So, today I was at a local mall for a while, and as I walked past the local Coles bookstore in the mall I saw a bunch of books on stands on a table, and a man sitting next to the table.
"Are you the author of these books?" I ask, suddenly a little excited. "These look like nice short books".
He did, in fact, happen to be the author of the books.
His "name" is Lawrence E.R. Adams - he wrote a series of books about young inuit children living in Rankin Inlet, I think it was. He said he had lived there a while.
The books are fictional, but there's supposed to be something realistic about them or something. He said they involve things like Shamans or the stuff of Inuit sprituality -- I can't fully remember everything he said, I was introverted and just wanted to buy the books quickly and be on my way.
His books are called "The Trapp Family Adventures", the first book in the series called "The Old One".
No, I didn't tell him that I wrote my own books, and that I suck way more than he does at selling. I mean, one reason I never really got very personal with the public (like, no bookstore signings) is because my story is so "craptastic" I'm not sure how excited I should be about selling my story to unsuspecting shoppers, because the story of the book is just, well, horrible. It's a true story, and it even seems marvelous in ways, but it's just so bad that the best word I can use to describe it is "craptastic". I'm talking about my own book here. I mean, its kind of hard to be enthusiastic about selling my book when you realize how horrible the story really is. I did my best to tell the story, and I really tried to polish the book up --- but my life sucks so the book just seems so horrible.
As for my life sucking, it was nice of Doki Games to contact me with words of comfort, encouragement and support as I got depressed about my own game's low rating on OuyaForum. They were nice enough to let me know my game isn't the worst on the platform. That did lift my spirits, to know that someone would try to let me have some love.
When you rate a game "1/5" or "1-2/10", you are essentially telling the creator that you hate their game. Of course, being hated isn't nice, so you should understand how sad it is to get such a low rating on your product.
On OUYA --- there is only 1 game I remember right now giving a 1/5 star rating too, and that's because it was a game about suicide, and after playing it for a while it was making me uncomfortable. although - it was well written. I didn't finish the game (due to time constraints when I was playing it), but the story of the game was just terrifying enough that I didn't want to go through all that talk of suicide again. It's kind of like how someone might give ICBM a low rating because of the awful prospect of nuclear war.
of course, Max Payne is a similar kind of horrible and dark game, but when I played it I loved it, I was enthralled with it, probably because of my very bad mood at that time.
Anyway, thank you Doki Games for trying to cheer me up. It helped. Although, I'm not sure I want to go back to OUYA forum ever again.
Here's my reasoning::: One great thing about OUYA is that it allows ANYONE to build a game for a console-platform. I'm one of those people who likes doing that. Now --- because I am not a professional studio and don't have an artist, my game doesn't seem to meet standards or expectations and it's suddenly declared to be "morally wrong" to sell my own creation for $1 up front.
Not only is it super-annoying to not get paid, as is the way things work in our world, but if people are morally obligated to give things away for free, and are unable to charge even 1 dollar for their product, OUYA is far more likely to go out of business, and I don't think anyone would like that.
I like OUYA --- but OuyaForum's attitude that no one should buy my game because they think it's bad doesn't really serve OUYA very well. OUYA was designed for creators like me, and being a lone programmer without friends, you can't expect me to have the nicest graphics - I'm not an artist.
Basically, I think OUYAForum was unkind, and unwise, because if they had any brains they should realize that more games should be trying to make money, or else OUYA will go out of business, or have to change it's form somehow.
Of course, it hurts me too, because if I wanted to get serious about making games, it's really sad when I'm not allowed to profit from my previous projects just because of how early in my evolution I am. If I was allowed to sell games, and sold a whole bunch, maybe I could HIRE an artist for a future game. But OUYA Forum didn't seem to think of that, and I don't feel like going back there to talk to them about it. I might still build OUYA games, but I'm not sure I want anything to do with OUYA Forum anymore.