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An open letter to Kotaku

Subject: Publishers and Panties: An appeal to review my game, Forumwarz.

Dear Brian Crecente,

My name is Robin Ward, I go by the alias Evil Trout. (this is an open letter, also published on the Forumwarz blog.)

I’m the creator of a web-based RPG game called Forumwarz. It parodies the Internet. Instead of traditional RPG games where you might play a thief in a dungeon battling orcs, you play an Internet user, pwning message boards. We currently have about 100k accounts, and a small (yet awesome) community. It’s an indie effort. It was self-financed and made over the period of several years by a team of people working for very little money. To say it’s a labor of love is a huge understatement.

I have personally emailed you and members of your team several times about the game, hoping you’d mention us on your blog or to see if you’d want a review copy. Every single time it has fallen on deaf ears.

I’m not sure if you know this or not, but for an Indie Game, getting one mention on a mainstream blog such as your own can make a huge difference.It might not seem like it, but a single link to our game can generate thousands of dollars in revenue, which can mean we can keep working on improving the game and making it better. It costs you nothing to do this.

You’re not alone in ignoring us. We have tried to contact pretty much every major online gaming publication, including your competitors and large review sites. People just aren’t interested in what we have to say because we don’t have the backing of a major publisher.

I understand that as the editor, the content of your site is completely at your discretion. Maybe you think our game is immature or not fit for your audience. It’s your right to publish whatever you want. However, when I see articles published in the Pantsu tag featuring the panty shots of Nintendo characters, while our hard work goes ignored, it does sting a bit.

This letter is an appeal to you: please consider the small games like my own alongside the games from major publishers. Yes, Gears of War 2 and Smash Brothers Melee are awesome games, but they get dozens of mentions on your blog while most indie games get none. I’m aware Braid got coverage, but that game is the exception and not the rule. Obviously I’m biased, but I think a lot of your users would appreciate my game and would be glad you mentioned it.

Recently you posted a blog entry asking people for review ideas. Besides my own, there are tons of other indie games that could use reviews. If you’re looking for examples, check out the Indie Games Festival entries. There are literally hundreds of submissions, many of which are playable right now if you click on the game profiles.

Thank you very much,
Robin “Evil Trout” Ward


Written by eviltrout

December 6, 2008 at 10:58 PM

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  1. should of mentioned the Wikipedia page


    December 6, 2008 at 10:58 PM

  2. Good luck, man. Fingers crossed that they’ll step up and listen. =)


    December 6, 2008 at 10:58 PM

  3. Someone needs to learn a bit about patience.

    Let’s forget the fact that we run 60 to 70 stories a day or that Evil Trout just emailed me about his game this weekend, or that I have a fundraiser I’m in the middle of putting together.

    I’ve also been a little busy playing the games he links to as a judge for the IGF.

    Next time, maybe read the site, do a search for IGF, before deciding you’re being ignored.

    brian crecente

    December 6, 2008 at 10:58 PM

  4. I apologize, I did not know you were a judge for the IGF. I certainly wouldn’t have sent you the links to those games otherwise.

    However, I have emailed you (and other editors about Kotaku) several times. I mentioned this in the open letter. Perhaps it wasn’t clear from the text I used, but I didn’t send those emails on the same day. Forumwarz has been live for well over a year. I’ve been emailing you about it since it launched, once every few months or so.

    I have been very patient. The truth is you simply ignored us.

    Evil Trout

    December 6, 2008 at 10:58 PM

  5. In b4 the review…

    BTW brian, Forumwarz is well worth a post or 2.



    December 6, 2008 at 10:58 PM

  6. Kotaku is not really a reliable source, imo.

    I’m not surprised they decided to ignore you.


    December 6, 2008 at 10:58 PM

  7. kotaku is still relevant?

    Buckaroo Chestnut

    December 6, 2008 at 10:58 PM

  8. You take that back. Kotaku is still awesome. We at Forumwarz love Kotaku and all it stands for, and we will not put up with any Kotaku-bashing on this blog.

    Jalapeno Bootyhole

    December 6, 2008 at 10:58 PM

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