Saturday, 1 August 2015
Congratulations to Zak Smith for Winning the Making Assholes Cry Bitter Tears Award
So amusingly, not ten minutes after I had finished writing yesterday's blog entry on a subject related to Zak Smith, it was announced that he'd won four ENnies: two gold, two silver, winning in every one of the categories his Red & Pleasant Land was nominated for.
It seemed pretty amazing, impossible really. Even Zak thought so, as on his own blog the day before, he predicted he would win exactly zero awards.
"The math here is fairly simple and I've explained it before: there are 3000 print copies in existence, Enworld.com's Ennie awards had 20,000 voters and--barring some egregiously quick pdf sales or egregious lack of enthusiasm for the well-distributed and promoted mainstream products, it can't possibly win."
Now, let me make it clear that I give Zak heart-felt congratulations on every good thing that's happening for him. He made what everyone unbiased has said is a great product, and he deserves praise, and none of what follows is about denying him any of it.
Congratulations Zak, in winning the only thing that matters, which is exactly what you expressed in your pre-win blog entry. Not even the money, but the making of your opus. That's what matters above all else.
But the money matters a fuckload of a lot more than the popularity contest of the ENnies.
And as you did in fact just win Best Writing, you've just proven that the ENnies are a sham, absolutely. Because your math still stands. By all rights, your win there proves there were people who voted for you as BEST WRITER who never actually read the writing of R&PL.
Again, all congratulations to you and you deserve it, but you've also just managed to prove that the ENnies are a meaningless popularity contest that's hopelessly flawed.
The important prize is making the exact game you wanted to make, and then selling it.
But of course, there is in fact one other award that's worthwhile, much much more worthwhile than the ENnie itself. That's hearing the lamentations of all the Swine and Pseudo-activists in the Outrage Brigade who are currently tearing their hair out in disbelief at the awards that they thought belongs to them being snatched away from them by one of the people they most hate. The Making Assholes Cry award: that's one delicious prize.
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