Last year, I posted a blurb that gave authors critiques and suggestions about their cover art and blurbs. My intent in this was not to be mean-spirited in any way. It was simply to help authors present their games in the best possible light, so that people would have the best possible expectations going in. I think most authors would want this.
That is all the post was meant as. But there seems to be some misunderstanding about how it was meant, so I wanted to clarify this. The post was not meant as a review of the full games, but critiques and advices explicitly on the cover art and blurbs, independent of the game content. I explicitly said it was not meant as a review. It was not meant to correlate with the scores I would give the entries, any more than the general correlation of polish in presentation and polish in design. And in fact, it did not correlate with the scores I gave the entries. It was not meant as a substitute for reviews of the entries; I reviewed as many as I could, and truly wish I could have done more, but I work two jobs in addition to freelance work and have very little spare time. It was not meant to be mean-spirited in any way. And once again, it was not meant as a full review. I don’t know how much more I have to say this.
I don’t know what I have to do to convince people of this. I don’t know how to convince anyone that I’m sincere besides being sincere, and I don’t know what combination of words will demonstrate this. Maybe in a few decades there will be such a thing as an interface with the brain that can display my thoughts, and maybe that would work.
I apologize if anyone was upset by this. It was not my intention. I realize this is not the same thing as an actual apology, and I apologize for that as well. I just don’t know how to convince people
I will not be doing such a post this year, nor any reviews at all. It’s clear that people would prefer I did not.