yeah you might get the same responses.
But some recent events have led me to start to feel like the site is moving in a different direction than the one I've supported all these years. Although I respect that the staff are trying new things with the Construct 2 contest, I feel like it's not in line with what this site is about.
I would definitely say we are moving in a different direction and i dont think anyone would deny that. But who says that direction is better/worse than the direction we are heading now?
The site core message imo, despite all the past drama that muddies it up, is to provide a game making community that is both extremely friendly and extremely interested in giving solid critique. I think its great that we are expanding because it invites people from sites and angles to the site.
I understand that some people don't like RPG Maker because it's too restricting or "for kids", but the fact of the matter is that Construct 2 is more restricting and makes it even harder to make a serious, well-polished game than RPG Maker. It's not that I refuse to use anything but RM, it's that complexity of RPGs facilitates the sort of in-depth discussion, debate, and dedication that has characterized this community since its inception. Construct 2 is for making casual browser games, something you play for five minutes and forget about. More to the point, those kinds of game don't facilitate the kind of in-depth discussion that a community thrives on.
I dont think that any one of the staff thinks that RPGMaker is for kids. Sure, I think that it attracts a lot of kids, but i dont think its not a powerful engine. I think RPG is a engine for making an RPG and thats really about it. That doesn't mean that it can't make a great RPGgame, i just would be skeptical if it could make a great platformer or a great 3rd person shooter. I wouldn't make an RPG with Construct either. (Again im sure you can but it would probably be easier with RPGMAKER). Instead of falling into a genre niche, we should be catering to all types and genres whether it be RTS or RPG or that tiny indie tower defense game.
Also introducing these genres brings even more discussions.
Furthermore, I was taken by surprise when the site decided to host a contest for Construct 2 during the same month that RM Ace came out, which sparked a huge surge of revitalized interest and fresh blood in the RM community, resulting in a huge missed opportunity for the site to ride the wave of renewed interest.
The Construct 2 contest has brought tons and tons of life back into the community and has brought a surge of activity. There is renewed interest here as well, its just not RPGMaker geared its more Construct 2 geared. And thats not bad.
We also aren't trying to shun out the RM ACE people either, we would just rather focus on one thing at a time.
I guess my point is that I'm confused about the direction this site is taking because it seems completely at odds with what this community was founded on and what has driven it and kept it alive for these past few years.
Again, I think our message has always been toprovide a game making community that is both friendly and solid. IMO that has always been the light at the end of the tunnel. But again, all of this is my opinion and speculation so idk.