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Tips for Buying EarthBound

February 9th, 2010 | Misc.

EarthBound Central’s been around for a little over a year now, and I’ve been fixing things here and there to improve it a little. There’s a lot of stuff readers can help out with too 😀

First up are the banner ads on the site. I like to keep them all EarthBound-related, it makes the site feel much cooler. It doesn’t bring in a whole lot of money, but I’ve been able to pay the server bills for the past year just fine thanks to them. Since it’s been a year though, some new ads would be cool, so if you’re interesting in making some funny EarthBound ads/gifs, see here!

Next, if anyone has suggestions for the Cool Stuff page, let me know. And if I’ve forgotten to add anything to the articles / interviews / reviews / previews pages, let me know that too. I want those sections to be full of neat, useful info, but I’m sure I’ve made posts in the past and forgot to add them to those pages.

If there are any features you’d want added to the site, recommend those too. And if you think the site can be improved in some way, let me know that too. I’m just one guy who’s usually really busy so I can’t do huge interview translations everyday, but if there are little things I can do to make the site better I’m all for it.


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23 Comments to Sprucing Up the Site

Steve! said on Feb. 9, 2010

I think its a great idea, yeah the sites good where its at but it would be nice to update the ads and stuff. Also first comment.

Darien said on Feb. 9, 2010

Are you thinking mostly blog-type stuff, like new info sections, or are you potentially interested in more interactive things also, such as the theoretical Flash-based “Where’s Ness?”-maker talked about in that other thread? Assuming there’s somebody to make one, that is.

Mato said on Feb. 9, 2010

Any ideas really. Smaller things will be easier for me to do of course.

Carl said on Feb. 9, 2010

Automatically delete all first comments containing the word “first.”

Starguy256 said on Feb. 9, 2010

Make the search button more obvious. Took me a while to find it.

I am a loser said on Feb. 9, 2010

uh… how do u make adds cause i would love to make one!! 😀

Deraj626 said on Feb. 9, 2010

M2 vs. EB should be updated more. If Mato doesn’t have time, he should hire a team of people to work on it. I also like the uncommon knowledge stuff, especially glitches, but I’m not sure how much of those are left.

I am a loser said on Feb. 9, 2010

yeah i agree Deraj626

pooppoop said on Feb. 9, 2010

how about bringing back the “let’s chat” posts. those were always fun.

Jungyin said on Feb. 9, 2010

For Cool Stuff suggestions, how about the Mother 3 script viewer? I also found a Japanese Mr. Saturn font at http://homepage3.nifty.com/hifuni/dosei/ .

Darien said on Feb. 9, 2010

Seems reasonable to assume that the banner ads don’t pay enough for Mato to “hire a team.” And for what it’s worth: I’m with Carl.

WintermuteMD said on Feb. 9, 2010

I didn’t see that Earthbound documentery from a few weeks ago in the cool stuff section. That should be like the official history of the series.

PK BLAH said on Feb. 9, 2010

Also, you should add the Earthbound and Mother 3 fan made theater script (Am I even describing that correctly?) that was posted here some time back.
To the Cool Stuff section.
Because I’m too lazy to look for it.

Aled said on Feb. 9, 2010

Oh and just throwing this out there Mato, even though you say that theres not much up with Itoi, its one of my favorite parts of the Weekly round-ups! Hes just a plain interesting guy! I mean, even the hats he wears are nice to know about haha. Just seeing pictures of him at the office makes me happy. As for ideas, maybe you should have a fan of the week or something? Maybe put a quick pic of them on the Weekly round-up or something…Thanks Mato!

MarioFan3 said on Feb. 10, 2010

Perhaps a donate button would help you Mato, in case some people are feeling generous?

Chasmang said on Feb. 10, 2010

How about a weekly or monthly writing prompt to get people writing about in-depth articles on various MOTHER topics. You could highlight the best ones on slow days.

Basically, something like what Bitmob.com has going where the readers contribute and get promoted to the main page.

PK Mudkip said on Feb. 10, 2010

Maybe something like a fan creation page that updates daily with fan work.
Maybe have a random MOTHER fact post everyday that would be awesome too.
Also I agree that you should have helpers to well of course help you.
Also maybe a section where people talk about how MOTHER changed or even how it is like your life that would be nice.

Onion said on Feb. 11, 2010

I was originally going to suggest a merch trading board but that will introduce liability to ebcentral which is no good.

I guess I’ll go ahead and suggest a more complete merch scraper. There’s plenty of it out there in nooks and crannies around the net in places besides eBay and YAJ. Don’t get me wrong. What’s in place now is fantastic but it could be a little more complete.

neonix said on Feb. 12, 2010

Actually, a merch trading board wouldn’t be a bad idea. There are a lot of forums that have Buy/Sell/Trade boards on them that have never had a liability issue. I’d like to believe that as long as there is a clear disclaimer, no one should hold EBcentral liable. I’d actually really like to see a merch trading/discussion forum of some sort here, especially since the merchazawa forum on Sm.net is mainly for Fangamer merch, and best left at that.

Nintenerd said on Feb. 16, 2010

In cool stuff you should have a spot for great fan games such as Dakotris and contigive Diagnosstics.
and hackes!

neonix said on Feb. 22, 2010

Ok Mato I’m here to make your life hell! Not really..

I have an easy request and a not-so-easy request.
Easy: the search box. I don’t know why I always forget that it’s on the side column, but it’s pretty far down. Can it be moved to the top of the page, next to login/logout or somewhere in that area? I’m sure it would make it easier on people new to the site as well.

Not so easy: I’d love to see a mobile version of the site. I like to chek what’s up when I’m out sometimes. Pictures don’t hve to be removed or anything like that, just maybe a thinner layout that would fit between my whole 320 pixels 😛

PSI rockin' said on Feb. 13, 2011

I think you should put in the Earthbound Player’s Guide PDF in the cool stuff

TomServo said on Nov. 23, 2011

I noticed a banner about rockin deals on amazon said Earthbound, not EarthBound. Not that it matters.


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