Here we go: after 12 years of absence from the world wide web, Jurassic Island
is back online!
And... I'm afraid, I think I actually can't emphasize enough what I've been going through in the last two years, which, however, had an enormous impact on the progress of this project. 2 years ago, when we figured out Modding Genesis
was slowly going to die out and the idea of JI
's comeback was born, things were a bit different for me. Back then I had plenty of free time to invest in programming matters. I knew that pulling the trailer named JI v6
out of the mud would mean a lot work for all of us (especially because the internet has changed a lot from 2004 to 2014, and because we have to take care of legal issues and licenses nowadays), but I couldn't foresee that I would be going to invest most of my free time in the care for my grandfather (who died in August this year, aged 95) and one of my nephews. Along with that, our situation at our family business is changing, with my brother's family and myself slowly taking over from my parents and my aunt (including a renovation of our shop and workshops). So... that's all nice, I certainly wouldn't want to miss the time I've spent with my grandfather, same as I really enjoy spending time with my nephew, but - of course - that meant Jurassic Island v6 only made mediocre progress during the past few months.
To be honest, as much as I like to code myself, I more and more get the feeling that I couldn't ever produce something like JI v6.0 again. 12 years ago, things were simple. Of course, you had to adapt your website layout for different browsers too, but there weren't tons of different devices each using different display formats and user interface concepts. And, even though I have implemented responsive design in JI v6.0 (which I've tested on several different browsers and devices), I highly doubt it works everywhere as I originally expected it to. But I keep fingers crossed
If you wonder why there's almost no contents on the main site yet, I have to admit it's true. I've done my work as programmer (and... a somewhat 'programmatic' designer), but what has to be generated now are contents. We need to create/upload articles, images and downloads now - if there's any talented people interested in participating: let me now.
For now - I wonder where this journey is leading. Will "Jurassic World 2
" generate enough traffic for us to acquire new members? Will Modding Genesis
veterans return to Jurassic Island
? Will we build a solid staff to maintain this place?