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VinnyVideo Tweet! Nov 3 2015, 1:54 PM

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No, it's not the little masked birds in Super Mario Bros. 2, but a Twitter account! MFGG finally has an official account on Twitter, the popular "microblogging" site. Go follow it! We'll occasionally use this account to post reminders about news, events, and competitions, all in 140 characters or less.

Also, spooky things happened over the weekend.

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VinnyVideo Message therapy: A verbose post Oct 24 2015, 8:23 PM

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Lately we've been better (relatively speaking) at processing submissions reasonably quickly. Unfortunately, the backlog of reports and messages in the Message Center had grown to seven pages long! After I got home from my trip earlier this week, I spent some time sorting through over two-thirds of these messages, writing replies and taking action as appropriate.

Over the years, I've noticed that the majority of reports and messages to the staff fall into a handful of categories:

Reported comments: These are some of the most common kinds of reports I get. Usually they're easy to handle - some responsible member of the community (frequently an MFGGer with a name like Q-Nova, Cap'n Coconuts, or Supernova) locates a comment from another member that's lacking in maturity. Usually I'll delete the reported comment, and if the comment is really bad, I might mute the commenter (although this doesn't happen much).

Reported submissions: Just like comments, submissions can be reported for various reasons. Occasionally a submission that barely meets the Submission Guidelines will be accepted on the mainsite, and members might complain about that. Other times, an eagle-eyed contributor will report a redundant submission, and some super-helpful people might give us a buzz when a submission is improperly categorized. If you notice that a submission is redundant or plagiarized, please provide a link to the original submission - this makes it a lot easier for the staff to confirm whether the submission should be removed.

Removal requests: Every once in a while a contributor will request that we remove something they previously submitted. These reports fall into one of two categories. Most of the time, it'll be a contributor requesting removal of something that they submitted within the past few days. If you're planning to re-submit, it's better to update your submission instead of reporting your old submission. It saves the QC staff time and helps prevent us from accidentally declining your new submission.

Every few months, however, we'll get a report requesting the removal of a really old submission - sometimes even from a member who hasn't been on the site in years. If you're requesting removal of a submission because it's a low-quality game that consistently got negative reviews, I'll remove it with no questions asked. On the other hand, I'd rather not remove old games that got a favorable reception, especially since MFGG's mainsite may well be the only place on the Internet that the game is still hosted. (Believe it or not, there might actually be people who enjoyed your work, even if it got mixed reviews.) Furthermore, if you've been away from MFGG for a REALLY long time, and you want your submission removed, it's helpful to provide some evidence that your account hasn't been compromised - it's not likely that someone has hacked into your account, but it can indeed happen. Lastly, removing submissions causes assorted weird glitches with the current MFGG software. We want to be respectful of contributors' wishes, so if you really, really don't want your old game on the site, we'll be happy to take it down. But there are also a few reasons why we're reluctant to remove quality submissions unless there's a good reason to do so. (Note that these same principles apply to sprites, too.)

Questions about why a sprite was declined: Whenever the QC staff declines a submission, the submitter receives a notification of why the submission was declined. Sometimes members will reply to these messages, typically asking for clarification on why their submission was declined. This isn't a great idea for two important reasons. First of all, different staff members can reply to these messages, which can result in confusion, especially when the staff member replying to your message never saw the original submission. More importantly, we have no way of seeing the original submission after it's been declined. For that reason, we're unable to offer detailed feedback on declined submissions. And that's where the MFGG forums come in! If your sprite (or other submission) is declined, you can share it on the forums and receive feedback from the community.

Gibberish/spam: This doesn't happen too often, but please don't use the report feature to send gibberish or spam! Perpetual abuse of the system could get you muted or banned, and you don't want that. And if you're incapable of speaking semi-intelligible English (or finding a way to translate your native tongue into some semblance of intelligible English), please don't send us messages that we can't decipher.

Don't like the current system? We don't either! That's why we're in the process of revamping the entire mainsite software, which will make it easier for staff members to process reports. It'll have a much better system for removing submissions, too. If all goes well, in a few months we'll have a brand new system that's more reliable, more modern-looking, and better integrated with the forums.

If you have any suggestions for the new system, you can always give me or HylianDev a massage. Or a message, if you prefer.

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Yoshbert Wednesday, decent Wednesday Oct 14 2015, 3:47 PM

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A long-overdue update.

We also have a new addition to the site in the form of a new graphics category. That's right- Super Mario Maker now has its own section!

So if you plan on submitting any sheets related to the game, be sure to stick it in that category. If you've already got a Mario Maker-related thing here on MFGG, go and update it to account for the new section.

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I also heard that a certain fluffy dinosaur will finally be making his rounds on the Wii U this Friday in America.
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VinnyVideo Monday, Monday Oct 6 2015, 12:07 AM

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Sometimes it just turns out that way.

Congratulations to Q-Nova for winning the September Game of the Month with The Flooded Tower. It's quite a tasty little game!

I should also note that there are still only 10 Google hits for Vanessa Stepside, which is most lamentable indeed.

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VinnyVideo Ready to rumble Sep 25 2015, 1:15 AM

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I heard that a little Mario-making game was recently released! MFGG is currently running a Mario Maker level design competition on the forums, and you should check it out!

In addition, MFGG Wrestling has returned once more. Go check it out before someone hits you with a gorilla press slam or locks you in the camel clutch.

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[Minigame] By Mario Silva
Can you survive until the time runs out? ...
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Q-Nova-Style Block Tileset By Q-Nova
Super Mario Maker's Bowser By bEEtleCCF
SUPER MARIO BROS. Remade Sprites By Mit
Super Mario Maker (SMW) Hammer Bros By gamermakerguy
Edited & Custom SMW Enemies By SnowBubble
SMB 8-Bit Objects and Decorations By Sics
Super Mario Maker - Super Mario World Airship Tileset By hamza62240
Super Mario RPG Kamek By Yakibomb
Sunlight - Enemy: Whomp By hamza62240
Sunlight - Tileset: Castle By hamza62240
Wario Land 1 various sprites colored By masterxilo
Q-Nova-Style Koopa Troopa By Q-Nova

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Gato Promotions! Sep 11 2015, 11:00 PM

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I'd like to congratulate my bro Blutorus for making the cut as our newly-promoted Global Moderator.

For further details, the thread can be viewed here.

I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to apply to the position on behalf of the staff.

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[Platform] By BuzzNBen
It is the year 2012 for the Mushroom Kingdom and Bowser plans to take over the world. However ...
Thumbnail Super Fangame Maker
[Action] By Willsaber, Medic Robot
The very first Super Mario Maker fangame is now available on MFGG!

I have finally fulfilled ...
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[Minigame] By spongyoshi
Done for the Minigame Competition #3
It is my first game submission on MFGG and my first participation ...
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[Other] By IAmGreenMike
You guys remember Flappy Bird, right? Addicting game from 2014, where you had to flap your little bird ...
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Super Mario Maker SMB Tiles By The IT
Mario RPG Series 8-Bit Sprites By gamermakerguy
Custom SMB3 Bowser's castle Tiles By qwertyuiop666
Super Mario Maker SMB3 Ghost House Tiles 8-bit & 16-bit By Valtteri
Super Mario Maker's Bowser Jr. By bEEtleCCF

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Yoshbert ACTUAL Back-to-School Update Sep 3 2015, 7:25 PM

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Heya, kids! Are you all ready to go back to school- okay, let's get serious here.

A special shout-out to all of our MFGGers preparing to jump right back into the world of classes, books, pencils, tests, and grades. Hope you have fun. *snrrrk*

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Thumbnail Mario & Luigi Superstar Platformer
[Platform] By Ultramario
This is one of my older games, in fact it's my first minigame competition entry ever. It's also ...
Thumbnail Mario vs GigaBowser
[Action] By Ultramario
This is another one of my older games. A minigame competition entry with a boss fight theme. Credit ...
Thumbnail Mario Helmet Deluxe 2
[Minigame] By redroses2
Helmet v7 by redroses2
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Pipe Tileset By funmaker
ghost house tileset By funmaker
Super Mario Maker Skinny Mario By gamermakerguy
SMW Styled SMB3 Suits By SMBFan01

Meanwhile, I and a couple of other folks get to sleep in for another two weeks. Being in college can be kind of cool sometimes.
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DJ Coco NCFC is on! Aug 27 2015, 1:38 AM

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Have you checked out NCFC yet? There's lots of cool fangames there (I'm referring to the four booths I submitted, of course!). I mean, what? Anywho, go check it out!

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[Platform] By Hello
Join Mario and Luigi on their adventure in this ten year anniversary collection! This collection includes ...
Thumbnail Toads vs. Koopas: Bowser's Conquest (NCFC Demo)
[Puzzle] By Blutorus
There isn't really much worth talking about this game yet, but it's the start of the spinoff ...
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Super Mario Generations Styles - SMB 30th Anniversary By Mario Silva
Daisy - Super Mario Bros Style By EvilYoshiToes
SMB3 Custom Extend Grass Sizable Tileset By Forzen Auoura
M&L: Propeller Luigi By SMBZ1
Super Mario All-Stars Styled Super Mario Bros. 3 NES King Transformations By cyber47509
Modern Bowser - SMW By KorHosik
Drill Fish By CM30
Mario Maker Super Mario Bros. 1 Sprites in 16 Bits By Valtteri
Mario Maker Super Mario Bros. 1 Ghost House + Airship By Valtteri
Various Power-Ups NSMB-styled By SnowBubble
SMB - Custom Overworld Background By Mario Silva
SMB - Remastered Ground/Overworld Tile By Mario Silva
Some enlarged SMW/SMB3 enemies By Ultramario
Waluigi Land tiles and sprites By Ultramario
NSMB DS HD Grassland By funmaker
SMB1 Super Mario Maker Revamped Bowser Jr! By gamermakerguy

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Ultramario Oh look, I'm still here! Aug 19 2015, 3:24 PM

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And I finally finished Waluigi Land, a fangame I started in 2009.

Shameless self-promotion aside:

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