Note: This is not a tutorial, this is not a program, this is only my personal views about how the PSP scene is turning out. If this gets me banned, fine, I am willing to stand to my opinions anyway. I am not the kind to get offensive, and maybe will you think I am whining, but if that's the case, look carefully around, open your eyes, and maybe I won't be whining so much anymore to you.
At first, the PSP homebrew scene seemed so revolutionnary. I was in it even before having a PSP myself, maybe what brought me to buy my 1.5 PSP the day it has been released here. I thought about all the possibilities of creating my own portable game, and it made me anxious.
But more I see, or more I look, more I see people disrespecting each other. More it goes, more I see people commenting on the front page with such harsh comment, it doesn't even tempt me to create anything, because I do know, whenever someone will start bashing, other will follow. You know how we call that ? Sheeps.
I do understand most of us are from different ages, nationaties, and for the hell of it, social categories. But in the end, we are all here for a reason, the love of the PSP.
Lately, I've seen so many offenses, it's unconceivable. I have been on the Dreamcast, GBA and PS2 developement scenes, doing some little projects here and there. There was a rule back then that doesn't seem to exist here: Respect the others. You have something offensive to say that is not constructive, go in front of a mirror and tell it to yourself.
I see many new developpers coming around here, and they really want to learn. Either you know how to program, either you know how to develop, either you know how to design. I remember I did a game designing tutorial, and one comment I had really astonished me. It was something similar to: "If you don't know how to code, don't do anything" when game creation process is much more than simply programming. It's not being lazy, it's doing what we like to do. I do know I wouldn't be a game programmer as a job. I prefer my game designing job and I stick to it.
What is the scene is coming to ? People programming in Lua are almost out of the scene because "it's too easy" or whatever reason you will be giving me. Easier, yet not as flexible, but for new comers, people willing to learn, people willing to contribute to this scene, it is the best way. They are trying, and most people complaining or saying bad comments are people that don't even bother in trying, that don't even care. "Give me give me; I won't give you" that is how it works here. "Give me more; I'll hate you more" is what I start to see more often.
I do not agree with everything, but if I don't have anything constructive to say, I just shut up. Also, I am someone who tries about ALL the homebrew games. Only reason why I do not comment is that often I don't want to offend the person. Not because the game isn't good, it's just too early to be commented on. Some people will indeed drop their projects, heading to something else. But whatever, I mean, if you don't like what you're doing, will you keep doing it ?
I am not the one who will change things, and certainly this post won't help. People are already established in their head with their opinion. I see more and more flamers on the forums and on the front page news. For godsake, the front page is very important, that's the first place we read our news, and I often see people doing a flame war on those. Do you think it looks good ? Do you think you look more intelligent or whatever ? You are only making yourself stupid and discouraging people who really tries while you are sitting on your butt everyday, waiting and refreshing the main page, waiting for developpers to feed you. That's what you are, and should be ashamed of. I am not talking about everyone. There is some people who will do "Give give me; I won't give you" but add to this: "But I will encourage you or shut up". Those people are ok to me. They maybe don't do anything, but they don't comment on something they don't know what they are talking about or encouraging the person who did the program.
You want to have homebrew games ? Stop discouraging the developpers by judging them on the programming language, their lack of grammar or because they did a mistake once. Forgive. Thats a word people here should start considering.
I haven't done anything important to the scene but helping here and there in increasing the number of Lua programmers. Helping the new people to the scene. But, thing for sure. I do not wish to help people with no consideration anymore. Hence, I am leaving all PSP scene (including Lua, sorry modcase).
If you feel affected by my post, if you think you are aimed by it, so be it, flame all you want. Like I said, I am not important enough here, so I don't care about what you say or think about me. If you are affected, then you did something wrong somewhere. Yet, this post isn't meant to attack you, it's meant to wake you up.
While other people are not affected, maybe will you encourage people to continue their progress in homebrew. Often a simple comment like: "great man !" will suffice. Think if you were at their place. Would you like to know what people thinks about you ? and if it's negative, wouldn't you like to know what you did wrong in proper and non-harsh terms ? That is how it is.
Overall. Thank for reading this. Sorry for it too. Hopefully, if the scene changes more, I might reconsider, until then, whatever. This was my opinion, take it or not.