clayangel: (dance)
( Oct. 10th, 2009 12:04 pm)
Busy weekend! ^_^

Yesterday I worked Island Offical's and Storm City's booths at the VGXPO. Oh my God, it was tiring. Fun, but tiring. It's like doing artist's alley on overdrive. We're there promoting our game that's due out in November, Hands On! Tangrams as well as our other upcoming projects. Hands On! Pattern Blocks is the one I'm really excited about (hopefully be out mid next year) because I'm doing all the background work on that one, so when it comes out, you know you've got to buy it and be all "Yeah, I totally know the lead background artist on this game." ^_~

And we worked Storm City (our publisher) promoting their fall lineup, which includes this awesome game called System Flaw (yeah, the box is dumb as shit, but the game's fun) that's a DSi exclusive, as it uses the camera. The basic concept is that there are these little aliens all around all the time, but you need a special viewer to see them, so using the DSi's camera, your actual environment shows up on the screne along with little badguys that you need to shoot. It's really fun and active and everyone doing the demo seemed to love it. Tangrams seems to be doing really well, too.

Today I have library and wl_f stuff to do. I'm excited about the Trick or Treat bags. Even though there was a lot of prep and a couple snags, I really like the idea, and I really like the reception it's gotten so far.

I'm back at the expo tomorrow to keep pimping our stuff. ^_^ It's pretty cool to get to go in early and be all "I'm an exhibitor." Hey, if anyone's around Philly and wants to come to the Video Game Expo, you should drop by! Nog from DS9 is doing a Q&A session tomorrow at 1. Well, the actor that played Nog...but I keep forgetting his name. :P And, you know, check out our games. Which rock.
Okay, so it's been decided to remove Best Brad and Best Non-con/AU/Cross. It's been decided to add Best Het and Best Female. The ones that are up in the air are "Most Frustrating Fade to Black" and "I'm in the Mood for Love." Honestly, I could do to get rid of them both, but I've had arguments to the contrary, so I want the public's opinion.

My point of view is this: Yes, they're both fun awards. However, I feel like they're not saying anything necessarily positive about the author or story. In one, you're awarding the author for being frustrating? For being unable or unwilling to write a sex scene? I just don't see the appeal. Okay, I did get that award last year, and I have to say it's nice to know that people want more from you, so I can see that side of it. But again, I don't find it one of our strongest awards. But it's not my call, so I want the peoples' opinion.

As for the mood for love award, again, not sure what, exactly we're awarding. It's different from best sex scene...so it's just best story where everyone's horny all the time? Best story with a lot of sex in it? I don't know. I think it's too similar to best sex scene to really justify the two of them, and best sex scene is a lot more clear cut and immediately understandable.

However, maybe I'm just not getting the point of the awards as best I could. Maybe I could have the appeal of them explained to me? Or get the opposing point of view of the two of them? Either way, I will do what the people want, so please vote and let me know your opinion. And if you have more to say, please let me know in the comments. ^_^

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Okay, so it's been decided to remove Best Brad and Best Non-con/AU/Cross. It's been decided to add Best Het and Best Female. The ones that are up in the air are "Most Frustrating Fade to Black" and "I'm in the Mood for Love." Honestly, I could do to get rid of them both, but I've had arguments to the contrary, so I want the public's opinion.

My point of view is this: Yes, they're both fun awards. However, I feel like they're not saying anything necessarily positive about the author or story. In one, you're awarding the author for being frustrating? For being unable or unwilling to write a sex scene? I just don't see the appeal. Okay, I did get that award last year, and I have to say it's nice to know that people want more from you, so I can see that side of it. But again, I don't find it one of our strongest awards. But it's not my call, so I want the peoples' opinion.

As for the mood for love award, again, not sure what, exactly we're awarding. It's different from best sex scene...so it's just best story where everyone's horny all the time? Best story with a lot of sex in it? I don't know. I think it's too similar to best sex scene to really justify the two of them, and best sex scene is a lot more clear cut and immediately understandable.

However, maybe I'm just not getting the point of the awards as best I could. Maybe I could have the appeal of them explained to me? Or get the opposing point of view of the two of them? Either way, I will do what the people want, so please vote and let me know your opinion. And if you have more to say, please let me know in the comments. ^_^

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FINALLY finished that damned list. :P *kicks it* No, is good. There were so many interesting things written that I never even picked up on at the time. This morning I read a piece by Goblover that just blew me away. Very dark and powerful, and I totally need to go find more of her work.

But anyway. So that's done, and can be found here. And I did the pairings stats because it helps me figure out categories. If you're interested, that's here:

Mind, it's not exact, but it should be very close. )

And to round this out, last year's categories were:

more list fun! :D )

So here are my thoughts.

I'm thinking we should take out the "best portrayal of Brad" one. He's still the fifth most popular, but he's just barely above Chip, and I think we've got too many awards as it is, so I'd rather remove him than add Chip. We still have the "best portrayal of..." award, after all.

I'm thinking of taking out the "non-con, crossover, au" one, too. Just because I don't think we've had enough of any of those to really justify it this year. Maybe the "I'm in the mood for love" award, too. I'm also thinking we should add a "best het" category because there was a slew of it in the fall.

Anyone have any thoughts or ideas?

[edit] Okay, from the suggestions so far, I'm thinking:

ADD:
Best Het
Best Portrayal of WL female

DELETE:
Best Brad
Non-con, AU, Crossover

QUESTIONABLE:
Fade to black/Cue the Orchestra
Mood for Love

You know, I could totally get rid of the fade to black one. That's not usually an issue anyway. Mood for Love I still think we should ditch because while I know it's different from best sex scene, it is very similar. Cue the Orchestra I think we should keep. It does let the author know that their story is very well liked, after all, and might make them finish it. But the description should probably be updated for clarification.
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FINALLY finished that damned list. :P *kicks it* No, is good. There were so many interesting things written that I never even picked up on at the time. This morning I read a piece by Goblover that just blew me away. Very dark and powerful, and I totally need to go find more of her work.

But anyway. So that's done, and can be found here. And I did the pairings stats because it helps me figure out categories. If you're interested, that's here:

Mind, it's not exact, but it should be very close. )

And to round this out, last year's categories were:

more list fun! :D )

So here are my thoughts.

I'm thinking we should take out the "best portrayal of Brad" one. He's still the fifth most popular, but he's just barely above Chip, and I think we've got too many awards as it is, so I'd rather remove him than add Chip. We still have the "best portrayal of..." award, after all.

I'm thinking of taking out the "non-con, crossover, au" one, too. Just because I don't think we've had enough of any of those to really justify it this year. Maybe the "I'm in the mood for love" award, too. I'm also thinking we should add a "best het" category because there was a slew of it in the fall.

Anyone have any thoughts or ideas?

[edit] Okay, from the suggestions so far, I'm thinking:

ADD:
Best Het
Best Portrayal of WL female

DELETE:
Best Brad
Non-con, AU, Crossover

QUESTIONABLE:
Fade to black/Cue the Orchestra
Mood for Love

You know, I could totally get rid of the fade to black one. That's not usually an issue anyway. Mood for Love I still think we should ditch because while I know it's different from best sex scene, it is very similar. Cue the Orchestra I think we should keep. It does let the author know that their story is very well liked, after all, and might make them finish it. But the description should probably be updated for clarification.
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