As of 13/12/2013 MadGaming has been closed down. We would like to thank all our loyal players for sticking with us over the past few years. Please see the final announcement below for a full description on why MadGaming has closed.
As of Friday 13th December Madgaming.eu, all associated social media sites and sub domains will be closed down permanently. This was not a decision taken lightly but its also one done without regret. Please now take the time to read the rest of the post. The information included inside is vital and will answer an questions you have.
Why is Madgaming shutting down?
Since October 2010 Madgaming has always tried to adapt and survive the changing face that is Minecraft. Once we were little more than a simple vanilla server. Through time we have seen ourselves as a survival, Hardcore pvp server and even a creative at times. Our dedication to getting the server up to date as soon as possible every update and our ability to be flexible with our server saw us rise to #1 on Minestatus and peak to almost 200 players daily. Our builds were featured on Minecraft Mondays and Youtube celebrities were found amongst our player ranks. For a long time we were in a "Golden Age" but like all good things it was destined to come to an end.
By 1.8 we were a solid PVP server and at our prime but with the rise of potions and enchantments PVP was changed permanently (and to many for the worse). Our attempts to adapt to these changes proved ineffective and along with some technical issues and some mistakes along the way (Creepers on or off?!) the player base began to dwindle. The staff began to loose interest or the stress itself drove them away. Personal circumstances plagued the remaining members till the server began creaking at its lack of attention and care. It was clear something drastic was needed. Thus was born the Hub.
Yes that mystical Hub you have all heard about was indeed finished (eventually!). There was many issues along the way which made it a rocky path and one that no one enjoyed. A poorly timed Minecraft update was the final nail in the coffin. The staff who remained on the project no longer had the enthusiasm to actually run it. The fun game had turned into chore. The remaining staff made the decision to shut Madgaming. But this was not the end.
For a few days it seemed that Madgaming was going to shut, its resources spread to the winds and its staff scattered to the four corners of the World (or something along those lines). A new idea was then formed among a few, why not re brand? Start again? Fresh name and fresh ideas?! So for another few days preparations were made to remake our server entirely. Then a new idea began to circulate. Why not re-theme it? Perhaps PVP was no longer the direction to take. So with the full backing of the server owner, our glorious TheMadMan697 the concept of "Arkham Lockup" was born!
What is Arkham Lockup?
Arkham Lockup is a Minecraft Prison server. Prison servers are a game type where upon logging in you are trapped inside a prison. Working in various mines and farms gains you the money needed to advance to the next level of the prison. After a few levels you are free to participate in a normal PVP Minecraft environment. The Prison servers visited by the Madgaming staff were found to be lacking in both aesthetic appeal and a decent server once you escaped. Deciding to bring Madgaming's legendary build team (the same ones responsible for the Helicarrier) and its popular PVP server standards together the prison server was quickly developed.
Set on the grounds of a decaying mansion converted into a maximum security prison you will quickly feel the walls closing in as you and others mine your way to freedom and glory! For those of a particular sadistic nature you can choose to enter a second harder prison for extra bonuses once you have escaped the first! This prison has already been fully created and we are simply awaiting Bukkit to update to finalise and release it!
This is the end for Madgaming, it has run its course and we have enjoyed it every step of the way. It has given us all many memories (Holycraft, the Battle of Hugehill and many others!) that we will take with us regardless of destination and we all thank you for making Madgaming the success it was. We also hope to see many familiar faces on our new server.
We thank you for all your support and we hope to see you over on arkhamlockup.com