Subject: Re: [stella] Time for a change?|
From: Erik Eid <eeid@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 20:37:10 -0500
I'd prefer to see Stella remain a listserv rather than become an online forum. I find it more convenient. I don't have to log into a web site with an extra username and password. More importantly, I can store messages for reference off-line and search them as needed, without having to access any archives. (It was very handy when I was developing Euchre!)
As for the perceived silence in the list, it may be due to the cyclical nature of things; with a lot of releases that came about around the same time (2003 and 2004 were active), there's probably a number of authors taking a bit of a rest. Some of the newer authors may be using other venues, like AtariAge. Some of the games in development are on a bigger scale, like the Homestar Runner RPG, which will require a lot of time and so may not have so many updates. It may also be that trends recently have been toward hardware (like the Kroko Cart) and exploring the capabilities of the 2600 (color and graphics demos), and not so much about games. There might just be life changes. (I'm in graduate school now and so am unlikely to write a game in the near future.)
This is all supposition, of course, but there are a lot of potential factors contributing to the low activity on the list right now.