Friday, February 5, 2010

AGS - why does it attract the forum no-hoper types?

AGS attracts the bottom of the barrel forum cellar dwellers for the simplest of reasons.

It's free.

The price is right for the human zeroes. Were the program sold as opposed to given away a couple of things would have happened long ago:

1. the celllar dwellers would be largely absent, because if they weren't they'd be adversely affecting the goods and services the consumers had bought. That tends to have a definite knock on effect of a specific sort.

2. the paying customers would have savagely suppressed the nitwits' bullshit on the forums.

Unfortunately, we have the nerd love in exchange for programming syndrome at the top of AGS and that leads with the inevitability of a law of nature with the least good - the sort of antithesis of the socratic best and wisest- coming to run the asylum in the forums.

Which is why the forums rejoice in such activities as:

pixel critiquing by people who by their own admission don't know how to sprite, or indeed as far as we can tell draw using pen and paper;

programming advice from people who have never shown the slightest evidence that they know how to code... well, anything;

unwavering support for a screen resolution that even recent mobile games don't use;

a complete inability to adapt to a changing environment;

an inability to ever finish anything. one can imagine how the fields of study the slightly more intelligent of the forum no-hopers must go. one can only pray none of them will ever be in a position of responsibility. seems very unlikely to me that they're going to ever really "be" anything in 99% of cases.

then you look round and see the supreme and wonderful achievements of indie game makers using AGS, and the programme itself is unsullied by the sponsored rudeness and childishness of its forums. Almost...

A somewhat similar thing has happened with a couple of more or less open source MMO projects, one of them text based the other the now-traditional out of the box 3d kewl fighting type. In both projects there was this same struggle, and in both of those games there was the same unfortunate siding by the author with the wankers against the normals and indeed super-normals. End result in both cases was the extinction of the original game platform unfortunately.

I doubt that will happen to AGS because the author would no doubt continue to write new versions of it even if it really was just for the usual suspects rather than a broader user community. What I can definitely see happening in the near future though is a migration of the indies away from the amateur forums, which is what they definitely have become, in favour of posting and discussing somewhere else. It's on the cards, and some of us think it's long overdue. So who knows what will emerge.

I know one thing- the best minds and most entertaining posters stay the FUCK away from the AGS forums. Time for me to do the same. I'll just mail the self-appointed forum gods some of my favourite T-shirts... Most appropriate one for them would have to be, "I bring NOTHING to the table". So true. So horribly horribly true in their cases...

1 comment:

  1. Why don't you have a big cry about it like the bitch you are. Harden the fuck up faggot.