GSCentral

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GSCentral is a Game Enhancer code site which has had two incarnations over the years. The database, while large, is filled with many untested codes which may or may not work.

History

GSCentral was created in 1998 by a person going by the name Jim Reinhart. At some point much later a clone of the site (GSCentral.org) was produced after Rune either was banned or left on his own (depending on who you wish to believe). The original lasted until sometime late 2005/early 2006, when it disappeared without any particular notice. The GSCentral.com domain was given to Lazy Bastard by Stinky613, after Lazy Bastard promised it would never be given to Rune.

In early October, 2006, the majority of GSCentral's veteran members (and staff) left due to dislike of Rune's recent administrative actions, and his ambiguity regarding when the code database would be up. The exodus of the GSCentral members began when Rune took down the forum (the only thing left at GSCentral), and took away the administrative powers of the very people who made the site worth visiting (Parasyte, Viper187).

Present

The reason given for taking the code database down was to prevent "thieves" from stealing their content. The irony of it all is that GSCentral gets a large amount of its content from other sites, and often fails to give proper credit. Since then more codes have been added but it is not known whether or not the codes have been credited.

After a ridiculous amount of procrastination, the database was technically restored. There is no way to browse codes, and is only accessible though a buggy search box.

Technical Information

The hosting is provided by the German host All-Inkl. It runs on Apache Apache 1.3.36, and has PHP 4.4.2, FrontPage extension 5.0.2.4803, mod_fastcgi-SNAP-0404142202, mod_ssl 2.8.27, and OpenSSL 0.9.6i. Due to circumstantial evidence, it is presumed to have access to a MySQL database.

The newly added search function has a limitation of only accepting 3 or more characters. Non-alphanumeric characters are stripped. For example, you can't search for "C-12" and get the game "C-12 - Final Resistance", but the full name of the game gives results. The maximum search string is 8,197 bytes (8 kilobytes exactly). After this, the server gives an HTTP 414 error, complaining about the input being too large.

Each game is split into pages. Each page has a likely unique key generated and checked for by mcrypt. Each key is 32 characters in length. Invalid (but of the right length) keys give this error:


" An error occurred. We are unable to satisfy your request. Please contact the webmaster to notify him of this error. Upon contacting us if you could provide the URL address you tried to access and details on where you found this hyperlink it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. We apologize for the inconvenience. "


It has been discovered that nowhere near the quantity of codes that should be up actually are. Recently however more codes have been added. It is not known whether or not the codes taken from other sites have been completey credited.

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