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Gaiaonline homepage 2003

GO-GAIA Homepage 2003

2003 (MMIII) was the birth of Go-Gaia (Gaia Online). It was it's first year.

Founded on February 18, 2003 by Derek Liu (username Lanzer), Josh Gainsbrugh (username L0cke), Long Vo (username VO) Ling and a team of their friends, Studio XD artists, and programmers/web designers.

Since its creation Gaia Online has grown to be more than just a single forum site, it now holds a variety of items, a unique Avatar dress system and its own storyline starring many Characters. Though the site continues to revolve around its forum, avatars, and in-game currency, it has expanded to include features such as games (slots, cards, and fishing), virtual worlds such as Gaia Towns with homes; a Marketplace, a virtual aquarium, a Cash Shop, a cinema and its most present creation, the zOMG! MMO, which was headed by game developer David Georgeson (username Qixter).

Trivia

  • The 2003 banner clearly shows that Gaia was influenced by the popular MMORPG Ragnarok Online.
  • From 2003 and 2004, the site heavily focused on the Japanese media of Anime and Manga, the Link List was provided for Gaians to search for various anime sites.
  • The year of 2003 started the theme of Angelic and Nitemare styled items. This has continued in various other forms by color opposites and a theme of conflicting opposites.
  • In the banner is the "White Wolf Girl", her design was used for the Black Wolf Monthly Collectible in July 2009.
  • Also in the banner (and in the lower corner) is a small hamster creature called "Moobie", its design was used for the creation of the Hammi Hat Monthly Collectible in April 2004. The story behind Moobie's presence on the homepage was said to be a tribute to the deceased pet of one of Gaia creators.(unconfirmed)
  • Below the banner is the ever present Rock Puppy, a rock creature with unknown origins; he is considered Gaia's Mascot.

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Featured Announcements 2003

February

  • February 07 - Launch date.
  • February 18 - Go-Gaia is born.
  • February 19 - Temporary Server Shutdown at 3AM PST 2/20/03
  • February 20 - Server Back Up ^^
  • February 20 - Next Updates Info
  • February 21 - Solution to SPAM - The Chatterbox is created.
  • February 22 - GUILDS Forum has been added.
  • February 24 - Not Receiving E-mail Activation?
  • February ?? - Darker Avatar skin tones are added.

March

  • March 04 - UPDATE 3/4/03
  • March 07 - The First Gaian Annual Ball
  • March 12 - UPDATE 3/12/03
  • March 19 - Server upgrade today
  • March 20 - Shutdown and rollback announcement
  • March 25 - Items List and Rare Items System added!
  • March ?? - The dressing room is added to Gold Shops.

April

  • April 01 - New Gaia Personals
  • April 16 - Update Preview!
  • April 20 - Easter Egg Hunt event!!!
  • April ?? - The trading system is introduced.
  • April ?? - The Exchange Forum is born.
  • April ?? - Random Event: Pink Links are added.
  • April 25 - New Items Update 4/25
  • April 27 - Server Shutdown Notice

May

  • May 01 - Store Update 05/01
  • May 19 - UPDATE Coming Soon
  • May 20 - GAMBINO UPDATE
  • May 24 - New Feature - Second Chance for rares and glowing links!
  • May 24 - Rare Item Price Change
  • May 24 - System Upgrade Next Week
  • May 24 - Seeking Sponsors and Donations Accepted.
  • May 27 - Server shutdown notice
  • May 30 - New servers online!
  • May 31 - Rollback and Server shutdown in one hour
  • May 31 - Rollback and rare item restoration explained

June

  • June 03 - Art Arena - Top 10 drawings now rotated monthly
  • June 06 - Gaia Email and referral system now on-line!
  • June 11 - About hackers and hacking attempts
  • June 12 - Signature control now in place
  • June 16 - New chatroom is here!
  • June 17 - New items update!
  • June ?? - Donation Item: Angelic Halo Mc icon AngelicHalo The first donation item released.
  • June 25 - Upcoming server upgrades
  • June 27 - The Gaia moderators are here.
  • June 28 - No spamming on the Art Arena and Link List please


July

  • July 01 - Thank you for all your donations, and about the halo
  • July 01 - Please turn off all scripts and macros used on Gaia
  • July 07 - New Server Upgrades Coming Soon
  • July 11 - Main page revamp
  • July 14 - Database error - rollback to July 12
  • July 21 - Updates
  • July 30 - July Donation Item Released!
  • July ?? - The Avatar Spotlight is added.

August

  • August 12 - Last warning for those running automated scripts or macros
  • August 13 - False Hacker Email
  • August 14 - Introduction of Forum Subcategories
  • August 14 - New banner ads on Gaia
  • August 25 - August Donation Item Released!
  • August 28 - Item Update!

September

  • September 04 - A final word about scripts and macros (botting)
  • September 15 - Post deletion on Chatterbox
  • September 24 - September Donation Items Released ^_^!

October

  • October 07 - Rollback due to hardware error
  • October 07 - New hardware installed.
  • October 08 - To all users using the Opera web browser
  • October 14 - Maintenance Downtime tonight
  • October 16 - It's that time of the year! >:D
  • October 25 - October Donation Items Released! ^_^
  • October 26 - Servers down for maintenance
  • October 29 - HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
  • October 29 - Concerning Halloween Items in Store
  • October 31 - TRICK OR TREAT BEGINS! 12am to 12am, Today ONLY!

November

  • November 03 - Art Arena and Search pages are down for maintenance
  • November 05 - Name and Gender Change Now Active (revised)
  • November 07 - EARN BONUS GAIA GOLD -- Sponsored by Videogame Depot!
  • November 08 - Search is now back, but with limitations
  • November 12 - Rare event debuging help
  • November 25 - November Donation Items Released ^O^!!!
  • November 28 - Winter Items Are Here!
  • November 30 - Gaia Reached 16.7 Million Posts

December

  • December 01 - Important Announcement Regarding Donation Letters
  • December 07 - Database outage on December 6
  • December 09 - Problem with inventory page
  • December 22 - Gift Wrapping feature is here~
  • December 23 - New Holiday Themed Items Available!
  • December 24 - Service outage tonight
  • December 25 - December Donation Item Released!
  • December 25 - Regarding lost items due to gift wrap bug
  • December 25 - Christmas Event!

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