I think you'd be surprised at how much certain people play compared to the amount of time they spend recording or vice-versa, but that's not something quantifiable in any way. Just extrapolating from what people say about playing habits in forum posts (gggmork saying a couple of years back that he didn't have a life because he played Doom all day, etc), I just don't think it's accurate to judge based on ostensible playing habits.
@Qaatar- I doubt everyone is like that. gggmork, TOD, j4rio and others have shown they can record good stuff without spending ages on it.
I'm just more interested generally in demos more representative of the average playing of the recorder rather than the high end.
If anyone gets their panties in a bunch over that, well... I suggest that hypothetical person should look at why they care about the approval of a random guy on the Internet so much first.
Don't worry, no one's getting his/her panties in a bunch - as you may know with me already, I just enjoy discussing random crap about demo recording processes. I openly acknowledge that I'm not as good of a player as TOD or ggg. J4 and you might be better than I am, but I don't know nor do I care.
I think at the bottom of this, your mindset revolves around demos as some sort of a display of skill rather than just entertainment. After my lengthy and ridiculously retarded discussion with myk a few months back about demo recording, I've since stopped caring about any of that shit. Back then, I would be upset too, if the demos of certain people revolved around higher end play that is not truly representative of their normal skill levels.
However, demo recording itself contains a ton of variance and luck, where many variables are beyond the player's control. For example, I don't think of Artem's playing style as a method to disingeniously portray his real skill level, but rather to flawlessly show off a certain route the way that it was intended. Sure, he could achieve the same goals using TAS, but I think his pride and mentality wouldn't allow for that. Perhaps that's also what you're against?
At the end of the day, if you devalue demos due to obfuscation of skill level representation, I have nothing against that. Since our community is so small around here, everyone's opinion counts for something - so no, you're not just some random guy on the internet in this forum. :)
Last edited by Qaatar on 02-27-11 at 15:51