Grumpy Gamer v3
Welcome to the all new Grumpy Gamer Blog!
It has all of the content from the old blog minus the stupid stuff. I removed a lot of the old posts teasing the lead up to my new games like The Cave, Scurvy and, of course, Thimbleweed Park. They were just noise.
Now that Thimbleweed Park is done and I won't be blogging there as much, it felt like I needed a new outlet to gripe and complain.
Also, for the most part, I am leaving Twitter.
It's a hostile crap-filled dumpster-fire of shit. I stopping checking and posting on Twitter a few weeks ago while I was on vacation and I realized how much better my life was. When I got back, I had no real desire to go back, so I haven't.
And no one has noticed.
Twitter is like an F2P game, they both tap into a horrible part of our lizard brain. F2P games trigger dopamine associated with gambling and the become an addition. You aren't playing them because you enjoy the game, you're playing them because you're addicted. You are just convincing yourself you're having (true) fun,
Twitter (and social media in general) is the same. You're addicted to likes, followers, and mentions. People have found the best way to get the proceeding is to post angry shit and enrage people. As we are seeing, this is not good for us as people, or us as a society. I'm tired of it and I'm not going to be a part of it anymore, at least until it (or we) change.
I do worry about staying connected to what is happening in the world of making a game. It seems like Twitter is a good place to do that, but it's also filled with hype and egos and bitching and probably not the "best way" to stay in touch.
The final straw for quitting Twitter was when I got back from vacation, there was a Twitter thread about Monkey Island being ranking 172 of the best games ever by some big website. My mentioned were filled with people dumping shit on the website and expecting me to jump in. Look... I don't care. It is of no importance to me where Monkey Island falls on some list. Lists are made by people and people have different opinions.
It just struck me how much pointless anger there was, and worse, they expected me to join in.
I. Just. Don't. Care. I'm done.
If you are on Twitter and want to know what's up with Thimbleweed Park (including the new Ransome unbeeped DLC), please follow @thimbleweedpark.
There are no comments on the new Grumpy Gamer blog. I haven't decided if I'm going to add them or not.
Update: 1) There are comments on the Grumpy Gamer Blog now. 2) New blog posts will be echoed to Twitter, but I won't be logging on, so I won't see your replies or likes.
Thank you Ron for reactivating your blog!
That's my new favorite quote!
I saw you in Argentina and was a great experience. Keep on the good work and making the world a better place
I came here because I worried about your absence on Twitter, and you're totally right. Twitter is full of hate. I hope you're alright, and I hope you will continue to make great games 😀
Ps: my first point and clic was MI2, I was 7, and I really enjoy the unexpected ending, haters will always be haters.
A not-twitter open source thing started by a Unity guy also fed up with twitter. Maybe it will not spiral into chaos this time, who knows?
It's the place where devoted non-casual hardcore fans have always been following you LONG before TWP.
Be well :)
Big Red Button
I like the artwork at the top. Did you create it yourself?
Have a great new year!
I wish you only the best in all your future games, and your future writing.
George T Albanis
56m56 minutes ago
Unlike apparently so many people, I find twitter inspiring! So many smart people and interesting things — a little pruning required now and then, but it is more a problem of limiting the amount of quality versus finding it.
Also, was there a typo there of "grip" instead of "gripe"?
That Tom Hall
That Tom Hall
I would like to do the same, but currently Twitter is the best way I have to keep contact with some international devs I met in past.
It's the way that I use it and sincerelly, read a long post as a pile of short messages it's bullshit.
Congrats for back to the old way.
The first thing I did when I created a twitter account was proactively block the one person I know that would make using it impossible, and the second thing was to turn off all the notifications and only sometimes look at the messages tab to clear the notification counter.
I do not see how people equate likes with anything but the discovery algorithm. It seems like there is an entire business model for automated social media search manipulation, to turn public opinion. Maybe we should all opt out.
Good luck with the blog! Would love a podcast.
So I will follow you here.
Thank you Ron
Dom De Re
I'm completely sympathetic and hope you find something that works, and hope that the auto posting of the blog post links to Twitter isn't enough to drag the worst elements of Twitter to your comment section
W. Gary Bestman
It just sucks...