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Well this has been a messy few months. for those that didn't know, Morphic took over OG in December after I (Damien) was repeatedly attacked by people posting claims that could be proven false. (More on that later)

Around 10 days ago information was sent to me that one of OG's former staff, MrPinball64, who was demoted in December was infact a known scammer. The stress from dealing with this lead to Moprhic quitting OG and things I'd rather not going into happened. He gave two choices, Let OG burn or make me take it back until another owner can be found. OG will not be sold, it'll only go to a group that's proven to be trusted and does preservation without drama. If nothing suitable is found it'll remain online as is with just the staff managing. The server's are fully paid for over a year and the site will not close. It will however be forced to change.

Upon being given OG back I took staff approved steps of banning him from here, and the Discord. Enough information was provided so we agreed best to ban. This however has resulted in another glaring issue, People posting constant baseless claims about both users & OG's staff. From now on any claims must have concreate evidence supplied. OG will not step into "offsite" matters from now on unless it harms us.

Prime examples of baseless claims can be such that I've been accused of scamming and stealing OG's users information. This was never the case and a TL;DR spoiler has more info.
In March a group of 10 PS3 kits was sold for £1100, this included a single PS2 TEST KIT.

Around this time my home was flooded, it caused major damage to my home and belows. Everything was stored safely, nothing was ever damaged. Due to the flood I agreed to look after their friends dog upon help them repair any damage to their home, this was roughly June and unknown to me this Dog was disabled, It piss, shit everywhere, it ripped carpets, damaged furniture and terrified my cats. The stress from this lead to me having to take me time, I explained to buyers who said this is fine.

During this time I was hunting for free boxes, I have no car/transport so I'm stuck. It's over 1 mile to the closest shop and due to Covid they wouldn't give free ones. I didn't want buyers to fork out for a £5 box when I could get them free.

I should also mention, I had to dump/decrypt each kit and do data recovery/upload images/data.

Three kits were shipped on the 8th of July. Me and staff paid the postage costs in full this was £112.15/$157USD I never got a real thanks for this. The UK has been in lockdown most of this time, we get fined if we go out and I wasn't walking 1mile+ with peoples valuables.

A month later, on 22nd of September I shipped another kit it cost me again £16.47 out of pocket. that makes 4 kits shipped, The next in line was EdTheNerd, the UK then went into lockdown again. We've been in and out of it since which is when I got bad news, my mother is sick and on top of this my grandmother is dying of cancer, I told Ed there'd be more delays but instead of showing care he moaned in private and never spoke to me direct. This is where I was then accused of scamming, I leaked some builds as I was upset which I shouldn't have this was later resolved with the user Xe posting I hadn't scammed.
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In late December, while still being in lockdown MrPinball64 sent me a passworded GoldenEye XBLA build, I can't remember exactly what happened but I was attacked/doxxed by people and I got extremely upset, I leaked the passworded build and left. Ed again got pissy as no kit, I refunded him £105 which he hasn't told people. He posted this in a private Discord channel proving I had refunded him, he made no mentions elsewhere resulting in people accusing me of being a scammer.
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He profited £5.

I then google'd a users info which had been sent to me on AG, they were using hacked info and being upset I logged into their account to prove they didn't listen to our own advice, do not reuse passwords, use 2FA. One was reported to the FBI for illegal things found offsite.

I know I done wrong things, but I never once abused OG's user information. I'm sorry if you feel betrayed. All IP's are in INET_NTOA format, Passwords are encrypted using BCRYPT. I've never scammed. I've never taken donations for personal gain. I've failed you yes, but I'll be gone again as soon as a replacement is found. If no replacement is found OG will run with it's current staff making all decisions. The bills are paid, OG will not close.

Another example of baseless claims was made by Shane Battye claiming a user was MrPinball64 and the OG staff share accounts, this has not and will not ever be the case. (The account I'm posting on was made by Morphic to do backend upgrades he couldn't it never had user access etc until he left. ) Shane's baseless attacks are based on a user saying "aha" yet with a little research he could find out the user was real, Shane had the users address and mobile number from transactions, could verify it wasn't the banned user. OG has a zero policy on scammers and will never bend to demands by them. OG also has never had shared staff accounts, and to show this we recorded the admin panel showing MrPinball64 is infact banned and no secret staff accounts exist.
https://youtu.be/mpHU9t0Ec3k

From now on OG will be forced to ban any users posting baseless claims, although this is be based upon any evidence provided. Baseless claims can cause real life harm as Shane is fully aware of now. I honestly feel both of you should apologize to each other and you should apologise to those you accused without evidence.

Now, onto privacy, many of you maybe still worried which is why I installed a new feature, PM/Conversation encryption. You can now encrypt your PM's and for 7 days your message will be cached with a key, if you lose the key, you lose the message simple as. The key once exchanged with the user it's sent to will then be purged from the database.

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You, and the party you sent to will get this screen on first message.

If you enter the wrong key/lose it you will see this,
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Back in September OG became a company/online museum. Sadly due to the baseless claims/attacks this is ruined now. This is costing me hundreds in taxes.

Going over feedback, it seems users feel the site is too cluttered I decided to condense most sections or make them subforums, this means you will have to select a prefix to find content.

Back when Morphic took over he also asked me to kill sub projects, i.e the assembler archive. The server is gone now and there is no intentions of bringing these projects back. Backups were also destroyed upon request.

Regarding Group Buys, these will no longer be happening. With peoples attitude and lack of care no staff are willing to do. Which reminds me, the 2.0 saturn buy was completed, the one also MrPinball64 messed up.. Discs are being shipped any time and tracking is sent to staff. Data will be released whenever they arrive and are dumped.

If you have any questions, please ask or a member of staff will reply.
 

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I'll be honestly very frank with you, seeing how the situation evolved, I'm definitely inclined to believe you...however about the whole you entering into accounts thing...
For me, atleast, when you stated on your blog the following: "Tonight I spotted him exposing stuff that wasn’t mine, While casually lurking on someones account as they’re thick and left their logins public. ".. kinda made me become a bit paranoid, considering you also didn't even specify who you got into.
I honestly couldn't tell if that was just a cover-up to not let MrPinball know your source of information, or sarcasm...regardless it kinda gave me weird vibes and I didn't like the idea of that happening to anyone, it wasn't fun to read and it kinda caused some unwanted stress.
 

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"Tonight I spotted him exposing stuff that wasn’t mine, While casually lurking on someones account as they’re thick and left their logins public. ".. kinda made me become a bit paranoid, considering you also didn't even specify who you got into.
I honestly couldn't tell if that was just a cover-up to not let MrPinball know your source of information, or sarcasm...regardless it kinda gave me weird vibes and I didn't like the idea of that happening to anyone, it wasn't fun to read and it kinda caused some unwanted stress.
Maybe I was covering, maybe I wasn't. Fact is I've constantly warned people not to reuse logins and to use 2FA. I warned this since 2016 when Kevin failed to tell everyone that Bananaswag and Professional had paid for hacked/stolen databases and were logging into every AG users account.
They even stole AG staff accounts, edited posts/changed links, Kevin never done anything and the half assed response retro made was all Kevin let after I constantly begged him to warn users. If you use 2FA via app then there's no way to get in. SMS/Email 2FA is broken.

The same people that hacked AG logged into peoples accounts and downloaded photos of their children, they logged into paypal accounts, mega accounts, stole builds from PM's of users they hacked.

Password managers are everywhere, Firefox has one build in, theres lastpass, there's google passwords and others.

OG's IP's are hashed in the database, Logins are BCRYPT which even the NSA hasn't admitted to being able to get open. We added encrypted PM's too. Do not reuse logins please.

If you haven't enabled 2FA, it's under account settings. If you reuse passwords, change them, use 2FA and protect yourself.
 

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Back when Morphic took over he also asked me to kill sub projects, i.e the assembler archive. The server is gone now and there is no intentions of bringing these projects back. Backups were also destroyed upon request.
ARE YOU FUCKING NUTS?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Who is that Morphic, where is that Morphic so I can make him pay just for that!
 

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ARE YOU FUCKING NUTS?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Who is that Morphic, where is that Morphic so I can make him pay just for that!
Uhm, seeing as it wasn't mine then, and I was told to destroy backups due to GDPR law etc no.

OG was and partially still is a legal company meaning laws apply. I wasn't appart, it had to go. On top servers cost money, Moprhic didn't have that funding so focused on OG alone. Other backups / copy of AG exist.

Now it's stuck on me until someone else is found.
 

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I don't see how a AG Backup could violate any laws. The only person who maybe could have objected to this backup is Assembler/Kevin and I am pretty sure he didn't. Yes there are other backups but this one was the best and easiest to use. Also if the OG backup would have violated any laws, then the wayback machine or others would also. I don't think so. OG was made more or less to be a continuation of AG. Many people have contributed (cash and otherwise) to AG and joined OG because of AG. I don't see how a random guy named Morphic can come and dictate such bullshit.
 

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I don't see how a AG Backup could violate any laws. The only person who maybe could have objected to this backup is Assembler/Kevin and I am pretty sure he didn't. Yes there are other backups but this one was the best and easiest to use. Also if the OG backup would have violated any laws, then the wayback machine or others would also. I don't think so. OG was made more or less to be a continuation of AG. Many people have contributed (cash and otherwise) to AG and joined OG because of AG. I don't see how a random guy named Morphic can come and dictate such bullshit.
I left, he became owner.. I had no input for the past 2 months, it was when he too got tired of the drama/constant issues he left for his own sake. He had every right to delete backups. I was against it but I couldn't do anything but watch it go down.

As stated above, OG itself is prepaid for around a year and it won't be closing. I'm stuck back here until someone else is. this community is too toxic at times and people need to learn more respect, and treat eachother with more care. The fighting/drama has to stop.

This whole community has lost out in other 60TB of video game history I had lined up, that's now gone/out of my hands and won't be released ever. The interviews, the 25+ year old video game shop that was closing and donating everything to OG is all gone now. I left for my own health and because my nans dying but nobody seems to worry about this. It's "gimme builds" or "do this" or "you're scammer" when I've done everything in my power to give to the users. I've had delays yes, but it doesn't make me a scammer and all this work takes a toll. That's exactly how Moprhic quit. The backups are gone, I've only got backups to OG/it's CDN, the other servers expired ages ago and were wiped. A few bad eggs ruined everything. I get I'm not perfect, I've wronged but it never meant I didn't care. I put everything I have into OG, my own personally collection was used to fund OG and make it a mueum, which too is gone now.
 

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I don't see how a AG Backup could violate any laws. The only person who maybe could have objected to this backup is Assembler/Kevin and I am pretty sure he didn't. Yes there are other backups but this one was the best and easiest to use. Also if the OG backup would have violated any laws, then the wayback machine or others would also. I don't think so. OG was made more or less to be a continuation of AG. Many people have contributed (cash and otherwise) to AG and joined OG because of AG. I don't see how a random guy named Morphic can come and dictate such bullshit.
Its all on the internet archive
 
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I left for my own health and because my nans dying but nobody seems to worry about this. It's "gimme builds" or "do this" or "you're scammer" when I've done everything in my power to give to the users.
OG means a great deal to me, in part of it being somewhat of a spiritual successor to AG, but remember that the health of you and yours comes first.
 

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First I'm hearing that accounts on this forum were compromised by an owner?
 

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Its all on the internet archive
Correct, although it's a WGET so slightly harder to read. I've found partial backups that were before it was manually converted to XenForo, I'll try fixing something up when I have time.

OG means a great deal to me, in part of it being somewhat of a spiritual successor to AG, but remember that the health of you and yours comes first.
OG Will not close. This is literally why I was dragged back. It was a take it or OG dies case.

First I'm hearing that accounts on this forum were compromised by an owner?
No accounts of OG were compromised or misused, Misinformation without fact was posted. I done wrong things to prove nobody listens about basic security. Nothing of OG has ever been mishandled/abused. This is why we suggest you do not reuse passwords, and enable 2FA by app for best security. As noted in my post above you can also encrypt PM's now.
 

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I've found pre-xenforo AG Archive databases. This will take time to rebuild from scratch. Stop attacking Morphic he only said kill sub projects due to funding etc seeing as I was gone, but now I'm stuck here listening to some of you making things personal as always.

Any futher attacks will result in warnings/possible bans. I've spent over 10 hours on this so far. It took me over 3 weeks last time to convert this all manually..
 

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No accounts of OG were compromised or misused, Misinformation without fact was posted. I done wrong things to prove nobody listens about basic security. Nothing of OG has ever been mishandled/abused. This is why we suggest you do not reuse passwords, and enable 2FA by app for best security. As noted in my post above you can also encrypt PM's now.
Ohhh, okay. Obviously if there was an outside infiltration I'd liked to have gotten an email about it! Don't check this forum daily. Plus most forums are vulnerable in the same ways.
 
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Ohhh, okay. Obviously if there was an outside infiltration I'd liked to have gotten an email about it! Don't check this forum daily.
If anything like that ever happened I'd always come clean. I hate hiding truth from users. That's why saying some stuff above was painful but there's no point hiding it.
 

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If anything like that ever happened I'd always come clean. I hate hiding truth from users. That's why saying some stuff above was painful but there's no point hiding it.
I see no problem with improving/testing security in the background.
 
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Well nice to have you back Damien, at least we still have somebody on board who cares enough to keep somebody at the helm. AG was total chaos when there was nobody steering that ship.
 
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Hey again, Sadly events are still unfolding. I'm posting some redacted information to clarify recent events in the sake of being open over issues.

  1. Due to the issues around Jason, Morphic left OG on Feb 10th, by this stage it was around 1am on the 11th this month.
  2. On Feb 11th I was made owner again of OG, it was that or let it die.
  3. Upon being given access, I banned MrPinball64 as seen in a video above. Or screen below.1614078855389.png
  4. Febuary 15th, I got DM's asking if a user (who will remain redacted in this post) was accused of being Jason, I declared this wasn't the case.1614077355201.png 1614078478809.png
  5. Feb 16th I posted this tweet,
  6. Feb 16th, OG posted this
  7. On Feb 17th, Shane Battye posted claims OG was allowing scammers on site, that we shared accounts, as seen in the video taken days ago no such hidden accounts exist. MrPinball64 remains banned.
  8. On Feb 18th, Shane's attacks resulted in two people calling the police over concerns over the welfare of the user accused of being Jason. One of these people was me. The Police arrived around 8 hours later and confirmed the user while in distress was safe. Which was a huge relief for us. 1614077989735.png
  9. On Feb 18th, we banned Shane. 1614078966663.png
These attacks, and accusations are honestly digusting. Nobody should be driven to suicide or have thoughts of it. Due to this Shane Battye was banned from Obscure Gamers.

Shane claims we refused to review information, we had done this a whole 24 hours before and notifed him. defamation is illegal, which is also classed as slander/libel.

I've only covered the parts that involve me here. I've redacted names to prevent harassment/attacks.

It's disgraceful this is carried on.
 

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