There’s been discussion on R*IF lately on how Paul Panks didn’t get his “I Told You So” moment, where he would’ve proved all his detractors wrong. It is a shame and not many people who take on the establishment get to have theirs. Something just clicked this evening and I realized that I was one of the fortunate few.
I got mine.
Here’s the backstory.
One of the reasons why the Ifwiki blows chunks is that it’s run by a clique of little Stalinists who try to prescribe their opinion about things as fact. I was one of the early contributors to the IfWiki, long before it really took off. I contributed to various articles and even wrote one (as memory serves). One of the articles I gussied up was about the history, present, and future of commercial IF. I wrote in admittedly-glowing tones that the age of commercial IF was not dead, as 1893 and Future Boy! had shown. Apparently two commercial entities weren’t enough. For daring to go against what the little Stalinists had decreed was truth immutable, my edits were flayed, I was personally attacked, and eventually, they took out what I wrote on the basis of majority vote.
Textfyre has released a commercial game. That makes three commercial games, put out by three separate commercial companies!
I TOLD YOU SO..
You can’t bury it any longer, guys. Commercial IF is resurgent, and long live all those who will make it glorious. Finally, on a personal note, there’s an awful lot of peace in being vindicated.