|2004/07/13 05:34:32 PDT by mystik3eb [0/43]|
I don't know why I decided to do this, but I guess a lack of activity has made me feel like a brainless zombie logging in everyday to simply go somewhere else after seeing an empty activity list.
I'm kinda confused as to why we keep saying to people and ourselves "we will work on it, someday, we're just busy now, we all have our own lives and priorities...this just isn't a high priority really." I realize this to be absolutely true, of course, knowing myself how easy it is to get distracted with anything at anytime of the year. Life does go on. However, I think I'd like to analyze why this project isn't important enough to all of us to actually have at least a group of people always working on (whether it's the same group of people or we rotate groups...something like that).
1. There's the obvious "I like this idea, it's cool, it's fun, it's intriguing, but there are other, more important things in my life than making a game. I'll give it my time when I can spare it" thought, which all of us have. For some of us (myself included) it took a while for that concept to sink in. Really, I support this whole-heartedly. None of us are getting paid to do any of this...many of us are losing money on this project (how I respect you). But does this mean that it should be all the way in the back of our heads? I don't think it should. Not ALL the way back, anyway. Think of this project, think of our goals for it. We want this game to be successful. We want it to be VERY quality, up to par with Warcraft and Zelda games (to the best of our ability, of course). Think of the possible attention from this success. Popular gaming magazines could have interviews of Dev and Temp as the main stories. We could receive so much attention and appreciation that hightens our success, having a little statement like "Assisted in creation of free computer game Fate of Io as ______________ position/contributer" may actually help you a LOT in the long run. Let's not forget this potential we have here to help each other and ourselves...and besides, there's nothing wrong with having another great game in the world.
2. I'm afraid many of us do see this as an impossible feat, and therefore show a lack of commitment and dedication because we see it as pointless and wasteful to give. We've lost some members, many are painful losses (who will be left unnamed). I'll admit, it is hard to believe that we could acheive such an awesome goal with naught but high school and college students, many of whom are incredibly unwise and inexperienced *points at self* as far as most of this material is concerned. My question as to turn heads: so what? Has anyone seen the movie Miracle recently? Was anyone ALIVE during that time? Well...my point is not that we should all hook up and play hockey, my point is that impossible things have happened with enough faith, work and dedication. I think we have awesome people involved in this project, and that we can have a sufficient supply of all those qualities should we choose to apply ourselves thus.
My biggest quesiton is: what ARE we waiting for? It doesn't appear like there really WILL be a time later on that will promise more open schedules for most (or any) of us, so we might as well try to find some way to get at least a certain amount of time in and work done on this project within a certain time period. I think we could, if we really wanted, put our heads together and try to make some consistent actions.
Something specific that I was just thinking of that could solve much of this problem: we could figure out how to finally work our newsletter, involving the leadership's input. This doesn't have to be all the time, but it should be at least monthly, with input from Dev, Temp and whoever else they deem worthy to put things in. This will be official FoI information, with a specific sender, time of sending, etc etc etc. Just an idea as to a way we could actively get people involved in the project by putting in things that need to be done, who to be done by, and all that jazz.
Well...that's my attempt at a motivational speech at 7:30 in the morning. Just a little info on me these days: I graduated from high school (barely, but I pushed it and made it through) and was accepted into BYU (which was a major schock with my GPA) where I'll attend starting september. Though I may not have the internet in my apartment there, they do have the internet in the library, and I'm sure I could help contribute in some of my free time. In fact, I will make a priority if enough of us do so to the point where getting myself involved will actually be a good way to spend my free time (which I'll have little of, let me tell you now). I spent the first two weeks of June back in Cali, and had a blast. I'm currently visiting family up in NH and will be here for the next couple weeks. I return to Utah (to who knows where right now, hehe, still figuring that out) the beginning of August and, as I said, begin school the last day or two of August. In BYU, I will be majoring in Computer Science and minoring in music (at LEAST a minor), so I will be enhancing my skills to help us out in both those areas.
Ok...hope to hear from everyone! I hate when it gets too quiet like this and I always have a feeling there's something I can do about it...maybe this will help.