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Mojo's feature archive imperfectly exhumed 17 Jan, 2019 / 8 comments

Over the years, a number of Mojo’s articles have been casualties of various badly handled transitions (like the one you’re enjoying now), leaving them only partially accessible via frustrating trips to The Wayback Machine. This isn’t a handful of features we’re talking about here – well over fifty percent of Mojo’s celebrated, and now twenty year strong, body of work evaporated over time, including some of the site’s best material, like the entirety of its E3 2002 coverage (including Sarah’s infamously unsporting preview of Gladius), Cooking with Spaff, and a trove of valuable interviews.

(The years also spawned some content we’re less proud of, like that pompous Sam & Max: Season 1 uber-review that concluded with The Tingler collating a didactic list of dubiously reasoned flaws for Telltale to address (Posing the breathless question: “You want a perfect 5 review Telltale?”) that piqued Chuck Jordan; that description-defying Christmas 2008 Contest Results article that Gabez punished us with; also, everything I’ve ever written – but we’re not gonna go all George Lucas on our history by gouging out the less flattering parts. We can’t learn from Vietnam if we whitewash it.)

Despite valiant efforts undertaken by just about every staffer at some point, the restoration of Mojo's body of work has been one of the modern world's most intractable problems due to tons of lost media and irreproducible formatting. The process of dragging those old HTML features into the world of BBCode is a torturous one, particularly given the creative use of mark-up Gabez seemed intent on making the staple of his articles, leaving them about as easy to translate as coffee-stained Sanskrit ciphered into reverse Wingdings. Not to speak ill of the dead.

What we did in the end as an alternative to ritual suicide was preserve at least the text of all missing articles. Where we could, we went beyond that. The individual results of anguished, nonstop compromise range from borderline pointless (like an article exploring various versions of the Gold Guy logo that doesn’t actually contain images of the Gold Guy logo), to hard-won success stories made possible by the discovery of virus-laden FTP backups.

What you’ll discover quickly is that the work is still very much ongoing, but given that every article sitewide is knackered to various degrees right now thanks to formatting bugs MojoEx introduced, we figured there was little point in holding back what we have. Their actual condition aside, we do believe every article is accounted for, and do let us know otherwise. To the extent that they can be improved, it'll just have to happen on the same time table as everything else in this dump.

So what are you waiting for? Click around the Features section and reacquaint yourselves with old classics and embarrassments. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have forgotten that half this stuff was ever published. And who knows? Maybe that Mojo CD Jake supposedly has buried in his closet is more than an old legend, and we can get everything looking as it actually should. But don’t count on it.

8 Comments

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    elTee on 24 Jan, 2019, 21:33…

    AlfredJ

    The quest for Jake's DVD deserves its own 2 Player Productions documentary imo.



    Lol
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    AlfredJ on 22 Jan, 2019, 12:39…
    The quest for Jake's DVD deserves its own 2 Player Productions documentary imo.
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    Remi on 22 Jan, 2019, 01:01…

    Bloodnose

    Laserschwert

    I'd vote for sorting them at least in some sub-categories though, like "Secret History", "In Hindsight" (for all the look-backs and year-recaps), "Field Trips", "Musings" and "Misc".



    +1 for this!



    You probably should yell really loudly at Zaarin to get it down, I’ve heard he loves that. ;

    (For the record, I do like the idea, too.)
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    Bloodnose on 22 Jan, 2019, 00:51…

    Laserschwert

    I'd vote for sorting them at least in some sub-categories though, like "Secret History", "In Hindsight" (for all the look-backs and year-recaps), "Field Trips", "Musings" and "Misc".



    +1 for this!

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    Jake on 19 Jan, 2019, 16:40…
    I’m moving house this month and will keep an eye out for the CD. It’s actually a DVD! So much data on that disc.
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    ThunderPeel2001 on 17 Jan, 2019, 08:18…
    Wow! It’s... beautiful *sniff*
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    Laserschwert on 17 Jan, 2019, 08:18…
    Wow, that's a lot of stuff. I'd vote for sorting them at least in some sub-categories though, like "Secret History", "In Hindsight" (for all the look-backs and year-recaps), "Field Trips", "Musings" and "Misc".
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    jp-30 on 17 Jan, 2019, 05:42…
    Wonderful news! And sick burn on Jake. Woohoo!

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