I should’ve listened to my own notion about how easy it is to make a splash in this small of a pool. Some of this stuff could’ve been handled better in a PM and I don’t want to keep stinking up Strop’s thread (sorry buddy!) but since this is out in daylight, I should pick my way out from the bottom of the pile.
For the record, I like Strop, and I like this contest idea enough to try and participate. What got that little bit of irk was in the premise, which I should’ve made clear in the original post.
By explicitly soliciting certain players to join, the rest are implicitly not solicited. I know that wasn’t the intent. It still gets a finger-wag. No one has been dealt grievous harm by either.
As for anyone being horribly disrespected, particularly the design team, that’s just not the intent either. I endorsed them when I gave them money for a game in a rough state, and I care enough about the finished result to make a comment about what I feel is a growing negative trend.
Putting hours into a backstory for a company is that player’s prerogative. But even here it’s being used as a litmus to separate ‘good’ posters from ‘bad’ ones. Maybe the initial post was too much of a needle to those posters who prefer it. There wasn’t any serious malice behind it, not any more prevalent than elsewhere on the forum. However, in the Car Design section, and even in the CSR thread, there are posts that have devolved into straight-up bashing, and the lore criteria is misused there to gate-keep, particularly from experienced users who stand nothing to gain. Call it by whatever terminology you like. It’s starting to get at-risk of losing its contextual purpose completely, which no one wants.
Purchasing the product, then putting in a good effort to meet the design criteria for whatever challenge, should really be enough to get a fair shake at succeeding, or at least learning from the attempt. Let’s keep it that way.