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Pseudolonewolf
6 years ago

Hello there, lurkers!

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: Socialising
Commenting on websites is interesting, and I often wonder why some people do it. I never do; I watch some sites that interest me, but feel like I'd be intruding or something if I ever actually commented, so I don't.

There may be many people who read what I write here but never say anything... If you're one of them, then I ask you to now speak up here! Maybe tell us or me a bit about yourself, or something like that. I'm rather curious about the sorts of silent visitors the site gets.

If you do post here regularly, then please don't post here...!
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Heiveldboy
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Well the fact is that I usually come here because I like your art and have spent many hours enjoying the nostalgia that comes with Mardek.
As such I'm interested to see what the process of a game entails and how difficult it really is to create games and such (because I think we all can agree that game developers are underappreciated)

The main reason I didn't post on this website? I'm very shy and don't really know what to say. Not to mention I have no self-esteem whatsoever, so I don't believe my opinion matters as much
Hippiccolo
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I've been lurking on and off for a few years now. I'm simply a huge fan of your Mardek series. They are my favorite online games by a long shot. Every aspect of those games--the story, programming, concepts, game dynamics, sound, design, art--all of it is superb. I don't mean to hate on Raider or Clarence, I just don't like platformer games--and I would like to say that I like your platformer games more than any others I have ever played.

Also, I would like to take this chance to say, mainly because it has been on my mind for a long time (but I never really realized it until you asked for responses from lurkers), that you are more effective at carrying through projects than you have seemed to give yourself credit for. At times, you seem very apologetic about slow progress on development of your games, and at other times you seem outright angry at yourself for all the setbacks. I don't think this will be entirely a new piece of information to you, but I imagine it can't hurt to say: almost everybody struggles with getting the work done that they want to. Self motivation is surprisingly difficult. It is extremely rare to meet someone who can conceive of a project and then give an accurate deadline for when they will finish it. I'm at a college where independent projects are pretty much continuously happening (instead of tests, we mostly have projects), so it is no small matter when I tell you that just about all of my peers, as well as myself, set goals for themselves that they never fully meet. Speaking for myself, I can't remember a time when I finished a project at the deadline I said I would finish it by. The fact that you have produced a multitude of intricate and well-crafted flash games completely independently is very impressive. If you do not already, you should take some time to realize how effective you are and have been, even if you would still like to be more effective. From an outsider's perspective, namely mine, you accomplish a great deal at an impressive pace.
astralfox
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astralfox 24 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic INFJ 6w5 13C
Sometimes I serve as a so called "lurker," reading but refraining from commenting. I've thought occasionally of posting a comment here or there when it has tickled my fancy, but most of the time I've failed to produce anything cohesive enough to bother sharing. A lot of the time, this kind of social interaction, despite the lack of face-to-face contact, triggers a number of fears. Though I might sound..."okay" in text form, when speaking I've never been particularly...well...how do I start to explain this? If I have to stand in front of people and speak, my body quakes. Sometimes my throat catches and constricts if I get upset. Other than that, I tend to have some nervous fidgets, like sewing machine leg, and messing with my hair.

But what does this have to do with "lurking?" Everything, I say! In environments where I am relatively unknown, or I have only recently arrived, I don't like people to see these things, even if they can't possibly see these things. Bizarre, now that I think through it. I tend to be one of those individuals who hides inside their "shell." When I say that...imagine I have a big turtle or tortoise shell (don't mind the specifics...just imagine that it is big and safe) that I wear around with me. If I am thrown into a new situation where I don't know anybody or I perceive the environment to be hostile, *POP*! I immediately withdraw into the back of that big 'ol shell and keep from saying or doing much, which probably explains why I choose to listen on forums rather than comment a large portion of the time.

Sometimes this confuses people. One of the first few times in recent years I had ever spoken to a similarly aged male outside of a classroom setting, (I don't mean to offend anyone...some guys scare me a lot) he told me that at first, a number of fellow students had been rather puzzled regarding my identity because for some time, due to my silence, they had not noticed me.

So...to sum this up a little better: some of it is merely my nature. For strangers, I can be on the quiet side and irrationality manifests itself in the form of possibly silly fears. Being like most people, I avoid what I fear (though, posting now is facing those "fears", so...HAHA!). Anyhow...interesting fact! I am more nervous than ninety percent of the population of my country! *Runs away while that is on your mind*
Zekel
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Zekel 24 United States PhlegmaticSanguine INFP 1C
I tend not to post in places such as this or in chats because even though I separate 'real life' from the computer I have, and most likely always will be, more of an observer. In situations like in school It will take me at least a month or more to even feel comfortable to talk to others. Part of this is because I want to avoid talking to people who may end up saying stupid things or make obvious statements. The second part of this is I do not want to say something that will make myself look stupid. The final part of this is that I am just uncomfortable around other people. On the internet I feel a bit more comfortable and will talk to people much quicker, usually out of boredom or having nothing else to do at the moment. Of course even then I take these conversations in a private message instead of posting for everyone to see. One reason is I do not like airing out my thoughts to everyone about something and I tend to be much goofier in a solo conversation than I would in a more public setting. For instance I would not usually do something like this and would definitely not talk seriously like I am one on one. I admit most of the reason I am reserved is because I was bullied in school and just grew used to music, books, and video games as a source of distraction for the real world. Unlike most people that deal with these situations I am perfectly happy the way things have turned out for me. In fact by reading books and playing video games I am more relaxed than I would be if I was more social. When I go into a social situation I can be energetic and at my peak when I start off but by the time things have finished I have been drained of all energy regardless of how long the situation took if it was at least an hour whereas if I am with one person or am by myself my energy will dissipate at a steady rate. I joined the old site and this one just in case I ever felt I had something to add but when I view the comments anything I might have been able to add or contribute to has already been said in more detail and various ways making my posts unnecessary. Now I have said my peace and will let this float off into some void somewhere
Random person
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I often take on the role of a silent observer, mainly due to the fact that I can think of nothing particularly useful to say. As I've stated in my profile, I dislike meaningless banter, which is why I only speak out when I feel that my words will be of interest (importance?) to those who'll read them. Otherwise I prefer not to waste time, both my own and that of others.
sirferret2
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Oh shoot... Normally I wouldn't be so late to something like this, and I would have been able to post within a day or two, but these past couple weeks I'd forgotten to be checking this site! My usual computer had died, I moved to another, and I never got around to re-bookmarking the places I usually check, so it just slipped my mind that usually I would end up clicking the lovely purple Fig button in my browser every day or so.

And of course, now that I realize I've been missing updates, one has to be when it's requested that the lurkers post! Oh well... Here I am now anyway.

I've been following the posts on this site for a few years and regard Pseudo as a very entertaining and interesting person. And that'd be the whole of my very brief and terribly generic sounding description of my activities here. Time to go and probably never post here again. Excellent.
Spiritlord
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This is quite a late comment, which probably won't get read. Oh well. I generally don't comment very much because I never really know what to say. While the few comments I have posted on the new site are pretty long, there are, as I said, only a few of them, which is an interesting contrast to what I was when I first joined on the old site. Okay, maybe not that interesting really. I generally prefer to just read what's happening and don't see any good reason to comment, because I don't see why anyone would be bothered to read it, or at least not get anything from reading it. I just don't see my own contributions as important or helpful.
DonLindo
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I read this post some days ago, and it finally got me to sign up. The router at the place where I live now blocks out everything of importance on the internet, but that's not why I decided to sign up.

I've, like many of the others who read this post, been lurking around for quite some time now. At least since before MARDEK 3. I don't usually comment on stuff because I don't believe that people will read my comments, and I'm also afraid that my comment won't be appreciated. IRL I,m this guy who tries to fiit in, but always feel like the third wheel. I also have a horrible time talking to strangers, unless in a forced setting like a school class. I have some friends that I can be with without feeling left out. I'd really like to meet you, Pseudolonewolf, out of two reasons, one good and one not so good. I think we would have some things in common. And I idolize your work.
The Skull
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The Skull 22 United Kingdom CholericMelancholic INTJ 4w5 94C
Well, I saw this and made an account specifically to comment on this and maybe join the community, though I doubt it will be read by anybody...

I've enjoyed playing your games since I found the first Mardek game. I've never made an account pretty much just because I didn't think it would be worthwhile, though maybe I'll be proved wrong and decide to become an active member of your little online community.

In a way I think you've inspired me in some small way. I'm an avid gamer and have always dreamt of making various ambitious games, but never really gave it much thought as an actual path to pursue (largely due to low self esteem, I think). At the moment I'm doing a games course and am planning to make my own flash games, partly in an attempt to make a little money so that I can steer clear of having to go to University in a society where qualifications count for more then actual intelligence and ability. Me and a friend have a small plan to hopefully start our own game company, though THAT may be a bit ambitious.

Aside from that I'm 17 at the moment, going to College/6th form in the UK and am an avid gamer, retro and modern. I am also Norse.
jaffa6
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jaffa6 20 United Kingdom PhlegmaticSanguine INFP 7w8 497C
if you want to make games, than do it! i reccomend an easy program like stencylworks to start. its completely free and you can download resources like art and programming if you need it. it also lets you export to flash and has a quick tutorial that can get you started. i first started game making for a year 8 ICT project in scratch which is also free, but cant export to flash, i made simple programs like clocks at fist and moved on to stencylworks. good luck!
p.s. this is my first post
The Skull
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The Skull 22 United Kingdom CholericMelancholic INTJ 4w5 94C
Thanks for the tip, though I have actually already sort of started. Cost makes no matter to me as I can download pretty much anything for free, not sure on the legality of that so I would not recommend it to you. I would recommend GameMaker to you though, you can download the "lite" version for free and it has almost everything the full version does, plus it can be uploaded to websites (I believe) and is used by Apple for their iPod, so if you want to make a game that could be a good place to start! (I think this is because Apples stuff isn't compatible with Flash, they don't like Adobe)

Thanks for the reply, also. I'm just starting to learn how to make games at the moment...I plan to use advertising to make money off of it and create my own website, but I suppose I will have to see how it turns out...I have no lack of ideas, that's for sure..I think artwork is my *MAIN* problem right now, I have no real aptitude for it, so I'm working on that.
jaffa6
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jaffa6 20 United Kingdom PhlegmaticSanguine INFP 7w8 497C
thanks! i also download things that are probaly legally grey, if you have artwork problems, try to find an artistic friend to draw for you or teach you. i got my sister which amuses me to no end because shes 5 years old than me and works for me in return for 50% of my profit from my games! p.s. if you want to, i'll test games for you, but no pressure.
The Skull
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The Skull 22 United Kingdom CholericMelancholic INTJ 4w5 94C
No worries, as for testing I've got plenty of people I can think of. I have been thinking of getting a friend to help me, though I'm much to selfish to share the profits xD My arm's a bit messed up, so I can have problems with drawing as a result. If I use a program I think I might be able to make acceptable art work :P
AntiAnarchy
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Seeing as so many others have posted, I mind as well. (Plus it delays my having to do my homework!) Some of you may recognize me from the old site more than here, before I made an account (back when non-account holders could post, man that feels like ages!) and when I first had it.

Back then I posted extremely short, often inane posts. Over time, I stopped posting as much, and when I did they were (usually) much less inane and tended to be longer. (I realize now that it was the fact that I was immature, even though I didn't see it then. Funny how things work out like that.) However, it came as a drawback in a way because I gradually felt like I needed to make longer and longer posts, something I have trouble with. This caused me to stop posting altogether, feeling like it was a waste of space, no one would like it, along with the fact that I often tend to start rambling when writing comments.

So here I am, with a one turned two comment history on this site. I come to this site very often, and tend to read forum posts and things like that. I feel like I am a part of this community, yet at the same time I'm not. This seems to be the same in most parts of my life. I have people I get along well with, but normally only listen to their conversations. I am hoping that I can gradually start posting more here, and maybe even become (even a little!) more social in everything else. Now I just hope I didn't ramble too much...