February 26, 2014 – It is disappointing when you log on to play your favorite online game and receive a message that the site is under maintenance.
It is devastating when you check back later and receive the message that the site is gone for good.
Devastating may be too dramatic a word, but how else do you describe the feeling that you lost something you have grown to depend on over the past 15 years, played faithfully, and written about on this blog not one or two, but three times.
Boxerjam was my go to when I needed to relax, or suffered from writer’s block. I would play a few games to shake up the cobwebs – my favorites were “Strike a Match”, a word matching game played in four different rounds, and “Know it All”, classic trivia played quickly against a ticking clock – and all would be right again. The site provided me a second wind, got the creative juices flowing, and offered the option to compete against other players or play on your own.
I first discovered Boxerjam in 1999, though it has been entertaining its members since 1995. From the message above, it appears they have lost the data. According to the software engineer who lives in my basement, the game logic is an easy rebuild, but if the data is lost (the questions and possible answers that need consistent updating) it could take months to recover and rebuild.
That means Boxerjam could be back in another form one day, but for now, farewell my faithful gaming companion, and thanks for the memories. You will be missed.