Rant about reviews ahead.
[rant]Certain reviewers seemed to take an awfully enormous amount of glee in not just rejecting entries that didn’t fit their definition of “game”, but in metaphorically nailing them to a wall as an example of a [lazy author/stupid author/waste of their time/why did you bother?]. Seriously, what’s with the bad attitude? I saw blogs that went into more detail and took more time to explain why they wouldn’t play a Twine game or would never play a game that couldn’t be downloaded, or used the wrong screen formatting somehow than it would have taken to actually play the games!
If you don’t like CYOA, or you don’t like being connected to the internet while you play, just skip the game and move on without all the snotty look-down-itude. If a game actually crashes your computer, then the rant is warranted. You’re not being forced to play any game. You’re being offered a smorgasbord of experiences from which you can pick and choose at your leisure.
It comes off somewhat as a haughty rich person being offered two expensive dessert hors d’oeuvres on a tray along with one oreo cookie and screaming “How DARE you potentially offer me something for free that I won’t eat? Take it away! You’re fired!” And then that person flings the tray into the expensive curtains and kicks the waiter who brought it and then has a forty minute conversation with their droll friends about how incredibly stupid the waiter and the chef and the Oreo distribution system is because an oreo is not really a dessert.
Here’s one of my reviews:
Seriously? My game is damnable because it is played online, and requires a login to save your place? “Fail” in capital letters? Really? The weeks I spent working on this game were all for naught? And not only that, instead of skipping the game and moving to something you do like, you’re going to vote it a 1 having not played it because the concept of an online game with a login has ruined your entire day?