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#62877 In Memory Of Pkrwud / Chris Bower

Posted by Rufus on 29 May 2013 - 08:07 PM

Chris was one of the 1st "regulars" that I got to know when I first joined here and became a moderator. We were two of a kind. We shared many of the same views and opinions on gaming and life. My 1st contact with him was when he took one of my scores by a very small margin. I contacted him and congratulated him, and politely asked him that if he was going to beat me, to do it by a large margin instead of just squeaking by. We both had a good laugh and became instant friends. Many times we would talk on the phone, sometimes about game or site issues, but mainly just about stuff.
Chris was a genuine person. He said what he felt and offered no excuses. This is a great quality to have in a friend. When developing POTM, it was his final approval that set the design of the plaque, and he religiously created the 2 plaques every month. He was a very selfless individual, doing anything he could for anybody. He was an avid cat lover, worked as a mechanic in his own business, PKRWUD'S PIT STOP, and also worked as part of a pit crew in Nascar.
The heart problems that he had were not something that just started. He was forced to retire when still in his 30's, and because of the damage to his heart, he was forced to use a cane to get around. He was a candidate for a transplant, but because he was covered under the state insurance plan, and the fact that he was single, he was denied placement on the list. He had a pacemaker/defibralltor implanted sometime in the previous year, but it was not a cure, only a band aid.
He knew his days were numbered, yet he lived his life as if he would live forever. He did not let his health keep him from living his life. He was a fierce competitor when gaming, and it was not uncommon for him to spent 10 hours or more trying to regain a trophy. We were arch rivals on the gaming field, but it was a very friendly and enjoyable rivalry.
He was my friend, and although we never met in person, we were like brothers. I will truly miss his wit, his friendship, his guidance and his competitiveness. R.I.P my good friend, your suffering has ended, and you have gone to a better place.
It is said that a person is never really dead as long as you remember them in your heart, and for me, PKRWUD will always be with me.

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#62878 In Memory Of Pkrwud / Chris Bower

Posted by Blackhorse 70V on 29 May 2013 - 11:43 PM

"The highest good
is like water.
Water gives life to the ten thousand things
and does not strive.
It flows in places men reject
and so is like the Tao.
It lets go of this
and chooses that.

Retire when the work is done.
That is the way of Heaven."
- Lao Tsu
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#62432 Happy 7Th Birthday

Posted by YoungL on 27 December 2012 - 12:28 AM


Today is ibpArcade Downloads' 7th Birthday!

It all started 7 years ago today, Christmas had just been and I had the idea to create this community for sharing games with others. We started small with only 100 or so games and no members of staff. Today 7 years on we have:

18,000+ games

27,000+ members

33,000+ posts

9 staff members

3.5million+ games played

1.7million+ games downloaded

This site has been fortunate enough to have many kind people donate and has been lucky enough to have a fantastic team of staff who help in the every day running of the site. These staff members and all of our users make this place a truly great community.

When I first announced this site to the world 7 years ago I never believed we would be where we are today. This is thanks to you, our users, for without you we are nothing.


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#51633 Six Happy Years

Posted by Icecold on 27 December 2011 - 10:55 AM

Congratulations Leon, on both your starting this fantastic site, but also on your vision for the future and the way you keep us
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#51618 Six Happy Years

Posted by YoungL on 27 December 2011 - 12:49 AM

Six Years, that is how long we have been going. It seems almost as though it were yesterday when the idea to start this site emerged in my head. The main place for ibProArcade games at the time had disappeared off the net and we weren’t sure whether or not it would re-emerge. I was in Sixth Form college (which for those in the United States is the equivalent of Junior and Senior years of High School) so I would have been 17. I was running my own site for a group of my friends to use during our breaks at college. It was running the ibProArcade script. When I found out that the one place I loved to get the games from for my site was gone I thought it would be an ideal opportunity for me to give back to the community and host the games for download so that others could continue to enjoy the games. Never did I imagine the site I started back then would be around in six years time.

There have been times in the past six years where I have neglected the site due to personal commitments in my life. I have been fortunate enough to have such excellent people help me run the site over the years. Every staff member at ibpArcade Downloads works on this in their spare time completely voluntarily. A lot of love, blood and sweat go in to the day to day running of the site. It takes 19 members of staff to maintain each and every part of the site. I may have had the idea for the site but alone I would have failed. I think this has leaded me to realise that sites such as ours are built around people and communities. Without the people who visit us daily, the people who play regularly and the people who staff the site we would have struggled to exist. I have found often that some forums forget their existence is to serve a community of people and sometimes sites can be run in a dictatorship fashion. Where the rulers of the sites become arrogant in their ways and forget what the purpose of their job is. I have always heavily infused a sense of purpose to the site and attempted to learn from experiences, from the users and from others around me. I truly believe good decisions and great ideas are not made alone but made with healthy debate. This is something I always try to do and I always try to get as many people as possible involved in the daily decisions. Conflict is inevitable where people are concerned, from the decision making and management of a site down to the enforcing of the site rules. Listening is always important.

The great thing about this place is the community that is intertwined within it. The regulars who visit, the staff who assist, the new users, the older users and absolutely everyone in between, each have a place and each contribute to the dynamic of the site. Over the years we have racked up over 26,000 members; 31,000 posts; 19,000 games and 3.2 million game plays.

As we approach the new year we often like to reflect over the achievements of the previous year and look toward the future. This year has seen a heavy increase in games and an increase in regular membership. We have upgraded to IP.Board 3.2 which was an important step for us to prove not only that we are still current but also that we adapt with the times. A number of marked improvements have helped invigorate new activity and I have personally been amazed by the positive response we have received from our members. Change is never easy, adjusting to a new home, a new school and a new job is always difficult equally moving to new software is hard. Lots has changed and we, like you, have had to learn and are continuing to learn to adjust.

We are looking forward to serving you through 2012 and well in to the future.

I want to take this opportunity to personally thank those who have made significant contributions to the site over the years. There is no particular order, and if your name is not on the list it does not mean that you have not contributed. I apologise to any that I miss, but believe me your contribution has been equally important.

Past and Present Staff Members:
  • Rufus
  • Rowdy
  • Logan
  • Nellie
  • Palgie
  • Tezzag
  • Jacks
  • Deanne
  • Icecold
  • Metallives
  • Midnight Ranger
  • Tinkerbell
  • Robinrose
  • Sandi
  • Shady6
  • Chito
  • Munnster
  • Kitty1027
  • Rufuslissa
  • TrueSatan
  • Slacky
  • Jennafurr
  • CrossFire-Radio
  • Black Tiger
  • Freebird
  • Columbonet
  • Google Guru
  • TheChrisD
  • L33ntj3
  • Nathan
  • Cybeast Falzar
  • MicroMonkey
  • Rickaroo
  • Skhilled
  • Starrfire127
  • Rider
  • Psx2gamer
  • EeEk

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#61695 Arcade Scores Reset

Posted by tezzag on 22 August 2012 - 09:15 PM

We have had a lot of discussion behind the scenes regarding the amount of time between resets, it was found that many members were losing interest after 3 months as they had played all the games they knew how to play and couldnt get any higher up the scoreboard.
To try and keep interest as high as possible we decided on trying the 3 monthly resets, if we find later that people dont like this we are willing to change to a 6 month cycle but just ask that for now we give the 3 month cycle a go as it gives everybody a chance to see their name on the hi-score list.

Newsflash !!! keep as eye open for some changes to our POTM coming up shortly
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#52482 Promote Your Site

Posted by YoungL on 15 February 2012 - 03:56 PM

ibpArcade Downloads is happy to present you with an opportunity to participate in an affiliation scheme. We have set up a link directory where you can submit links to your sites. Users can then browse he link directory and find your site. This is also useful because it increases the link backs to your site which in turn helps to increase your sites Google PageRank.

In return we ask that you link back to us.

We have made the process really simple. Follow this short tutorial...

1. Visit our Link Directory

2. Choose a Category to Submit Your Link To
Click on the category which is most appropriate to the link you want to share

3. Click Submit New Link
Click the submit new link button (top right)

4. Add a Link Title
The link title should be the name or title of your site

5. Add a Link URL
This will be where the link will take the users or search engines to. We will manually verify all links. Nothing illegal please and family friendly content only.

6. Add some Link Tags
Type is some tags which describe your site, separate them with commas. A tag is a word which is associate with the link. For example if it is an xbox gaming site use the tag "xbox".

7. Write a Description in the Main Box
Write a description, try to include details which will make it easier for users to understand what your site is about. Be descriptive but to the point. The easier it is to comprehend the more people will be willing to read it and in turn visit your site. This is a place for you to "Sell yourself".

8. Add a Link Image
This image should be something about your site, it could be a screenshot of your site, it could be a picture of something which represents what your site is about. Whatever you choose it needs to be 140x100px in size. Our system will automatically resize images which are larger.

9. Click Submit Link

10. Link Back To Us
Add the following code to your site, preferably at the top or bottom of your main page or failing that within a link directory. The link must be visible to guest traffic. The link code for you to add to your site is:
<a href="http://www.ibpdownloads.com/">ibpArcade Downloads - #1 Source for ibProArcade Games</a>
This must be in at least size 10 font.


Your link will be added to a queue and will be verified by a member of staff. You must have a link back to us in order to be approved. If you do not have a link back or we cannot find it we will send you a message asking you to add the link.
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#51645 Six Happy Years

Posted by elkemao on 27 December 2011 - 12:57 PM

Congratulations Leon and Happy Birthday ibpArcade Downloads.
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#51625 Six Happy Years

Posted by Rufus on 27 December 2011 - 06:23 AM

Congratulations Leon, on 6 years. You forgot one name on the list... YOURS!!! This site is truly awesome. With or without you, with or without me, with or without any staff, we always seem to get it done. I can honestly say that we have the happiest, most contentedest (new word) loyal members on the whole web. I raise my glass and toast to you, young sir, and here is to at least 6 more years!!
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#50793 Welcome To The New Upgraded Site

Posted by YoungL on 23 November 2011 - 10:51 PM

Welcome Everyone to the New-Look Site

Over the past ten and a half hours the team here at ibpArcade Downloads have been working hard to deliver you a fresh looking new site. Attention to detail has been the key to making this new re-launch successful. We have literally worked non-stop throughout today. We are very impressed with the new look and feel of the site and hope that you enjoy it. There are still minor things to be done but the over all site is complete. We have done our best to eliminate any bugs but as with every major upgrade there are bound to be issues at first. If you spot any issues, no matter how minor or serious then please do post us a message here and we will look in to them for you.

This new site incorporates a new download system for the games, it contains all the games from the old site. You can still download games in the traditional way by clicking the link in the arcade. This will take you directly to the game in the download system. This is a unique feature to this site and we hope that this additional effort goes a long way in improving your over all experience.

The new site has a lot of new features, we are still learning to use the new software ourselves but hope that you enjoy learning the new software too and we encourage you to test things out as much as possible. There are a lot of things that can be done with this new look site.

We want to take this opportunity to encourage you to become more active in the forums. This new site is a lot more social and allows for a higher level of interaction between members. So take a chance and experience it. We are a very likeable community and we are sure you will fit in very well with us all.

I would like to also take this opportunity to extend my thanks to everyone who has made this upgrade possible. In no paticular order this includes:
  • Rufus who has been injured and suffering with a few health issues recently but has made the time to help as much as possible.
  • Deanne who has worked through the night and gone without any sleep
  • Nellie who has had to learn a lot of new things and has been a tremendous support to the operation
  • Tinkerbell who has only just recently joined back but has taken the role very seriously and stepped up to help
  • Tezzag who has also worked all through the night without any sleep
  • Robinrose who as always has been a massive help
  • Palgie who used to be an admin here back in 2006 to 2008 but has come on board today to help us with a few design tweaks and adjustments
I would also like to thank the rest of the staff here who couldn't make it today but who have been helping with the preperation up until today. This includes Jacks, Logan, Metallives, Midnight-Ranger, Kitty1027, Chito, Rowdy, Icecold and PKRWUD

If I have missed anyone from this list then I sincerely apologise. There are so many people who go in to making this site a success and without them none of this would be possible.

This site could not continue without the excellent support of these people. They run this site day in and day out and deserve all of the glory.

Can I also thank the Kind Donators and Subscribers of the site, who without their kind financial support and backing we would not afford to continue running. This site costs a lot to keep going but it is well worth it to enjoy the community spirit. I have made a lot of excellent friends on here and I am sure a lot of you have made good friends on here too. This place is like a family and you all deserve a thanks for keeping it that way.

Thank You

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#75855 Arcade Reset Change

Posted by Midnight Ranger on 30 June 2014 - 09:46 PM

As everyone may or may not recall with the recent poll, it was decided to reset the arcade on July 1st (tomorrow) and then every six months thereafter.  I've also paid attention to the recent thread questioning the arcade reset period and have seen and understand the pros and cons from both sides of the request.


We are therefore going to settle on a 4-month reset period with the first reset beginning on September 1st.  Our last reset was done on December 1st, 2013, so your scores will have been in place for 9 months.  This will put us on a Trimester system with 3 resets per year and a chance for us to develop a better arcade program than what we had before (more recognition, more competition, more fun).  We are also working on programs geared more towards the casual player to hopefully accommodate all the play styles here.


We appreciate your patience during this transition period and are open to suggestions and ideas for player recognition.  Resets will only erase the high score tables and league scoring.  The Hall of Fame scores will always remain through each reset so if you did achieve the 'best score ever', your name will always remain at the top of that leaderboard.



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#62888 In Memory Of Pkrwud / Chris Bower

Posted by bacali on 30 May 2013 - 09:33 PM

Being "just" a person who plays games here .. for a few years on and off now, ...I always felt awkwark shouting to those who seemed to really know each other.
So..I never really got to know Chris. What a loss for me.
From what you all have written about him, he seems to have been such a lovely fellow.
My sympathies to his loved ones and to you , here, who had him as a wonderful friend.
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#62879 In Memory Of Pkrwud / Chris Bower

Posted by Robinrose on 30 May 2013 - 03:45 AM

I never thought I would have to do this and it's not easy. You're on a site and you meet people, become friendly, make friends. If the friendship lasts through ups and downs then that's a true friendship. That's Chris. Smart, kind, witty, oh so patient.. I could go on with lots of words but "unconditional" that was our friendship. He said when it was his time he wanted them to play "Ordinary Man" Well he was anything but ordinary...extraordinary is Chris. Gone too soon. So my dear, dear friend I'm missing you, I love you "Babe"
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#61755 Arcade Scores

Posted by tezzag on 01 September 2012 - 03:18 AM

Well as promised its the end of the month and all arcade scores have been reset along with all time high scores

Please have fun in the arcade but remember we do frown about someone taking a high score that has been obtained by another member in the last hour unless your getting it back after someone beat you, i think we have all gained a trophy and lost it minutes later because someone follows you around playing whatever you play, with the amount of games we have here there is no reason why anyone needs to do this

So go have some fun and lets see who is the champion in 3 months time but remember NO cheating, we actively look for cheats and ban them without warning
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#52816 Player Of The Month March

Posted by tomsnaps on 05 March 2012 - 10:49 AM

ta ever so I will have it framed along side my Beatles pictures, sadly not well enough to attend the Cancer Research gig at Abbey Raod studios, last friday, where one of my images was up for auction, have managed to raise over 25,000 at Abbey Road and over 1 million world wide, using my Beatles images. Ta for my certificate it means a lot'''
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#52804 Player Of The Month March

Posted by tomsnaps on 04 March 2012 - 04:27 PM

wow I feel like I have won the lottery, I never thought an old guy (69) like me could become player of the month, I am thrilled, many thanks

Tom Player of the Month. March 2012.
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#52782 Player Of The Month March

Posted by Robinrose on 02 March 2012 - 03:53 AM

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I am happy to say that the POTM for March is tomsnaps..He has been a member since 2010 and just has to be the number one fan of the games! You will often see his comments on the games he's played saying how he did on that game.
He is a very pleasant, nice , and true blue player. Congratulations tomsnaps, a welcome member of the site.

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#51771 Member Of The Year - New Award

Posted by kingtutt on 02 January 2012 - 01:52 PM

Well what can i say ,how about one of the best people i have ever met on the net for starters and i only know robin through this gaming site and one very cool Young lass indeed people like Robin help make a good gaming site GREAT !!

you rock , You do deserve this award and even without this award i know you to be one of the coolest ,understanding people i have ever met on any gaming site Bar none

love you to bits and BIG HUGS for you \\m// \\m// \\m// ....

You do what you do and thats why everyone loves you for it ....... HUGSxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox
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#51752 Member Of The Year - New Award

Posted by Rufus on 02 January 2012 - 06:50 AM

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This is a new award. It will be presented every year on December 31. I was going to call it Player of the Year, but I think Member of the Year sounds better, seeing as though this award is more than just about playing. It gives me great pleasure to announce that our very 1st member of the year goes to RobinRose

Below is the write up which went along with her Player of the Month Award. Since receiving this award, I have some updates about Robin. As of August she has been promoted to Moderator and has become a full fledged staff member. She is quite helpful and knowledgeable, and always such a pleasure to speak with. Over the past 2 years, I have gotten to know her on a personal level, through pm, e mail, skype, and voice conversations on the phone. She is sharp and witty, but she also has a serious side. Robin is a true asset to this site, personally and as staff. Any 3 people could replace her. As I said, we have gotten to know each other on a friends level, which is what this site is all about, building relationships. Not romantic relationships, but good strong friendships. I can actually say that knowing her has had a positive impact on my personal life and my staff life. I am so proud of her.
It is a great honor for Leon and me to present this award to the user/staffer known as RobinRose. With this award comes a full 1 year platinum membership, and her avatar will be a mini version of her award. Thanks for everything you do on the site Robin, but mostly, thanks for everything you have helped me with.


The Player of the Month Award for July 2011 goes to RobinRose. RobinRose has been a member of our community since December 2009. When I first met Robin, she was quiet, shy, and terrified to even contact me. As she started to come out of her shell, I discovered that she was shy, quiet, and slightly neurotic. Frequently when she sends me a PM my first response is “breathe”. Over the past year and a half, Robin has become quite good at many games. In fact, she is the IBPArcade Downloads Most Improved Player over the last 8 months. Robin is also an arcade helper, the first member in this test project. For those of you that don’t know what an arcade helper is, it is a member that has the ability to sort games. In return, they receive access to the Subscribers games, and increased downloads. Since February 1, when we started this test program, she has sorted 1896 games. Without her help, and the other helpers we would have a ton less games categorized. Not only is she a good gamer and an asset to the site with her sorting ability, but she is a truly nice person. If you don’t know her, please take the time to meet her. You will not be sorry.

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#51647 Six Happy Years

Posted by Robinrose on 27 December 2011 - 04:10 PM

Congratulations Leon, Happy Birthday ibp Arcade Downloads. strut Leon don't walk!!! :)
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