Screw you guys, I’m going home.

October 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm (Rant)

I would like to start out by re-posting the fabulous screenshot thread warnings from the official Forums:

NO criticism should be directed at the PERSON – only at his or her WORK.
Also, whatever criticism is presented, it should NOT be negative in general terms – such as, “That screenie is really lame.” This type of non-specific criticism only insults and does not provide any help whatsoever. Or even worse, this kind of criticism: “You are a silly man with a silly idea.” If you really must say something negative to someone outside of this simple “code”, keep it off this thread!

Another bottom line rule on this thread we have learned over time: If you find a post really offensive, REPORT IT AND IGNORE IT! The moderators know how to quickly deal with any such situation, and will remove any offensive posts, if they are actually offensive. Arguing or making demands regarding the post, invariably ends up worsening the situation, and can even result in all involved parties getting a warning.

Also, some posts can be too vague and subject to interpretation – so please word your posts very clearly to avoid any misunderstandings, especially if they are critical in nature.

Commenting on style of play in screenshots:
Due to a recent resurgence of abusive posts, any comments concerning the style of play a member employs should be constructive and friendly – and always aligned with the standards for commenting within this topic and on this Forum. Members have a wide variety of playing styles and of capturing screens – and no subjective (or moral, ethnic, political, religious, cultural, social, sexual, etc.) preferences should be dictated to others as right or wrong on this thread. All members are encouraged to post their screens regardless of their style of play – as long as they stay within the rules of this Forum and thread.

Seems like a pretty simple thing to follow, right? Apparently wrong. Lately, in several communities it seems there has been constant flaming for people uploading screenshots in their style of play. It’s a fantasy game, why can’t we run around in skimpy armor? Why can’t we just do what we want in our own game and not have to worry about persecution from others when we share our screenshots that we’ve worked hard to set up and/or edit?

So, here’s my plea to people reading this- STOP. There is no point to trying to ruin the enjoyment of the game for others. You may think you are clever or cute by pointing out that most characters are female, but your actions have consequences. Realize them!

You are making people feel alienated and not wanting to share. How would you feel if someone came along and did that to you? I’ve spoken with several people lately who have retreated to smaller venues to share works and screenshots because of people doing similar things. Even at times it makes me want to scream “Screw you guys, I’m going home!”



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I do what I want! I think…

October 13, 2009 at 5:16 pm (Rant)

The past week has been somewhat of a challenging week for me. The latest Oblivion Real Estate challenge opened up earlier this month. While working dilegently on a “country home”, I’ve discovered there’s just so much of this I’ve already done and I’ve been pushing myself to come up with new ideas and new ways of doing things. The decorating part has always come easy, not this time. I’ve been plagued with “decorator’s block!”

After several hours of staring at a corner of a room, I can usually struggle past it. However, this past week I’ve received a few emails and a nexus comment about my style of decorating that have really begun to get under my skin. Immersive lighting (not the BAM YOU BLIND lighting that the game tends to have), lush floral settings, and clutter are things that tend to be my modders thumb print when making an interior. It seems some people don’t like these things and have decided that complaining about it in my email is the way to handle such things….instead of uninstalling the mod or learning how to modify the mod themselves to their liking. If you like something, stop by and let the author know! It seems sometimes we hear an awful lot of criticism about some incredibly small things while we are offering you something we worked very hard on for free to enjoy.

All this has left me with a struggle- keep doing what I like to do, or try to make something that appeals more to the masses while still trying desperately to make it mine? That evil bunny that lives inside of me wants to push even further to make it even more lush, even more cluttered, and even more FPS hitting than ever before. Tell me what to do? I do what I want! I think…

One last note: I realize detailed interiors may not always work well on some systems, but above all I mod for my own system…not yours. I recently made a joke about taking stock out in computers and making a mod that will blow up your computer. One person took this not as joke, and the joke had to be removed. However if I make a mod and your computer cannot handle it do us both a favor- I am not you and your computer is not mine…remember that. It runs on mine, and this mod is mine. Go complain to someone else, uninstall the mod…whatever you want to do. I won’t cry if you don’t use it, but chances are you’ll irritate me to a major degree if you go complaining to me about how your computer can’t run my mod. Upgrade, learn to mod, or take up knitting…


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