At 10/14/11 02:52 PM, DeftAndEvil wrote:
This is hurting your argument. If this is true, then you are going for quantity, not quality. 3.00+/10k views is not the sole criteria for a "gem." I do assume you actually watched these flashes, or played those games, and spent time deliberating the worth of the game and whether it was truly underrated, instead of just separating them by numbers and adding them to your list regardless? As far as I can tell, much less than a third of your list has an actual opinion tied to it; rather, most of them just have synopses, but it is a ridiculous list, so I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you ran out of space/time.
Nope. Wrong. I go for quality. I watched everything on this list again and, yes, considered whether or not it was worthy of adding. I actually did make a few cuts. Also, if I was just looking at view numbers then I never would have added anything over 10k but I did. Why is that? It was because I wasn't just looking at the under 10k movies. I looked at all of them. and THAT list is very large, as you would see if you visited my blog. There are so many movies that come into Newgrounds that are great in so many ways. I vividly remember 3 movies I watched before I started making these lists and now they are gone. I can't remember the name, I can't find them. I never saved them so I will never see them again. This makes me sad. On the other hand I did manage to find one game that I thought was lost forever again. Now I have it on my list. It might be hard to find but it's there.
Sure, I have a lot of movies on it but what you don't fully appreciate is that there is 100-200 movies with a score of 3.00 or more every WEEK (a couple years ago it was over 200 many times). Every, single, one, was watched or, at least, glanced at, over the course of a year and I made a choice back then as to whether or not it was worthy of being watched again later on. If you did that, I bet you'd have a list as big as mine because there is just that much great stuff that gets submitted here, week after week. If you take that 100-200 list and pick 10-20 that are good (not difficult to manage), that adds up to 500-1000 flashes a YEAR!
All movies/games that I consider good are put in a list that goes on my blog. Everything In my blog is something I have enjoyed. For my first year doing this, I did write ups but I already put so much effort in that I just kinda burned out with the extra work. I consider the treasure hunt my day to really go over everything and to add some descriptions again.
You are correct that the reason that the write-ups are short is because of space limitations. I actually had much longer write-ups when I was first doing this but I had to cut back drastically because I don't get unlimited room to work with. I would have liked to cut the list back more but how do I decide what stays and what goes? Fact is, Tom and I have different views on what makes a worthy submission. Go back to the first Treasure Hunt. Everything I saw is somthing I personally labed as pure crap. I never ever would have added any of them to my list and that depressed me a lot at the time cause I thought I that what I liked would never make it in. Dispite that, I didn't stop collecting them. The fact is that this has been doing this long before the treasure hunt started and will continue if it stops. This is my hobby.
Now, I still could have pruned this list, in fact, I used to do just that. I used to prune it massively and because of this, I didn't add Mug Hug a flash has won the constest in a previous year. When I looked at that flash I said to myself, no, I like it but it's not good enough when compared to these other ones I have (none of which was even a finalist). It was very annoying to see it win. So, after having trimmed my lists by a huge amount for several years, I finally asked Tom what I should do? Should I trim the lists or add everything that I have personally enjoyed, even if by adding everything it would be over 100 flashes long?
You know what he said? He said to add them all. So I did. I added everything that I thought was cool or neat and you know... I even trimmed a couple from the list. This is what Tom wants. Find stuff that you like and add it. Add everything. It doesn't matter. Go crazy.
I do think though that some more hard rules could be in play. Like saying nothing more then 20k views or say something you like about each one. I can do that easy. I just thought descriptions are a bit better, generally. It also reminds me what the flash is about this way. I honestly believe that a person should do a write up for every movie put in. Which is why I did it, if I hadn't I would have saved myself hours of work, you know. HOURS!
PS. To the people that are complaining about the flash author not getting anything... Don't worry we go through this every year and Tom has always given them money. I don't know why he keeps pretending that he won't.