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Our forums have been the place to be for iOS gamers and developers since Arn posted the first thread all the way back on May 20th, 2008. If you've never checked them out, you really should. Closely following along with forum discussion is the absolute best way to keep your finger on the pulse of iOS gaming. Want proof? Here's the Flappy Bird thread, posted well before anyone else really even cared about the game.

Anyway, today we made the most significant change to the TouchArcade Forums since their inception. The iPad games forums are no longer, and instead, everything has been merged into one giant iPhone and iPad Games Forum and a similarly huge Upcoming iPhone and iPad Games Forum. The the iPad forums were originally created along side the announcement of the iPad and iPhone sides of the App Store were two distinctly different markets. With most games and apps being released as universal binaries now, there really isn't a whole lot of sense in keeping the discussion separate.

To retain some distinction between things that are iPad or iPhone only, we're using VBulletin's thread prefix functionality. If games are universal, they'll have the "Universal:" prefix, and so on. Additionally, if you want to prune out only iPad games, you just need to scroll down to the "Display Options" portion of the forum display, and select whatever thread prefix you want, then hit "Show Threads":

ipad prefix

If you notice any weirdness, please feel free to report threads to moderators. The only two issues we're facing is potential duplicate game threads from games that were posted in both the iPhone and iPad forums as well as a now superfluous "Universal" notation in the thread title. Both things will eventually work themselves out inside of a couple weeks of new threads being posted.

Thanks to all of our forum members and developers who have made the TouchArcade forums such an awesome place!

  • http://afterpad.com/ Kevin MacLeod

    Not bad guys, it makes a lot more sense like this!

  • oooooomonkey

    This makes much more sense, glad to have everything all in one place.

  • JCman7

    Great improvement! I've been wanting this for a while now.

  • anarchy in the app store

    What's wrong with having it separate?

    Not everyone owns both ya know... I like to be able to find out about new games without having to check each thread for if it's iPhone or iPad exclusive...

    I don't get it

    • http://afterpad.com/ Kevin MacLeod

      So many games are universal. Of the games people find interesting, it has to be over half. Doesn't make much sense to keep it separate...

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Overwhelming majority are universal. It was causing the iPad forum to stagnate because there'd be 1-3 new threads a week, if that.

      • anarchy in the app store

        Still better than checking each and every page to see if it's compatible with my device, there are games out there that aren't universal...

        How about adding something next to the thread name that says whether it's iPad exclusive, iPhone exclusive, or universal? Would save a lot of time...

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        If you read this story you'll see that's exactly what we've done ~and~ you can filter threads to only see threads with a specific prefix.

      • anarchy in the app store

        Just noticed...

        In that case, I'm all for it! A small indicator on whether it's unsigned sale or not on each thread would still be nice though...

        Keep up the good work man.

      • bigE1669

        How can we filter with the app?

      • Foghorn Irrascible

        All you had to do was read the story. But you didn't, you read the headline apparently and then plowed in with your complaints, like so much of the rest of the Internet. It's very frustrating.

      • Zwilnik

        From the dev point of view this is great news. Universal apps are the preferred way nowadays and it was awkward knowing where to post info on new games so iPad and iPhone players would know about them. This change solves that perfectly.

      • http://animaltrackers.wordpress.com/ DAiv Games

        I was just about to say the same thing.

  • bigE1669

    Change for the sake of change, is not always the best idea. I personally liked them seperate.

    • Xexist

      It would appear most people disagree with you (not that you arent entitled to your own feeling of course)

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      I agree that change for the sake of change is not always the best idea. That isn't what is happening here, of course.

      You may like them together. You never know. :)

  • jar0d

    Thank you. A highly welcomed change! (Improvement)!

  • JCho133

    Blasphemy!

  • HansKaosu

    awesome :)

  • JCho133

    Gosh I hate this now I always tap the wrong thread

    • nini

      You will adapt to it, it's just good ol' muscle memory.

      • JCho133

        )':

  • Grits n Gravy

    At least Flappy Bird is well represented.

  • one.sixty.four

    Great move! Since most games are universal, I didn't make much since to have two forums.

  • blakedaking

    I would like to know why I am banned from the forums and game discussions. I have only posted like 4 times.

    • Themostunclean

      You'd only be banned if someone reported you or you were saying inappropriate things and a mod noticed you.

  • Ninja_Blade_Diego

    I think it's a great idea. People need to stop complaining and whining about like some lazy little school girls lol haha

    • Themostunclean

      Some people will always complain about any change. Or fight and whine and cry to prevent it.

      • Ninja_Blade_Diego

        Yup, lol makes me wanna bitch slap those fools hahaha lol

  • Themostunclean

    Nice change. For the maybe dozen or so iPad exclusive games a year, it's not worth keeping them separate.

    Now update the app for iOS 7, even if it's just to use newer assets like the keyboard and pop up buttons. You guys did such a fantastic job with the original UI, I can't wait to see how awesome it would be with a new look!

  • CzechCongo

    Can you filter with the TA app?

  • readysetretro

    Ya, this is a great improvement

  • cofunguy

    Just wait..tomorrow they will announce a complete forum for flappy bird.

    Get a life TA..more than one app out there. And I bet the company that is sponsoring / advertising here in TA doesn't appreciate the constant flappy bird mention either.

  • shoi

    With the prefix thingie, I guess for people using the website, it's just fine but as I only use the app, I would really appreciate if the prefix could be displayed in the title of each thread...

  • jati

    Good thing, makes much more sense this way :)

  • IMNS

    Iirc, I asked for this exact thing right at the time when ipad AppStore launched. Glad to know you guys are only 4 years behind schedule :p

  • projectmoonlightcafe

    The display option is not on the app. While combining them makes sense, I am of the camp that prefer them separate unless at least it's added to the app. I'm not sure if others are aware but the iPhone forum is much more active, and the flip side is that new ipad game discussions are quickly pushed down to page 4 or 5 of a combined forum. I usually get the apps I want to download by reading the new game threads on page 1 of both threads and seldom go any further than that.