My thoughts on Private Messages

I recently get mails about requests and asking for stuff. Now, I appreciate it when people are upfront with their…demands or requests at least they’re honest enough. But there’s one thing I can’t stand, using Princess Princess or any of my games as a start to butter me up and hope that I’ll do things for you. It doesn’t work that way and I get insulted. One of them is formatted like this:

I love your game. But I can’t do x. Can you teach me how to do x?

As shocking and “rude” this might be, this is the only thing I want to tell anyone who are thinking of messaging me in the same manner, or something.

I didn’t go PMing random people in forums to learn. I actually tried things out on my own. I didn’t even look up tutorials because those are rare back in my time and I was taught not to be spoonfed. I was also afraid of how people would perceive me for asking the most basic questions and question my “seriousness” in regards to my projects. I take what I do very seriously and passionately and the last thing I want is to be mocked for it.

Tutorials are now widely available online for you to read! Go look for them! I know learning everything from scratch is hard but it’s the journey and experience that makes it count. You understand things better and clearer by trying things out on your own and referencing other materials. Your eyes will open up to new perspectives and it makes it all worth it. You get your own style and many other things.

I don’t expect people to follow this and I’ll probably still get them, but I really encourage everyone to think outside the box and work on their games as if scripts doesn’t exist, to at least learn the basics. I encourage you to look at the program you want to learn and open it and fiddle with it. Learn how your tool worksWatch Youtube videos if you have to! See people’s processes! There are also livestreams for you to look over! I can’t stress this enough.

Break open projects and see how they did everything they do! This is how we did it in 2k3! (Not as in use a decrypter, it’s like figure of speech or something <_<)

Encrypted projects? Go to an alternate source and use your collected knowledge to guess how they did an effect! Etc.! Don’t rely too much on asking! However, there is one place that I DO recommend people to look at as it was accumulated knowledge from back in my Gaming World days. And this is RM Tutorials. RPG Maker 2003 or XP or VX/Ace doesn’t matter. They follow the same logic anyway!

The same goes to art. Grab some books, look at online tutorials, DRAW, DRAW, DRAW. I can’t miraculously make you amazingsauce. It doesn’t work that way. Life is about learning, trials and tribulations and SUCCESS. If you’re serious enough to learn something, show it.

Scripts are another matter though. And I can totally empathize with you if you just can’t get it ;_;

And a fitting quote from wordpress just now:

If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it. – Tennessee Williams