Category: General Bitterness
Hello there. I would like to explain the latest poll.
It really bothers me how young some of the members are on this site. I didn't make the site for children. I don't even *like* children; I happen to find them rather annoying. Ideally it'd attract people closer to my own age, though I am aware that unfortunately the Flash-game-playing audience isn't that sort of age.
To get an idea of why this sort of thing might bother me, imagine yourself making a website, a community, so as to attract people you can talk to, to relate to as equals, or people who might like the sorts of things you make.
How might you feel if you mainly seemed to attract people roughly *half your age*? Would you feel proud? Satisfied? Would you, at age 22, feel good about yourself knowing that you spent most of your time talking to 11-year-olds?
It also bothers me when preteens act as if they're so clever and 'mature' and on the same mental level as adults or something. This comes across as arrogant to me, largely because I've always had a strong 'know your place' mentality and would never have dared do such a thing myself at so young an age. I feel that some things need to be earned, by ageing, and aren't merely available to anyone of any age simply because they want them to be.
Any of you who've had a 7-year-old relative would realise that most of them can't ever admit they're wrong and think they're great, and will throw a tantrum if you suggest that they're not on the same level as people much older than they are. But you can also see that they are *not* on the same level as people older than them; they've got a long way to go. They cannot see that because they've yet to grow to the point where they can understand it, and you can remember back to when you were that age and realise how far you've come since then.
I can remember what it was like to be 12 or 13, and understand exactly how much development is still necessary from that age before one truly becomes 'mature' rather than just pretentiously pretending to be more mature than you really are...
It's also a shame that people waste their only, single, precious childhood trying to be adults when they've got the whole rest of their life to be doing that. They waste their only chance to be playing with toys instead trying to 'participate in intellectual discussions', which just makes me grate my teeth because of the unnaturalness of it all.
Hmm, I'm ranting. But I'm just trying to explain my own views about people of these ages.
Something I did want to mention though is the reason why this thought has come to mind lately, about there being too many under-13's here.
Apparently there is a US law thing referred to as COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
Basically, it just forbids website owners from gathering information from under-13's without their parents' permission. It applies to sites situated in the US (which this might count as; even though I'm not American, my webhost is), as well as sites that attract US visitors and knowingly gather data from its young citizens.
So technically it is *illegal* for people under the age of 13 to join. This is why many sites forbid people so young from joining, and why I feel that I need to as well. Otherwise I could get into trouble one day over it, and that would just be awful since the site would be ruined due to something that's been frustrating me for ages anyway...
I don't know if I'm going to DO anything about this at the moment, but I am just explaining the reasoning for things.
How I wish that young children could just *not join* out of respect for laws and rules and things, but no, people are ABOVE these laws and rules and will just lie to get what they please... I hate that sort of thing. That sense of *inherent entitlement* that characterises so many people these days.
"I WANT it. How dare you DENY me this? That's PREJUDICED. You're AGEIST. I'll take it anyway. What I want is more important than what you want."
Anyway, from bitter ranting about one thing I hate, to bitter ranting about another thing I hate! My posts are always full of such joy.
There's this site that many of you are probably disturbingly already aware of called 'ArcadePreHacks'... The very fact that such a site exists at all really bothers me for moral reasons, and I wouldn't know of it at all if it wasn't for people telling me on an almost weekly basis that there are some of my games on there, including Deliverance and Beast Signer, which I never properly released.
Can't people just play the games *properly*? Why must they *cheat*? I can't understand how people can gain any satisfaction from the experience, knowing that they're getting things far too cheaply and without any time or skill of their own being invested into it. It can't feel like you truly, properly *earn* things...
Anyway, I don't know what to think of my games being on there.
It strongly bothers me, again for 'moral reasons'. I hate the thought that some stranger's stolen my games, gutted them, rearranged their innards, and then submitted them as his own altered versions... They're defiled. All, of course, without my permission.
For any artist, this sort of thing is like spitting on their very soul, I imagine.
However, I am aware that my own name and branding has been left in, unchanged, so that people can get back to this site from there, giving me hits. For that reason, I've mostly just left them alone, thinking that if some people get their fun that way and I can get some hits out of it, then fair enough.
But it's mentioned to me so very often that I don't know if I can put up with it anymore. I wonder how any of these people who report it to me know about it in the first place; do they visit that foul site of their own accord?
I'd like my games removed from there, since the immorality of it all seems to outweigh any potential benefits that this site would get. Besides, I don't even really want the sorts of lowlifes that lurk there spilling over to this site...
I'm not sure how to have them removed though, so if anyone can help me with that either by getting them removed for me, or by directing me to somewhere where I can do that, then I'd appreciate it.
I am also interested in hearing though how people would think of my decision about that. Should I NOT want them removed?
Anyway, I feel I've been very bitter and hateful here and won't be surprised if anyone's view of my is lowered, but, uh... this is what I have said, anyway. Yes.