Really, Phil? C'mon. This post comes off as just a tad condescending and a bit hypocritical. You yourself have gotten passionately angry regarding some of the recent content to come out not to mention the general direction MS has appeared to have taken.
It only came off as a tad condescending? Because I meant it as a lot more than that. Just as you and others mean "lowest common denominator" to be insulting.
I'm frankly sick of the continual tirade of negativity from a certain group of users who have zero difficulty in finding something to complain about in EVERY move Moviestorm makes, and the loudest of these are people who either don't actively use the program, or their anti- opinions on Moviestorm Inc. are already calcified. I hadn't gotten the impression that you counted yourself among that clan, yet some of your rhetoric here sounds oh so familiar.
As for the hypocritical bit, Sam, yes... thank you for making public what I shared with you privately in Skype chats, I appreciate that very much.
For future reference: that was me joking sarcastically about something I didn't like. THIS is me being passionately angry.
But I'm glad you brought it up, because it highlights a key difference between my approach and that of some others. When I don't like a content pack, I don't download/use it, I don't blog support of it, and I may joke about it privately with a friend. If I feel strongly enough about it, I voice my opinions to Moviestorm privately. If I feel REALLY strongly about it, I take it to the forums.
Photostorm and the whole Facebook application route w/ Moviestorm isn't something I get any value out of personally, I think it's a waste of time. Maybe it has value for them in terms of getting the name out, but it has absolutely zero utility to me personally as a director. What I DON'T do is publicly tar and feather Moviestorm as a whole, or turn my own dislike into some fatalistic prophecy about how "it's all going down." There's a big difference between expressing an opinion on a pack and casting the organization as some ship in a Bermuda Triangle.
It is THAT I respond to here, and with deliberate condescension, because I do wholeheartedly confess that I LOOK DOWN UPON that method and the people who propogate it. It is a method for artificially inflating the importance of one's own opinion, that method that basically says if they don't listen to me, they're going to fail/die/whatever. It is infuriating. ESPECIALLY when they throw around "lowest common denominator," splashing the insult beyond Moviestorm and implying shame on anyone who supports this pack. Am I returning a bit of that in kind? Damn right I am. I'm sick to death of it.
When you spoke out against Photostorm did you yourself forget to check your premises? Perhaps you we're being a tad too hasty? Maybe you we're simply being an overly entitled, ungrateful little ninny. In short, do you feel that you should have just shut your mouth and say "Thank You Moviestorm, may I have another?" I don't think you do. Perhaps I'm wrong. I thought your various responses to Photostorm were sound and just. I think your voice is important to the future of MS.
Thank you again. I'm sure more than a few people, and Moviestorm themselves, are scratching their heads, this being the first time someone has felt that my personal dislike for Photostorm is worth bringing into the public square, in attempts to call me a hypocrite no less.
I said "check your premises," not as a general maxim, but in a specific context. Let's do this, Sam. Let's get together on this forum one afternoon, and I'll go hunting for posts that ask for nude skins and adult-type content, and you go hunting for posts asking that Moviestorm be more template-driven and easily portable to a Facebook application. And let's see what turns up, shall we? I said to "check your premises" if you think this pack wasn't in response to user demand, because the evidence is here, spackled throughout this forum, even in this very thread and going back for years.
That's the context of "check your premises." I see no evidence here of a demand for Photostorm and the like... but EVEN THEN I didn't try to be all Nostradamus about it. I just told you I didn't like it, we agreed, and we said "What are they thinking?" and "I hope they move beyond that soon" and we made some jokes. I understood it as a therapeutic way to let off some steam without doing harm.
If you don't see any difference between private venting and public doomsaying, then I guess I am indeed a hypocrite.