This experience is why I don’t care too much about reviews of my works. If I listened to these people or took what they said to heart, I shudder to think of what would become of me. Fortunately, such attacks no longer have the potency that they once had. And although I have given severe reviews of games in the past, I don’t recall ever making it a personal attack against the author.
Perhaps it is a juvenile mentality; perhaps it is just plain evil; perhaps both. In any case, I do find it interesting that this round of reviews includes full-scale profane/obscene attacks, and suggestions to kill myself. Yeah, I kid you not. Welcome to the world of IF. By the way, we seem to have a problem retaining authors — anyone know why? (I thought twice about linking to these people, but as I just posted about linking, I can at least be charitable.)
Now, if I had released a full game on the order of The Minimalist Game, such might be deserved. Of course, this was Introcomp and the game was an introduction, not a finished release. If the game was unplayable or unwinnable, again, I would expect some chagrin and angst. Or if the game was hideously offensive in some way, shape, or form, again, I would expect some hue and cry.
But haters will be haters, I suppose, and trying to intuit the reasons for such is probably futile. In any case, I haven’t found a listing for the winners/losers in the IntroComp, but even if I don’t place, my deadline starts now. I have one year to finish this.