The story of the history of the Barracks itself is rather short. The
Barracks as we know it today came to be in late 2000. Prior to that,
the Barracks was nothing more than another anonymous C&C GOLD fan site
that had almost no hits. However, thanks to the creator of the site,
Ojomym, and his constant advertising in Westwood Chat, The Barracks has
become the world's best site for information on C&C GOLD. In
addition to that, it is now the only site that is still fully functional
and maintained by its original creators.
The Barracks was founded as
an attempt by Ojomym to start a truly successful C&C GOLD site.
Originally called "Command and Conquer GOLD H.Q., the site had limited
success but still managed to gain a moderate amount of hits and make its
way onto many other webmaster's "favorite sites" lists. Hosted by
Angelfire at www.angelfire.com/ma3/cncgold,
the site showed potential.
At first, while the site was under construction, there was no need seen to
create a simpler address like the one that the Barracks is located at
now. Realizing the word had to be spread, Ojomym put in META tags for search engine
recognition. Then he set up an account at www.cncgold.cjb.net
to shorten the web address. He also started advertising in chat
rooms at Westwood and the hits began to build.
With hits began to grow and Ojomym received
some feedback from the visitors, he decided to give the Website its very
first overhaul. In early 2000, Ojomym launched The Barracks version
1.0. With great reviews, the website finally began to gain
major recognition. When the Barracks started to work in collaboration with MacMark's site The CNC God,
it really started to take off.
The website became so huge that it returned first result under the search
string "Command and Conquer GOLD" under AOL and Google
searches. Under the search string "Command and Conquer" it
appears on the second page for AOL, Google, and AltaVista. This is
still true today. However towards the the end of 2000, Ojomym
decided it was time for the Barrack's second design change.
On January 1, 2001 the Barracks version 2.0 was
launched. It was a complete revamp from the previous version.
Though the entire site had not yet been completed, the main areas were up
and functioning. The reviews were great and the hits came pouring
in. Sporting more info than you could shake a stick at, and a hot
new design, the Barracks was up and running as one of the top C&C Gold
sites on the web. The site registered an average of 50 hits a day,
and seeing the need of other player's opinions and a helping hand, Ojomym
took on a staff. Sadly, this did not seem to change things for the
better. The staff idea appeared to work for a short period of time,
but soon after, both the webmaster and the staff for the most part stopped
updating as frequently, and most staff members left or stopped working.
As Westwood dropped title after title of the production lines, C&C gold
began to, in a sense "die". Players of the game were dropping like
flies, and cheaters ruled the ladder. Many players hardly played, or
stopped playing altogether. Due to the tremendous amount of
cheating, and the time consuming events of "real life", the Barracks officially shut itself down on August 2, 2002.
However, in late November of 2002, staff member
DontGivUp, after reading Ojomym's farewell and realizing the site had been
shut down, decided to write his own goodbye. After an in depth
phone conversation with Ojomym, the two decided to once again, re-open
The Barracks and finish what Ojomym had started so long ago. Determined
to finish the site and to get players back into the game, the two began
a journey bound for success.
Towards the end of February 2003 however, things
began to unravel. Westwood shut down the GOLD Ladder, and Web-Master
Ojomym to an extended leave of absence. Coupled with that, and an
increasing load of "real life" on the remaining staff member
DontGivUp, the updates began to become fewer and farther between.
With journey that began 4 months before unraveling and falling apart, the
Barracks continues its journey toward C&C Revival.
Finally it had hit the fan, and not in a good
way. After the site had moved to CNCNZ, the amount of time that
could be devoted to the site wasn't enough. The site was taken
down. However, The Barracks had never been removed from the
servers at Angelfire. After months of thinking about it, DontGivUp
finally took the time to make the few changes to the site that would
allow it to operate without any significant work to ever be needed
again. This is the state that the website sits in today. All
of the information is there, and if you even have a question to ask it
can still be submitted via the FAQ page, and if you include your email
address, you might still get an answer from the staff. Though the
game is now gone, the mark it has left on this world will forever remain
here at The Barracks...