrect it and had to start from scratch? ouch.

Mike: I had backups of all sorts, but nothing that I could just upload to the new server.
Mike: The other wow is that meanwhile I did have a ridiculous medical thing with my heart, and had to have triple-bypass surgery.
Xhin: that's definitely a wow

Mike: Yea. It was for sure. It's not a secret really, but kind of personal I guess. Anyway I'm happy to have survived it of course. But it seem to slow me down a lot.
Mike: It's a whole mind/body thing that's been out of sorts. My physical health has recovered but my emotional & mental health, which dipped at the same time, are taking longer.

Mike: You can post all this if you think people would want to read it. :)
Mike: Also tell them I'm so sorry that it collapsed so ungracefully and everything. In retrospect if I had to close it I would have handled it much more responsibly.

Xhin: It's all right
Xhin: you did what you could do at the time
Xhin: do you have any plans for video game-type businesses in the future?

Mike: I don't.

Xhin: that's okay
Xhin: you had a great thing for (13?) years, and we'll always remember you for it
Xhin: been good talking to you
Xhin: thank you

Mike: thank you Xhin
Xhin: oh and your legacy lives on : )
Mike: :)

There are 63 Replies

Thanks for the read mate. It's a little weird thinking back on that morning when GameTalk went down, casually thinking "oh it'll be up again in an hour".

Posted May 21st, 2012 by Orion
Orion
 

*sigh*

I remember Mike. I never met him but I was there about ten years ago, before Artlangs and then the ZBB, when Gametalk was at its peak. Mike was sort of some mythical figure that we were told was the centre of all that was Gametalk. You could say he was the community's patron deity from which all other mods and long-term regs could claim their inheritance from...(in a matter of speaking). My screen name back then was "Archie The Argonian." Unfortunately, the only other member I recognize from back then who is still active would be Eidolon's Nepenthe. Everyone else is gone... SANS PEUR... Duanerama...Catahoula Grrr... And a few others I can no longer remember.

Anyway, that's my tribute. Nice to read from you again, Mike. Thank you, and good luck

Posted May 21st, 2012 by Omanyte
Omanyte
 

Catahoula has dropped by a couple times before.

Posted May 21st, 2012 by Orion
Orion
 

:(

It was on my birthday when it went down.

Posted May 21st, 2012 by LLight
LLight

Interesting read.

I always wondered when exactly he had the realization that Gametalk wasn't coming back.

Edited May 21st, 2012 by Bubba
Bubba
 

Good read.

Xhin, I stickied this. Will remove sticky after the post has run it's course or sooner if you want.

Edited May 21st, 2012 by chiefsonny
chiefsonny
 

I say keep it stickied. I think everyone needs to know where gametalk came from and the sacrifices that it takes to make it run. It will offer a reminder that in a blink of an eye, it can be gone. I was there in the dueling card and writing forums.

Posted May 21st, 2012 by Aragni_Darkness
Aragni_Darkness
 



Posted May 21st, 2012 by Kyon
Kyon

Yeah I figured Mike had some bad mojo happin' to him. It all started as the server and ISP decided to derp. Just glad he was able to find piece. I would imagine that being a server admin is quite a bit of work.

Posted May 21st, 2012 by Forte Lambardi
Forte Lambardi

Thanks for posting this Xhin. He seems like a cool guy. It's good to know what happened.

Could you interview Masse for your next episode?

Posted May 21st, 2012 by Smiling Apple
Smiling Apple

So after all these years we finally get the full story about what happened... Very interesting.

I hope Mike's life will be easier, and I hope whatever hardships and wounds that took a toll on him will soon heal. Despite whatever the angry GTers say about him, his excuse was valid and we owe him a lot. GTX0 may have evolved without him, but Mike inspired its heart and soul.

Posted May 21st, 2012 by Trever Leingod
Trever Leingod

Good read.

Posted May 21st, 2012 by Kinetic
Kinetic
 

I give credit to Mike where it is due - and he deserves an A+ for what he did in creating his GT site. However, by the way his site disappeared I'd have to duck marks. He ends up getting a B. He's quite a fine person, but not one I'd put on a pedestal.

Posted May 22nd, 2012 by The Fly
The Fly

Damn. Maybe it's because I've been playing New Vegas too much, but this sounds like a really good backstory to a character. MIKE BLESS GTX0! GOD BLESS GAMETALK! GO TO HELL MYSPACE!

But in all seriousness, triple by-pass surgery? Hot damn. The server self-destructed? It's no wonder he didn't bother putting up a new one. How long would that have taken him to do everything and I mean EVERYTHING from scratch?

Posted May 22nd, 2012 by SSJ Riku
SSJ Riku
 

interesting to hear from him again.

Posted May 22nd, 2012 by mech
mech
 

Good to hear he's doing well and is at peace. GT was a great place that I could always turn to and it's a shame it had to come down the way it did.

I'd also like to thank Xhin for what he's done in putting all of this together and for keeping it up and running smoothly.

Posted May 22nd, 2012 by Temerit
Temerit

Finally some closure...................

Posted May 23rd, 2012 by Marvalo
Marvalo
 

Closure, finally. It feels nice.

Posted May 23rd, 2012 by Narrwald
Narrwald
 

If you have the opportunity, please relay to Mike that GT served a wonderful purpose in my life. My experience as a moderator (Kira) was actually responsible for saving me nearly $25,000 in college money, thanks to a leadership scholarship I was granted :)

Posted May 23rd, 2012 by Jedi rebel
Jedi rebel
 

Did you forget to tell him that he never refunded my $15 for TGT? I noticed you didn't tell him that he never refunded my $15 for TGT.

Posted May 23rd, 2012 by RD3200
RD3200
 

Don't be a jew RD3200.

Posted May 23rd, 2012 by Marvalo
Marvalo
 

Just had an interview with the sauna guy.


Sauna Guy: Damn thing isn't even working. Iz broken.

Me: So, you still visit the sauna?

Sauna Guy: Yes, it help exfoliate and good for body.

Me: Why is it that you would not rather work out in a larger facility, like a gym or field track?

Sauna Guy: I.... is cluster phooobeek.

Me: Ah, that's what that is...

Sauna Guy: Yeees...

Posted May 24th, 2012 by HERALD THE JEWELRY BUYER
HERALD THE JEWELRY BUYER
 

So how are we just now getting in contact with mike after 4 years almost?

Posted May 25th, 2012 by Elite
Elite

He's been impossible to reach. I think the last anyone heard from him before now was when in march 2011, when liane heard from him.

He made a post in the mod forum on facebook, but signed off immediately after. I only caught him because it was 5am.

Posted May 27th, 2012 by Xhin
Xhin
Ignorance is strength, freedom is slavery

Many thanks to Mike and what he started with GT. I first logged on to GT in 1999. I was AMMO DOG back then. I had a 56K dial-up connection and AOL at the time, lol. If not for Mike, we wouldn't now have GTX0, and if not for Xhin, we wouldn't have this forum, so a big thanks to Xhin as well for providing us gamers a nice forum to post news, ask questions, debate, and reminisce on old times.

Posted May 27th, 2012 by Fatal Forcer
Fatal Forcer
 

"I'd have to duck marks"

Thats not an expression. The term is DEDUCT marks.
You are not and have never been an education professional.

Posted May 28th, 2012 by Pesty Desperado
Pesty Desperado
 

"Duck" is a valid term for both grading and tape.

Posted May 28th, 2012 by Xhin
Xhin
Ignorance is strength, freedom is slavery

RD3200 deserved more laughs than he got. Haha.



Posted May 28th, 2012 by Agis
Agis
 

If there's any online community that has any sort of sentimental value, I'd say it's GT. GT was my first real forum site, where I first acted noobishly, attempted to troll, and got into many intellectual arguments.

I still drop by here and there, but 90% of my activity involves lurking. I hope all the familiar faces are still around. Cheers.

Posted May 28th, 2012 by Kaliber
Kaliber
 

Very rarely do I see people who I know and have been here for years come back and stay regularly. I can't name a single person who isn't in a position of responsibility right now. I've seen 'em come and go many, many times. They might pop back in for a bit, then fade back into obscurity once more, but that's just about it. The "fight" has left them, but for some of us it still goes on. GT, I've been here so long it's like a drug I can't quit. I'll stay until you die slowly and be there for it's ups and downs or something happens to me.

Posted May 28th, 2012 by LLight
LLight

Aint nothin sweeter tastin than aged nuttella spread across the sandwhich of nostalgia

This interview was the peanut butter that set my jelly free

Edited March 19th, 2015 by XKing2
XKing2
 

I was on the old GT site, yes I remember it well, all the fun/drama, all the friends I made (and a few foes during the clan wars XD fun times XD)...but yes, GT is and always will be a part of me and that's why I'm happy this site is here (I was known as Millennium Puzzle back then ^^){O:-)}

Posted May 29th, 2012 by Millennium Heart
Millennium Heart
 

Very interesting and nostalgic read, thanks for posting! : )

Posted June 1st, 2012 by Beau the Blue
Beau the Blue
 

How i miss gt and mike. Did not realise mike had all of these issues.

Thanks xhin for bringing this to us.

Posted June 2nd, 2012 by Plubius 3
Plubius 3
 

~((roll))~

Posted July 14th, 2012 by lBS
lBS
 

It's been so long since everything happened. I never expected to actually hear what happened to Mike. Now I decide to pop back in after years and find this? Thanks Xhin.

Posted February 6th, 2013 by Da Farmguy
Da Farmguy
 

add me on facebook my name is riki tan

Posted February 6th, 2013 by BLT
BLT
 

Thars a familiar name. ^ (Meaning Da farmguy)

Edited February 6th, 2013 by LLight
LLight

There are a lot of Riki Tans on FB.

Posted February 6th, 2013 by Gunter
Gunter
 

the one that says unemployed is me

Posted February 6th, 2013 by BLT
BLT
 

maybe you're thinking of Ricky Tan from Rush Hour 2

Posted February 6th, 2013 by Vandy
Vandy

riki tan was my nick name in high school.

Posted February 6th, 2013 by BLT
BLT
 

A very interesting read. It's good to finally hear his side of things instead of the rumor mill.

Posted February 7th, 2013 by BP the Local Light
BP the Local Light
 

LLight, did I know you way back when (probably different username I'm guessing)? I used to lurk years ago with a different name at the original GT after I "left", but I feel like going back to my roots.

Posted February 7th, 2013 by Da Farmguy
Da Farmguy
 

Farmguy, did you post in the Final Fantasy forums? Your name rings a bell for me too...

I was known as Silvercloud or Silverbolt in the FF forums in the old days.

LLight was Bahamut00001

Posted February 7th, 2013 by Feral
Feral
 

I did on occasion, mostly FF7 and 8 though, although I wasn't a regular at all. Silvercloud does sound familiar though.

I was a moderator for a few years in the early 2000s in a few Harvest Moon forums (64 and Back to Nature). RPing started up in one of my forums before we moved it to the RPG forum, so you could recognize my name from that since we did have a lot of traffic during that time. Still no idea why I let that go on in a game forum for so long.

Posted February 7th, 2013 by Da Farmguy
Da Farmguy
 

Wow. I was looking for some sort of archive of the old GT posts from back in the day, and I stumbled across this site.

It's good to hear from Mike. GT was my first rp forum.

Posted April 11th, 2013 by Galen
Galen
 

Oh yeah, sorry dude I never checked this post for 2 months and see this. And yeah we may have crossed paths a few times. Nothin' all that memorable now that I make an attempt at remembering.

Posted April 11th, 2013 by LLight
LLight

I'm still not a big fan of him because instead of telling people what was going on he left everyone in the dark. I remember that "gametalk 2.0 coming soon" page being up for a few months and he never once gave an update or anything. Then one day it went down and that was it. The way he handled things was very disrespectful to the members.

Posted June 30th, 2013 by jajaj
jajaj
 

^ agreed

I tried contacting him months and even years after the site officially went down with no response. I appreciate what he did for us by creating gametalk, but he did handle it poorly. he could have said something to those who had worked with him for years to try and progress the site

Posted June 30th, 2013 by Vandy
Vandy

I realize I'm late, but interesting interview nonetheless.

Posted February 20th, 2014 by Magnum Rage
Magnum Rage

The fact that so many of us ended up finding a "clone" years after the original disappeared from sight is a testament to how much his work meant to some of us. I mean, its not like the site went down and the immediately "clone" popped up. There was a major gap in there. A gap where people kept searching and kept remembering. Cheers to both of you.

Posted April 9th, 2014 by Oxymoron
Oxymoron
 

Thanks for sharing this!

Posted December 7th, 2014 by Young Goku
Young Goku
 

sup

Posted December 7th, 2014 by black goku
black goku
 

I remember when Mike personally threatened to global ban me and have my internet shut off for something stupid I did, I think I was accused of hacking the site or something when in reality I didn't know shit from a brick about hacking or anything.

But this is interesting. Mike, if you ever read this, just know that I now can fully appreciate, understand and accept why you left everyone in the dark and for how long. It wasn't anything personal; it was because everything in your life piled into one giant shitball and you couldn't deal with the pressure from us. I have no ill will towards you. The only thing I will say though...

Is why the in hell didn't you just put "brb fixing my life" instead of "Gametalk 2.0 coming soon!"

Would've been much better.

Edited December 18th, 2014 by Yellow Jr.
Yellow Jr.
 

Interesting read

Posted December 20th, 2014 by Jvb
Jvb
 

I have to say, it's nice to read this. Gives me a bit of closure for the original GameTalk, you know?

Posted December 25th, 2014 by Axem Great Water
Axem Great Water
 

I remember when I first found Gametalk in 2000. I became a mod of the Super Smash Bros (N64) forum, and later the Advice forum. It was an emotional outlet for me during those angsty teenage years. I went simply by "Johnny" in those days, but it seems that name is now taken by somebody else. I met (and have long since lost contact with) a number of friends like Val,kiwibaby, Waterlily_15, Soursurfer, Davias, and liane. I had a lot of fun, and I genuinely miss those days.

Nice to see someone else has taken up Mike's banner.

Posted March 7th, 2015 by Johnny367
Johnny367
 

i love him

Posted March 29th, 2015 by polka_dots
polka_dots
 

wow, nice to finally know exactly what happened.

Posted August 11th, 2015 by mmhm
mmhm

You should have an interview with Ronda Rousey. <_< >_>

Posted January 13th, 2016 by ShadowFox08
ShadowFox08

Invasion of the Mutant Space Bats was pretty sick too.

Edited November 29th, 2016 by HaloFusion2008
HaloFusion2008
 

Thank you for posting this - it's good to finally know the reasons why. Kind of sad though.

I'm just happy that I was able to stay in touch with my friends outside of the site. If I hadn't I would have been devastated.

Posted December 9th, 2016 by AngelofSapphire
AngelofSapphire
 
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