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04 July 2006
July Carnival of Grumpy Gamers
Ron "Monkey Island" Gilbert, a.k.a. Grumpy Gamer is hosting the July Carnival of Gamers. Some interesting posts there, like this one that still doesn't understand that scarcity is a natural part of the system (I'd reply with this about the need for illegal ROMs or this about games that can't be bought) and this one about Shadow of the Colossus that makes me want to know if he's got to the disappointing ending yet (his post is from 2005; my SotC post here).

I submitted like four posts from June's bounty and suggested that Grumpy Gamer use his editorial power to pick from none-to-all as worthy of being listed. Two made it: this one by Ruffin and this one by me. I know that's not in the rules for the carnival, but I favor editorial filtering. If the current carnival poster doesn't like your post, resubmit next month. If it gets rejected several times, perhaps there's a reason.

I realize a carnival starting out may want to get as many posts as it can, but at some point you have to take a cleaver and cut the fat.

If I get cut, I won't take it personally. I certainly won't stop posting. The writing's become a reward in and of itself, and comments from regulars and passing readers are a great bonus. Not getting into the carnival wouldn't change any of that.

Besides, there are far too many games to play and write about. Worrying about getting picked just takes time away from actually maintaining a blog.


--Matt Matthews at 23:29
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Editorial filtering of the Carnival is only something I've been suggesting for a year (since the first one, actually).

I'm honestly not sure why these things still go on - it seems more and more like a gratuitous link grab than anything else (this one leveraging the fame of Ron Gilbert). The posts submitted are mostly days old (that one you reference is from 6 months ago), are often unrelated to each other and the "Carnival" itself comes across as a mishmash of whatever gaming weblogs are mumbling about at the time. What exactly is it offering except a collection of weblog posts from anyone who opts to submit one?

One year later its massive shortcomings as acting representative of the gaming community are still apparent.

By Anonymous gatmog, at 05 July, 2006 12:24  

For whatever it's worth, gatmog, I was going to submit your post on backward compatibility for next carnival. I'd already sent in my links when I saw your post...

In fact, that's what I'll do. I'll submit four links to posts on other blogs that I liked.

By Blogger jvm, at 05 July, 2006 12:30  

Funny, I don't see myself as an "acting representative of the gaming community" but rather as a hobbyist who enjoys talking about his hobby. I see most of the other carnival participants in the same light.

I wouldn't bother reading the blogs I do if I wasn't interested in what they had to say. To be perfectly honest, anyone who wasn't on my blogroll already was skipped about half the time.

I would not be against editorial filtering on the Carnival necessarily, but at the same time I don't want this to become some kind of elite club. I don't want to get to the point where a select few feel they can shout down any other voices. That is largely why I quit going to message forums or stopped playing multiplayer games.

By Anonymous Jason O, at 06 July, 2006 10:01  

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