Post by vex on Apr 18, 2020 17:30:52 GMT -5
Given the behavior of staff AND players, since I started, and no doubt, since long before then, I rather doubt any of them have or had any concept of "sharing" without grievance.
Arm as a game, with a culture, of "fuck you, got mine!", where everyone plays for themselves, where 'taking advantage' or 'exploit as much as possible without getting caught' is the default rule of engagement for most. There are MANY players and staff, especially places like the GDB and their Discord, who SPEAK of being benevolent and 'best intentions for all', volunteering their time to play sponsor roles, or manage clans, or do all of the things people do, because they 'love the game', but typically, they're empty words. They do it because they're getting what they want out of it, and they'll be gone as soon as they aren't.
I can't imagine a situation, wherein staff or players past or current, would be cool with even an antiquated version of their precious game, being enjoyed by anyone but themselves, in their own circle(jerk) of familiar faces. It's the most anti-Arm sentiment I can think of.
A lot of them openly shun, abuse, exploit, or otherwise mistreat new players. The why of it is a baffle, but I rather suspect, it's because they don't want to lose advantage, or share what they have, which as sad as it is ridiculous, but I don't see any other reason, why new players would be treated so consistently poorly or with such flippant disregard, as they are, there.
They don't like boards like this, because instead of precious little game secrets being shared only among themselves via private communications, it's available for everyone to digest, at their leisure. The last thing the average arm vet wants, is for new players to have an equal field of play, or to enjoy the game, or get as many benefits in the game, as they do. Because they've been around so long, they feel they deserve it. They're better. They're special. It's just how most of them are, so the idea that they'd ever be "ok", with ex-players or ex-staff, taking a bootleg copy of the code, and running off with it to start a pirate version of the game, is rather ridiculous.
It is what it is, and it's better to just be real with the fact is a game being built on stolen code, without permission or blessing, or the original controlling party.
Nobody is going to forget it is what it is, because the RP mud community is so tiny and inbred, and it's such a juicy little drama, that it'll hang in the air forever, like bottled flatulence.
Suggesting past admins are going to be "pleased" to see the code jacked and exploited without consent, is like expecting someone to happy, that a thief jacked their identity and is now living a better, more comfortable life, because of it. Its patently fucking absurd.
If you're fine with playing a bootleg game, just be fine with it. Don't dress it up, or try to spin some sugar narrative. The code was leaked without authorization, and is being used without blessing. That's what it is. That's what it'll always be.
Like, I don't care? If it didn't look like it was infested with spergs and shitlords, I'd probably have tried it, too, if only to finally be able to play a wandering elf again, without some fat admin sitting there, rubbing his tiny little dick about all the negative notes he gets to put on my account for it. I don't care about the morality of it. I'm not making that judgement.
What I'm saying is, its better you be straight about what it is, and who you are, for being OK with what it is. Don't be disingenuous about it. There is no dressing up, this particular pig. Nobody is going to buy that shit.