|My 'Holy Crusade'
||[Feb. 9th, 2008|02:54 pm]
Regardless of Alex's opinion of myself and my assertions, his reply itself is in a lot of ways evidence of what I was saying. I wasn't making an attempt to 'rally the troops' as he said, but I was trying to restore something we lost. His input wasn't even really necessary to that goal, but if he's going to give it, I'm going to answer it. Here's my responses to some of what he wrote.
***Now, notice no money has changed hands, and no physical property. I haven't given him the root password either. Yes, argue verbal contracts all you like, but what verbal contract about the intention of selling something is going to hold up? So, when I go to a store and say, "I'd like to buy that CD, " until you pay money for it, you don't own it yet. ... Now, if you want to argue intellectual property, it has been shown many times over that the moment you submit something to a MUD, the property is now the property of the owner, which was me, until at which time I handed the server over to Slate. ... Arland, if you and Slate would like to take me to court over this, I'd love it.***
This wasn't really ever about legality. I'm sure you and your superior knowledge of copyrights and property rights and money rights and whatever other legalese you seem to have mastered would slaughter any argument I presented. This was about what is ethical, moral, and "fair." Take your legal arguments and shove them, because there's no court of peers on this earth that would gauge your actions as considerate, even-handed or even mature.
***Two weeks later, I change my mind and realize I was making the wrong decision (my opinion.) I shut the mud down. I should not have offered the server in the first place, and honestly, I should have shut the place down in 2002 before Guido let the place rot to shit the first time, or in early 2007 when I told everyone to F themselves for how they treated me.***
Supposedly, you once really cared about this place. Perhaps all you ever cared about was the code, and certainly that's all you cared about when you came back. How can you expect people to appreciate what you do/did with the attitude you had? You sold favors (which, if you want to argue legality, I'm fairly certain it's illegal to profit off that software, even if you claim to 'offset costs'), you courted friends, and didn't really want to deal with anyone else. Tell everyone to fuck themselves for how they treated YOU? With the exception of a select few, or maybe those with nostalgic, seven-year-old memories of when you cared, you were walking around with an upturned nose at best and a total ass at worst. The game was bigger and better than you. More people cared about a piece of software than cared if you lived or died, and you hated it, even though you're the reason it became that way. So cut it out with the pity party and moral high ground, alright?
***So, Slate emails me asking for a copy of the code after I shut it down. I respond saying no, and explain why I won't be doing it. I did not in any way just say, "FUCK U NO, " though think what you will.***
Actually, his oh-so-thorough explanation he summed up in the first line of the email, which I believe he posted in this forum: "I don't know, yesterday I was sitting there at home, next to the server, logged in to read notes, and saw all the hub-hub about the pwipe, and it made me sad." He had an emotional moment and wiped our world-away-from-the-world off the face of the planet. Anyone can recreate a character on their own, but we can't create Daedal ever again. Sure, maybe in another ten years, we could invest the same time and effort into a new codebase...but we shouldn't have to. That game was OURS as a playerbase, regardless of whose fingers programmed our ideas. Which leads us to a very key point...
***As for Slate touching every line of 200, 000+ lines of code, including the account system, every custom skill and spell, the memory management, every custom class, table, function, pets leveling, monk combos, every remort, all the OLC fixes I made, custom damage, and all the other stuff in that game and whatnot... is ridiculous. If you'd like to argue that Slate coded more than I did, go right ahead. I can produce a CVS changelog if you like and you'll see just how wrong you are. If you'd like to argue that Slate cared more about the game than I did, I am sure he did towards the end, and debate all you like. Me caring about the game is the only reason it was still running for so long.***
So you're telling me with all the bugfixes, updates, rebalances, changes, and additions Slate and all the other coders made to the game, you could really legitimately separate "his" section and return it to him like you suggested? Could you, afterwards, send to each player every idea of theirs that was implemented and then made the game better? You could really divide out the code nobody else ever touched that is oh-so-very-yours that you can't share with anyone else because you're sad? Jesus, do you realize how sad WE are? Instead of a pwipe and a fresh start we have nothing to show for our investment, Slate primary among us. He DESERVES that game at this point more than you ever did, because you flushed your credibility down the drain.
***Anyhow, to Scot, I get your point, I knew all this when I shut the game down. It's unfortunate, it's sad, but life goes on. Most games shut down eventually. It's how/why large groups of people just show up on other MUDs, their current game shut down or they got fed up with everyone. Well, I got fed up with everyone and everything.***
Games shut down because the PLAYERS leave. That's sad. That's unfortunate. Games don't shut down because the person nearest to the server has a hissy fit, or a jealousy fit, or a temper tantrum, or a depressive moment. That's retarded.
***Arland will rally his troops as usual and they'll listen to his holy gospel as always. I won't argue my points anymore, this is all I have to say. ... Flame away, tell me how many bukkake cocks I can have and what an asshole I am and how much disrespect I deserve and how awful I am and how big of a forehead I have and how I'm so rotten and how I've injured you deeply and whatever else. If I cared about the opinions of the people on this board, I wouldn't have shut the place down, now would I?***
If by 'rally the troops' he means bring everyone to Slate and start our world as close to where it left off as we can, then I'd love to. Alex has said how little he cares about us and what we think or want, so I'm inclined to return the favor. Share what you have with Slate, and let's get our game back, minus one passive-aggressive, obsessive-compulsive, manic depressive, oh-so-misunderstood former owner.
By the way, Alex, Slate doesn't even know I posted this unless he read it on his own. He's simply sad the game is gone, although for a completely different reason than you. He deserves respect and friendship. He earned mine, and he earns it from pretty much everyone he meets, because he DOES care what they think and want. Everything he coded stemmed from what other people wanted from the game, from the ideas of others, and he acknowledges their creativity and potential. It's a shame you don't do the same, because then maybe you wouldn't hate the world for hating you.