I have to admit this entire experience has been a little surreal for me. First in that a complete nobody within the IF community is having his reviews largely viewed and discussed across multiple forums. I really only anticipated the mods and maybe a few bored(altered state?) forum users to briefly glance through them. Who really cares what I have to say? Well, I put them up for public view, and I am glad that some people are getting something out of it even if that something is merely at my expense. And the second thing, arguably the more shocking to me, is that the merits of my online persona are being brought into question by an individual who hides behind a character from a completely terrible cartoon that was marketed to preteens.
I can assure everyone here that I take this forum, the intfiction forum where my reviews are listed, and all IF competitions as seriously as I take paying my taxes and the reality of my own mortality. I’m not saying that I’m a saint everywhere else, but I do view these three things I mentioned as a few of the tiny islands of civilization scattered across the open sea of unmitigated violence and degeneracy that is the internet.
I’m not a troll, I’m not a sock puppet, my reviews are very real, and I follow all rules that pertain to a specific competition. I don’t know a single person in this community, I would run for public office if I wanted to get into politics, and my votes are solely based on my own personal metrics. This was confirmed as the correct thing to do by an individual who works with the competition on an official basis, and this conversation was public. While I respect your criticisms on my reviews, I feel it would only be in the interest of fairness if you also linked your reviews so that they can be eviscerated as well.
I feel sorry for anybody who disparages the value of fun.
If you are looking for new ideas in an IF game, you are either fooling yourself or you haven’t read enough to understand how foolish your quest is. Every note has been played in the past as has every word been written. The fascinating part is exploring how these authors are presenting these eternal stories.
As far as the “Ebegging” comment goes, I am not sure what you are specifically referring to, so I will address all options. I personally have never taken a single penny or item from anybody online for any reason, even when offered in the past I have politely declined, and I only accept money in real life that I have earned. As far as my repeated insertion of Trizbort or authors who have a patreon account or something similar: they are offering something for free, you can choose to support their future projects or not, and I put exponentially more value in what they are doing than I do Ewhiners, which is why I mentioned them.
This next comment is not directed at anybody specifically, but it is one that I have been meaning to make for some time now. I am sick of seeing the barbed comments sometimes being thrown at Emily Short and Andrew Plotkin on these various boards. On the few opportunities I had to communicate with Emily Short, she treated me with a very kind heart, and Andrew Plotkin was very respectful and professional with me on the few interactions I had with him. I have the utmost respect for the two of them, and people should really start carefully considering how much they themselves contributed to IF before interjecting their opinions on those two people.
PeterPiers: I honestly enjoy reading what you have to say, there is usually a lot of value in what you post on one level or another. However, your comments on why I use a dead guy as my avatar were completely terrible. I am not saying that you are wrong necessarily on my avatar being terrible, I am just pointing out that your reasoning for coming to this conclusion is completely terrible. I don’t want to sidetrack on this too much, and I doubt anybody has read this far anyways.
AndrewS: Thank you. From the bottom of my heart: Thank You! I go out of my way to be a decent person, and all I ask for it is that one person acknowledges the fact that I am not a total piece of shit, and you did that, so thank you.