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Written by Falcon on 8/8/2020 at 1:13am in Falcon Live

As posted on Facebook recently, we’re still making progress with Falcon Live since the shutdown of Mixer.  When I recently looked through Twitch, I saw there was an area for posting a schedule, and it had me thinking … why not post something so you know what’s going on and when?  So, now we have a schedule and it’s available right here on Falcon Live!  Please remember that this schedule will not take effect until at least 2021.

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Written by Falcon on 8/1/2020 at 6:22pm in Announcements > Falcon Live > Gaming

Hey guys, Joe here for Team Falcon. With everything that has been going on in the real world, it has taken its toll with my progress in regards to the Team Falcon network as a whole.  Plenty of things have been changing in my life that have kept me super distracted from taking care of a whole lot of things … including myself, if I were to be honest.  As we roll into August, things are starting to wind down a little bit enough that I can finally get back to work.

Here’s what to expect:

Falcon Live
With Mixer no longer existing, Falcon Live is taking the appropriate steps to ensure that all of our content is placed in a new general location at our new Facebook page.  As a reminder, we are no longer hosting our content on YouTube.  Yes, there is a YouTube account associated with our name, but it is the private account of our network’s founder.  Yes, you are still more than welcome to go there and subscribe to his content if you choose.

Team Falcon Gaming
Right now, we just have the base layout of our gaming page.  There’s been some new developments with all 3 of the major consoles lately, and I haven’t had a chance to keep up with them.  In due time, more updates are coming.  Stay tuned.

The other thing I want to touch base on is that we are aware that not all features are functioning correctly with all of our themes.  Depending on the theme you’re viewing, you may run into some display errors.  Again, we are aware of the situation, and we’re working on ensuring that all features are implemented correctly sitewide.  We appreciate your patience in this matter, and we’re continuing to do what we can to ensure that no matter where you are in Team Falcon, you can do it in whichever way you choose.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns … please feel free to leave a comment below.

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Written by Falcon on 7/6/2020 at 12:57pm in Announcements

A last minute decision was made to modify a couple things in the Header field of Team Falcon, mainly as a test that passed with flying colors.  Since we just rolled out Version 4.1, we figure it wouldn’t hurt to push this out just a few days late.

The “Search” box is no longer as a widget on the right side of the page.  Since some of our pages didn’t have a “right side” area for widgets, this was limiting what we can (and can’t) do.  We wanted to increase the ability to do a sitewide search everywhere.  But, what would we do with the information that’s there?  The answer was simple, with inspiration from our new Modern themes (not available to the public yet), we wanted to get the same idea on our current Legacy themes.  And, you know what?  They look good!

We’re still on track to get Version 5 out at the end of the year, and this is a project that I didn’t think I’d ever be able to get done.

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Written by Falcon on 7/4/2020 at 12:14am in Announcements > Gaming

So, I was looking at Facebook, and going over the different content I have between Team Falcon & Falcon Live, and I made some startling discoveries.  While I made the Falcon Live Facebook page on June 22nd, I uploaded most of my content just 4 days ago, and I have 1 video that has been reached out to over 6,300 people on one video!  I was not expecting that whatsoever!  We have decided to announce on both Facebook pages that we will be shutting down Team Falcon (on Facebook) as of July 18th (4 days before Mixer’s closure) and retaining Falcon Live only … mostly considering Falcon Live has a lot more available content and has already proven itself more worthy than YouTube.

The Team Falcon website will remain and feature “one stop” access for everything in the Falcon brand.  From Team Falcon Gaming to showing live content to the (potential) return of the Team Falcon Shop where you can buy a t-shirt, sweatshirt, mug, hat … whatever you desire.  Speaking about Team Falcon Gaming, we’re needing a little more help when it comes to content for the PlayStation 4 (and PS5) as well as the Nintendo Switch.  If you’re willing to help us, that would be amazing!  No, we are not able to offer you payment at this time, but I’m sure we can figure something out!

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Written by Falcon on 7/3/2020 at 1:44pm in Gaming > Sony

The following games are free from July 7th to August 3rd with your PlayStation Plus Membership:

To play these games past this timeframe, you must maintain your PlayStation Plus membership as you do not technically own them.

PlayStation Plus is also celebrating 10 years of being online and available to you guys.  With this, PlayStation is also giving away a free PS4 theme for a limited time, so be on the lookout for that!

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Written by Falcon on 7/3/2020 at 1:23am in Announcements

After some early testing, we were able to detect early that the programming for our new theme system was breaking different WordPress Plugins.  This includes BuddyPress, the plugin that maintains our social networking.  We consider this a huge win in our F.A.I.L. plan.  With an entirely new system, it was definitely our First Attempt In Learning.  At least we will have something to look forward to at a later date, right?

We know what you’re thinking, too … “Wow, these guys are pushing out site updates left and right!”  Yes, we can definitely agree with that statement, but as you can see, we’re pushing out ideas “left and right” and the Team Falcon site has just been an endless project!  Just when we think that our list is complete, we get more ideas and if you think about it, that is never a bad thing.

Falcon 5 will be tested only at Joe’s World, and it will not be widespread through the Team Falcon network until everything is fully operational without any glitches.  We’re not expecting this until at least October.  Until that time, Falcon 4 (what you see here) will continue to be developed.

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Written by Falcon on 7/3/2020 at 1:10am in Announcements

An old tool that I completely forgot had finally come to mind and I wanted to see if it still worked.  Turns out it does!  So, I decided to put it to good use.  Just when we thought that we were done with RSS Feeds, they’re back and it’s now even easier to subscribe to them!  Our feeds are 100% syndicated with FeedBurner, and it helps us find out just how many people are taking advantage of our feeds.

If you currently follow our RSS Feeds with our old links, we suggest that you update your RSS readers to point to our new links.  Your RSS reader will still operate the way it should, but there will be some slight visual differences.

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Written by Falcon on 7/2/2020 at 11:59pm in Gaming > Microsoft

The following games are available for free with your Xbox Live Gold membership.

To play your Xbox One games, you must maintain your Xbox Live Gold membership.  You own your Xbox 360 games and can play those without Xbox Live Gold.  The Estimated Retail Price (ERP) is based on the US Dollar.  This month, you’re saving $94.96 compared to buying these games today.

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Written by Falcon on 7/2/2020 at 1:38pm in Announcements > Gaming

As of today, we’re in the process of relaunching our Gaming project.  Our biggest problem that we had the first time around was being able to post a news story (like this one) and have it be posted on a page that we want it on.  Falcon Live was our first “test”, and it worked exactly the way we wanted it to!  With the new Team Falcon Gaming, we’ll be able to post news stories on our site as well as the Team Falcon Gaming page (and if it’s console based, it will also be posted on that specific console page as well)!  We’re super excited to try out these new changes!

On top of all of that, we’ve also come across some new coding to help us test out some more features to disable things on our main pages unless you’re on the Beta site.  This will help when we’re pushing out new features that we know will be broken unless you’re in a specific user class.  More to come on this at a later date.

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Written by Falcon on 7/1/2020 at 1:38am in Announcements > Falcon Live

As we start into July, there have been many changes have been coming through the entire Team Falcon Network as of late, and we are already starting to roll out Falcon v4.1 with some interesting changes.  From Mixer closing its doors in late July to network/family changes happening in August, to tonight … Finally, our news stories in relation to Falcon Live have received yet another huge upgrade today!  As of this moment, any new post related to Falcon Live will be posted to our front page (with the other announcements and whatnot), and will simultaneously be posted on our main Falcon Live page.  This includes the ability to comment on any post.  Unlike our main page, you will only see the first 5 stories when looking on the Falcon Live page.  For the full archive, you can click here.  For our staff, you will be able to easily Edit or Delete any post on the Falcon Live page as well.  This huge upgrade to the channel will assist in saving time for editing and allow for post archives at the same time!

With this new change, it further influences our decision to relaunch Falcon Gaming with the following bullet points:

  • All Falcon Gaming news will be shown on the front page as well as the Falcon Gaming page
  • Console specific news will be posted in 3 key areas:
    • Team Falcon Front Page
    • Falcon Gaming “Front” Page
    • That console’s news area

It may not be on day one, but we plan on having our gaming posts also feature links to their specific forum area.  Most of these changes can be seen in Team Falcon’s beta theme, but we assure you that Version 4.1 will be pushed out very soon.  More information about all changes are available in our Changelog.

August 2020